|Birth Name: Ryan Thomas Gosling|
Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: November 12, 1980
Parents: Thomas Gosling and Donna Gosling
Siblings: 1 sister, Mandi Gosling
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Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in London, Ontario, Canada to his parents Donna Wilson and Thomas Ray Gosling. His mother was a secretary, while his father was a traveling salesman. Ryan is of French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish, and Irish descent. He has an older sister named Mandi. His family moved from London to Cornwall. As a child, he watched Dick Tracy and was inspired to pursue acting. Ryan didn’t like being a child, as he was bullied in elementary school and never had any friends until he was in middle school; thus, his mother ended up homeschooling him for a year after he was evaluated as having ADHD. After his parents divorced when he was 13, Ryan lived with his mother and sister, crediting being programmed to “think like a girl.” He and his sister both started performing and ended up singing together at weddings; he performed with Elvis Perry, his uncle’s Elvis Presley tribute band; as well as being a part of a local ballet company. Ryan’s self-confidence was boosted when he performed and was the only thing he received praise for.
Ryan attended an open audition in Montreal in 1993 for “The New Mickey Mouse Club” and beat out 17,000 others for a spot on the show. He was given a two-year contract and moved to Orlando, Florida to film the show and credited the show as being the greatest two years of his life. After the show was cancelled in 1995, Ryan returned to Canada, where he began his acting career by appearing on the television show “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as Jamie Leary that same year. In 1996, Ryan appeared on the shows “Goosebumps”, “Avonlea”, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, “Ready or Not”, and “PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal”; as well as playing the role of Kenny in his film debut of Frankenstein and Me, starring Burt Reynolds. Ryan had his first small recurring role on the Disney Channel show “Flash Forward” as Scott Stuckey in 1997, as well as in an episode of “The Adventures of Shirley Holmes” as Sean. He also booked the role as Sean Hanlon for the television show “Breaker High”, which lasted only one season. In 1998, Ryan portrayed the role of Tommy for the television movie Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, starring Chad Willett and Ted Atherton. Ryan’s first starring role came playing Hercules on the television series “Young Hercules” in 1998. He told the Vancouver Sun in 2002 that he enjoyed working on the show initially, but began to care too much, so it wasn’t fun for him anymore, in which he decided to become a film actor. Ryan took one last television role and played Zylus in the series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” in 1999. The same year, he would star alongside Tim Curry in the television movie The Unbelievables.
When he turned 19, Ryan was dropped by his agent and found it difficult to find work because of the stigma of child actors. In 2000, Ryan’s first major film role would come as playing Alan Bosley for the film Remember The Titans, starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton. The film grossed almost $137 million worldwide and is still considered one of the best sports films to date. His next role came as playing Danny Balint, a young Jewish Neo-Nazi, in 2001’s The Believer. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times praised an “electrifying and terrifyingly convincing” performance. In 2002, Ryan starred alongside David Morse and Clea DuVall in The Slaughter Rule as Danny Balint, a film about a young man finding solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high school football coach who recruits him to play quarterback for a six-man team. Later that year, he portrayed Richard Haywood in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers, starring Sandra Bullock. The next year, Ryan would play Leland P. Fitzgerald in the film The United States of Leland, a film about a young man’s experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and community where he resides. In 2004, he played one of the main characters, Noah Calhoun, in the Nicholas Sparks film The Notebook, opposite Rachel McAdams, where the film grossed almost $116 million worldwide and the box office. The New York Times praised the “spontaneous and combustible” performances of the two leads and noted that “against your better judgment, you root for the pair to beat the odds against them.”
In 2005, Ryan lent his voice as Ilya Gerber for the documentary I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust before his next film titled Stay, where he played the role of Henry Letham, also starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. The next year, Ryan starred alongside Anthony Mackie for the film Half Nelson, a film about an inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle drew comparisons with Marlon Brando and declared that “nobody who cares about great acting will want to miss his performance.” Ryan was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for his performance as Dan Dunne in the film. In 2007, he portrayed Willy Beachum in Fracture, opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins. He would next play Lars Lindstrom in Lars and the Real Girl, playing an introvert who falls in love with a sex doll. Roger Ebert felt “a film about a life-sized love doll” had been turned into “a life-affirming statement of hope” because of “a performance by Ryan Gosling that says things that cannot be said.” Ryan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
He recorded a single called “Put Me in the Car,” which became available to download on the internet before forming an indie rock band with his friend Zach Shields called Dead Man’s Bones. They initially conceived of the project as a monster-themed musical but settled on forming a band when they realized putting on a stage production would be too expensive. They recorded their eponymous debut album with the Silverlake Conservatory’s Children’s Choir and learned to play all the instruments themselves. Ryan contributed vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar and cello to the record. The album was released through ANTI-Records on October 6, 2009. In September 2009, they had a three-night residency at LA’s Bob Baker Marionette Theater where they performed alongside dancing neon skeletons and glowing ghosts. They then conducted a thirteen-date tour of North America in October 2009, using a local children’s choir at every show. Instead of an opening act, a talent show was held each night. In September 2010, they performed at Los Angeles’ FYF Festival.
