Benjamin Bowmar Curtis, also known as the Dell Dude or Slacker Steve, is an American actor and former promoter for Dell Computers. Curtis was prominently featured in the popular “Dell Dude” ads from 2000 to 2003.
Date Of Birth
May 26, 1977
December 29, 2013, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth
Columbus, Ohio, United States
6 ft (1.83 m)
Actor, Singer, Guitarist
Kent State University
United States of America
Candace Curtis (m. 2003)
Liam Curtis, Addison Curtis
Benjamin Curtis , The Dell Dude , Benjamin Bowmar Curtis , Slacker Steve , The Dell Computers “Dude”
School of Seven Bells, Secret Machines, Tripping Daisy, UFOFU, I L U, I Am the Walrus, Lafaye
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality
We Are the Hartmans, Ball Boy
“Steven is my creation, with the help of the script. I used what was in there to my advantage, but I definitely think that I brought something to it. At first we were kind of going Jeff Spicoli (the Sean Penn character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) ), but we didn’t want a stoner–more the boy next door. Steven’s a little bit off-kilter, yet very witty and very energetic. Actually, scratch witty: He’s enthusiastic about what he wants.” Interview with Sara Switzer, April 2002.
Living in Brooklyn, performing in Off-Broadway Comedy, “Joy” in Manhattan at The Actor’s Playhouse. [September 2005]
Brooklyn, New York preparing for his Broadway Debut (after the recent close of his Off-Broadway debut in “Joy”) and his lead role in an upcoming feature film. [February 2006]
From 2000-2003, Ben was the “spokesdude” for Dell Computers, known for the tagline “Dude, you’re getting a Dell”.
Ben just wrapped his 2nd Feature Film opposite Richard Chamberlain (“We Are The Hartmans”) and is about to play the dark, disturbing, hilarious and controversial role of “Shane Mungitt” in the Tony Award-Winning play “Take Me Out” on the main stage at Tisch School of the Arts, directed by Robert O’Hara (Public Theater, Steppenwolfe Theater). [October 2010]
Producing/Acting in Numerous Award-Winning Independent Films, Teaching theater/acting to inner-city kids in low income public schools across New York City (I Can Act! via his theater company – PossEble Theater Company. [April 2008]
Ben is currently playing the incredibly challenging and hilarious role of “Oscar Hubbard” in Lillian Hellman’s “Another Part of the Forest” Off-Broadway at St. Clement’s Church Theater. [June 2010]
BFA in Drama – New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2003).
Ben Curtis is an Eagle Scout.
Has been a professional magician since he was 13.
Attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on an Acting Scholarship.
Auditioned for the role of John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). The role eventually went to Nick Stahl.