May 6, 1947
Ben Masters (born May 6, 1947) is an American actor who is best known for his portrayal of Julian Crane in daytime drama Passions from July 8, 1999 to the show's final episode on August 7, 2008.
Masters was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon as a theater major.
Masters moved to New York City and landed a role in the off-Broadway play The Boys in the Band. He also had a 13-month run in Kevin Wade's Key Exchange off-Broadway. The Broadway plays Captain Brassbound's Conversion with Ingrid Bergman and The Cherry Orchard with Meryl Streep followed. Masters portrayed Nick, the older brother of the titular character in the 1976–1977 Saturday morning series Muggsy.
Masters started in daytime dramas when he portrayed Vic Strang on Another World for three months in 1982.
He later appeared as corporate raider Linc Bartlett in the television miniseries Noble House in 1988.
On May 14, 1994, Masters was one of the guests in the 'Walker, Texas Ranger two-hour special episode titled "The Reunion".
In 1999, he signed a contract for NBC's Passions, as the womanizing billionaire Julian Crane. His role on the daytime drama landed him Soap Opera Digest Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2001 and 2002 and Outstanding Lead Actor in 2005. After NBC announced that it was cancelling Passions in February 2007, Masters said "I will miss getting to play this part so much. I had such a great time playing Julian Crane. I wanted to do it until I couldn't do it anymore." Passions was later picked up by Directv for the 2007-2008 season.
|1979||All That Jazz||Dr. Garry|
|1986||Dream Lover||Michael Hansen|
|1987||Making Mr. Right||Steve Marcus|
|1994||Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion||Senator Julian Knox|
|1976-1977||Muggsy||Nick Malloy||13 episodes|
|1980||The Shadow Box||Mark||TV movie|
|1986||Kate's Secret||Jack Stark||TV movie|
|1986||The Deliberate Stranger||Det. Mike Fisher||TV movie|
|1988||Noble House||Linc Bartlett||4 episode|
|1988||Street of Dreams||Kyd Thomas||TV movie|
|1988-1989||HeartBeat||Dr. Leo Rosetti||18 episodes|
|1992||Cruel Doubt||Frank Johnston||2 episodes|
|1993||A Twist of the Knife||Prosecutor Dennis Chapin||TV movie|
|1995||Lady Killer||Ross Mitchell|
|1997||The Second Civil War||Matthew Langford||TV movie|
|1997||Spy Game||General Sam Wellish|
|1999-2008||Passions||Julian Crane||749 episodes|