Ryan Hurst

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Ryan Hurst
Ryan Hurst by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornRyan Douglas Hurst
(1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 38)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Molly Cookson (2005–present)
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Ryan Hurst
Ryan Hurst by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornRyan Douglas Hurst
(1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 38)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Molly Cookson (2005–present)

Ryan Douglas Hurst[1] (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Gerry Bertier in Disney's Remember the Titans, and as Opie on the FX network series Sons of Anarchy.

Early life[edit]

Hurst was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Candace Kaniecki, an acting coach, and Rick Hurst, an actor.[2][3] Hurst attended Santa Monica High School.[4]


Growing up in a Hollywood family, Hurst made a very early start in the show business, having a recurring role in NBC comedy, Saved by the Bell: The New Class.[5] Hurst also gained recognition as Allison's half-brother, Michael, in the show Medium. He also played the role of football player Lump Hudson in The Ladykillers, appeared in the movie We Were Soldiers as Sgt. Savage, and starred in the TNT show Wanted. In Saving Private Ryan, Hurst portrays a paratrooper who, because of temporary hearing loss, cannot understand Captain Miller's questions about sighting Private Ryan which forces Miller (played by Tom Hanks) to ask the questions in writing. His biggest break came in FX's cult show, Sons of Anarchy. Originally a recurring cast member in Season 1, he was immediately promoted to main cast member in Season 2 since he became a fan favorite. His character, Opie, only gets back into the SAMCRO club to provide for his family, knowing the consequences. Hurst's portrayal of Opie earned him a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Hurst also voiced Jedidiah in the Box-Office hit Rango.

Personal life[edit]

Hurst met his wife, Molly Cookson in 1994, and they wed in May 2005.[6][7] Together they founded their own production company, Fast Shoes.[6][8] In April, 2013, Hurst purchased a 3,400 square-foot home in Woodland Hills, California for $1.7 million.[9]


1997The PostmanEddie March
1998Patch AdamsNeil
Saving Private RyanParatrooper Mandelsohn
2000Rules of EngagementCaptain Hustings
Remember the TitansGerry Bertier
2001Perfect LoverGuy
Venus and MarsRoberto
2002We Were SoldiersSgt. Ernie Savage
Lone Star State of MindTinker
2004The LadykillersLump Hudson
2006Noble ThingsKyle Collins
2008Chasing the GreenRoss Franklin
2013CBGBMad Mountain
1993Saved by the Bell: The New ClassCrunch Grabowski2 episodes
1994Beverly Hills, 90210Student ActorEpisode: "Divas"
1995–1996Campus CopsWayne Simko9 episodes
1995JAGDirk GroverEpisode: "Shadow"
1996Boston CommonNikolai2 episodes
WingsBarryEpisode: "Too Beautiful for You"
1999L.A. DoctorsKevn Raives2 episodes
2002Touched by an AngelDougEpisode: "Two Sides to Every Angel"
John DoeElvis BraithwaiteEpisode: "Mind Games"
TakenTom Clarke5 episodes
2004Dr. VegasSteveEpisode: "All In"
2005HouseSamEpisode: "The Mistake"
WantedATF Field Agent Jimmy McGloin13 episodes
2005–2007MediumMichael 'Lucky' Benoit3 episodes
2006EverwoodEd CarnahanEpisode: "Across the Lines"
CSI: MiamiMiami Dade Police OfficerEpisode: "Curse of the Coffin"
2007RainesMarkoEpisode: Pilot
2008–2012Sons of AnarchyOpie Winston54 episodes;
Recurring Character: Season 1
Main Cast: Season 2-5
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012)
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Cast In A Drama Series[10] (2013)
2011Law and Order: SVUDoug LovelessEpisode: "Bombshell"
2013King & MaxwellEdgar RoyMain Cast; 10 episodes
2015Bates MotelChick Hogan6 episodes


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