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Brewer's: Rare Ben

So Shakespeare called Ben Jonson, the dramatist. (1574-1637.) Aubrey says that this inscription on his tablet in the “Poets' Corner,” Westminster Abbey, “was done at the c…

Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen shot to Broadway stardom with his starring role as Leading Player in Bob Fosse's 1972 show Pippin, which won Vereen a Tony Award as best actor in a musical. Ben Vereen became a famously ver…

Ben Gazzara

Name at birth: Biagio Anthony GazzaraBen Gazarra played tough, smart, troubled characters in a six-decade career on stage and screen. Born in New York City to Sicilian immigrants, he turned to acting …

Ben Bernanke

Name at birth: Ben Shalom BernankeBen Bernanke became chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in January of 2006. As chairman, he leads a board of seven governors of the Federal Reserve System (often ca…

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is a former Hollywood wunderkind who has evolved into a popular leading man and director. When he and his childhood friend Matt Damon were struggling actors from Boston, they wrote and th…

Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson overcame a difficult past to become head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and then an outspoken political figure and a Republican presidential candidate in …

Ben Affleck

28, and Ben Affleck, 26, longtime pals from Boston, became two of Hollywood's most sought-after actors this year. The popularity of Good Will Hunting, the Oscar-winning film they wrote and s…

Ben JONES

JONES, Ben, a Representative from Georgia; born in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C., August 30, 1941; graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, Va., 1959; attended the University of…

Ben JOHNSON

JOHNSON, Ben, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Bardstown, Nelson County, Ky., May 20, 1858; pursued preparatory studies; was graduated from St. Mary's College, Marion County, Ky., in J…

Ben Stiller

The son of the New York comedy team Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ben Stiller went from making short comedy films in the early 1990s to starring in box office hits such as There's Something About Mary…