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|Robert Ben Garant|
Garant performing at the UCB theater in Los Angeles in March 2009
September 14, 1970 |
Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Ben Garant|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, producer, director, actor, comedian|
Robert Ben Garant (born September 14, 1970) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, actor and comedian. He has a long professional relationship with Thomas Lennon, from their time on the seminal sketch-comedy show The State, the cop show spoof Reno 911!, and numerous screenwriting collaborations.
Garant was born in Cookeville, Tennessee, and grew up in Farragut, Tennessee. He lived in New York City for several years and attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Garant and writing partner Thomas Lennon have written several successful screenplays together, including the Night at the Museum films. Their films have earned over $1.4 billion in box office revenue alone.
Garant and Lennon created and starred in a 2010 sitcom pilot for NBC called The Strip. However, in May 2010 it was announced that NBC had decided not to order it as a series. Later in 2010, Garant and Lennon created a pilot for FX called USS Alabama, a sci-fi/comedy set a thousand years in the future, aboard a United Nations Peacekeeping spaceship, the U.S.S. Alabama.
In 2011, Garant and Lennon released a book about their careers called Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at The Box Office and You Can Too!
He is married to actress Cathy Shim, and they have two children.