Ben Mankiewicz is the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies. When he made his TCM debut in September 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network's history. As the Primetime host of the network, he's introduced thousands of movies on the air and conducted long form interviews with more than a hundred of the industry¹s top talents, including Warren Beatty, Billy Bob Thornton, Damien Chazelle, Faye Dunaway, Michael Douglas, Jerry Lewis, Sophia Loren, Eva Maria Saint, Ann-Margret, Leslie Caron, Angie Dickinson, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Tom Ford.
Prior to TCM, Ben worked as a reporter and anchor in Charleston, SC and Miami, FL, twice being named Best Anchor in South Florida by The New Times. Ben is also a film and television critic, co-hosting the nationally syndicated At the Movies and currently co-hosting What The Flick?! on the TYT Network.
Since 2015, Ben has hosted The Conversation Series for the International Documentary Association, a career retrospective Q&A featuring the leading documentary filmmakers working today, including Werner Herzog, Alex Gibney, and Rory Kennedy.
Ben moved to Los Angeles nearly 75 years after his grandfather, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, headed west to work in the movie business. Not long after arriving, Herman cabled his friend Ben Hecht back in New York, "There are millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around." Ben is now proudly one of those idiots.
He's a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (Go Lions!), Tufts University (Go Jumbos!), and Georgetown Day High School in Washington, DC (Go, uh, Grasshoppers!). Ben lives in Santa Monica with his beautiful wife, their beautiful daughter, one beautiful dog and one other dog.