BENJAMIN RATNER starred in Bruce Sweeney's Last Wedding
, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001. For his work in Last Wedding
, Ratner was awarded the Film Can "Best Actor" Award, was nominated for a Leo Award, a Canadian Comedy Award, and was named "Best Canadian Actor" by the Vancouver Film Critics' Circle.
For Looking for Leonard
, he was named "Best Supporting Actor" by the Vancouver Film Critics' Circle. Ratner also starred in Dirty
, also by Sweeney, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1998, and garnered critical and audience raves at the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. For his work in Dirty
, Ratner was nominated for a Leo Award for "Best Actor in a Feature Film." Other films roles include Zachariah
, the Canadian Film Centre's 19 Months
, directed by Randall Cole, for which Ratner was named 2003's VFCC Best Canadian Actor - Runner Up; A Problem With Fear
; Long Life Happiness and Prosperity; See Grace Fly
; and Expiration Date
. Ratner co-starred in films such as Wrongfully Accused, Good Boy!, Ignition
, and can be seen in the features Gray Matters
, opposite Heather Graham, and Man About Town
, opposite Ben Affleck.
He was a series regular on ABC's Kingdom Hospital
, written by Stephen King. Other notable television credits include The Twilight Zone
, Dead Zone
, and Mysterious Ways
, for which he was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Actor. He has appeared in over 30 television shows including Da Vinci's Inquest, Beggars and Choosers, Becker
, and 7 Days
. He recently won a Leo Award as for his Guest Performance on The Collector
Movies for television include co-starring opposite Brian Dennehy in Indefensible
, Stockard Channing in An Unexpected Life
, and Barbara Hershey in The Stranger Beside Me
. He also appeared in Once a Thief
, directed by John Woo.
An accomplished stage actor as well, some of Ratner's credits include his self-penned one man show Cherished and Forgotten
, Frank Borg's The Chalk Player
, and David Mamet's American Buffalo
, for which he was nominated for a 1995 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award.
Ratner made his directorial debut with Moving Malcolm
. Ratner wrote and co-starred in this dramatic comedy alongside Elizabeth Berkley and John Neville. Moving Malcolm
was awarded a Grand Jury Award at the 2004 Washington DC Independent Film Festival and won Best First Feature at the 2003 Montreal World Film Festival before opening theatrically in Canada. More recently, Ratner directed an episode of the new television series Robson Arms
, for CTV.
He co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in the short films Table Manners
, co-starring with the late Blues legend Long John Baldry. Ratner is also a published writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and as a stand-up comedian was a finalist in "Yuk Yuk's Search For Canada's Funniest New Comedian" in 1991 and '92.