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Ben Mankiewicz
Mankiewicz in 2012
Benjamin Frederick Mankiewicz

(1967-03-25) March 25, 1967 (age 55)
Alma materTufts University (B.A.)
Columbia University (M.A.)
OccupationAnalyst, critic, journalist
Political partyDemocratic
Contessa Kellogg
(m. 2005⁠–⁠2009)

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

Benjamin Frederick Mankiewicz[1] (born March 25, 1967) is an American television personality, political commentator, and film critic. He is a host on Turner Classic Movies[2] 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)[3] of German-Jewish stock.[4] He is the cousin of screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz and filmmaker/television producer Nick Davis,[5] the grandson of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, the grand-nephew of screenwriter, producer, and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz,[5][6] 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.[7]


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.[8]

Mankiewicz is currently a host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his debut[2] on TCM in September 2003, 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.[9] 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,[10] 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).


  1. ^ Broadcasting – Google Books. 1957. Retrieved July 11, 2013 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "Ben Mankiewicz Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "What Mom taught me... – Inside Dateline". Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  4. ^ Friedman, Gabe (December 4, 2020). "The real story behind 'Mank,' the new movie about the Jewish screenwriter who brought us 'Citizen Kane'". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Bonnett, Margie. "Frank Mankiewicz". Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ben's Top Pick for October 2015". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Ben Mankiewicz". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Ben Mankiewicz profile". Archived from the original on September 17, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "Home Page - TYT Network". TYT Network. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  10. ^ The Majority Report with Sam Seder (November 14, 2017), TMBS - Ep. 15 - Why Evangelicals Can't Quit Roy Moore ft. Ben Mankiewicz & Sarah Jones, archived from the original on December 19, 2021, retrieved January 9, 2018