Created by Josh Schwartz, FOX's The O.C. premiered on Aug. 5, 2003 and ran for four seasons until Feb. 22, 2007. Starring Mischa Barton, Benjamin McKenzie, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson as four teens living in the affluent community of Newport Beach, California, the primetime teen soap was broadcast in more than 50 countries and won 12 Teen Choice Awards.
Benjamin McKenzie: Then
Texas native McKenzie played Ryan Atwood, a bad boy with a heart of gold who was taken in by the wealthy Cohen family. By the series' end in 2006, the character -- who romanced Mischa Barton's Marissa Cooper and Autumn Reeser's Taylor Townsend -- achieved his dream of becoming an architect.
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