Cross, Ben 1947-

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Cross, Ben 1947-


Full name, Harry Bernard Cross; born December 16, 1947, in London, England; father, a nurse and doorman, mother, a cleaning woman; married Penelope Butler (a fashion model), 1977 (some sources cite 1989; divorced February, 1992); married, wife's name Michelle, 1995 (divorced, 2005); children: (first marriage) Theodore, Lauren. Education: Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, 1972.


Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 405 South Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Jeff Goldberg, Jeff Goldberg Management, 817 Monte Leon Ave., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Actor. Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, member of company, beginning 1977; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, associate member; Welsh National Opera Company, worked as master carpenter; Wimbledon Theatre, worked as set builder; also worked elsewhere as stage hand and property master.

Awards, Honors:

Annual CableACE Award nomination, outstanding actor in a dramatic or theatrical program, National Cable Television Association, 1984, for The Far Pavilions; Annual CableACE Award nomination, outstanding actor in a movie or miniseries, 1989, for Steal the Sky; Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding prime-time actor, 1992, for Dark Shadows; Annual CableACE Award nomination, outstanding actor in a dramatic special or series, 1996, for "The Substitute," Poltergeist: The Legacy.


Film Appearances:

Trooper Binns, A Bridge Too Far, United Artists, 1977.

Harold Abrahams, Chariots of Fire, Warner Bros., 1981.

Alberto, L'attenzione (also known as Attention and The Lie), Belvaggia, 1985.

Padre Rufino, The Assisi Underground, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985.

Father Michael, The Unholy, Vestron, 1988.

Dad Madden, Paperhouse, Vestron, 1988.

Stephane, La bottega dell'orefice (also known as Bonds of Love, The Jeweler's Shop, La boutique de l'orfevre, and Der laden des goldschmieds), 1988.

Nassiri, Eye of the Widow, 1989.

L'oeil de la veuve, 1991.

Mark Cahill, Cold Sweat, 1993.

Major David Farrell, The Ascent, 1994.

Dr. Samudaya, Dark Goddess (also known as Temptress), 1994.

Pearson, Caro dolce amore (also known as Honey Sweet Love and Miele dolce amore), 1994.

Prince Malagant, First Knight, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1995.

Alfred Cromer-Blake, El ultimo viaje de Robert Rylands (also known as Robert Rylands' Last Journey), 1996.

Carlo Augustine, The Criminal Mind, Columbia TriStar, 1996.

Captain Samuel "Sam" Bowen, Turbulence, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997.

Jay Williams, The Corporate Ladder, Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1997.

Rudy Mestry/Bishop Orsini, The Venice Project, 1999.

Cardinal Richelieu, Young Blades (also known as Le jeunesse des trois mousquetaires), Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000.

Ben Ner, The Order (also known as Jihad Warrior), TriStar, 2001.

David Greenbaum, She Me and Her (also known as Meine schwester das biest), Filmladen, 2002.

Semelier, Exorcist: The Beginning, Warner Bros., 2004.

William Burton, The Mechanik (also known as The Russian Specialist), Nu Image Films, 2005.

Commander Tom Mackey, Behind Enemy Lines: Axis of Evil, Fox Searchlight, 2006.

Stevie Parker, Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (also known as Undisputed 2), Nu Image Films, 2006.

Hanks, Wicked Little Things, AfterDark Films, 2006.

Josef Breuer, When Nietzsche Wept, Millennium Films, 2007.

Nikolaus, Finding Rin Tin Tin, Nu Image Films, 2007.

Medusa Hair, War, Inc., Nu Image Films, 2007.

Cosmo Jackson, Hero Wanted, Nu Image Films, 2007.

Tom Hollander, Species IV, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Barnabas Collins, Dark Shadows (also known as Dark Shadows Revival), NBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Ian Crawfurd, "The Flame Trees of Thika," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1982.

Dr. Andrew Manson, "The Citadel," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1983.

Ashton "Ash" Pelham-Martyn, The Far Pavilions (also known as Blade of Steel and Palast der winde), HBO, 1984.

Martin Taylor, Strong Medicine (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Strong Medicine"), syndicated, 1986.

Brigadier General Ben Grossman, Twist of Fate, NBC, 1989.

Barnabas Collins, Dark Shadows, NBC, 1990.

Captain Nemo, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, NBC, 1997.

Title role, Solomon (also known as Die Bibel-Salomon and Salomone), PAX, 1997.

Ikey Solomon/Reuban Reuban, The Potato Factory, 7 Network, 2000.

