Who is Maggie Lawson’s ex-husband Ben Koldyke? Wiki Bio
Benjamin ‘Ben’ Koldyke was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 27 March 1968, so his zodiac sign is Aries and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, best known for having portrayed the supporting character Officer Tommy Johnson in the comedy movie “Stuck on You” in 2003, which starred Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear and which follows conjoined twins who come to Los Angeles so that one of them could become an actor. Meryl Streep and Eva Mendes who also starred in the movie were each nominated for an award.
Early life and education
Ben was raised as a single child in Kenilworth, Illinois, by his mother Patricia Blunt Koldyke who was working at the investment firm Laird Norton Company, and his father Martin J. Mike Koldyke, who was an investment banker, best known for having launched the Frontenac Company, which had invested over $1.5 billion in over 200 partnerships by 2017.
Ben attended New Trier High School where he was interested in football, and played for the school’s team having a 14-0 record, but they went on to lose in the State Championship. Upon matriculation in 1986, he enrolled at Choate Rosemary Hall, then transferred to Dartmouth College, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1990; while there, he played football for the university’s team.
Appearances in TV series
After graduation, Ben started teaching English and football at a local high school in Chicago, while occasionally appearing in movies and TV series. In 2008, he met Rob McElhenney who starred in the series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, and who invited him to appear in more serious TV shows, which helped Ben gain the recognition he needed.
Ben made his debut TV series appearance in 2004, when he portrayed a Los Angeles Police Department Officer in the action drama series “24”, while 2009 saw him appear in single episodes of series such as the comedy “Boldly Going Nowhere”, the award-winning sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, and the comedy “The Big D”.
He won his first recurring role in 2010, when he portrayed Dale Tomasson in five episode of the drama series “Big Love”, before he was invited to guest star as Don Frank in six episodes of the popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”, which starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders among others, and which follows the story of a man who spent years having fun with his four friends before meeting his future wife. The series was a huge success, winning 25 awards and being nominated for 91 others including two Golden Globes.
In 2012, Ben portrayed one of the lead roles of Lee Standish in 11 episodes of the sitcom “Work It”, before guest starring in an episode of the political drama series “The Newsroom” in 2013.
The following three years saw him portray only recurring characters in series such as the live action family “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”, the sitcom “Mr. Robinson”, and the period drama “Masters of Sex”.
Some of his latest appearances in TV series have been in the comedies “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2017 and “Silicon Valley” in 2018, and the fantasy comedy “The Good Place” in 2019.
Roles in movies
Ben made his debut film appearance in 2000, when he portrayed Kelly’s Boyfriend in the comedy drama “The Next Best Thing”, which starred Madonna, Rupert Everett and Benjamin Bratt, and which follows a woman who sleeps with her gay friend, and after she becomes pregnant they decide to raise the baby together; the movie won three awards and was nominated for 10 others. In the same year, Ben played a supporting character in the historical political thriller film “Thirteen Days”, which starred Kevin Costner and Bruce Greenwood.
In 2001, he wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy movie “Red Zone”, which received mixed reviews, and in 2002 wrote and directed the comedy film “Osama Bin Laden: Behind the Madness”, which follows an interviewer talking with Osama about his terrorist activities. The year 2003 saw Ben play a supporting character in the romantic drama comedy movie “Say I Do”, which starred David Bel Ayche and Samuel Bliss Cooper and which follows two people who were about to have a perfect wedding until something unexpected happened. The movie won 17 awards, while Ben was awarded a Special Jury for Acting Award for Special Mention Actor, at the Gasparilla International Film Festival.
Some of Ben’s latest appearances in movies have been in the short comedy “Jedi Gym” in 2008 which he also wrote, and the action thriller “The Finest Hours” in which he portrayed Sam in 2016.
Love life and marriage with Ben Koldyke
Ben met Maggie Lawson while they were working together on the series “Back in the Game” in 2013, and they started dating shortly afterwards. Nearly two years later on 8 August 2015, the two married in a private ceremony held in Las Vegas at Ben’s family ranch, but the marriage lasted for less than two years as they divorced in early 2017. Rumor has it that the two split because Maggie wanted to focus on her career, while Ben wanted to start a family.
— Maggie Lawson (@maggielawson) March 20, 2020
Before Ben, Maggie was dating James Roday for several seven years as they played a couple in the series “Psych” as well as the movies “Psych: The Movie” and “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home”. They split in 2013 for unknown reasons.
Ben has been single since his divorce from Maggie, while some of his fans have stated seeing the actor spending time with an unknown woman.
Hobbies and other interests
Ben is interested in doing stand-up comedy, and has performed once or twice, while he enjoys watching other people perform – two of his favorite stand-up comedians are the late Robin Williams and Chris Rock. He likes to travel, and has been all around the US for both work and pleasure, while he has also been to several European countries including England and France.
He is physically active, as he has four to five training sessions at the gym each week, while he is also following a somewhat strict diet, thus his muscular body.
Ben has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman and Matt Damon, while some of the movies he enjoys watching the most are “Pretty Woman”, “Notting Hill”, and “Catch Me If You Can”. He is also keen on watching TV series, with his favorite being the action crime drama “Prison Break”.
Appearance and net worth
Ben is 52 years old. He has short black hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, and weighs around 165lbs (75kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $7 million.
Ben Koldyke is gym teach Jimmy Hooper on Mr. Robinson: https://youtu.be/yJniozXiVZY
Who is Maggie Lawson? Wiki Bio
Maggie Cassidy Lawson was born in Louisville, Kentucky USA on 12 August 1980 – her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who gained recognition after portraying Detective Juliet ‘Jules’ O’Hara in the detective comedy drama series “Psych”.
Maggie was raised in Louisville by her father Mike Lawson, who was a hotel manager, and her mother Judy who was a housewife. Maggie studied at St. Stephen Martyr School before attending Assumption High School, where she became interested in acting, and appeared in several plays performed at the school. Upon matriculation in 1998, she decided not to enroll at a college, but to pursue her dream of becoming a famous actress.
She appeared in her first play when she was eight, and at the age of 12 served as the host of the children’s show “Kid’s Club” ,which aired on WDRB Fox 41.
She made her debut TV series appearance at the age of 16, when she portrayed Madelyn in four episodes of the sitcom “Unhappily Ever After”, followed by her appearances in single episodes of several series, such as “Step by Step”, “Meego”, and “Kelly Kelly” among others.
She gained recognition in 2001 when she portrayed the lead character Eve in the sitcom “Inside Schwartz”, and then portrayed regular characters in the sitcoms “It’s All Relative” in 2003, and “Crumbs” in 2006. The following years saw Maggie appear in several series and movies – some of her latest roles have been in the Christmas film “Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy” in 2019, the sitcom “Outmatched” in which she portrayed the lead character Kay, and the crime mystery movie “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home”, in which she played the main role as Juliet O’Hara, both in early 2020.