Ryan Merriman

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Ryan Merriman
BornRyan Earl Merriman
(1983-04-10) April 10, 1983 (age 30)
Choctaw, Oklahoma, US
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Micol Duncan
(2004–2011)[1]
 
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Ryan Merriman
BornRyan Earl Merriman
(1983-04-10) April 10, 1983 (age 30)
Choctaw, Oklahoma, US
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Micol Duncan
(2004–2011)[1]

Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American film and television actor. He began his career at the age of ten, and has appeared in several feature films and television shows. He is best known for his roles as Jake in The Ring Two (2005) and Kevin Fischer in Final Destination 3 (2006).

Background[edit]

Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nonalyn Merriman.[2][3] 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[edit]

Merriman's 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 has starred in several made-for-television films, including Smart House, The Luck of the Irish (2001), and as a young Meyer Lansky in Lansky. He appeared in the 1999 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 another Disney Channel original movie, A Ring of Endless Light. In the years following, Merriman 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.

Merriman's roles include the horror films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), The Ring Two (2005) and Final Destination 3 (2006). He is one of the leads of Home of the Giants, a high school drama co-starring Haley Joel Osment and Danielle Panabaker. He appeared in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon, in January 2008. He 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.

From 2010 to 2012, Merriman portrayed Ian Thomas on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars.

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 Merriman appeared 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.

Personal life[edit]

Married a woman named Micol Duncan in 2004, divorced after seven years of marriage in 2011. Merriman doesn't have any children.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
2002Halloween: ResurrectionMyles 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
2012Cheesecake CasseroleAndy
2012My HometownRick DicksonFilming
201342Dixie WalkerIn release

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993–1995The MommiesBlake Kellogg30 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 / Gemini50 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"
2003–2004Veritas: The QuestNikko Zond13 episodes
2008Comanche MoonJake Spoon3 episodes
2010Elevator GirlJohnathan
2010–2012Pretty Little LiarsIan Thomas15 episodes
2012Hawaii Five-0Dennis Mackepisode I Helu Pu

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