Ken Baumann, Actor With Crohn's Disease

Actor Succeeds In Hollywood and Raises Funds For CCFA

Ken Baumann
Ken Baumann, actor from The Secret Life of the American Teenager, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and underwent surgery shortly before finishing filming on the series. Image © Paul Archuleta / Contributor / Getty Images

Born on August 8, 1989, in Urbana, Illinois, Ken Baumann is an American actor and writer who works in television, feature films, and runs a print house. Baumann has also been diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

Personal Life

Baumann comes from a show business family: sister Demi Baumann is an actor and his mother Vicki Baumann is an acting coach. He also has an older brother, Scott. Baumann married Aviva Baumann on June 16, 2012 and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Work As An Actor and Writer

Baumann is probably best known for his work on the television series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which aired from 2008 to 2013. On the show, Baumann played the part of Ben Boykewich, the 15-year-old son of Leo "the Sausage King" Boykewich. Bauman started working in 2003, acting in shorts such as Consideration, Falling, Wolves in the Woods, Here's Herbie, and We Speak; television movies Don't Ask, Sixty Minute Man, The Other Mall, and Call Me Crazy: A Five Film; and full-length movies, including Birdie and Bogey and The Cottage. He also had a character arc in the part of Ashley on the hit ABC television show "Castle."

Baumann was nominated for 5 Teen Choice Awards for The Secret Life of the American Teenager, including the categories "Choice Summer TV Star: Male" in 2009, 2010, and 2012; and "Choice TV Actor: Drama" in 2009 and 2010.

A man of many talents, Baumann is also active in the literary world.

In 2009 he founded the nonprofit publishing company Satyr Press. He wrote and published novels Solip and Say, Cut, Map; and then continued on to publish EarthBound, a nonfiction memoir focusing on the role-playing game (RPG) of the same name. Baumann also created sister publishing company Sator Press, which publishes limited edition RPG books.

Battle With Crohn's Disease

While working on the final season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Baumann started having health problems. The first time he was hospitalized, doctors completed a CT scan. At that time, Crohn's disease was diagnosed, and Baumann was scheduled for a follow-up appointment. Unfortunately, he couldn't wait the month until the appointment.

Instead, Baumann went back to the hospital, but this time it was an emergency. He had a perforated small intestine and an associated abscess, which worsened. He needed surgery to close up the perforation and drain the abscess. The entire ordeal was a stressful time for Baumann and his family, as many people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can understand. Baumann has been reported as saying that he is receiving Cimzia to bring his Crohn's disease into remission, and that he manages his diet and gets enough sleep to also help keep symptoms in check.

Crohn's disease is one form of IBD, with others including ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis. Crohn's disease can cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bleeding, as well as complications such as abscesses, fistulas, arthralgias, and skin and eye conditions.

Crohn's disease is characterized by periods of active disease and remission. The cause is not known, and there is no cure: signs and symptoms must be managed through medications and surgery.

Baumann went public with his diagnosis out of a feeling of responsibility to help others with IBD who don't have the family and financial support that got him through his diagnosis and his surgery. He's working with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America to raise awareness of IBD and to raise funds. He also works with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he received treatment, to raise funds and awareness for their pediatric IBD center.

You can keep up with Baumann via his official web site, Twitter account, his Tumblr, and his Google+ account,

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