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      Ryan Kwanten

      Ryan Kwanten

      Highest Rated: 92% Mystery Road (2013)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Reach Me (2014)

      Birthday: Nov 28, 1976

      Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

      Ryan Kwanten is very comfortable in his own skin, much to the delight of millions of viewers who tuned in each week to catch a glimpse of the actor's toned physique on HBO's vampire saga, "True Blood" (2008-14). Kwanten was perfectly cast as the show's resident playboy whose ripped six-pack was always on full display, made necessary by his character's endless sexual conquests. As the series progressed, viewers watched his character slowly reveal his painful past, which gave Kwanten a chance to reveal a more vulnerable side. Ryan Christian Kwanten was born on Nov. 28, 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Growing up, the youngster was more interested in sports than in acting, excelling in triathlons, surfing, golf and tennis. As a teenager, he was even named the state welterweight boxing champion. Kwanten began acting purely by chance when he was 15 years old. After waiting in the car for his mother and younger brother who were at a talent agency, Kwanten decided to go find his family and while looking for them, was convinced to audition as well. He started booking small parts on television while attending Sydney University, where he earned a business degree. Kwanten began landing guest appearances, including on the medical drama "A Country Practice" (7 Network, 1981-1993), followed by a lead role as a jock on the teen sci-fi series, "Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord" (Channel 9, 1997). In 1998, Kwanten starred as a lifeguard on the primetime soap, "Home and Away," which would also launch the careers of Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger. As he often appeared shirtless, Kwanten began gaining a huge following of mostly teen girls smitten with the actor's ripped physique. After finishing his stint on the long-running Australian series, Kwanten moved to Los Angeles and was cast in the made-for-TV film, "Junction Boys" (ESPN, 2002) and guest starred on sci-fi series, "Tru Calling" (Fox, 2003-05) about a woman able to re-live the same day over to prevent murders. Kwanten also co-starred on the WB family drama, "Summerland" about a 30-something fashion designer, Ava (Lori Loughlin), whose carefree lifestyle in a California beach town turns upside-down when she is suddenly forced to raise her orphaned niece and nephews. Kwanten played Ava's Australian surfer friend who becomes a role model to her 16-year-old nephew (Jesse McCartney). In 2006, he starred in the film "Flicka" as the sweet but dimwitted older brother of a young girl (Alison Lohman) who realizes her dreams of working on the family's ranch with the help of a mustang named Flicka. Kwanten's performance in the latter project caught the eye of Alan Ball, who cast Kwanten in the HBO series, "True Blood," based on the novels by Charlaine Harris. Like his previous projects, Kwanten's character was the show's resident playboy who often showed off his buff physique; a fact not lost on millions of viewers who made the series one of the network's most watched shows. In 2010, Kwanten starred in the critically acclaimed thriller "Red Hill," a contemporary Western about a young sheriff searching for an escapee who wants revenge on the gang that threw him in jail. He also starred in the romantic comedy "Griff the Invisible" (2010) as a normal guy by day and superhero by night. Between seasons of "True Blood," Kwanten also starred in coming of age drama "Don't Fade Away" (2011), romantic comedy "Not Suitable For Children" (2012), crime drama "Mystery Road" (2013), romantic comedy "The Right Kind of Wrong" (2013), and comedy horror cult favorite "Knights of Badassdom" (2013). After "True Blood" wrapped up, Kwanten continued working steadily, starring in supernatural thriller "Flight 7500" (2015), historical drama "Northmen: A Viking Saga" (2014) and ensemble drama "Reach Me" (2014). Crime drama "Kidnapping Freddy Heineken" (2015) and action flick "Blunt Force Trauma" (2015) followed, as did straight to DVD romantic comedy "Who Gets the Dog?" (2016), which starred Kwanten opposite Alicia Silverstone.

      Highest rated movies

      Mystery Road
      Not Suitable for Children
      Glorious
      America Brown
      Red Hill
      The Portrait Head Count
      Griff the Invisible

