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BEN SHENKMAN (Brett) starred in HBO's multiple award-winning miniseries "Angels in America,” joining an ensemble cast that also included Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Jeffrey Wright, under the direction of Mike Nichols. Shenkman garnered both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance as Louis, who is conflicted and fearful when his lover contracts AIDS in the early days of the epidemic.

Shenkman co-stars with Diane Lane and John Cusack in Gary David Goldberg's romantic comedy "Must Love Dogs.” He includes among his other film credits the acclaimed independent features "Roger Dodger,” "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits,” "Requiem for a Dream,” "Jesus' Son” and "Pi,” as well as Robert Redford's "Quiz Show.” He also stars in the upcoming film "Americanese,” directed by Independent Spirit Award nominee Eric Byler.

Shenkman's television work includes recurring roles on "Law & Order,” "Law & Order: Trial by Jury” and "Ed.”

A native New Yorker, Shenkman made his Broadway debut in "The Deep Blue Sea.” He was later honored with a Tony Award nomination for his work in the hit Broadway play "Proof,” in which he starred opposite Mary-Louise Parker, under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. In summer 2004, Shenkman reunited with Sullivan, returning to Broadway to star with Laura Linney in the limited revival of "Sight Unseen.”

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