If you happen to have watched the CBS TV sitcom The Nanny from 1993 to 1999, then you probably have come across the character of Brighton Sheffield. The role was played by Benjamin Salisbury and remains one of his most acclaimed works ever. The American further appeared in Captain Ron (1992), and S1m0ne (2002) among others.
Away from the acting career that made Salisbury a name in the competitive world of Hollywood, he also explored other sectors where he worked as a production assistant. He also had a career working at Universal Studio Hollywood as the Director of Operations for the park.
10 Fascinating Facts About Benjamin Salisbury
1. The Nanny Actor is 43 Years Old
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Born Benjamin David Salisbury on October 19, 1980, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. His parents are David Arthur Salisbury (father) and Mindy Jo Salisbury (Mother) whose maiden name was Schneidewind.
The actor attended Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota after which he headed to the American University in Washington, D.C.
2. Benjamin Salisbury was Once a Homeless Person
The Nanny actor, Salisbury was not born with a silver spoon. He lived his earliest life with struggling parents. By the time he was about the age of 5 – 6, financial constraints pushed him alongside his 2 siblings and pregnant mother to live in what was available, their old car.
It became bad that they had to park the car at their church premises and lived from the support they got from other worshippers at the church.
3. He Started His Acting Career at the Age of 12
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Amidst the trouble he had gone through as a child, Benjamin still was able to find interest in acting. By the time he was 12 in 1992, he featured in Captain Ron
His interest in acting increased and his talent developed. It led to his starring in the Nanny for the first time in 1993 at the age of 13. He continued to appear in other series till 1999 when he was 19.
In later years, he found himself being part of many other works that include the following:
- On the Brink (2006)
- Numb3rs ( 2005)
- Sabotage (2005)
- S1m0ne (2002)
- The Nanny (1993-1999)
- Christmas in Oz (1996)
- Who Stole Santa? (1996)
- D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
- Promised Land (1996)
- Captain Ron (1992)
4. He Has a Dancing Career
Right from the time that Salisbury was a kid, he had the ability to dance. It has been reported that at the time that The Nanny was been recorded, he would entertain the crew and casts with his dance steps.
Furthermore, sources have described the American as an accomplished dancer.
Salisbury also played Martin Short’s son in the 1992 film Captain Ron and appeared in D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) as the sports announcer.
5. Benjamin Salibury Went Back to School To Study Journalism After The Nanny
Although he made a huge success in his earliest career, especially in the series that brought him to light, The Nanny, Ben decided to take the path of obtaining a degree in Journalism. This did not however stop him from having roles in other works until he took a hiatus.
6. Who is His Wife?
In 2006, Benjamin Salisbury became married to Kelly Murkey. 2 years later in 2008, the couple had their first child, a daughter called Tanya. In 2013 and about 7 years after they tied the knot, Benjamin became a father to his second child and last child, a son named James.
7. Benjamin Salisbury is a Christian
With his family, the actor would go to church. This would lead to his accepting Christ. At the time, he formed the habit of saying the Lord’s prayer with his mother every night. Rather than deviating, he continued with the prayer and makes it a daily tradition.
8. His Net Worth
Benjamin Salisbury has an estimated net worth of $500,000. His renowned source of income is acting where he began as a teenager. He has appeared in scores of TV series, films and also served as a voice actor.
9. Height of Benjamin Salisbury
The actor stands at a height of 5 feet and 7 inches (1.7m).
In the same vein, there are other American actors who share the same height as Ben Salisbury. They include the late Robin Williams, Martin Sheen, Rami Malek, and a host of others.
10. Where is He Now?
Since 2006 when he appeared in the short film On The Brink, there hasn’t been so much about him as far as acting is concerned. However, as of 2017 as reported, he had a job as a Director of Operations of the park at Universal Studios Hollywood.