Ben Foster is an American actor best known for his roles in the teen movies Liberty Heights and Get Over It, as well as the action films Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand and 3:10 To Yuma.
Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a Jewish American family. He has a younger brother, Jon, who has also become an actor.
Foster's parents were former Vietnam-protestors who settled in Fairfield, Iowa, a small town, after their Boston house was burglarized. At the age of 16, Foster dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles.
In 1996, he appeared in the television series Flash Forward. In the following years, Foster was predominately cast in guest roles on various television shows.
In 2001, he acted in Get Over It. Foster also had a recurring role as Russell Corwin (22 episodes) in the HBO series Six Feet Under.
After he made 11:14 and The Punisher, Foster also appeared in Hostage at the side of Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak and Michelle Horn. In 2006, Foster appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as the comic-book hero Angel/Warren Worthington III.
He also played a guest role on the third season of the comedy series My Name is Earl, in 2007. He played the role of The Stranger in the 2007 feature film 30 Days of Night.
In 2008 he will appear in the film The Laws of Motion.