Benjamin Ortiz – Actor, Artist and Writer
Benjamin Ortiz enjoyed snow skiing and mountain travel. Additionally, he found great pleasure painting and performing music – becoming Assistant Curator at Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC).
At his core, he was an ardent supporter of people and deeply cared about those he met through work. He was an extraordinary friend, especially to his nieces and nephews whom he held close.
Early Life and Education
Benjamin Ortiz was born to architects and developed an early love of extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and theatre. While in middle school he took his first drama class – and discovered acting.
After graduating high school, he decided to move to the US in order to pursue acting professionally. He attended Columbia College Chicago where he graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Acting with Voiceover Minor degree. During this period he worked on 12 shorts and 4 plays during his studies.
According to him, success in this industry lies in combining excellent training and talent with authentic relationships built over time. Furthermore, it is key that one keeps their dreams alive by never abandoning them.
Benjamin Ortiz is an accomplished actor, artist and writer who has participated in multiple projects both in the US and Spain. His hard work ethic and approachable demeanor has earned him widespread acclaim within his field; eventually leading him to sign with Laina Cohn for representation.
He possesses an in-depth knowledge of American film and TV industry and can adapt his craft accordingly to suit different audiences. Additionally, he speaks Spanish fluently and is experienced with voice over workshops.
Professionally, he has produced and directed short films and plays as well as serving as an actor in award-winning independent feature film Bleed American. Additionally, he is now working on various projects both within the US and Spain.
Achievement and Honors
Benjamin enjoyed spending his days surrounded by both family and friends. He was an exceptional uncle to Addisen & Erin Woolsey as well as Quinn & Miles Hershman; he loved being part of their close-knit community of close-knit friends.
He was also an esteemed interior designer renowned for his high-end residential work. After starting at leading design firm John F. Saladino Inc for nine years, he went out on his own.
Designs by Kevin have been featured Off-Broadway at New World Stages, Ars Nova Theatres and 59e59 Theatres. He’s also directed multiple plays including Tectonic Theater Company’s critically acclaimed production of The Woodsman that became one of his defining moments and motivated him to pursue acting full time – hopefully landing major starring roles one day!
Benjamin Ortiz didn’t come from a family of performers, yet found his passion for acting after taking his first drama class in middle school and attending various acting workshops. Following this passion he decided to pursue it professionally and since has appeared in 12 shorts films, 4 plays and several voiceover projects.
His current residence is Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife and daughter. To keep himself smiling he enjoys doing things that bring joy, like taking part in physical activities that make him happy or setting goals and dreaming big dreams for himself and his future goals and dreams.
Ortiz also loves collecting Caribbean, Latin American and Latino art – his home office is covered floor to ceiling in pieces of artwork! Additionally, he is an accomplished writer having published two novels: “The Wedding’s Riddle” from Page Publishing and “Teenagers of Ponce” by La Boca Press.
Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz is estimated to have an estimated net worth between $1-5 Million. A renowned architect from Guaynabo, he remains single at 63 and prefers keeping his personal life private.
Attracting attention with his stellar work ethic, charming personality, and talent; this has opened many doors in the industry for him. Laina Cohn will represent him for management representation.
He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting and has appeared in 12 shorts and 4 plays since. His first leading role came with T.A. Manchester’s independent film Bleed American in which he also served as producer. Aside from acting, Ortiz enjoys collecting antiques and Marvel Comics – his mother being Norma Iris Ortiz who passed away.