Ross Thomas (actor)
|Born||Ross Schuler Thomas
August 21, 1981
Ross Thomas (born August 21, 1981) is an American actor, filmmaker, philanthropist and adventurer.
Ross Thomas was born in Stockton, California and raised in both Stockton and Woodbridge, California. His mother Catherine Schuler is a computer science professor and author, and his father, Randy Thomas, is a trial attorney, poet and adventurer. He has three sisters and one brother. He attended St. Mary’s High School  and subsequently attended Arizona State University and The University of Southern California. He played left wing for the Arizona State University rugby team. He studied anthropology, broadcasting and theatre arts. He graduated from The University of Southern California in the winter of 2004.
In 2005, Thomas played the title role in What's Bugging Seth as a deaf man determined to find love and career success despite his handicap. The film won awards at the DancesWithFilms Festival, the Santa Cruz Film Festival and the Empire Film Festival
Other film credits include starring roles in films such as "The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold,", "American Pie: The Naked Mile,", the Wayans’ Brothers comedy "Dance Flick," in which he spoofed Channing Tatum’s character in Step Up, "Burning Palms", and the indie flick "Shelter," which went on to win the GLAAD Outstanding Film Award in 2009.
On the small screen, Thomas was a series regular on the Nickelodeon original teen series “Beyond the Break.” Thomas played ‘Bailey,’ a stellar surfer who had a reputation for being a playboy. The show aired from 2006-2009. He also had a recurring role on General Hospital as 'Brandon,' a hardened criminal just released from jail. Thomas has also appeared on NCIS  Lie to Me “CSI,”  “CSI: NY,”  “Cold Case,” & “Living with Fran” 
Most recently, Thomas can be seen in the film Soul Surfer, based on the true story of shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton. He is also the passenger in the Cadillac ATS television commercials.
Thomas is an extreme sports enthusiast and avid adventure traveller. He recently summited Huayna Potossi in Bolivia at 19,974 ft. He surfs and snowboards  and performed many of his own stunts for his role as an extreme sports professional turned figure skater in ABC Family channel movie The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold.
Ross is a supporter of tribal peoples rights. He has made a short documentary film about the plight of the Harakmbut tribe in the Madre De Dios region of Peru, and has visited Brazil to support the tribes against the Belo Monte Dam. Ross has worked with indigenous rights organizations Survival International and Amazon Watch. In 2010, Ross spent months in the Southern Peruvian Amazon shooting and producing the documentary "Extraction: The Plundering of the Amarakaeri Reserve." He also spent time with the Secoya tribe along the Shushufindi and Aguarico River in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He is interested in anthropology, ethnobotany and alternative medicine.
|2011||Lip Service||Eddie Marz||Film|
|Soul Surfer||Noah Hamilton||Film|
|NCIS||Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Kyle Sterling||TV|
|General Hospital||Brandon Lowell||TV|
|Lie to Me||Doug Donovan||TV|
|The Haunting of Molly Hartley||Jock||Film|
|2006||Lipshitz Saves the World||Mark Sherman||TV|
|American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile||Ryan Grimm||Film|
|Beyond The Break||Bailey Reese||TV|
|The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold||Alex Harrison||Film|
|Sissy Frenchfry||Bodey McDodey||Film|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Trip Wilmont||TV|
|Living with Fran||Kurt||TV|
- "Ross Thomas models for Survival". Survival International. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
- "'Soul Surfer's' Ross Thomas shines a light on Peru's indigenous people". Zap2it.com. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
- "Riding a wave of success". Recordnet.com. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2009-04-19.