Ryan Merriman Explained

Born:1983 4, mf=yes
Birthplace:Choctaw, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Birthname:Ryan Earl Merriman
Yearsactive:1993 ─ present
Spouse:Micol Merriman (2004-present)

Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American actor. He began his acting career as a child actor during the mid-1990s and has appeared in 30 Hollywood films and television shows to date.

Early life

Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nona Merriman.[1] He has a sister, Monika. At a young age, he began acting in commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater in Oklahoma.


His first major role was on the television series, The Mommies, which ran from 1993 to 1995. During the mid and late 1990s, he appeared in most episodes of The Pretender as a younger version of the title character. Merriman also starred in several made-for-television films, including Smart House, The Luck of the Irish, and as a young Meyer Lansky in Lansky. In 1999, he appeared in the feature film The Deep End of the Ocean, playing the lost son of Michelle Pfeiffer's character, and subsequently starred as the main character, a Jewish boy from the Bronx, in the film Just Looking, which received a limited theatrical release in 2000. In 2002, he played the Madeleine L'Engle character Adam Eddington in yet another Disney Channel original movie, A Ring of Endless Light. In the years following, Merriman again returned to television roles, and appeared in Dangerous Child, co-starring Delta Burke, the mini-series Taken (2003-2004), and a guest role on Smallville in 2004.

During this time period, Merriman's roles also included the horror films (2002), The Ring Two (2005) and Final Destination 3 (2006). He is one of the stars of Home of the Giants, a high school drama co-starring Haley Joel Osment and Danielle Panabaker which has yet to be released. He appeared in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon, in January 2008.

Dwight H. Little wanted Merriman to play Jin Kazama in his upcoming Tekken movie, but Merriman turned it down for an unknown reason, so the role went to John Foo.

Personal life

His hobbies include golf, four-wheel and dirt bikes, team sports, water sports, horseback riding, martial arts, basketball, skiing, and snowboarding.

Merriman supports the Neonatal Parents Network of Oklahoma, an independent, non-profit support network for families with critically ill or premature infants. He is also involved with Eagle Mount, an organization that offers riding, skiing, camp programs, and other special activities for disabled children in Bozeman, Montana.


2008Comanche MoonJake Spoonmini-series
BackwoodsAdam BensonMovie of the Week
2007Home of the GiantsMattLead Role
2006Final Destination 3Kevin FischerMale Lead Role
2005The Ring TwoJakeMinor Role (Opening Kill)
2004SmallvilleJason DanteTV series
2003Nikko ZondLead Role; TV series
2002TakenSam Crawford - AdultMinor Role; mini-series
2002Myles 'Deckard' Barton
A Ring of Endless LightAdam Eddingtonmade-for-television
2001The Luck of the IrishKyle Johnsonmade-for-television
Dangerous ChildJackmade-for-television
1999Smart HouseBen Coopermade-for-television
The Deep End of the OceanSam Karras/Ben Cappadora - Age 12
1996The PretenderYoung Jarod (1996-2000)/Gemini (1999)Recurring Role; TV series

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Notes and References

  1. http://www.filmreference.com/film/66/Ryan-Merriman.html Ryan Merriman Biography (1983-)