Benjamin Walker Davis (born June 21, 1982), known professionally as Benjamin Walker, is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He may be best known for his title role in the 2012 film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as well as his appearances in the films Kinsey and Flags of Our Fathers, and his critically acclaimed role as Andrew Jackson in the musical American Psycho and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Walker has performed stand-up comedy at Caroline’s, Comedy Village, and The Comedy Store. His comedy show, Find the Funny, features comics and taped short narratives and skits, and is performed regularly in New York City.
Walker was born in Cartersville, Georgia, the son of Jeannine (née Walker), a music teacher, and Greg Davis, who owned a movie rental store and works in financial services. He took his mother’s maiden name as his stage namebecause there was a Benjamin Davis already registered with the Screen Actors Guild. He attended Cartersville High School in Cartersville, the Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, and the Juilliard School in New York City. He graduated from the Juilliard Actor Training Program in 2004.
Walker became engaged to actress Mamie Gummer in 2009, and they were married in 2011. They lived in an apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In March 2013, it was announced that they had amicably separated and plan to divorce. Walker began dating his co-star, Kaya Scodelario, during the filming of The Moon and the Sun in April 2014. They became engaged on December 28, 2014. He and Scodelario wed in late 2015.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway
In February 2007, Walker portrayed Bertram Cates in the Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind. The production opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 12 and enjoyed a 10-week run to a full house. The show was nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Revival. In April 2008, Walker appeared as the Chevalier Danceny in the Roundabout Theatre Company‘s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He played the inexperienced lover who becomes the sex pawn of the pernicious La Marquise de Merteuil. Described as the “definitive battle of the sexes” by Broadway World, the production enjoyed a full house and was nominated for six Tony awards.
In December 2007, Walker starred as Andrew Jackson in the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson during its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2010, he reprised his role in the musical, first off-Broadway at the Public Theater and then at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway. The musical enjoyed a successful, but short, run. It was also a critical hit, but was only nominated for awards for set design. Walker starred in numerous incarnations of the show to great critical acclaim, including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert Version (a four-week workshop run at Public Theater in March 2009), and the thrice-extended return at the Public Theater in March 2010. The production closed on January 2, 2011.
From 2012 to 2013, Walker portrayed Brick in a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His other stage credits include The Arrangements at the Atlantic Theatre Company(2005), the Lincoln Center Theater workshop of Spring Awakening (2005), Lady Windermere’s Fan (2005), and Romeo and Juliet (2006).
Productions and Date of Productions
[Musical, Original -Starring: Benjamin Walker [Patrick Bateman] Apr 21, 2016 – Open
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
[Play, Drama, Revival] – Starring: Benjamin Walker [Brick] – Jan 17, 2013 – Mar 30, 2013
[Musical, History, Original] – Starring: Benjamin Walker [Andrew Jackson] – Oct 13, 2010 – Jan 02, 2011
Les Liaisons Dangereuses – [Play, Drama, Revival]
Performer: Benjamin Walker [Le Chevalier Danceny] May 01, 2008 – Jul 06, 2008
Inherit the Wind – [Play, Drama, Revival] – Performer: Benjamin Walker [Bertram Cates]
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – 06 April 2010 – Joseph Papp Public Theatre/Newman Theatre
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American Psycho Musical Video Feature HERE