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Ben Koldyke – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican television and film actor
Is Actor 
Television actor 
From United States of America 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Gendermale
Birth 27 March 1971, Chicago
Age:49 years
Family
Spouse: Maggie Lawson

Benjamin “Ben” Koldyke (born March 27, 1968) is an American actor who was most recently seen starring in Mr. Robinson for NBC.

Career

Originally a high school English teacher and football coach in Chicago, Koldyke’s acting career received a jump start after a chance encounter with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator-star, Rob McElhenney. Regulars at the same Venice cafe, he covered Rob’s tab with a note that said he “thought his show was fantastic,” and this exchange led to Koldyke’s first (of many) TV pilots, Boldly Going Nowhere for Fox, a few years later.

After Boldly was not picked up, Koldyke went on to book recurring roles as Dale Tomasson in the HBO series Big Love and as Don Frank in How I Met Your Mother for CBS.

In 2012, Koldyke starred as the lead character in the short-lived ABC comedy series Work It and later guest starred in HBO’s The Newsroom. 2013 saw him star in another ABC sitcom, Back in the Game, opposite James Caan and Maggie Lawson. He has recently been seen in a significant arc on Showtime’s Masters of Sex as teacher and football coach Paul Edley.

Koldyke will be seen on the big screen early next year in a supporting role for Disney’s The Finest Hours alongside Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster.

Personal life

Koldyke was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in nearby Kenilworth. His father, Martin J. “Mike” Koldyke, is a former investment banker who founded Frontenac Company in Chicago and is a life trustee of Northwestern University; through his mother, Patricia Blunt Koldyke, he is a member of the family that controls Laird Norton Company, an investment company with roots in the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest.

He graduated in 1991 from Dartmouth College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and was a quarterback for the football team.

On August 8, 2015, Koldyke married actress Maggie Lawson in a ceremony at his family’s ranch in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000The Next Best ThingKelly’s Boyfriend
2000Thirteen DaysRF-8 Pilot
2001Red ZoneDutch Van RobleAlso writer and director
2002Osama Bin Laden: Behind the MadnessWriter and director
2003Say I DoBen
2003Stuck on YouOfficer Tommy Johnson
2008Jedi GymMaster FlynnShort film, also writer and director
2016The Finest HoursSam

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
200224LAPD OfficerEpisode: “Day 2: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.”
2009Boldly Going NowhereTV pilot
2009It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaSeanEpisode: “The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis”
2009The Big DWill DupreeTV pilot
2009This Little PiggyTV pilot
2010Big LoveDale Tomasson5 episodes
2009–2010How I Met Your MotherDon Frank6 episodes
2012Work ItLee StandishSeries regular, 11 episodes
2013The NewsroomCyrus WestEpisode: “First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers”
2013Back in the GameDick SlingbaughSeries regular
2014-ongoingGortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal StreetGreg GibbonRecurring
2015Mr. RobinsonJimmySeries regular
2015Masters of SexPaul EdleyRecurring