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Ben Cross

Ben Cross, born on December 16, 1947 as Harry Bernard Cross 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. Cross first emerged as a minor actor in the 1977 war film A Bridge Too Far.

He appeared in two Masterpiece Theatre miniseries, namely The Flame Trees of Thika and The Citadel, in which he starred as a controversial Scottish physician.

As well as roles in such films as the critically panned First Knight, starring Richard Gere and Sean Connery, Cross recently was featured in the Exorcist sequel in 2004.

During the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, an American Express credit card commercial (Don't leave home without it) included Ben Cross and the 87-year-old Jackson Scholz. When Cross says something about beating Scholz, the latter remarks, You never beat me! with mock indignation. Proving he is still pretty fast, Scholz beats Cross to the draw in picking up the tab with his credit card.

Ben Cross also played Barnabas Collins in the short-lived Dark Shadows revival in 1991.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Ben Cross Facts

Birth NameHarry Bernard Cross
BirthdayDecember 16, 1947 (74)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Ben Cross compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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