Notwithstanding his unmistakable quality in Hollywood as a character actor known for playing villains and criminals, Ben Mendelsohn has been a leading man in Australia since starting acting as a teenager.
Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn was conceived in Melbourne, Australia, to Carole Ann (Ferguson), an attendant, and Frederick Arthur Oscar Mendelsohn, a medical researcher. Getting his start in TV, including The Henderson Kids and the long running soap opera Neighbors, Mendelsohn broke out with his performance as a disastrous adolescent reprobate in the acclaimed transitioning film The Year My Voice Broke. Mendelsohn won the best supporting actor award from the Australian Film Institute, his first of eight nominations.
Mendelsohn went onto to wind up a standout amongst the most popular youngster/youthful adult stars in Australia cinema, frequently rivaling other developing talents of his generation, including Russell Crowe, Noah Taylor, and Guy Pearce, leading the Australian tabloid to nickname them “the Mouse Pack” in reference to the Rat Pack in America and Brit Pack in the UK, rising at the same time. Among his companions, Mendelsohn appeared to corner the market on beset, angry young fellows, thanks to his jobs in Idiot Box, Metal Skin, and Nirvana Street Murder. In any case, Mendelsohn also demonstrated he was capable of being a romantic lead, starring in the comedies The Big Steal, Cosi, Spotswood, and Amy.
During the 1990s, Mendelsohn appeared in only one “Hollywood” film, the action film Vertical Limit, as one of two daredevil climbers on a salvage mission, frequently giving the film’s entertainment. The film failed to discover an audience and Mendelsohn came back to Australia, where he primarily worked in theater and TV, in spite of earning best actor nominations from the Australian Film Institute and Australian Film Critics Circle for the drama Mullet, as a prodigal child coming back to his small town. He also found a way to work in progressively international movies, for example, The New World, Knowing and Australia. Mendelsohn has acknowledged that there was a time of almost two years that he had so little work, he considered leaving the acting calling totally.
In 2009, Mendelsohn encountered somewhat of a comeback with the job in the free Australian movies Beautiful Kate, as harried man compelled to rejoin with his perishing father and grapple with the death of his twin sister, with whom he had a complicated relationship. He was nominated for Australian Film Institute and Australian Film Critics Circle Best Actor in 2009. A year later, he appeared as Pope in Animal Kingdom, the most startling and rough individual from a wrongdoing family. In 2010, he won Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute, Independent Film Award, and Australian Film Critics Circle.
Since 2010, Mendelsohn has turned into a major player in Hollywood as a character actor in both blockbuster films (The Dark Knight Rises) and critically acclaimed movies, for example, Killing Them Softly and Place Beyond the Pines. In 2013 he appeared in the UK Starred Up, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Award from the British Independent Film Awards. He got high praise for his performance as gambling addict in 2015’s Mississippi Grind (earning an autonomous soul award nomination for best actor). The same year he began a two season keep running on Netflix’s Bloodline as Danny Rayburn, the black sheep in a very much regarded family in the Florida Keys (he was viewed as a visitor actor in the third and final season). In 2016 his career took another leap forward, appearing as the main villain in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and winning the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He missed the function, as he was recording Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.