Ryan Gosling

Biography

Date of Birth 12 November 1980, London, Ontario, Canada Birth Name Ryan Thomas Gosling Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) Mini Biography Ryan Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, to Thomas and Donna Gosling, and was the second of their two children. The Gosling family, moved to Cornwall, Ontario, where Ryan grew up and was home-schooled by his mother. Ryan attended Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational High School in Cornwall, where he excelled in Drama and Fine Arts. The family then relocated to Burlington, Ontario, where Ryan attended Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario. Ryan first performed as a singer at talent contests with his older sister Mandi. He attended an open audition in Montreal for the TV series "The Mickey Mouse Club" ("MMC" (1989)) in January 1993 and beat out 17,000 other aspiring actors for a a spot on the show. While appearing on "MMC" for two years, he lived with co-star Justin Timberlake's family. Though he received no formal acting training, after "MMC," Gosling segued into an acting career, appearing on the TV series "Young Hercules" (1998) and "Breaker High" (1997), as well as the films The Slaughter Rule (2002), Iskoldt mord (2002), and Titans (2000). He first attracted serious critical attention with his performance as the Jewish neo-Nazi in the controversial film The Believer (2001), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. He was cast in the part by writer-director Henry Bean, who believed that Gosling's strict upbringing gave him the insight to understand the character Danny, whose obsessiveness with the Judaism he was born into turns to hatred. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Male Lead in 2002 for the role and won the Golden Aries award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics. After appearing in the sleeper The Notebook (2004) in 2004, Gosling won the dubious honor of being named one of the 50 Hottest Bachelors by People Magazine. More significantly, he was named the Male Star of Tomorrow at the 2004 Show West convention of movie exhibitors. Gosling reached the summit of his profession with his performance in Half Nelson (2006), which garnered him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. In a short time, he has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation. IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood Trade Mark Often plays quiet, emotionally distant characters Trivia Is an accomplished jazz guitarist and a fan of Chet Baker; started a band with his friend Zach Shields called Dead Man's Bones. Parents: Thomas & Donna. Has an older sister named Mandi. First break came in January 1993 when open auditions were held in Montreal for "MMC" (1989). Ryan went to Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Was taken out of elementary school as a child and taught at home by his mother because of constant abuse from other students. He has a dog named George. Was in a relationship with Sandra Bullock, having met on the set of Iskoldt mord (2002) (May 2002-July 2003). Built the kitchen table featured in The Notebook (2004) in preparation for his role as Noah. Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors [2004] While on "MMC" (1989), he lived with Justin Timberlake and his mother. Purchased the Jeep Cherokee driven by Ben Chaplin in Iskoldt mord (2002) from the set of the movie. Favorite movie is Øst for paradis (1955) Keeps in touch with his "Breaker High" (1997) co-star Scott Vickaryous. Beat out 17,000 people for a place in "MMC" (1989) in January 1993 He was named the 2004 Sho West Male Star of Tomorrow Born in London, Ontario, and moved soon after to Cornwall, Ontario, where he was raised. Then moved to Burlington, Ontario, during his high school years. Born in the same hospital as his The Notebook (2004) co-star Rachel McAdams -- St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario -- though he's younger. Has released a song titled "Put Me in the Car," which can be found on his Web site. With two of his friends, he has opened a Moroccan restaurant called Tagine in Beverly Hills, California. Was in a relationship with Rachel McAdams twice, having met on the set of The Notebook (2004). They were originally together from June 2005 to July 2007 before reconciling in August 2008, only to separate a second time in November 2008. In school, his nickname was Trouble. He moved to Los Angeles when he was 16. Took his mother and his sister to the Oscars in 2007. Traveled to Chad in 2005 to make a documentary on the Darfur refugees living there. One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007. Lives in the popular Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake. Other Silver Lake locals include Beck, Bo Barrett, Christina Ricci, Rachel McAdams, and Jason Lee. Was the first Canadian-born performer in over 60 years to be nominated for the best actor Oscar in Half Nelson (2006). The last was 'Walter Pidgeon' for Madame Curie (1943). Was originally cast as Jack Salmon in The Lovely Bones (2009), but after dropping out of the project a day before shooting began Mark Wahlberg was cast instead. Was ranked #23 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008). Member of the same Los Angeles gym as Jason Sarayba, Bradley Cooper, Jodie Foster, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Ashley Tisdale. According to an interview in GQ, he was the only Mickey Mouse Club cast member that didn't live in the same complex as all the other cast members and their families. He and his family lived in a nearby trailer park and he was the family's only source of income. Ryan drives the same color and year model 2011 Chevy Impala in both Drive and Ides of March. Personal Quotes I've learned it's important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is. I always wanted to entertain. When I was 6, a scrawny, scrawny kid, I'd get in my red speedo and do muscle moves. I actually thought I was muscular. I didn't know everyone was laughing at me. You know how sometimes department stores have these things where, if you win, you get 10 minutes and go in and take anything you want from the store? That's basically what I'm doing. I'm running in and just trying to grab as many characters as possible before they pull the plug on me. It's nice to be around people that have a sense of the world around them, that are, in general, more conscious and conscientious. It was important for me to get an outside look at America even though I grew up in Canada, it's an incredible country and I love it, but it's so close. It's like being too close to a Monet or something. You have to move back. Going to New Zealand helped me to get a read on this place that the whole world was obsessed with. I also think that something interesting comes out when you do something that you're afraid of, so I try to take things that I'm not sure that I can do. And this was certainly one of them. I didn't feel like I was right for this at all, and I wondered how to find truth in a fairy tale. For now, I'm just going to keep doing the work and hope I don't get fired. If people want to put me up on their walls, I'll love it. I think American news is pretty tragic in general. I can't tell the difference between "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) and the news. It's all about ratings. They are trying to sum it all up pretty quickly and try to act as if they understand it. The theme for me is love and the lack of it. We all want that and we don't know how to get it, and everything we do is some kind of attempt to capture it for ourselves. I understand the studios, in the sense that if they're going to spend $100 million on a film, they want to make sure they're gonna get that back . . . but I don't know how to guarantee you you're going to make that money back, and I'm uncomfortable working with those kind of numbers. There is this idea in Hollywood, and I've seen it work for people, where the unspoken rule is 'Do two for them and one for yourself.' And that's kind of considered a fact. I've never really found that to be true for me. I've gotten more opportunities out of working on things I believed in than I ever did on things that weren't special to me. All my characters are me. I'm not a good enough actor to become a character. I hear about actors who become the role and I think 'I wonder what that feels like'. Because for me, they're all me. I relate to these characters because aspects of their personality are like me. And I just turn up the parts of myself that are them and turn down the parts that aren't. (On this acting hero) Gene Wilder is my Marlon Brando. Gene Wilder will break your heart and make you laugh at the same time. And that's deep. There's something really profound about what he's able to do. It's transcendent. It's everything. He gives you everything at once and you have to decide what you feel about it. I mean, God bless The Notebook (2004), it introduced me to one of the great loves (Rachel McAdams) of my life. But, people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that. [on working on independent films] - Not to discriminate against budgets, I feel that independent films tend to ask more questions and don't pretend to know as much as the bigger films, which tend to think they know everything. I don't really like doing interviews because I don't have any answers about why I act. It's like a compulsion. It's like people who eat and eat and eat and they don't know why and they keep getting fatter but they can't stop. It's like that.... And then you find yourself on a set throwing yourself off a bridge, and you're asking yourself, 'Why am I doing this?' And I don't know. I try not to make too many movies. I get sick of myself, so I can imagine how everyone else feels. [on "Blue Valentine"] In most movies you spend so much time looking for any scraps of truth, and in this movie you're just marinating in it. [After Blue Valentine (2010)] I had to go to the doctor for a physical and when I left he gave me a prescription. he wrote, 'Do a comedy'. [on 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn] I don't think that Nicolas believes that art and entertainment are mutually exclusive. He doesn't limit himself. If he were a baseball player, it's like he walks up to the plate [and] points out a home run before he swings. He may not hit a home run, but that's the only thing he's hoping for. He's got guts. And also, he loves exploitation films and genre movies as well as art films. [on choosing film roles] There's always those 'Blair Witch Projects' that haunt you. The idea that you could make a little movie, and you could make it the way you want to make it, and people will still want to see it. People will want to see it for what it is, not for the way it's marketed. I always wanted to make a violent John Hughes movie. I love John Hughes movies. I love 'Pretty in Pink'. But I always thought if there were head-smashing in it it'd be a better movie. [on 'Drive'] I guess I wanted to make a superhero movie, but all the good ones were taken. This was the opportunity to create one. The writing was on the wall when I saw 'Rocky' for the first time. I went and picked a fight right afterwards and got my ass kicked. The movies took me into their dream. [on working with directors Derek Cianfrance and Nicolas Winding Refn] I found my guys I got a team I know. We're just getting started. [on the possibility of directing] You can't act forever. Some people manage, but they're the marathon runners. You have a shelf life as an actor, so you have to find another way to express yourself. [on being recognized in public] You just have to hang out in places that are more interesting than you are. It has a weird effect on people. The experience of recognizing you puts them into some kind of trance where they think they know you but they don't. They start sharing with you, and it gives you this intimacy that's very rare. [on Drive (2011) director Nicolas Winding Refn] I was very ill, and we were sitting there not really able to communicate. He looks at me with tears in his eyes, and he starts singing at the top of his lungs and hitting his knees, and he says, 'I know what this movie is, it's a movie about a guy who drives around listening to pop music because it's the only way he can feel.' I think the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.

