Ben Ayres was a Canadian actor who became an acclaimed and familiar presence in his native country's films and television programs. Born on January 19, 1977 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, Ayres made his screen debut with a cameo in a 2007 episode of the classic LGBT+ series "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09). The next year, he landed the role that propelled him to stardom, playing the death-obsessed, chain smoking sex addict Casper Jesperson (aka Cancer Cowboy) on the series "jPod" (CBC, 2008), based on the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name. Though that series was short-lived, Ayres soon found himself on another acclaimed program, joining the dramatic sitcom "Less Than Kind" (HBO Canada, 2008-2013) just in time for the show's second season. Yet another acclaimed sitcom followed when Ayres played Mike Norman on the small town satire "Dan For Mayor" (CTV/The Comedy Network, 2010-11). Ayres' next role gained him some attention in America: he was a supporting player on the supernatural medical drama "Saving Hope" (NBC/CTV, 2012-17) for the entire five-season run. Following the ending of "Saving Hope," Ayres was cast as Alan Christie on the drama series "Burden of Truth" (CBC, 2018).