Ben Koldyke

Ben Koldyke

Date Of BirthMarch 27, 1968
Age56 years 0 months 28 days
Day of BirthWednesday
Place Of BirthChicago, Illinois, United States
Zodiac SignAries
ProfessionsDirector , Writer , Actor , Entrepreneur , Football Coach , Teacher (High school English)
Nickname Ben
Full Name Benjamin Koldyke

Personal Information
Residence Santa Monica, California, United States
Religion Christianity
Language English
Star SignAries
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Body Features & Measurements
Height188 CM
6 Feet 2 Inches
Eye color Blue
Hair color Dark Brown
Weight85 KG
187 lbs
Body Type Average
Family Information
Father Martin J Koldyke (investment banker)
Mother Patricia Blunt Koldyke (Educator)
Wife Maggie Lawson (Actress; married in2015 divorced in 2017)
Brothers Laird Koldyke
Carl Koldyke
Sister Elizabeth Koldyke
Education Qualifications
Education (Graduation) Bachelors in English (Dartmouth College)
Education (High School) New Trier High school , New Trier East High School (Winnetka, Illinois)
Education(School) Choate Rosemary Hall
Education(College) Dartmouth College
Alma MaterDartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire)
Career Information
Debut (Movie) The Next Best Thing(2008)
Years Active 2000-
Debut (TV) 24
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Favorite SportsBaseball , Football
Social Networks, Web links
Facebook ProfileBen Koldyke Facebook Profile
Talent Agent The Gersh Agency
More Information
Net worth$1.2 Million


Ben Koldyke is an American actor, director & writer. He used to be a football coach and English teacher at a High School. 

Ben is known for playing Lee Standish in "Work It", Paul Edley in "Masters of Sex", Dick Slingbaugh in "Back in the Game", Donald Bangs in The Finest Hours (2016), Jimmy Hooper in "Mr. Robinson".

Recently he has appeared in "The Good Place" as Brent Norwalk, in "Carol's Second Act" as Coach Dean.

Family- Childhood

Ben Koldyke was born on born 27th March 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, United States to Martin J Koldyke (Father)- an investment banker & Patricia Blunt Koldyke(Mother)- an educator, he grew up in Kenilworth with 3 siblings

Father- Martin J Koldyke

Ben's father Martin J. Koldyke aka "Mike" is a retired banker, He founded the Chicago-based private equity firm "Frontenac Company" in 1971 (The company had invested $1.5 billion by 2017)

Martin is a lifetime trustee of Northwestern University.

Mother- Patricia Blunt Koldyke

Mother Patricia Blunt is an educator, her extended family owns "Laird Norton Company", a 7th generation family held diversified equity firm which began as a timber industry in the Pacific Northwest.


Ben is the youngest of four children of his parents:

Laird Koldyke

Laird, the oldest of Koldyke children was born in 1962. He has an MBA from Northwestern University (from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management). He attended Joseph Sears Elementary School for high school.

Carl Koldyke

Carl was born in 1963, he is a cerebral-palsy victim and attended special needs children schools.

Elizabeth Koldyke

Elizabeth, the only girl among the Koldyke siblings was born in 1965. She attended Joseph Sears Elementary School for high school. She studied at Dartmouth College.



  • Elementary school: Ben, like all his elder siblings, attended "Joseph Sears Elementary School", a public school on the North Shore.
  • High school: Ben studied at the "New Trier High school"- a four-year public high school, located in Winnetka, Illinois. Ben played football as Quarterback at the high school. He played for the team at the State Championship (and eventually lost)
  • Post-graduate: He did a post-graduate year at "Choate Rosemary Hall", a prep boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut.
  • College: Ben graduated from Dartmouth College (located in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States) in the year 1991. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. He played as a quarterback in the college football team.


Football: Ben played football both in high school as well as college, he mostly played the role of "Quarterback". He has led his team to 14-0 perfect win in one of the games.

Baseball: He has lettered in baseball, he mostly played the third baseman.


Wife- Marriage 

Ben Koldyke & Maggie Lawson

Ben and Maggie met while acting on the sets of the ABC sitcom show 'Back In The Game', they got engaged on November 14, 2014. The couple got married on 8th August 2015 at Ben's family ranch in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Maggie is younger than Ben by 12 years.

Ben Loldyke with wife Maggie Lawson

Image: Ben Koldyke with wife Maggie Lawson

Divorce: Maggie filed for divorce in early 2017 and they have been divorced since 2017.