After a three-year absence from acting, Ryan returned first as Dean in the romantic drama Blue Valentine in 2010, a film about a relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. He would next star opposite Kirsten Dunst for the film All Good Things as David Marks. He found the filming of the movie to be a “dark experience,” so he didn’t take part in promotion for the film and when asked if he was proud of the film, he replied that he was proud of what Kirsten did. Ryan also narrated and produced ReGeneration, a documentary that explored cynicism in today’s youth towards social and political causes. In 2011, he starred alongside Care Mulligan and Bryan Cranston in the crime drama Drive, as the Driver, a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver. He would next portray the role of Jacob in Crazy, Stupid, Love., also starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone. The film was a box office success, grossing over $142 million worldwide, and Ryan was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Ryan played the role of Stephen Meyers in The Ides of March, based on the play by Beau Willimon and co-starred and directed by George Clooney. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Ryan would play The Invisible Man in the short film Touch of Evil, also in 2011; before performing alongside Jim Carrey and Eva Mendez in Drunk History Christmas series short.
Ryan’s lone film in 2012 would be the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, where he plays Luke, a motorcycle stunt rider who robs banks to provide for his family. In 2013, he would star alongside Sean Penn and Emma Stone in Gangster Squad, where he plays Seargent Jerry Wooters. The film grossed over $105 million worldwide at the box office. Next came Only God Forgives, where Ryan played Julian. The film drew negative reviews and only grossed $10 million worldwide. He would announce that he would be taking a break from acting, stating “I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that.” During his hiatus, Ryan would debut as a director for the film Lost River, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, Ryan played Jared Vennett in The Big Short, a film about a group of investors betting against the US mortgage market in 2006 and 2007. The film also starred Steve Carell and Christian Bale and was a Best Picture nominee at the 2016 Academy Awards. The next year, he would star alongside Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, in which Ryan played the role of Holland March. He would next play the role of Sebastian in La La Land, a musical which brought him back to singing and dancing, as well as starring opposite of the impeccable Emma Stone. Ryan won Best Actor in a Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes, as well as received his second Best Actor Academy Award nomination. The film grossed over $440 million worldwide against a $30 million budget and became one of his most commercially successful films.
In 2017, Ryan starred alongside Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara for the film Song to Song, a musical romance about two intersecting love triangles in the music scene of Austin, Texas. He would next play Officer K in Blade Runner 2049 alongside Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, and Jared Leto. In 2018, Ryan portrayed Neil Armstrong in First Man, based on the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.” Michael Nordine from IndieWire commended him for bringing “quiet charisma” and “grace” to his role, while Nicholas Barber of the BBC hailed him as the “best deadpan actor in the business.” The next year, Ryan lent his voice to the character of the Blue Penguin for the television movie My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres.
Ryan’s upcoming projects include the horror film Wolfman, about a man becoming afflicted by an ancient curse after being bitten by a werewolf and The Gray Man, in which he will play the role of Court Gentry opposite Chris Evans; both films are currently in pre-production. It has also been announced that Ryan will star in the Sci-Fi film Project Hail Mary, based on the novel by Andy Weir.
Ryan has worked with PETA on a campaign to encourage fast food chains KFC and McDonald’s to use improved methods of chicken slaughter in the factories, and campaigning encouraging dairy farmers to stop de-horning cows. He volunteered for a clean-up effort in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and helped build a monastery. He’s also a supporter of Invisible Children, Inc., a group that raises awareness about the LRA in Central Africa. He continuously traveled to Africa, such as Darfur, Uganda, and the Congo between 2005 and 2010; and was a speaker at the Campus Progress’s National Conference in 2008, where he discussed Darfur. Ryan has also bought out an entire Girl Scout cookie stand and handed all the boxes out to people on the street.