The Man Behind the Tough Guy
The OC's Ryan Atwood is played by Benjamin McKenzie...but do you know the real Ben? Well, I did a little digging on him. Im sure every week when you see Ryan stand next to Marissa, you or one of your friends comments on how short he is or that he is wearing heels (his work boots have got a good 2 inches on them). Well, the actor is 5 feet, 8.5inches. Who says .5?? Oh yea, short people. Im one of them. I was damn proud of my 1/4 inch when i was younger...I was shorted than some of my friends, but i was 5'2 AND A QUARTER. Now Im 5'6, so I cant compain anymore.
Anyways, Ben was born and raised in Texas. He went to the same High School as President Bush's twin daughters, and graduated a few years ahead of them. His real name is Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan. When he began acting, he wanted to register with the Screen Actors Guild but there was already a Ben with a similar last name. He went to college at the University of Virginia and graduated with 2 degrees in 2001...and I assumed he was just a Hollywood bum that skipped out on school to persue his dream of acting. After a few years of acting in NY, he moved to LA and thats when The OC scooped him up as their main guy.
Ben makes between $15,000 and $25,000 each episode on The OC.
Reference: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)