13 Epic Secrets You Did Not Know About Ben Mendelsohn

1. Since then he has played roles in The Dark Knight Rises .

2. Mendelsohn currently stars in the Netflix series Bloodline, for which he has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series from two nominations and received a Golden Globe nomination.

3. He attended Heidelberg Primary School and Eltham High & Banyule High Schools.

4. He took drama because he thought it was an easy class.

5. Mendelsohn was the only one of his friends to follow up with an audition for Crawford Productions that was being advertised.

6. Searching for a connection to composer Felix Mendelssohn, which was eventually dismissed, he discovered links to 19th century Prussia.

7. His ancestors were amongst the first Prussian Jews to be naturalised in Schneidemühl in the province of Posen, now Piła in modern Poland.

8. After several early television roles, including The Henderson Kids, he attracted notice in his breakout film, The Year My Voice Broke , winning him the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor.

9. His next major role was in The Big Steal co-starring with Anthony Hopkins; this was followed in 1996 by Cosi and Idiot Box.

10. In 2000 he was in two contrasting films, the Australian Mullet and the Hollywood Vertical Limit.

11. In 2005, he was preparing to play Mark Antony in the Sydney Theatre Company-produced Julius Caesar, and he was in the Terrence Malick-directed film The New World.

12. In 2009, he appeared in the American science fiction film Knowing directed by Alex Proyas.

13. In 2013, he guest starred in the TV series Girls as the father of Jessa, played by Jemima Kirke.

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