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      MYSTERY ROAD, FROM LEFT, AARON PEDERSEN, RYAN KWANTEN, 2013. ©WELL GO USA LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE, Ryan Kwanten, voice of Kludd, 2010. ©Warner Bros. Pictures RIO, I LOVE YOU, (aka RIO, EU TE AMO), from left: Ryan Kwanten, Marcelo Serrado, segment 'Acho que Estou Apaixonado'. 2014. © Screen Media Films 7500, from left: Amy Smart, Ryan Kwanten, Jerry Ferrara, Nicky Whelan, Scout Taylor-Compton, 2014. Gemma La Mana/©CBS Films True Blood, Anna Paquin (L), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'Karma', Season 7, Ep. #6, 07/27/2014, ©HBO RIO, I LOVE YOU, (aka RIO, EU TE AMO), from left: Ryan Kwanten, Marcelo Serrado, segment 'Acho que Estou Apaixonado' 2014. © Screen Media Films MYSTERY ROAD, RYAN KWANTEN, 2013. ©WELL GO USA New Girl, Max Greenfield (L), Zooey Deschanel (C), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'Valentine's Day', Season 1, Ep. #13, 02/14/2012, ©FOX New Girl, Zooey Deschanel (L), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'Valentine's Day', Season 1, Ep. #13, 02/14/2012, ©FOX New Girl, Zooey Deschanel (L), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'Valentine's Day', Season 1, Ep. #13, 02/14/2012, ©FOX New Girl, Ryan Kwanten, 'Valentine's Day', Season 1, Ep. #13, 02/14/2012, ©FOX True Blood, Anna Paquin (L), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'Almost Home', Season 7, Ep. #8, 08/10/2014, ©HBO True Blood, Ashley Hinshaw (L), Anna Paquin (C), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'Almost Home', Season 7, Ep. #8, 08/10/2014, ©HBO True Blood, Ashley Hinshaw (L), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'Love Is to Die', Season 7, Ep. #9, 08/17/2014, ©HBO True Blood, Ryan Kwanten (L), Ashley Hinshaw (R), 'May Be the Last Time', Season 7, Ep. #7, 08/03/2014, ©HBO True Blood, Ryan Kwanten (L), Chris Bauer (R), 'We'll Meet Again', Season 5, Ep. #4, 07/01/2012, ©HBO True Blood, Ryan Kwanten (L), Anna Paquin (R), 'Hopeless', Season 5, Ep. #6, 07/15/2012, ©HBO True Blood, from left: Giles Matthey, Anna Paquin, Emma Greenwell, Ryan Kwanten, Camilla Luddington, 'Somebody That I Used to Know', Season 5, Ep. #8, 07/29/2012, ©HBO WHO GETS THE DOG?, from left: Alicia Silverstone, Ryan Kwanten, 2016. ph: Matt Dinerstein/©Samuel Goldwyn Films True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård (L), Ryan Kwanten (R), 'I Found You', Season 7, Ep. #2, 06/29/2014, ©HBO

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      75% 43% The Portrait Alex (Character) - 2023
      71% 75% Head Count Sawyer (Character) - 2023
      31% 31% Section 8 Jake Atherton (Character) - 2022
      87% 56% Glorious Wes (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      33% 76% Expired Jack (Character) - 2022
      31% 38% 2067 Jude (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 37% Kill Chain Ericson (Character) - 2019
      23% 29% Supercon Matt Wheeler (Character) - 2018
      47% 23% The Hurricane Heist Breeze (Character) $6.1M 2018
      No Score Yet 24% Who Gets the Dog? Clay Lonnergan (Character) - 2016
      73% 44% Blinky Bill the Movie Blinky Bill (Voice) - 2015
      No Score Yet 23% Blunt Force Trauma John (Character) - 2015
      19% 24% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Jan "Cat" Boellard (Character) - 2015
      8% 13% Rio, I Love You Jai Arnott (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 33% 7500 Brad Martin (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 34% Northmen: A Viking Saga Conall (Character) - 2014
      4% 47% Reach Me Jack Burns (Character) - 2014
      63% 38% Knights of Badassdom Joe (Character) $86.8K 2014
      92% 64% Mystery Road Pete Bailey (Character) - 2013
      16% 37% The Right Kind of Wrong Leo Palamino (Character) $2.0K 2013
      88% 53% Not Suitable for Children Jonah (Character) - 2012
      64% 52% Griff the Invisible Griff (Character) - 2010
      79% 57% Red Hill Shane Cooper (Character) $21.0K 2010
      52% 64% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Kludd (Voice) $55.7M 2010
      No Score Yet 31% Don't Fade Away Jackson White (Character) - 2010
      21% 51% Dead Silence Jamie Ashen (Character) $16.5M 2007
      54% 82% Flicka Howard McLaughlin (Character) $21.0M 2006
      80% 53% America Brown Ricky Brown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 38% Liquid Bridge Nick McCallum (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 81% The Junction Boys Claude Gearheart (Character) - 2002

      TV

      Credit
      61% 88% Kindred Thomas Weylin (Character) 2022
      85% 73% Creepshow Alex (Character) 2021
      58% 66% Them George Bell (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sacred Lies Peter/Hunter (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet 100% The Oath Steve Hammond (Character) 2018-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 86% Apollo Gauntlet Superknife (Voice) 2017
      No Score Yet 90% The Eric Andre Show Guest 2014
      68% 72% True Blood Jason Stackhouse (Character) 2008-2014
      95% 85% New Girl Oliver (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt (Guest Star) 2008
      20% No Score Yet Summerland Jay Robertson (Character) 2004-2005
      39% 80% Tru Calling Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      73% No Score Yet The Handler Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spellbinder Josh (Character) 1997