Ben Cook (actor)

Benjamin Cook
Benjamin Cook.jpg
Ben Cook in 2016
Born
Benjamin Tyler Cook

(1997-12-11) December 11, 1997 (age 22)
EducationProfessional Performing Arts School
OccupationActor, dancer, singer
Years active2007–present

Benjamin Tyler Cook (born December 11, 1997)[1][2] is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He has appeared on Broadway in Ragtime, Billy Elliot the Musical (for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award), Tuck Everlasting, Mean Girls and West Side Story. He has also performed in two Broadway national tours, Billy Elliot the Musical and Newsies the Musical, and appeared on television in episodes of 30 Rock, House of Cards, Veep, Law & Order: SVU, and in the HBO film Paterno. He is set to appear in the 2021 film version of West Side Story.

Early life

Cook was born in Eden, North Carolina, and grew up in New York City and Lorton, Virginia.[3] He is the youngest child of Jill and Glenn Cook. His mother is an assistant director of the American School Counsellor Association.[4] His father is a photographer, blogger, and publishing consultant.[5]

At the age of seven, Cook began studying dance at the Metropolitan School of the Arts in northern Virginia.[6] He attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City for middle school and during high school.[7]

Career

Musical theatre

Cook performed in several productions as a child in Washington, D.C., including at Ford's Theatre and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[6] He made his Broadway debut at the age of eleven in Ragtime at the Neil Simon Theatre, understudying and performing the role of Edgar (The Little Boy).[6][8] His next Broadway role was Tall Boy in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Imperial Theatre, and played the roles of Michael, then Billy in the North American National Tour of the production. His final tour performance as "Billy" was in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 19, 2013.[9]

From the age of 16, he toured for a year and a half in the role of Race and occasionally performed the role of Crutchie as the understudy in the first national tour of Newsies the Musical.[6][10] In January 2016, after over 500 performances, Cook left that tour and joined the original Broadway cast of Tuck Everlasting. Previews began in March 2016,[11] and the show closed the same May.[12]

Cook joined the ensemble of the musical adaptation of the film Mean Girls. Its pre-Broadway tryout began in October 2017 at the National Theatre, in Washington D.C.[13][14] The show premiered on Broadway in April 2018.[8] He was set to appear in the 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story as Riff, the leader of the Jets,[15] but he left the production after being injured in a preview performance.[16]

Film and television

On television, Cook appeared as young Jack on 30 Rock, in the episode "Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish" (2010);[17] and as Walt in the episode of the HBO series Veep titled "The Choice" (2014).[18] He played Heather Dunbar's son in the episode "Chapter 27" of the Netflix series House of Cards (2013).[19] On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, he played Adam Turner in the episode "Great Expectations" (2017).[20]

Cook reprised his role of Race in Newsies in the film adaptation of the musical, which received a limited release in February 2017[21][22] and later on Netflix.[23]In 2018, he appeared in the HBO film Paterno.[24]

He is also set to appear in the 2021 film adaptation of West Side Story as Mouthpiece, a member of the Jets.[25]

Filmography

Theatre

Theatre
DateTitleRoleTheatreNote
November 16, 2007 –
December 30, 2007
A Christmas Carol
Tiny Tim[26]
Ford's Theatre
Washington D.C.
February 28, 2008 –
April 13, 2008
Macbeth
Young Macduff[27]
Folger Shakespeare Library
December 2, 2008 –
December 28, 2008
A Christmas Carol
Urchin, Ignorance, Turkey Boy
Ford's Theatre
February 3, 2009 –
March 8, 2009
The Heavens Are Hung in Black
Tad Lincoln[28]
Lansburgh Theatre
April 18, 2009 –
May 17, 2009
Ragtime
Understudy: Edgar (The little boy)[29]
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
November 15, 2009 –
January 10, 2010
Understudy: Edgar (The little boy)[30][31]
Neil Simon Theatre
Broadway
March 12, 2010 –
April 4, 2010
The Golden Age
The Page[32]
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington D.C.
July 7, 2010 –
October 14, 2011
Billy Elliot the Musical
Tall/Posh Boy,
Understudy: Michael[33]
Imperial Theatre
Broadway
November 3, 2011 –
January 22, 2012
Michael[34]
National Tour
National Tour
June 30, 2012 –
May 19, 2013
Billy[35]
October 11, 2014 –
January 31, 2016
Newsies the Musical
Race, Understudy: Crutchie[36]
Previews began:
March 31, 2016
Opened on:
April 26, 2016[37][38]
Closed on:
May 29, 2016[39][40]
Tuck Everlasting
Ensemble, Understudy: Jesse Tuck, Hugo[1]
Broadhurst Theatre
Broadway
October 31, 2017–
December 3, 2017
Mean Girls
Ensemble[1]
National Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
Pre-Broadway Out of Town Run
Previews began:
March 12, 2018
Opened on:
April 8, 2018
Cook's last performance:
April 8, 2019[41]
Mean Girls
Ensemble
August Wilson Theatre
Broadway
Previews began:
December 10, 2019
Left production on:
January 5, 2020
West Side Story
Riff
Broadway Theatre
Broadway

Television and film

Television and film
YearTitleRoleEpisodeOriginal Air date/Release DateNetwork
2010
30 Rock
Young Jack[42]
"Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish"
December 2, 2010
NBC
2013
House of Cards
Heather Dunbar's son[43]
"Chapter 27"
February 27, 2015
Netflix
2014
Veep
Walt[44]
"The Choice"
April 13, 2014
HBO
2017
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Adam Turner[45]
"Great Expectations"
February 15, 2017
NBC
2018
Paterno
Aaron Fisher
N/A
April 7, 2018
HBO
2021
West Side Story
Mouthpiece
N/A
December 18, 2021
N/A

Awards

Theatre
YearAwardCategoryResultProductionTheatre
2012
Helen Hayes Award
Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production
Nominated[46]
Billy Elliot the Musical
The Kennedy Center

References

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