Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak is an American actor, writer, director, comedian, and author. He has received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Novak became known for starring as Ryan Howard in the NBC sitcom The Office (2005–2013), for which he also served as a writer, executive producer, and director. He played roles in the films Inglourious Basterds (2009), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and The Founder (2016). Novak later directed and starred in dark comedy thriller Vengeance (2022). Novak also appeared in The Mindy Project (2013-2016) and The Newsroom (2014), and was the creator and executive producer of Hulu anthology series The Premise (2021). He portrays Alistair Smythe in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Beyond his film career, Novak authored the acclaimed books One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (2014) and The Book with No Pictures (2014).