Facts & Trivia

  • He was an English teacher at a High school in Chicago, he has also worked as a high-school football coach. He has also worked as an "acting" teacher at KIPP charter school in Inglewood (Hollywood).
  • Ben doesn't have social media accounts, he previously had an Instagram account.
  • Embarrassing scene: His previous most embarrassing scene was kissing a man on TV, he topped that by appearing nude in one of the later shows.
  • Handsome: Ben is a natural athlete, tall and cute. Vulture magazine's Lauren Waterman describes him as "Square-jawed, tall, and almost cartoonishly handsome" and we agree.
  • "Dickish jackass": He specializes in playing "dickish jackass" characters (as phrased by Dan Hamamura of "Pajiba"), his role as Brent Norwalk in "The Good Place" is a testament to that.
  • 1923 Santa Monica Craftsman bungalow: Ben had bought the bungalow in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood in 2009 for $1.45 million. It is 2,276 sq. ft. large and has three-bedroom and two-bathrooms.


Meeting Rob McElhenney

Rob & Ben both used to be regulars at the 'Venice cafe', Ben was an admirer of the show 'It's always sunny in Philadelphia'. Once Ben wrote an appreciative note that said 'the show was fantastic' and handed it to Rob, the two eventually became friendly, it eventually led to Ben appearing on the Fox show- 'Boldly Going Nowhere' (unfortunately the show wasn't picked up, however, he went on to appear in the HBO series "Big Love" as Dale Tomasson )

Becoming an actor

Ben had written a couple of short films, had sold a few scripts too, but becoming an actor wasn't even on his mind, the opportunity just opened up. [2]

"I was interviewing to be a writer on a comedy pilot for Fox and they asked me to come in and read as an actor. I did, sort of on a whim, and I got the job. That shifted everything."

Work It(2012)

 A sitcom with a cross-dressing theme where Ben played the lead role, was pulled out after just the 2 episodes were aired, the transgender community had expressed that it was uncomfortable with the theme. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had taken an AD in the Hollywood trade to display their displeasure at the theme of the show. An AD in the "Variety" magazine displayed statistics of violence on the transgender community (sponsored by National Gay & Lesbian Task Force) and demonstrated how the show could be misinterpreted and unwittingly lead to violence on the transgender community.

ABC replaced the show with the rerun of Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing". 



Year Movie Character Comment
2017 Controversy Coach Jim Scarmuchi TV Movie
2016 The Finest Hours Donald Bangs  
2010 This Little Piggy   TV Movie
2009 Boldly Going Nowhere   TV Movie
2009 The Big D Will Dupree TV Movie
2003 Say I Do Ben  
2003 Stuck on You Officer Tommy Johnson  
2002 Osama Bin Laden: Behind the Madness   Video; as Director & Writer
2001 Red Zone Dutch Van Roble also as Director & Writer
2000 Thirteen Days RF-8 Pilot  
2000 The Next Best Thing Kelly's Boyfriend  


TV Series

Year TV Series Character Comment
2019-2020 The Good Place Brent Norwalk 7 episodes
2019 Carol's Second Act Coach Dean Episode: "Game Changer"
2018 Silicon Valley Ben Burkhardt Episode "Chief Operating Officer"
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dave Episode: "The Accidental Text on Purpose"
2015-2016 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Greg Gibbon 5 Episodes
2015 Masters of Sex Paul Edley 9 episodes
2015 Mr. Robinson Jimmy Hooper 6 episodes
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Brandon Episode: Brandon
2013-2014 Back in the Game Dick Slingbaugh 13 episodes
2012-2013 Work It Lee Standish 13 episodes
2013 The Newsroom Cyrus West Episode: "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers"
2009-2010 How I Met Your Mother Don 6 episodes
2010 Big Love Dale Tomasson 5 episodes
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sean Episode: "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis"
2002 24 LAPD Officer Episode: "Day 2: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m."
2001 Jack & Jill Andrew Bower Episode: "California Dreamin'"


Short  Movies

Year Short movie Character Comment
2016 Four Day Weekend Christopher  
2008 Jedi Gym Master Flynn also as Director, Producer & Writer



  • I didn't think success can actually happen this late
  • I was interviewing to be a writer, they asked me to come in and read as an actor. I did, on a whim, and I got the job.
  • [When asked about his specialization in both Drama and comedy] My general sensibility is most certainly comedic... By no means does it (Drama) feel close to home, but I was willing to explore it [2]


  1. Ben Koldyke wiki
  2. Vulture Magazine interview
  3. Chicago Tribune coverage of Mike Koldyke

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  2. Spencer Grammer
  3. Amandla Stenberg

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