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Cole Sprouse played Ben Geller on Friends season 6 to 8.

Cole Sprouse (born August 4, 1992) is an Italian-born, American actor (often with his identical twin Dylan Sprouse) best known as Cody Martin on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Jughead Jones on Riverdale

Early life

The Sprouses were born in Arezzo, Italy to American parents Matthew Sprouse and Melanie Wright who at the time were teaching at an English school in Italy. Their parents divorced in 1997.

Acting career

After a suggestion by their grandmother, Jonine Booth Wright, who was a drama teacher and actress, the Sprouses began acting at the age of six months, started with the twosome appearing in a commercial for toilet paper switching on-screen time every few seconds. As with many identical twin actors, the two have often played the same role, allowing more time for the character to be filmed. Starting when they were only six months old, the two starred on the ABC-TV series Grace Under Fire from 1993 to 1998, playing one character, Patrick Kelly. He later got his own Television show on Disney, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody with his brother Dylan. That and the spin off The Suite Life on Deck lasted six years and ended in 2011.

The role of Ben Geller in Friends is one of few sole roles for Cole without Dylan.

"Sprouse Bros." brand

In September 2004, the Sprouses signed a licensing agreement with Dualstar Entertainment to create a new commercial brand, entitled "Sprouse Bros", which will include DVD movies, CDs, clothing, sports gear, video games, ring tones and deodorant.