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Colin Egglesfield : Ben

Colin Egglesfield was born in Farmington Hills, MI and moved to Chicago when he was 10 years old. At the age of eleven, his family moved to a small town south of Chicago where he began acting at The Illinois Theatre Center. After appearing in a couple of professional plays, he shifted his focus to high school sports, and later attended college in pursuit of a medical degree. Egglesfield played a year of college football at Illinois Wesleyan University before transferring to The University of Iowa, where he graduated with a degree in Biology/Pre-Med.

On a whim, Egglesfield attended a model and talent search event in Chicago. He became a highly sought after model, and worked with some of the top designers and photographers in the world. Medical school was put on hold as he began appearing in campaigns and walking the runways for the likes of Calvin Klein, Versace, and Giorgio Armani – just to name a few. He then moved to New York, where he continued to work in fashion and began to revisit his roots in acting.

In 2005, Egglesfield was cast in “All My Children,” where he portrayed Erica Kane’s son. This high-profile daytime role led to primetime lead roles on The CW’s “Melrose Place” Lifetime’s “The Client List,” and TNT’s “Rizzoli and Isles.”

Egglesfield has guest-starred on episodes of hit television series, including ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” FOX’s “Hawaii Five-0,” NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” The WB’s “Gilmore Girls,” Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” FX’s “Nip/Tuck” and ABC Family’s “Chasing Life.” He has also graced the big screen, starring in feature films including “Something Borrowed,” “Open Road,” and “L!fe Happens.”

Egglesfield gives back to the community through a number of charitable platforms. He created the customizable t-shirt company, “Shout Out!” that allows kids and adults to create changeable messages on their shirts. He uses “Shout Out!” as a platform to spread his message about the importance of education and self-expression.

Egglesfield regularly participates in Children’s Hospital’s “Literally Healing” bedside reading program, which serves as the official charity partner of “Shout Out!” He gives motivational speeches at schools and youth centers and, as an advisory board member at the Geffen Theatre, is working on an anti-bullying event and documentary.

Combining his passion for athletics with his philanthropic pursuits, Egglesfield competes in marathons and triathlons to raise money for charities and organizations including Team For Kids, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, St. Jude’s, Miller’s Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. In addition, Egglesfield has tutored high school students at “The Door” community youth center in lower Manhattan, and regularly reads to local Los Angeles-based elementary schools.