Ben Mankiewicz Biography
Ben Mankiewicz is an American film critic, television presenter, and political pundit. He is currently a host on Turner Classic Movies. He has also appeared as a guest on The Young Turks and What the Flick?! In addition, Ben hosts a Screen Time feature on the CBS Sunday morning show.
The journalist began his journalism career by serving as a reporter and an anchor for WCSC-TV (a CBS affiliate) based in Charleston, South Carolina. Ben joined WAMI in Miami, Florida in 1998 as an anchor of The Times, a daily news magazine show. It was also the station’s most popular show.
Ben Mankiewicz Age
Ben Mankiewicz was born in Washington, D.C., United States of America on March 25, 1967. He is 55 years old.
Ben Mankiewicz Height
Ben stands at a height of 5 ft 10 in/1.78m tall.
Ben Mankiewicz Family
Ben was born to Holly Mankiewicz (née Jolley) of German-Jewish ancestry (mother) and press secretary Frank Mankiewicz (father). Josh Mankiewicz, an NBC News reporter, is his brother. His cousins are filmmaker/television producer Nick Davis and screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz. Ben’s grandfather was screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. He is also the grandson of screenwriter, director, and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Josh Mankiewicz (Ben’s brother) is an American journalist who is 66 years old. Josh has been a Dateline NBC reporter since 1995. He also worked as a reporter for The Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly. He worked for ABC News as a producer and reporter prior to joining NBC.
Ben Mankiewicz Wife
In 2005, Ben married his ex-wife, Contessa Kellogg. The couple exchanged vows in a secret ceremony attended by just close friends and family. The marriage terminated in divorce four years later, in 2009, due to irreconcilable differences. He discovered love again in 2013 and married his second wife, Lee Russo. On the 25th of March, 2013. Josie, Ben and Lee’s daughter, was born.
Ben Mankiewicz Education
Ben received his primary and secondary studies at Georgetown Day School. He subsequently entered Tufts University for his undergraduate studies, and later enrolled at Columbia University for his Ph.D. studies.
Ben Mankiewicz Salary
Ben receives an annual salary of $73,296.
Ben Mankiewicz Net Worth
Ben’s estimated net worth is $2 million.
Ben Mankiewicz Career
Ben made his TCM debut in September 2003, becoming the network’s second host hire in its history (Robert Osborne being the first). From 2008 to 2009, he co-hosted the nationally syndicated television show At the Movies as a film reviewer. Ben also co-hosted What the Flick?!, an online film review show on The Young Turks Network.
Merv Griffin is the creator of the American television game show Jeopardy!, which incorporates a quiz competition. Contestants in this show are given general knowledge cues in the form of replies. The candidates’ roles require them to phrase their responses in the form of questions. The original daytime version of the show began on NBC on March 30, 1964, and ran through January 3, 1975.
On January 29, 2014, TCM announced that Ben would be joining Jeopardy! to introduce a new category for 31 Days of Oscar®. Fans were given the opportunity to put their classic cinema trivia abilities to the test. He also went on Jeopardy! in April 2019 to present a new category in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary.
In April 2020, the journalist debuted “The Plot Thickens,” a TCM original podcast. Ben began the show by interviewing legendary director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, etc.). In and out of the film, Peter records his life. In addition, future episodes of “The Plot Thickens” will feature interviews with others related to the film.
Aside from journalism and podcasting, he appeared in the Lifetime television drama The Bling Ring in 2011 and the action thriller White House Down in 2013. In 2017, he also appeared on other shows as a political and media pundit, including The Michael Brooks Show. He was one of the participants interviewed for the documentary film Memory: The Origins of Alien in 2019.