Benjamin McKenzie grew up in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Virginia, where he majored in Foreign Affairs and Economics. His uncle is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. His parents are Pieter Meade Schenkkan and Mary Frances Victory, a prize-winning poet. He started being credited as Ben Mckenzie with the second season of The O.C.
As of 2005, Benjamin McKenzie became the third star of The O.C. to get Punk'd. (His co-star Adam Brody was Punk'd in 2004, Rachel Bilson was tricked by Ashton Kutcher in early 2005, and Mischa Barton is the latest to get punk'd.)
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