Ben Shenkman stars in Paul Reiser's new NBC comedy "The Paul Reiser Show" as Jonathan, a tightly wound prosecutor, and one of Paul's good friends.
New York-born, Washington, D.C.-bred Shenkman first came to wide industry and audience attention in the Broadway hit "Proof," opposite Mary-Louise Parker. Already a New York theater and indie film veteran with credits including "Pi," "Jesus' Son," and "Requiem For a Dream," he was nominated for a Tony Award. His performance ultimately led to a successful audition for Mike Nichols' HBO miniseries "Angels in America." This acclaimed production went on to win record numbers of Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and garnered Shenkman nominations for both. Since then, he has moved easily between Broadway, opposite Laura Linney in "Sight Unseen"' studio movies including "Must Love Dogs" and "Just Like Heaven"; series television as a regular on "Canterbury's Law" with Julianna Margulies, and in memorable arcs on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Burn Notice"; and successful independent movies such as Helen Hunt's "Then She Found Me," "Breakfast with Scot," with Tom Cavanagh, and John Krasinski's "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men."
2010 saw him as Glenn Close's rival and foil ADA Curtis Gates on "Damages," and in the indie standouts "Solitary Man" with Michael Douglas, and "Blue Valentine" with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
Shenkman lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lauren and their son, Harris.