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Ben Vereen stars in FOX's remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as Dr. Everett Scott, the uber intelligent, ex-science teacher, now working for the Bureau of Investigation looking into UFOs, who ends up at the castle while searching for his nephew, Eddie.

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or as versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse's "Pippin," Vereen has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty with starring roles in such Broadway productions as "Wicked," "Fosse," "Chicago," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Hair" and "I'm Not Rappaport."

A legend not only on stage but also on screen, Vereen is best known for his iconic role as "Chicken George" in the groundbreaking television miniseries "Roots." More recently, he had a recurring role on the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" and guest starred on "Grey's Anatomy," which won him a Prism Award, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," "NCIS" and "Hot in Cleveland." He also appeared in the Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie "An Accidental Friendship," for which he earned a NAACP nomination.

In the face of his professional successes, Vereen has encountered his share of adversity. From the loss of his 16-year-old daughter in an automobile accident to a debilitating stroke that left him unable to walk or sing to the onset of Type 2 diabetes, he has pushed forward and always come out stronger.

One of the most requested speakers on the lecture circuit, Vereen uses the lessons he has learned in the good times and the bad to help inspire and encourage others. His topics range from overcoming adversity, arts in education, black history, recovery through physical and occupational therapy, and the importance of quality healthcare. He also acts as spokesman, spearheading a proactive and preventive campaign for those living with diabetes.

Vereen sees his work on stage as a metaphor for his work in life. "Life is art," he says. "Whatever we do in life — whether it's performing or teaching or writing or raising kids — is a form of art. Whatever you do, if you embrace it, it will move you to the next level."




BEN VEREEN: FACTS

How tall is Ben Vereen? How old is Ben Vereen? Find out here.

Age: 70 years old
Birthday: October 10, 1946
Height: 5' 8"
Full Name / Real Name: Benjamin Augustus Middleton
Birthplace: Dade County, FL





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