Ben MacKenzie Biography
Benjamin McKenzie Shenkkan
DOB: 12 September 1978 (27)
POB: Austin, Texas, USA HEIGHT: 5' 8½" (1.74 m)
FAMILY: Pete & Frances Schenkkan
SIBLINGS: 2 brothers Nate & Zack Back in Texas where Ben was born and raised, they know him as Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan. Ben McKenzie spent his time in Texas pretty typically - he went to Austin High School and played football. After high school, Ben went on to the University of Virgina (like his dad and granddad before him), and studied Foreign Affairs and Economics before heading to New York City to try acting.
Ben scored some off-broadway plays while acting in New York. Ben also had parts in a few productions at the popular Williamstown Theater Festival. However, after 9/11, Ben McKenzie found it hard to find show biz gigs and headed to Los Angeles, California in 2002.
Ben McKenzie was in LA looking for work for one year and six days before he got the chance to audition for The O.C.. Ben has said, "By the time I got into The O.C. I went in and just did it, I didn't try to impress anybody. Which was different from my other auditions. I think that's why I got it." McKenzie landed the role only one week before Fox shot the pilot episode of the show.
Biography from: http://benjamin-mckenzie.org