A direct descendant of the Allen Brothers, the founders of Houston, TX. Ben's father was a military officer and received his doctorate at Harvard. His mother, a yoga instructor, provided the more ethereal perspective, embracing the arts. While working towards a double degree in Communications and Theater, he landed his first on-screen role in Warning: Parental Advisory (2002) (TV), and later that year filmed his first lead role in the short film, The Stairwell (2002). After several roles in indie films and on stage, he soon found himself opposite Oscar winner Jamie Foxx with a small role in the biopic, Ray (2004/I). A comedic performance in the campy horror Creepshow III (2006) (V) came next, followed by a moving performance as a desperate American soldier stuck on a desert landmine in the short film Mine (2007/II). Ben has studied regularly at the Larry Moss Studio, and is the founder and Director of the Edgemar Film Festival in Santa Monica.