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Also Known As: Bernard Cross, Harry Bernard Cross Died:
Born: December 16, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, set builder, window washer

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Composed, cerebral actor Ben Cross first came to international attention as the Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in Hugh Hudson's inspiring drama "Chariots of Fire" (1981). The Oscar-winning drama set the tone for much of Cross' subsequent film and television career, which found him playing upstanding young men whose passions - either romantic or professional - clashed with the established order in projects like "The Citadel" (BBC, 1983) and "The Far Pavilions" (HBO, 1984). Cross' popularity cooled in subsequent years, but he remained remarkably active in a wide-ranging selection of projects around the globe, which cast him as everything from vampires in "Dark Shadows" (NBC, 1991) to Biblical kings in "Solomon" (1997). In 2009, he enjoyed a return to Hollywood with a small role in J.J. Abrams' big-screen revamp of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-68) before continuing his career as one of international film's most dependable and talented performers.

Composed, cerebral actor Ben Cross first came to international attention as the Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in Hugh Hudson's inspiring drama "Chariots of Fire" (1981). The Oscar-winning drama set the tone for much of Cross' subsequent film and television career, which found him playing upstanding young men whose passions - either romantic or professional - clashed with the established order in projects like "The Citadel" (BBC, 1983) and "The Far Pavilions" (HBO, 1984). Cross' popularity cooled in subsequent years, but he remained remarkably active in a wide-ranging selection of projects around the globe, which cast him as everything from vampires in "Dark Shadows" (NBC, 1991) to Biblical kings in "Solomon" (1997). In 2009, he enjoyed a return to Hollywood with a small role in J.J. Abrams' big-screen revamp of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-68) before continuing his career as one of international film's most dependable and talented performers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Common Man, A (2013)
2.
 Black Forest (2012)
3.
 Super Tanker (2011)
4.
 Star Trek (2009)
5.
 Hellhounds (2009)
6.
7.
 War, Inc. (2008)
8.
 Hero Wanted (2008)
9.
 Grendel (2007)
10.
 Undisputed 2 (2007)
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1962:
Left home and school at age 15
:
Worked as a master carpenter for the Welsh National Opera and property master at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham
1973:
After graduating from RADA, performed at the Duke¿s Playhouse and the Prospect Theatre Company
:
Made West End debut in "I Love My Wife"
1976:
Screen acting debut in "A Bridge Too Far"
1977:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
1978:
Played Billy Flynn, the slick lawyer of murderess Roxie Hart, in "Chicago
1981:
Portrayed Jewish Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in Hugh Hudson's multiple Oscar-winning, "Chariots of Fire"
1983:
Played a 1920s Scottish physician in the BBC series, "The Citadel"
1984:
Played a British cavalry officer in the ITV miniseries, "The Far Pavilions" (aired on HBO in the US)
1985:
Cast as an Italian priest aiding Jews in World War II-era Rome in "The Assisi Underground"
1991:
Played Barnabas Collins in the short-lived primetime remake of "Dark Shadows" (NBC)
1992:
Co-starred as a cold-blooded Russian terrorist hunted by Pierce Brosnan in "Live Wire"
1994:
Appeared in the Italian production of "Caro Dolce Amore (Honey Sweet Love)"
1997:
Played the title character in the TV production of "Solomon"
2002:
Composed and directed "The Best We¿ve Ever Had" and "Nearly Midnight" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2004:
Appeared in the USA Network remake of "Spartacus"
2004:
Had a supporting role in "Exorcist: The Beginning"
2006:
Cast as Rudolf Hess in the BBC production, "Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial"
2009:
Had a small role as Sarek, the Vulcan father of Spock (Zachary Quinto), in J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1970

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wife:
Penelope Butler. Fashion model. Married 1977.

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son:
Theodore Cross.
daughter:
Lauren Cross.

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