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Mankiewicz in 2012
Benjamin Frederick Mankiewicz

(1967-03-25) March 25, 1967 (age 56)
Alma mater Tufts University (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Occupation(s)Analyst, critic, journalist
Political party Democratic [1]
Movement Progressive
Contessa Kellogg
(m. 20052009)

Lee Russo
(m. 2013)
Parent(s) Frank Mankiewicz
Holly Mankiewicz
Family Mankiewicz

Benjamin Frederick Mankiewicz [2] (born March 25, 1967) is an American television personality, political commentator, and film critic. He is a host on Turner Classic Movies [3] and has been a commentator on The Young Turks and What the Flick?!


Early life

Mankiewicz was born in Washington, D.C., to press secretary Frank Mankiewicz and Holly Mankiewicz (née Jolley) [4] of German–Jewish descent. [5] He is the cousin of screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz and filmmaker/television producer Nick Davis, [6] the grandson of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, the grand-nephew of screenwriter, producer, and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, [6] [7] and the brother of NBC News reporter Josh Mankiewicz.

He attended Georgetown Day School for his primary and secondary education, Tufts University for undergraduate studies, and Columbia University for graduate studies in journalism. [8]


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 1998, where he served as anchor of The Times, a daily news magazine show and the station's highlight program. [9]

Since 2003, Mankiewicz has been a host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his debut [3] on TCM, he became the second host hired in the network's history (Robert Osborne being the first). As a film critic, Mankiewicz co-hosted the nationally syndicated television series At the Movies from 2008 to 2009 and co-hosted the online film review show What the Flick?! on The Young Turks Network. [10] He launched TCM original podcast (April 2020), "The Plot Thickens" in which he interviews renowned director Peter Bogdanovich ( The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, etc.) who chronicles his life in and out of film. The podcast is scheduled to have others connected to film interviewed in subsequent podcasts.

Mankiewicz has made cameo appearances in the Lifetime television movie The Bling Ring (2011) and the action film White House Down (2013). Mankiewicz also appears regularly on other shows as a political and media commentator, including The Michael Brooks Show in 2017, [11] and hosts a segment on the CBS Sunday morning show called Screen Time. He was among the people interviewed for the documentary film Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019).



2011The Bling RingHostTV movie
2012Ten Years of the Young TurksHimself
2013 White House Down Reporter
The Screenwriters: The Stars Behind the CameraHimself
2014TCM: Twenty Classic MomentsHostTV movie
Mad as Hell Himself
I Am Steve McQueenFilm critic
Hannibal: This Is My DesignHimself
2015Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary TributeHimself
2017Faye Dunaway: Live from the TCM Classic Film FestivalHost
2018Michael Douglas: Live from the TCM Classic Film FestivalHost
The Great Buster Himself
The Producers: Q&A with Mel Brooks from the TCM Classic Film FestivalModerator/Interviewer
2019 Memory: The Origins of Alien Host, Turner Classic Movies
2020 Mank Broadcaster, Academy AwardsVoice role
Stuntwoman: The Untold Hollywood StoryHimself
2021I Am Alfred HitchcockHimselfVoice role
Film, the Living Record of our MemoryHimself
TBAUntitled Mad As Hell Anthology FilmHimselfPost-production


2003 The Practice News AnchorEpisode: "Les Is More"
Summer Under the Stars Host
2004 Cartoon Alley Host
2006-2020 The Young Turks Host/Himself/Guest18 episodes
2007-2008 TMZ on TV Himself3 episodes
2007 Big Love News presenterEpisode: "Good Guys and Bad Guys"
2008-2009 At the Movies Co-Host25 episodes
2009 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest Expert3 episodes
The Bonnie Hunt Show Himself1 episode
2010-2015TYT SportsHost/Anchor21 episodes
2010-2017What the Flick?!Host154 episodes
2010 Party Down SportscasterEpisode: "Cole Landry's Draft Day Party"
The Rotten Tomatoes Show Himself4 episodes
2011; 2014 The Point Himself2 episodes
2012TYT Arm Wrestling TournamentCompetitorEpisode: "Michael vs. Ben"
AM NorthwestHimselfEpisode: "Ernest Borgnine"
Hot Set HostEpisode: "Alien Queen"
SAG Foundation ConversationsHostEpisode: "Illeana Douglas"
2013 The War Room with Michael Shure Guest1 episode
2014-2019 Jeopardy! Clue Giver/Video Clue Presenter4 episodes
2015Mad as Hell: The SeriesHimself4 episodes
AFI Life Achievement Award HimselfEpisode: "AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin"
2016-2019TCM Guest Programmer21 episodes
2016The CowboyHimself2 episodes
2017TCM Spotlight: 50 Years of HitchcockHost10 episodes
TCM Co-HostHimselfEpisode: "George Pal Tribute"
The Michael Brooks Show Himself1 episode
2018 Good Day L.A. Himself1 episode
2019-2020The Very Very Best of the 70sHimself/Commentator2 episodes
2019-2022 CBS News Sunday Morning Himself/CBS News Correspondent17 episodes
2019 Private Screenings HostEpisode: "The Best of Private Screenings"
TCM Presents: Never Surrender - WWII in the MoviesHost27 episodes
TCM Presents: Out of This WorldHost3 episodes
The Movies TCM Host6 episodes
TCM Spotlight: Gridiron Glory - College Football in the MoviesHost13 episodes
TCM Spotlight: Pets on SetsHost12 episodes
2020-2022The Plot ThickensHost36 episodes
2020 The Simpsons HimselfEpisode: "Treehouse of Horror XXXI" [12]
Now ShowingHost48 episodes
AFI Movie ClubHimselfEpisode: "Ben Mankiewicz announces Ben Hur"
Well, This Isn't NormalHimselfEpisode: "Ben Mankiwicz Has a Voice for Storytelling"
The Essentials Host20 episodes
2021 Cartoon Network's Cartoonito Himself
2022The Big LieNarratorPodcast series

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