Benjamin "Ben" John Healy, Jr. is a main character in the Problem Child film series. He was portrayed by the late John Ritter in the first two films, William Katt in the third film, and voiced by Mark L. Taylor in the animated series.


Ben Healy is nice, good-natured, and caring. He was hated by the neighbors, his own father, and his ex-wife for being "too nice." After adopting Junior and realizing that all he needed was love, he divorces Flo and moves with Junior from Cold River to Mortville.

Ben was looking for his true love as he fell in love with Annie Young, the school nurse in the second film and with a therapist, Sarah Gray in the third film. He also briefly dated a divorced woman named Debbie Claukinski in the second film before she reunited with her ex-husband Voytek. It is not known what happened to Ben's relationship with Annie between the sequels, but they seem to have broken up at some point before the third film.


  • John Ritter (1-2)
  • William Katt (3)
  • Mark L. Taylor (Voice actor in animated series)