Ben Koldyke is an American actor best known for co-starring in the short-lived 2015 sitcom Mr Robinson. Koldyke who is a former teacher and football coach has so far made a huge impact in the entertainment industry ever since he decided to become an actor. His acting skills can be seen in various films and TV series some of which include Thirteen Days, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, and Big Love, to mention a few.
Ben Koldyke’s Biography
Born March 27, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Benjamin Koldyke grew up in nearby Kenilworth and had his high school education at a college preparatory private institute popularly known as Choate Rosemary Hall. He later moved to Dartmouth College, New Hampshire where he studied English and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1991. While in college, he played American football and was known for his position as a quarterback.
After college, Ben Koldyke joined the teaching field and taught English in high school. He also became a football coach in Chicago but after his encounter with Rob McElhenney, a popular American actor, producer and screenwriter best known for creating the popular American sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, that premiered on Fox in 2005, his career took a redirection into entertainment. His first role was in the TV pilot Boldly Going Nowhere, even though the show was not later picked by Fox.
Despite the show’s inability to air, Koldyke saw a better opportunity in acting. He began to receive several recurring roles. Among the roles he portrayed was as Dale in the 2006-2011-aired HBO drama series, Big Love and as Don Frank in the sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. Ben, however, received a lead role in a 2012 short-lived ABC comedy series, Work It. The 2015 period drama series, Masters of Sex also had Ben Kodyke featuring as Paul Edley, a class teacher and football coach, his former profession. In 2016, he took a supporting role in Disney’s The Finest Hours, which also featured great actors like Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, and Eric Bana.
Salary and Net Worth
Although he is yet to receive an award for any of the roles he has so far portrayed, Ben Koldyke has garnered as much as $7 Million in net worth according to some net worth calculating sites. The actor earned a higher percentage of his net worth from his acting career. His three bedroom house in Santa Monica, California is about 2,276 square feet and he bought the house for $1.45 million and listed it for sale at $3.895 million. His pay for every role he has portrayed is yet to be revealed to the public.
Ben Koldyke Family, Wife
The 6 feet 2 inches-tall actor from Illinois is currently single but has been married only once. He was formally married to a co-star in the big and small screen, Maggie Lawson. Maggie who is best known for her role as Detective Juliet Jules O’Hara in the detective comedy-drama show Psych, met Ben while getting out of a relationship with James Roday, her Psych co-star.
Maggie is a native of Kentucky, USA and she belongs to a native American family. Her mother’s name is Judy, a homemaker, while her father, Mike Lawson was a hotel manager. She also has two siblings namely Chris and Nick Lawson
Maggie and Ben Koldyke dated for a while before they made their union official on November 14, 2014, before their friends and family members. The wedding ceremony took place in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Things turned cold between Ben and Maggie after living together for three years. Maggie eventually filed for divorce in early 2017 citing irreconcilable differences. The two parted ways immediately after. Neither Koldyke nor Lawson appears to be ready for any relationship yet.
The American actor with Caucasian ethnicity is one of the four children born to his parents Patricia Blunt and Martin J Koldyke. His other siblings include Elizabeth, Carl and Laird Koldyke. While Koldyke’s father Martin is a former investment banker now a life trustee of Northwestern University, his mother, was an educator.
Further information about Ben Koldyke’s parents has it that they are both celebrated as education activists in Illinois. Ben’s father founded the Frontenac Company in Chicago. He was also among the family members who managed the capital market company, Laird Norton Company LLC which has roots in the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest.