Who is Ben Feldman?
Ben is an American actor, probably best known for his role as Jonah Simms in the television series “Superstore” (2015-2021), and has also appeared in other popular TV shows such as “Mad Men” and “Silicon Valley”, in addition to many other projects on which he’s worked so far in his career.
Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Ben Feldman was born on 27 May 1980, in Potomac, Maryland, USA. His mother, Marcia Muir Mitchell, is a writer, and his father, Robert “Bob” Feldman, ran an advertising agency in Maryland. He comes from a Jewish family and grew up attending Conservative Jewish and Orthodox Jewish synagogues and schools.
Feldman has a sister named Morgan Leiter, who works in the fashion industry. Additionally, he has an aunt named Susan Feniger, who is a renowned chef in Los Angeles.
Feldman displayed an early interest in acting from the age of six, and actively participated in acting camps and school theater. He attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, where he matriculated with the class of 1998. During his summers, he worked as a camp counselor in theater, and taught videography classes in Bethesda.
Continuing his pursuit of acting, Feldman enrolled at Ithaca College in New York, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting. After graduating, he relocated to New York City, where he showcased his talents on Broadway. Eventually, he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
Ben Feldman began his on-screen career in 2003, with several minor roles. In the TV series “Less than Perfect”, he played Nicholas in the episode entitled “Rules”. He also appeared as a paramedic in the movie “Frozen Impact”, and portrayed Jake Winterhalter in the TV series “The Mayor”.
In 2005, Ben Feldman landed his first significant role as Josh Reeves in the TV series “Living with Fran”, portrayed the character for 26 episodes to 2006. The story revolves around the comedic situations that arise when Fran Reeves, played by Fran Drescher, starts dating a younger man named Riley Martin, who also happens to be the son of her ex-husband.
The same year, Ben made his film debut in the comedy movie “When Do We Eat?”, portraying Zeke alongside a talented cast, including Michael Lerner, Lesley Ann Warren, Max Greenfield and Shiri Appleby. The film revolves around the eccentric Stuckman family, as they gather for a chaotic Passover Seder filled with unexpected twists and comedic mishaps.
Three years later, Feldman returned to the big screen with two notable roles. In the science fiction thriller “Cloverfield”, he portrayed Travis Marello, sharing the screen with co-stars such as Michael Stahl-David, Jessica Lucas, and Lizzy Caplan. The film depicts a group of friends struggling to survive a monstrous creature attack in New York City, capturing their harrowing experience through found footage.
Feldman also appeared in the comedy film “Extreme Movie”, in which he played Len, alongside co-stars such as Ryan Pinkston, Frankie Muniz and Jamie Kennedy. The movie explores humorous and interconnected vignettes revolving around teen sexuality and relationships.
Rise to Stardom
However, what truly brought Ben Feldman recognition was his role as Fred in the TV series “Drop Dead Diva” – from 2009 to 2014, he appeared in a total of 38 episodes in a talented cast that included Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, April Bowlby and Jackson Hurst. “Drop Dead Diva” follows the story of a shallow model, Deb, who dies but is resurrected in the form of a star plus-sized attorney named Jane.
During the same period, Ben Feldman portrayed other notable characters – he played Michael Ginsberg for 22 episodes in the TV series “Mad Men”, from 2012 to 2014. Set in the 1960s, it revolves around the high-powered world of advertising. Feldman’s portrayal of Ginsberg, a talented copywriter with a unique personality, earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012.
In the romantic comedy series “A to Z” from 2014 to 2015, Feldman portrayed Andrew Lofland for 13 episodes. The show follows the relationship journey of Andrew and Zelda (played by Cristin Milioti) from their meeting to their possible break-up.
From 2014 to 2019, Feldman appeared in the critically acclaimed series “Silicon Valley”, portraying Ron LaFlamme in 13 episodes. The series delves into the high-tech world of start-up companies in California. Feldman’s Ron LaFlamme is a lawyer who provides legal counsel and guidance to the main characters, as they navigate the challenges and absurdities of the tech industry.
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Success with “Superstore”
From 2015 to 2021, Ben Feldman played the role of main cast member Jonah Simms in the popular TV series “Superstore”, appearing in a total of 113 episodes, which revolves around the lives of employees working at a fictional big-box store called Cloud 9. Feldman’s Jonah is an idealistic and affable employee, who joins the team and becomes involved in various workplace adventures.
The show boasts a talented ensemble, including America Ferrera, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash and Colton Dunn. “Superstore” garnered a strong following, and critical acclaim for its sharp writing, relatable characters, and comedic portrayal of the retail industry. It tackled a range of topics, such as workplace dynamics, corporate culture, and societal issues, using humor to shed light on the human experience in a retail setting.
As the series progressed, Feldman’s portrayal of Jonah Simms became a fan favorite. He brought charm, wit, and a genuine sense of empathy to the character, earning him praise for his portrayal of the eponymous character. In addition to his acting contributions, Feldman also took on the role of director for two episodes, “Lottery” and “Carol’s Back”.
Ben Feldman has taken on several other projects – in 2016, he portrayed Henry in the film “Between Us”, starring alongside Olivia Thirlby and Adam Goldberg. The movie delves into the complexities and challenges faced by two couples in their relationships.
In 2017, Feldman appeared in the crime thriller “Thumper”, sharing the screen with Eliza Taylor and Lena Headey. The film follows a troubled teenager who becomes entangled in a dangerous world of drugs and crime.
More recently, since 2021, Feldman has lent his voice to the animated series “Monsters at Work” in which he starred alongside Billy Crystal and John Goodman. The show serves as a spin-off from the beloved Pixar film “Monsters, Inc”. and continues the story in the world of Monstropolis.
In 2022, Feldman made a guest appearance as Larry Page in the TV series “Super Pumped”, which features a talented cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kyle Chandler. Feldman has recently appeared in the upcoming film “A Tourist’s Guide to Love”, in which he co-starred alongside an ensemble that includes Rachel Leigh Cook and Scott Ly among others.
According to authoritative sources, Ben Feldman’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million, as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Married, Wife, Children
Ben Feldman has been married to Michelle Mulitz since 12 October 2013. Michelle is an actress as well, and has appeared in such projects as “Numb3rs” and “NCIS”. The couple has three children, two sons and a daughter.
Ben Feldman has black hair and hazel eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m), while he weighs approximately 145lbs (65kgs). His vital statistics are 42-33-15.