Taylor Matthews, Trial & Retribution VII (also known as Trial & Retribution: Suspicion), ITV, 2003.

Titus Glabrus, Spartacus, USA Network, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Matthaus Tina, "The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion" (also known as "The Melancholy Hussar"), Wessex Tales, BBC, 1973.

Gentleman at the ball, Great Expectations, NBC, 1974.

Tuchachevsky, Coming Out of the Ice, CBS, 1982.

"Life after Death," Play for Today, BBC, 1982.

Munir Redfa, Steal the Sky, HBO, 1988.

Vlad, Nightlife, USA Network, 1989.

William Lloyd Garrison, She Stood Alone, NBC, 1991.

Rick Dunne/Alex Breuer, The Diamond Fleece, USA Network, 1992.

Mikhail Rashid, Live Wire, UPN, 1992.

Ken MacFerson, Embrasse-moi vite!, 1993.

Campagna, Les audacieux (also known as Deep Trouble), USA Network, 1993.

Malcolm Close, The House That Mary Bought, 1995.

Marius Carnot, Hellfire (also known as Blood Song, Haunted Symphony, and Roger Corman Presents "Hellfire"), Showtime, 1995.

Renn, The Invader, HBO, 1997.

Michael Shannon/Zadick, I guardiani del cielo (also known as The Sands of Time, Tower of the Firstborn, Il cielo sotto il deserto, and La tour secrete), 2000.

Anatoly Grishin, Icon (also known as Frederick Forsythe's "Icon"), Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Professor Ullman, S.S. Doomtrooper, Sci-Fi Channel, 2006.

Fabius, Hannibal, BBC, 2006.

King Hrothgar, Grendel, Sci-Fi Channel, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Grand Knockout Tournament, BBC, 1987.

The Making of "She Me and Her," 2002.

Rudolf Hess, Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial, BBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Nick Carmos, "Marriages, Deaths & Births," Strangers, ITV, 1979.

Stuart, "Black Out," The Professionals, ITV, 1980.

Frederick, "Devil's Alphabet," The Twilight Zone, 1986.

Ettil Vyre, "The Concrete Mixer," The Ray Bradbury Theatre (also known as The Bradbury Trilogy, Mystery Theatre, Le monde fantastique de Ray Bradbury, and Ray Bradbury presente), USA Network, 1992.

"Seance," Tales From the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"), HBO, 1992.

Samuel Warden, "The Substitute," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime, 1996.

Lo + plus, 1996.

Breakfast, BBC, 2004.

Harold Abrahams (in archive footage), "Magnificent Movies," 20 to 1, 9 Network, 2006.

Television Appearances; Other:

Terry Jones, "The Winkler," ITV Playhouse, ITV, 1979.

Charles Dickens, What the Dickens!, 1983.

George Kerby, Topper (pilot), syndicated, 1992.

Ballister, The Red Phone: Manhunt (also known as AT13: Anti-Terror-Warfare and Red Phone 2), 2001.

Nigel Ballister, The Red Phone: Checkmate (also known as Red Phone 2), 2003.

Stage Appearances:

Algernon, The Importance of Being Earnest, Duke's Playhouse, Lancaster, England, 1973.

Macbeth, Duke's Playhouse, 1973.

Death of a Salesman, Duke's Playhouse, 1973.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, England, 1974.

Equus, Haymarket Theatre, 1974.

Mind Your Head, Haymarket Theatre, 1974.

Irma La Douce, Haymarket Theatre, 1974.

Second ruffian, Wild Oats, or The Strolling Gentleman, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1976.

Wally, I Love My Wife, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1977.

Flight Sergeant Kevin Cartwright, Privates on Parade, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1977.

Billy Flynn, Chicago, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England, then Cambridge Theatre, London, both 1979.

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Apollo Theatre, London, 1981.

Knuckle, Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, England, 1981.

Jeremiah Grady, Lydie Breeze, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Lieutenant Barney Greenwald, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Queen's Theatre, London, 1985, then Eisenhower Theatre, Washington, DC, 1986.

Marc, Art, London production, 2002.

Major Tours:

Pilgrim, Great Expectations, Prospect Theatre Company, British and international cities, 1973-75.

Member of chorus, Henry V, Prospect Theatre Company, British and international cities, 1973-75.

Pericles, Prospect Theatre Company, British and international cities, 1973-75.

Royal Hunt of the Sun, Prospect Theatre Company, British and international cities, 1973-75.



The Making of "The Mechanik," Nu Image Films, 2006.



People Weekly, April 5, 1982, p. 83.