Shaun Benson (born January 16, 1976) is a Canadian actor and director.
Benson was born in Guelph, Ontario. He is the son of Eugene Benson, an English professor and a prolific novelist, playwright and librettist. He later graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor of science in chemistry and biochemistry, before studying acting at the George Brown College Theater School in Toronto.
As an actorEdit
His early roles as an actor included theatrical productions of John Palmer's Singapore, Fabrizio Filippo's Waiting for Lewis, William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and Robin Fulford's Steel Kiss.
In 2000, he appeared in a Molson Canadian commercial as a Canadian office worker who unleashes a torrent of hockey-style violence on an American coworker taunting him with Canadian stereotypes. In 2001, he was cast in a lead role in the television drama series The Associates.
Benson played the recurring role of Dr. Steven Lars Webber on the soap opera General Hospital from 2004 to 2005, which attracted him considerable attention compared to his previous roles. Since his time on General Hospital, Benson has guest starred in numerous television series, including Cold Case, The Unit, and Being Erica.
In the 2015 made-for-TV movie Kept Woman, Shaun played an eccentric professor, Simon, who kidnaps his neighbor Jessica, played by Courtney Ford. Also in 2015, he starred in the Starz television series The Girlfriend Experience.
In 2016, Benson appeared in the Netflix time loop thriller ARQ as Sonny, as well as Season 2 of the series Gangland Undercover as Crowbar. He subsequently appeared in the SyFy series Channel Zero as the town sheriff, Gary Yolen.
As a directorEdit
In 2013, Benson directed Stop Kiss for the Toronto Fringe Festival. The production had a sold out run which was extended as a result of winning Best of Fringe honours.
|2002||K-19: The Widowmaker||Leonid Pashinski|
|2013||The Beautiful Risk||William||also known as Le beau risque|
|Edge of Winter||Ted|
|2018||Never Saw it Coming||Kirk Nicholson|
|I Still See You||Mr. Calder|
|Queen of the Morning Calm||Ian|
|2002||Just Cause||Patrick Heller||Main role|
|The Associates||Jonah Gleason||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2006||Cold Case||Truck Sugar||Episode: "The Red and the Blue"|
|2007||The Unit||Interrogater #1||Episode: "Sub-Conscious"|
|2009||Tornado Valley||Bobby||Television film|
|2010||Being Erica||Will Appleyard||3 episodes|
|Wedding for One||Jeff Doyle||Television film|
|2011||Against the Wall||Mike Fletcher||Episode: "Obsessed and Unwanted"|
|Flashpoint||Geoff Daikin||Episode: "Grounded"|
|Stay with Me||Davis Sakeris||Television film|
|2012||The Listener||Jack Newman||Episode: "The Bank Job"|
|Haven||Robert Taylor||Episode: "Reunion"|
|Republic of Doyle||Eric Langtson / Eric Howlett||2 episodes|
|2013||Played||Charlie Mulcair||Episode: "Revenge"|
|Cracked||Damian Tremblay||Episode: "The Hold Out"|
|Heartland||Adrian Gilson||2 episodes|
|Lucky 7||Phil||Episode: "Cable Guy"|
|2014||Darknet||Desmond||Episode: "Darknet 3"|
|Defiance: The Lost Ones||Lenny||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|Working the Engels||Ken||Episode: "Jenna vs. The Momfia"|
|That's My DJ||Mark||Television miniseries|
|2015||Saving Hope||Lane Berkley||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|Kept Woman||Simon||Television film|
|2016||Inhuman Condition||William "Will" Bader||Recurring role; 10 episodes|
|The Girlfriend Experience||Ryan||4 episodes|
|Gangland Undercover||Crowbar||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|Channel Zero: Candle Cove||Gary Yolen||Main role|
|2018||Killjoys||The Hunter||Episode: "Baby, Face Killer"|
|Prescription for Danger||Dr. Mark Laurie||Television film|
|2019||The Boys||Ezekiel||4 episodes|
|2020||Tiny Pretty Things||Topher Brooks||8 episodes|
- "Famous Guelphites: Benson, Shaun". Guelph Public Library. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "Just Cause for Benson: The actor can stay in Vancouver - series gets an extension". The Province, March 7, 2003.
- "A bad taste that lingers". National Post, April 3, 2000.
- "Plays about teens not up to challenge ; Productions confront questions of fame and homophobia". Toronto Star, April 17, 1999.
- "Oakville ups ante on outdoor Shakespeare Review". Toronto Star, July 24, 1999.
- "From a gang of thugs to a bunch of losers". National Post, January 15, 1999.
- "'I am Canadian' the sequel: Meet the obnoxious American". Toronto Star, July 29, 2000.
- "The associates deliver their verdict: How close does CTV's new television series come to life at a law firm?". National Post, January 13, 2001.
- "Fall TV looks to Vancouver: Several new shows are being filmed here or feature local talent". Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2002.
- "Soapfest lures dedicated fans". Windsor Star, February 22, 2005.
- "a Canadian story that's top flight". The Globe and Mail, April 12, 2013.
- "A slight rom-com, but that's all; Paint-by-numbers Populaire powered by chemistry between stars". Montreal Gazette, February 8, 2013.
- Julianna Cummins March (March 30, 2015). "Canadian Film Fest unveils 2015 winners". Playback. Retrieved July 14, 2016.