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Ben Vereen is a Actor American born on 10 october 1946 at Laurinburg (USA)

Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen
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Birth name Benjamin Augustus Middleton
Nationality USA
Birth 10 october 1946 (77 years) at Laurinburg (USA)

Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946) is an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts.

Biography

Vereen has appeared as a public speaker and humanitarian speaking on such topics as black history, overcoming adversity, and the importance of continuing education.

In 2007 he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and has a website in which he shares his personal story along with advice from medical experts.[8]

According to the 'Fayetteville Observer' of April 29, 2006, Vereen learned while applying for a passport in the late 1960s that he was adopted. His birth certificate revealed that his birth name was Benjamin Augustus Middleton, that he was the son of Essie Middleton, and that he was born in Laurinburg, NC. In April 2006, Vereen visited Scotland County with a genealogist on a search for family members and learned that his mother's name was Essie May Pearson. The Laurinburg Exchange reported: "Vereen, an adoptee who learned that he was born in Laurinburg and made a celebrated trip to Scotland County in 2006 to reconnect with family. While on the trip he learned his mother had died 24 years before, but that several relatives still lived in the area." According to her acquaintances, Essie had gone on a trip when Vereen was a child, and had left her baby in someone's care. When she returned, the child was gone. In the April 28, 2006 interview with the 'Laurinburg Exchange', Vereen said that his visit "has just all been so overwhelming ... I've finally found my family".
In May 2006, he met his mother's daughter, (his sister), Gloria Walker, of Derby, Connecticut.
He also has a brother, James Middleton, who lives in Tucson, Arizona.

In the early 1980s, Vereen moved with his family to Saddle River, New Jersey. via Associated Press.

His 16-year-old daughter, Naja, was killed in an auto accident in 1987, on the New Jersey Turnpike when a truck overturned on her car.

In 1992, Vereen was the victim of a life-threatening automobile accident when he was struck by a car driven by record producer David Foster while walking along a Malibu highway. His critical injuries (including a broken leg) required him to undergo arduous physical rehabilitation in the ensuing months.

Vereen is the godfather of R&B superstar Usher and is also the first cousin once removed of New York Giants running back Shane Vereen. Vereen was the keynote speaker for the Boys & Girls Clubs in St. Petersburg, Florida annual alumni tribute gala held in October 2007.

In August 2011, Vereen was named Co-Artistic Director of Tampa's Broadway Theatre Project.

In September 2012, Vereen filed for divorce from his wife Nancy Bruner Vereen of 36 years citing irreconcilable differences.

Usually with

Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(2 films)
André 3000
André 3000
(1 films)
Pen Densham
Pen Densham
(1 films)
Kenny Ortega
Kenny Ortega
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ben Vereen (25 films)

