Benjamin King (born November 8, 1969) is an American actor who portrays the father and school basketball coach on the Disney Channel original comedy series, Liv and Maddie.
Los Angeles native Benjamin King has done extensive work in all three acting venues: television, film and theater. He earned his high school diploma from Beverly Hills High and acquired his Fine Arts degree in Theater from UC Santa Barbara. On stage, he was given title roles in productions of Macbeth, Trouble in Mind and Fool For Love, while on the small screen, he guest-starred in prime time hits like "CSI: Miami", "The King of Queens", "Party of Five", "E.R." and "Six Feet Under". His achievements on the silver screen include appearing in "S.W.A.T.", "Partners", "Lethal Weapon 4" and the award-winning "A Little Inside". When not at home with his wife and children, King can be seen working on the television series, "The Wedding Bells".
Russell Hawkins is played by Benjamin King on the show The Wedding Bells. Russell is not only the busy COO of the Bell sisters’ wedding planning business, The Wedding Palace. He is also the loving husband of Jane , the middle child of the three Bell sisters.