Ryan Merriman Biography

Birthday: 1983-04-10
Place of Birth: Choctaw, Oklahoma USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: At twenty-eight Ryan Merriman has eighteen years of television and film experience and has developed an extensive list of film and television credits, which have enabled him to work with some of Hollywood's most respected actors. Now with 25 films, four television series and several guest appearances to his credit, Ryan is well recognized in the industry. Merriman began his career doing commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater in Oklahoma when he was only 8 years old. Ryan can currently be seen as Ian Thomas, the charming but sinister character that everyone loves to hate, in the hit ABC Family Channel drama, Pretty Little Liars. He recently wrapped up filming on another independent feature opposite these beautiful ladies, Torrey DeVitto, Brit Morgan and Paige Howard, entitled, Cheescake Casserole. This comedy is all about finding out what's inside. Ryan starred in the Hallmark original movie 'Elevator Girl' starring along side Lacey Chabert (Mean girls). Elevator girl is a romantic comedy about a workaholic attorney Jonathan MacIntyre who gets trapped in a stalled elevator with Liberty Taylor (Chabert), a carefree and eccentric whose life consists of odd jobs and unfinished degrees. Their different lifestyles eventually crash and they must decide whether their love can survive their differences. Romantic comedy is a new genre (for Ryan) to be added to an already diverse resume, ranging from horror to western, from thrillers to sitcom. Among his other recent work is an independent movie called "The 5th quarter". A movie based on a true story about Jon Abbate who driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen-year-old brother Luke. By wearing Luke's number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate (played by Ryan Merriman) helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful football season in school history. This movie is in post-production and is set to release in theatres in 2011. Also just released is "Home of the Giants" an independent drama/thriller which co-stars Haley Joel Osment and Danielle Panabaker which has gotten rave reviews from the critics. Before "The 5th quarter" Ryan filmed the independent teen comedy "Wild Cherry" with Tania Raymonde, Kristin Cavallari, Rumer Willis and Rob Schneider, available for viewing on cable and DVD. Among his television credits is "Comanche moon" a 6-hour mini-series, with an all-star cast including Val Kilmer, Karl Urban, Steve Zahn, Rachel Griffiths, Linda Cardellini and Graham Greene, is written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Merriman also starred in the ABC series "Veritas" and the recurring role of "Young Jarod" on the NBC hit series "The Pretender," which ran for four successful seasons on NBC. He was also a series regular on the NBC television sitcom, "The Mommies." Merriman's talent has already been recognized by many organizations that award the talent of young performers. He recently won the best actor award at the Northern California Independent Film Festival for his performance in The 5th Quarter. Ryan was awarded a "One to Watch" award at Movieline's Hollywood Life 7th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. He has also received eight nominations for a Young Artist Award of Hollywood and been a winner six times. In addition Ryan has been nominated five times for a Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Award. Ryan's charity of choice, which he supports actively, is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. He is also active in numerous other national and local charity organizations and actively supports state efforts to bring film production to Oklahoma. Merriman was honored during a session at the capitol and presented with a citation for his commitment to film, charity work and for being an Ambassador to Oklahoma in his travels. Merriman enjoys all forms of outdoor sports. He is an avid golfer, enjoys dirt biking, mountain biking, water sports, snowboarding, horseback riding, all team sports and hanging out with his Rottweilers. In his free time Merriman enjoys being home in Oklahoma with his family and friends, boating, wake boarding, camping, fishing and hunting. When not on location or pursuing work in LA, Merriman is still proud to call Oklahoma home.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Mommies Blake Kellogg 1993 Comedy
The Pretender Young Jarod 1996 Drama
A Ring of Endless Light 2002 Drama
Veritas: The Quest Nikko Zond 2003 Adventure
Comanche Moon Jake Spoon 2008 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Pretender Young Jarod 1987
Lansky Meyer Lansky Ages 12-14 1999 0
The Deep End of the Ocean Sam Karras 1999 0
Smart House 1999 Drama, Family, Sci Fi
Dangerous Child 2001 Drama
Halloween Resurrection Myles Barton 2002 Horror, Thriller
A Ring of Endless Light 2002 Drama, Family
Just Looking Lenny Levine 2003 Comedy, Drama
The Ring Two Jake 2005 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Final Destination 3 Kevin Fischer 2006 Reality Tv, Game Show
Home of the Giants 2007
Backwoods 2008
Wild Cherry Stanford Prescott 2009 Comedy
The 5th Quarter Jon Abbate 2011
Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader Kyle 2012 Comedy
42 Dixie Walker 2013
Dose of Reality Matt 2013 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Independence Daysaster Pete Garcette 2013
The Last Best Place Zack 2014 Comedy, Romance
Palominas Tramp Weathers 2014 Action, Drama
The Last Rescue Paratrooper Griggs 2015
The Hard Ride Steve Utter 2015 Action, Drama
The Congressman Jared Barnes 2016