Ryan Merriman Explained

Birth Name:Ryan Earl Merriman
Birth Date:10 April 1983
Birth Place:Choctaw, Oklahoma, US
Occupation:Actor
Years Active:1993–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 several feature films and television shows.

Background

Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nonalyn Merriman.[1] [2] He has a sister, Monica. At a young age, he began acting in commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater (Stage Struck Studios) in Oklahoma.

Career

Merriman's first major role was on the television series, The Mommies, which ran from 1993 to 1995. He is also known for his movie Luck of the Irish, which premiered on the Disney Channel. 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 (2003–04), and a guest role on Smallville in 2004.

During Merriman's career, his 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. He also played the lead role of Henry Dunn in the original pilot presentation for Harper's Island, but was replaced by Christopher Gorham when the pilot was ordered to series by CBS.

In 2012 he starred on the 16th episode of Season 2 in Hawaii Five-0 as Dennis Mack.

Dwight H. Little wanted Merriman to play Jin Kazama in his movie Tekken, but Merriman turned it down, so the role went to John Foo. He did, however, star in the Hallmark Channel original movie Elevator Girl as the male protagonist Jonathan, the young successful lawyer who finds himself falling for a free-spirited young woman who is way below his pay grade. In 2011, he starred in The 5th Quarter, a feature film about the surprising 2006 football season of Wake Forest University, as the team's star linebacker Jon Abbate.

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1997What's Right With AmericaTodd Gordon
1998Everything That RisesNathan ClayYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series or Series – Leading Young Actor
1999Night Ride HomeJustin
1999LanskyMeyer Lansky
1999The Deep End of the OceanSam Karras, Ben CappadoraYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
1999Smart HouseBen Cooper
1999Just LookingLenny LevineNominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
2000Rocket's Red GlareTodd Baker
2001The Luck of the IrishKyle Johnson
2001Dangerous ChildJack CambridgeYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actor
2002Myles Barton
2002A Ring of Endless LightAdam Eddington
2003SpinEddie Haley
2005The ColtJim Rabb
2005RingsJakeShort film
2005The Ring TwoJake
2006Final Destination 3Kevin Fischerlead role alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead
2007Home of the GiantsMatt Morrison
2008BackwoodsAdam
2009Wild CherryStanford
2011The 5th QuarterJon Abbate
2012My HometownRick DicksonFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993–1995The MommiesBlake KelloggTwenty-nine episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series
(shared with Sam Gifaldi, Ashley Peldon, Shiloh Strong, and Joey Zimmerman)
1995The ClientJeff Dietrich"The Way Things Were"
1996–2000The Pretenderyoung Jarod / GeminiForty-nine episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1997)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1998, 1999)
2001Touched by an AngelJason Harris"Visions of thy Father"
2002TakenSam Crawford"Acid Tests"
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young Actor
2004SmallvilleJason Dante"Velocity"
2003–2004Nikko ZondThirteen episodes
2008Comanche MoonJake SpoonThree episodes
2010Elevator GirlJohnathan
2010–2011Pretty Little LiarsIan ThomasRecurring role
2012Hawaii Five-0Dennis Mackepisode I Helu Pu

References

2012 Hawaii Five-0

External links

Notes and References

  1. http://www.filmreference.com/film/66/Ryan-Merriman.html Ryan Merriman Biography (1983–)
  2. http://www.allbusiness.com/reports-reviews-sections/interviews/13884683-1.html 'Elevator Girl' lifts Oklahoma actor's career | LexisNexis | Professional Journal archives from AllBusiness.com