Benjamin James Ayres is a Canadian actor who played William Tanner on The Vampire Diaries.


Ayres was born on January 19, 1977 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He is best known for his role as Casper Jesperson (aka "Cancer Cowboy"), the chain-smoking sex addict who is morbidly obsessed with death, in the critically acclaimed cult hit CBC Television series jPod, based on the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name.


Year Title Role
2012-2017 Saving Hope Dr. Zachary Miller
2016 Unless Arthur Springer
2016 Love by Chance Eric Carlton
2014-2016 Bitten Jorge Sorrentino
2015 A Sunday Kind of Love Mark
2015 Vox Cal Hollister
2015 Schitt's Creek Grant Byers
2015 American Riot Warden Montgomery
2014 What an Idiot Zane
2014 Rookie Blue Geno Jones
2014 Seed Frank Dacosta
2014 Death Do Us Part Derrick Harris
2014 Working the Engels Dennis Karinsky
2013 Lost Girl Endymion / Eddy
2013 The Golden Ticket Dooley
2013 His Turn Buck Bolan
2013 Cottage Country Dov Rosenberg
2013 Home Stuff
2010-2013 Less Than Kind Eric Blake
2012 Charlie Officer Benson
2012 Dead Before Dawn 3D Griffith Galloway
2011 12 Dates of Christmas Jack Evans
2011 InSecurity Cal Thompson
2011 Flashpoint Decklan Pownell
2011 Reel Love Bobby Calgrove
2010-2011 Dan for Mayor Mike
2011 Combat Hospital Christian Bettany
2010 Lullaby for Pi Sonny
2009 Scott's Land Helix
2009 Good Image Media Ron Miner
2009 The Vampire Diaries William Tanner
2009 A Gun to the Head Dwayne
2009 Impact Bob Pierce
2009 Diamonds Steve Dyson
2009 Mistresses Carter Blackwell
2008 Psych Howie Tolkin
2008 Soulstice Justice
2008 jPod Cowboy / Casper 'Cowboy' Jesperson
2007 Holiday in Handcuffs Nick
2007 It Was One of Us Javier Sarmiento
2007 Good Luck Chuck Groomsman
2007 Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer Guard #1
2007 Smallville Jason Bartlett
2007 Numb Brad
2007 The L Word Lorenzo
2007 Blue Smoke Hugh
2007 Termination Point Officer Dunbar
2006 Sketch with Kevin McDonald Various Characters
2006 My Silent Partner Arthur Bannister
2006 Whistler Joe
2006 Eight Days to Live Reporter
2006 Killer Instinct Ty Graham
2005 Chasing Christmas Mike
2005 Reunion Nate
2005 Supernatural Homeland Security Man #1
2005 Battlestar Galactica Lt. George 'Catman' Birch
2005 Survivors Eric LeMarque
2005 Crazy Late Travis
2004 Da Vinci's Inquest Bartender
2004 The Collector The Devil / Pool Hustler
2004 Desolation: A Comedy Fred the Cop
2004 Spare Change Myles
2004 Still Life Remy
2003 Quietanzato Tony
2003 SSX 3 (voice, as Ben Ayres)
2003 Stargate SG-1 Muirios
2002 Jeremiah Guard
2002 Summer Jake


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