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Benjamin "Ben" Schmidt is a member of the Duluth Police Department, and the commanding officer of Gus Grimly.

Early life

Ben served in the U.S. Infantry during the Vietnam War, and was stationed outside Đà Nẵng, Vietnam.

Season 1

"The Rooster Prince"

To be added.

"A Muddy Road"

To be added.

Episode appearances

Season 1

Season 2


  • "Kind of a prick" remarked Lou Solverson in regards to Schmidt upon hearing that he was Gus Grimly's superior.

Season 1 characters
Main Lorne MalvoMolly SolversonGus GrimlyLester Nygaard
Recurring Ben SchmidtBill BudgeBill OswaltBo MunkBurt CantonChaz NygaardDon Chumph
Gina HessGrady NumbersGreta GrimlyIda ThurmanJemma StaloneKitty NygaardKnudsen
Linda ParkLou SolversonMax GoldPearl NygaardStavros MilosVern Thurman
Wally SemenchkoWebb PepperWes Wrench
All characters

Season 2 characters
Main Ed BlumquistFloyd GerhardtHank LarssonLou SolversonPeggy Blumquist
Recurring Bear GerhardtBen SchmidtBetsy SolversonConstance HeckDodd GerhardtGibson
Hanzee DentJoe BuloKarl WeathersMort KellermanMike MilliganIrma MundtJeb Cheney
Otto GerhardtRicky GRonald ReaganRye GerhardtSimone GerhardtSkip Sprang
All characters