Happy Birthday, Rick Gonzalez!
Rick Gonzalez, the actor behind Ben on Reaper, turns 29 today. Happy birthday, Rick!
We love Ben – he’s the sweet-natured voice of reason (relatively speaking) in a pretty over-the-top group, but he still knows how to have fun. Both Rick and Ben have bonded with our own Jason C. – check out this interview, along with Ben trying to give Jason some soul-fighting techniques!
Poor Ben has been through a lot this past year – he’s discovered one of his best friends in a bounty hunter for the Devil, and he’s risen to the challenge of hunting down escaped souls. That’s led to some perils for poor Ben – he’s been shot with nails, dragged halfway through a wall, and spotted dressed like a giant condom. Of course, there are perks, like finally getting the pet he always wanted (although the white dove turns into a flock of demonic black birds that consumes a soul, freaking Ben out), and finally gaining his grandmother’s approval.
Ben hasn’t had it any easier when he’s not on soul patrol – just think about Ben’s ill-fated Green Card marriage to Sarah, who didn’t approve when Ben found the girl of his dreams (complete with delicate wrists, an appreciation for Extreme Fighting, and a love for the works of Sue Grafton). Sarah ended up stealing the money Ben scraped together to bribe the INS, and Ben went to jail. But we’re sure those eight days in the pokey made him a better man!
Rick shares an easygoing personality and ladykiller looks with Ben, but he’s much more ambitious than the Work Bench slacker. Rick started acting professionally right after graduating from New York’s High School for Performing Arts, snagging plum roles in movies like The Rookie, Coach Carter, In The Valley of Elah and The Promotion. He’s also a member of the hip-hop trio U-KRIME, performing as RealmReality.
We hope Rick has a great time on his birthday. Leave your birthday wishes for Rick in the comments!