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Actor

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, 1h28
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Musical theatre, Horror, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Comedy horror films, Téléfilm musical, Children's films
Actors Laverne Cox, Victoria Justice, Adam Lambert, Ryan McCartan, Reeve Carney, Christina Milian
Roles Dr. Scott
Rating42% 2.1129252.1129252.1129252.1129252.112925
Lors d'une soirée comme les autres, Trixie rejoint le cinéma où elle travaille comme ouvreuse pour lancer une séance du célèbre Rocky Horror Picture Show. Des fans impatients envahissent la salle de cinéma pour redécouvrir ce film pas comme les autres dans lequel un couple assez coincé, Janet et Brad, tombe en panne dans une forêt étrange lors d'une sombre nuit d'orage. Le couple devait rendre visite au Dr Everett von Scott pour lui annoncer leurs fiançailles. À la recherche d'aide, Janet et Brad frappent à la porte d'un mystérieux château. Là-bas, ils vont faire la rencontre de ses occupants pour le moins bizarres, notamment le maitre des lieux, le Dr Frank-N-Furter, qui se livre à de bien étranges expériences.
Time Out of Mind, 2h
Directed by Oren Moverman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi, Danielle Brooks, Kyra Sedgwick
Roles Dixon
Rating56% 2.8494552.8494552.8494552.8494552.849455
Un sans-abri renoue avec sa fille.
Top Five
Top Five (2014)
, 1h42
Directed by Chris Rock
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about television, Hip hop films
Actors Rosario Dawson, Chris Rock, Doug Stanhope, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Sherri Shepherd
Roles Carl Allen
Rating63% 3.197563.197563.197563.197563.19756
New York Times reporter Chelsea Brown is spending a day interviewing comedian and recovering alcoholic Andre Allen, star of the hit film franchise Hammy The Bear, about a cop in a bear suit. He is attempting a foray into serious films with Uprize, in which he portrays Haitian Revolution figure Dutty Boukman, and sensitive to criticism, particularly by Times critic James Nielson, whose previous reviews of Andre's work have been negative and insulting. As the interview begins in his limousine, Andre recalls his lowest point, when he was in Houston in 2003 and met Jazzy Dee, who supplied him with drugs, alcohol and women. Yet after Jazzy refused to pay the women, they contended they were raped, leading to Andre's arrest.
Khumba
Khumba (2013)
, 1h25
Origin South africa
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about birds
Actors Jake Toranzo Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Liam Neeson, Ben Vereen, Phil LaMarr, Laurence Fishburne
Roles Mkhulu (voice)
Rating56% 2.8078552.8078552.8078552.8078552.807855
A half-striped zebra named Khumba (Jake T. Austin) is born into an insular isolated herd of all-striped zebras where his mother is Lungisa (Anika Noni Rose) and his father is Seko (Laurence Fishburne). Rumors that the strange foal is cursed spread and before long he is blamed for the drought that sets into the Great Karoo. As he matures, Khumba remains ostracized by most of the herd with the exception of Tombi (AnnaSophia Robb), a female zebra friend close in age and uncomfortable in the herd due to her tomboyish manners.
Mama, I Want to Sing!, 1h35
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Ciara, Lynn Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, Hill Harper, Billy Zane, Ben Vereen
Roles Horace Payne
Rating47% 2.3739852.3739852.3739852.3739852.373985
Amara Winter (Ciara), a beautiful and charismatic young singer, is on the verge of stardom. Raised in the church by her father, Reverend Dr. Kenneth Winter (Marvin Winans) and mother, Lillian Winter (Lynn Whitfield), Amara and her younger brother Luke (Kevin Phillips) have a very strong bond. After her father's untimely death, her mother is thrust into the limelight in the role as preacher, a daring move that ultimately catapults her to the top of the gospel world. Paralleling her mother's success, Amara soon becomes a huge star in her own right, taking the R&B world by storm.
21 and a Wake-Up
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Medical-themed films, Political films
Actors Amy Acker, JC Chasez, Danica McKellar, Faye Dunaway, Tom Sizemore, Todd Cahoon
Rating50% 2.5341752.5341752.5341752.5341752.534175
The film is based on real events, focusing on the lives of three young nurses, one of whom undertakes a treacherous journey up the Mekong River to Cambodia to save a very young Vietnamese-American girl before her life is destroyed during the American bombing of Cambodia.
Accidental Friendship, 1h24
Directed by Don McBrearty
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Chandra Wilson, Ben Vereen, Kathleen Munroe, Arnold Pinnock, Alison Sealy-Smith, Alicja Bachleda-Curuś
Roles Wes
Rating66% 3.340163.340163.340163.340163.34016
Homeless woman Yvonne Caldwell (Chandra Wilson) is a woman with good reason to be bitter: she has lost everything except her two beloved dogs, Bebe and Man-Man. With her one friend, Wes (Ben Vereen), Caldwell lives the daily struggle of being homeless in Los Angeles until a chance encounter caused by her dogs leads to a friendship with LAPD officer Tami Baumann (Kathleen Munroe), and hope for a better life begins in earnest for Yvonne. Friendship between the two women seemed improbable, but their friendship provided a base of support and respect for Yvonne and Tami for more than five years.
And Then Came Love, 1h30
Directed by Richard Schenkman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kevin Daniels, Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt, Michael Boatman, Stephen Pinella, Ben Vereen
Roles Chuck Cooper
Rating46% 2.323882.323882.323882.323882.32388
Julie (Vanessa Williams), a successful Manhattan reporter-turned-columnist in her mid-40s believes she has it all - a great job, a rent controlled apartment, a boyfriend (Michael Boatman) and best of all, an adorable six-year-old son named Jake, whom she conceived via an anonymous sperm donor. Her perfect world, however, is rocked when she’s called in for an emergency parent-teacher conference and learns that her son has been acting up, needs to be ‘tested,’ and is on the brink of expulsion.
Idlewild
Idlewild (2006)

Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Musical, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Gangster films
Actors André 3000, Big Boi, Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Malinda Williams
Roles Percy Senior
Rating61% 3.09783.09783.09783.09783.0978
Percival (3000) and Rooster (Boi) have been good friends since childhood. However, as they grow up, they each begin to live separate lives. Percival works at his father Percy Senior's (Vereen) morgue preparing dead bodies during the day, and works at a local club called Church (owned by Ace (Love)) at night playing the piano. Rooster grows up and involves himself in gambling, partying and business deals; he also gets married to Zora (Williams) and has a family. In addition, Rooster also works at the Church club as a performer. Another performer at the club is Taffy (Gray) who is a drunk, loudmouth, jealous diva, who is slowly falling out of the limelight.
Why Do Fools Fall In Love, 1h56
Directed by Gregory Nava
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Documentary, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate, Paul Mazursky, Pamela Reed
Roles Richard Barrett
Rating64% 3.2004453.2004453.2004453.2004453.200445
Lymon was thirteen years old when the teenage group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers erupted from radios and jukeboxes with their 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" and appeared in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock (1956).
Once Upon a Forest, 1h11
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Animation
Themes Environmental films, Films about magic and magicians, Children's films
Actors Michael Crawford, Benji Gregory, Elisabeth Moss, Ben Vereen, Will Estes, Charles Adler
Roles Phineas (voice)
Rating64% 3.201343.201343.201343.201343.20134
The story opens in a forest known as Dapplewood, where "Furlings" (a term for animal children) live alongside their teacher, Cornelius (Michael Crawford). The four Furlings central to the story are Abigail (Ellen Blain), a woodmouse; Russell (Paige Gosney), a hedgehog; Edgar (Benji Gregory), a mole; and a badger named Michelle (Elisabeth Moss), who is Cornelius' niece.
Intruders (miniseries), 2h41
Directed by Dan Curtis
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Richard Crenna, Mare Winningham, Daphne Ashbrook, Susan Blakely, Jason Beghe, Ben Vereen
Roles Gene Randall
Rating63% 3.1955253.1955253.1955253.1955253.195525
Lesley Hahn lives in California, and is plagued by nightmares about faceless telephone repairmen entering her house and taking her. She contacts psychiatrist Dr Neil Chase in hope of receiving treatment for her nightmares.
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Shelley Duvall, Harry Anderson, Jean Stapleton, Brian Bonsall, Dan Gilroy, Cyndi Lauper
Roles Itsy-Bitsy Spider
Rating74% 3.724683.724683.724683.724683.72468
The film deals with the events surrounding Gordon Goose and Little Bo Peep, who, while still trying to find her sheep, goes to Mother Goose's house for help, only to discover her sudden absence. Bo Peep and Gordon search Rhymeland to flush out what has happened to Mother Goose, all the while watching as many Mother Goose characters begin to mysteriously disappear.
Buy & Cell
Buy & Cell (1989)
, 1h38
Directed by Robert Boris
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Prison films
Actors Robert Carradine, Imogene Coca, Malcolm McDowell, Tony Plana, Mickey Knox, Ben Vereen
Roles Shaka
Rating50% 2.512172.512172.512172.512172.51217
Herbie Altman (Robert Carradine) is framed by his business partner and sent to jail where he sets up "Con Inc." an investment company with the help of those around him.