Ben McKenzie was born and raised in Texas. Following, his graduation from the University of Virginia (Economics and Political Science), he moved to New York to find work as an actor.
In 2003, he was cast Ryan Atwood on The OC. The show aired on Fox from 2003-2007.
Ben appeared in several films, including Junebug (2005) with Amy Adams, as well 88 Minutes (2007) starring Al Pacino. He also received praise for his solo turn in the independent film Johnny Got His Gun (2008), based on a novel by Dalton Trumbo.
In 2009 Ben returned to series television in Southland executive produced by John Wells. The critically acclaimed show ran for five years.
Ben currently stars as Detective James Gordon in the hit Fox series Gotham, which tells the origin story behind Detective Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.