Sheldon Wallace

Played by Brian Benben


Dr. Sheldon Wallace is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive training in general adult and adolescent psychotherapy as well as diagnostic evaluation. He believes that the way to a healthy mind is to get to the root of an issue, and is willing to devote as much time as needed to his patients in order to help them heal. Dr. Wallace trained at Stanford Medical School but also spent time serving in the National Guard, where he honed his darts skills. Dr. Wallace's quirky personality belies a keen mind and a warm temperament, and it is often on display when conducting impromptu "elevator sessions" for his work colleagues.


Having portrayed Dr. Sheldon Wallace on ABC's Private Practice in a recurring capacity since the series' second season, Brian Benben joins the regular cast entering Season Four.

Benben starred in the hit Emmy-winning HBO series Dream On from 1990-1996. The series co-starred Wendie Malick and was executive-produced by John Landis, David Crane and Marta Kauffman. He then went on to star and serve as co-executive producer on the Fox series The Brian Benben Show.

Other television work includes the miniseries Kingpin, Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8, and The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story, as well as a series regular role on the medical drama Kay O'Brien.

Benben's movie roles include his starring turn in 1994's Radioland Murders, executive-produced by George Lucas, Mortal Sins and Clean and Sober. He also appeared on Broadway in the play Slab Boys.

Benben spends time both in Los Angeles and on his cattle ranch in Texas with his wife and children.