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Birth Name

Ryan Thomas Gosling

Birth Place

London, Ontario, Kanada

Birth Date

11/12/1980
Known For
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Blade Runner 2049

'K'

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Drive

Driver

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La La Land

Sebastian

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First Man

Neil Armstrong

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The Place Beyond The Pines

Luke

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Fracture

Willy Beachum

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The Nice Guys

Holland March

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The Ides of March

Stephen Meyers

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Blue Valentine

Dean Pereira

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All Good Things

David Marks

Starring In
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The Fall Guy

Colt Seavers

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Barbie

Ken

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The Gray Man

Court Gentry

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Das Phänomen Blade Runner

Self - Interviewee (archive footage)

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First Man

Neil Armstrong

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Ryan Gosling: Hollywoods Halbgott

Self

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Blade Runner 2049

'K'

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Song to Song

BV

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La La Land

Sebastian

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The Nice Guys

Holland March

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The Big Short

Jared Vennett

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My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Himself

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Only God Forgives

Julian

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Gangster Squad

Sgt. Jerry Wooters

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Seduced and Abandoned

Himself

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The Place Beyond The Pines

Luke

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The Ides of March

Stephen Meyers

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Drive

Driver

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Jacob Palmer

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All Good Things

David Marks

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Blue Valentine

Dean Pereira

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Lars and The Real Girl

Lars Lindstrom

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Fracture

Willy Beachum

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Half Nelson

Dan Dunne

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Stay

Henry Letham

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I'm Still Here

Ilya Gerber (voice)

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The Notebook

Noah

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The United States of Leland

Leland P. Fitzgerald

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Murder by Numbers

Richard Haywood

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The Slaughter Rule

Roy Chutney

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The Believer

Danny Balint

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Remember the Titans

Alan Bosley

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Nada es demasiado bueno para un vaquero

Tommy

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Frankenstein and Me

Kenny

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