Ben Mankiewicz

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Ben Mankiewicz
Born Benjamin Fredrick Mankiewicz
(1967-03-25) March 25, 1967 (age 51)
Washington, D.C.
Residence Santa Monica, California, United States
Alma mater Tufts University
Columbia University
Occupation Analyst, critic, journalist
Years active 2003-present
Spouse(s) Contessa Kellogg (2005–2009)
Lee Russo (m. 2013)
Relatives Frank Mankiewicz (father)
Holly Jolley Reynolds (mother)
Josh Mankiewicz (brother)
Tom Mankiewicz (cousin)
Nick Davis (cousin)
Herman Mankiewicz (grandfather)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (great-nephew)

Benjamin Fredrick "Ben" Mankiewicz[1] (born March 25, 1967) is an American radio and television personality. He is best known as a commentator on The Young Turks, a film and TV critic for the acerbic What the Flick?, and as host for Turner Classic Movies.

Early life

Mankiewicz was born in Washington, D.C.[2] He is the son of Holly (née Jolley) and Frank Mankiewicz,[3] the cousin of the screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, grandson of screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, and great-nephew of screenwriter, producer, and director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz.[4][5] He is the brother of NBC News reporter Josh Mankiewicz. His cousin is filmmaker/television producer Nick Davis. His father was Jewish and his mother is a Mormon.[4]

He attended Georgetown Day High School, Tufts University, and Columbia University.[6]


Mankiewicz began his career as a reporter and an anchor for WCSC-TV (a CBS affiliate) in Charleston, South Carolina. He joined WAMI in Miami, Florida in 1988, where he served as anchor of The Times, a daily news magazine show and the station’s highlight program.[7]

He is a regular fill-in and co-host of the progressive YouTube talk show The Young Turks, along with Cenk Uygur, and hosts TYT Sports and What The Flick?!, two spinoff shows on The Young Turks Network. On weekends he presents classic movies on the American cable television channel, Turner Classic Movies. From 2004–07, he hosted TCM's Cartoon Alley, shown weekly on Saturday mornings and has acted as occasional fill-in host for TCM's full-time host, Robert Osborne.

In 2008, he and Ben Lyons replaced Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper on the syndicated TV program At the Movies.[8] In August 2009, Lyons and Mankiewicz were replaced by Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott from The New York Times.

Mankiewicz has made cameo appearances in the movies The Bling Ring (2013) and White House Down (2013).


  1. Broadcasting – Google Books. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. "Ben Mankiewicz: Why the World Cup Is Better Than Twilight". Huffington Post. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. "What Mom taught me... – Inside Dateline". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bonnett, Margie. "Frank Mankiewicz". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  5. "Ben's Top Pick for October 2015". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  6. "Ben Mankiewicz". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  7. "Ben Mankiewicz profile". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  8. "Lyons, Mankiewicz named 'At the Movies' hosts". CNN. [dead link]

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