Ben Cross (born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947 in London, England) is an English actor of the stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of the Jewish Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire.
He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school plays – most notably playing “Jesus” in a school pageant at age 12. Ben left home and school at age 15 and worked various jobs including work as a window washer, waiter and carpenter. He was master carpenter for the Welsh National Opera and property master at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, England.
Driven by his desire to be an actor, Ben accepted and overcame the enormous challenges and obstacles that came with the profession. In 1970 at the age of 22, he was accepted into London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) - the alma mater of legendary actors such as Sir John Gielgud, Glenda Jackson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Upon graduation from RADA, Ben performed in several stage...
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S.S. Doomtrooper is a 2006 made-for-TV science fiction movie starring Corin Nemec, in which a mutated Nazi supersoldier (which is blue, has glowing veins, can generate electrical radiation as a weapon, has greatly enhanced strength and size, and is a mindless monster) fights against Allied troops during World War II.Set during WW2 SS Doomtrooper begins with six prisoners from either England or America being offered a secret mission, which entails them travelling to Germany in order to gather intelligence on a new Nazi project, and then destroying it, in return for their freedom. They parachute into German territory, and realise that they still have a long way to go before they reach the castle where the experiments are happening. Two of the Americans get separated from the rest of the group, and start making their way toward the meeting point for the rest of the group.Meanwhile, Professor Ullman, the Nazi scientist, is given permission to unleash his project, a mutated monster, on the...,
It was announced on 6 September 2006 by MGM that another sequel to Species was in production. An MGM/360 Production, filming commenced in October 2006. Frank Mancuso Jr. has served as Producer on the first two "Species" movies, and as Executive Producer on Species III and this direct-to-DVD sequel. The film went by various working titles: Species IV and Species Quattro. IMDb confirms that the title of the film is now Species: The Awakening. The fourth installment of the Species franchise continues in Mexico, where new experiments with DNA bring horrific results.
According to sources, the character of Miranda was from an embryo mentioned in the first film. Ben Kingsley's character, Xavier Fitch, said that scientists decided to put two embryos in liquid nitrogen in the alien DNA experiment. The first embryo was used in Species II to make the half-human Eve. The second embryo was used to make Miranda in this film, played by Helena Mattsson.
When brilliant college professor Miranda...
Wicked Little Things (previously called Zombies and The Children) is a 2006 film about zombies. At one point, Tobe Hooper was set to direct the film. J.S. Cardone stepped up to the role. The film stars Lori Heuring, Scout Taylor-Compton, Chloe Moretz, Geoffrey Lewis, Ben Cross and Martin McDougall. The film debuted as one of the eight films that make the horror movie festival 8 Films To Die For .
The story is about recently widowed Karen Tunny (Heuring) and her two daughters, Sarah (Taylor-Compton) and Emma (Moretz). They move to a remote mountain home which Karen has inherited from the family of her late husband; however, she is unaware that the home is situated near an old mine, the site of an early 20th century tragedy in which many children were buried alive.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1997 TV movie produced by The Hallmark Channel, based on the novel by Jules Verne and starring Ben Cross as Captain Nemo.
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Chariots of Fire is a British film released in 1981. Written by Colin Welland and directed by Hugh Hudson, it is based on the true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture.The title is a quotation from the hymn Jerusalem which is a setting of a poem by William Blake. The film's working title was "Running" until Welland saw the scene with the singing of the hymn and decided to change the title.The movie is based on the true story of two British athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Englishman Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), who is Jewish, overcomes anti-Semitism and class prejudice in order to compete against the "Flying Scotsman", Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), in the 100 metre race.In 1919, Abrahams enters Cambridge University. He attempts and succeeds at the Trinity Great Court run, which involves running around the court before the clock...,
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