Ryan Bittle

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Ryan Bittle
Born Ryan James Bittle
(1976-03-21) March 21, 1976 (age 38)
La Crescenta, California, U.S.
Alma mater Pasadena City College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Davis (2003–2005)
Parents Jim Bittle (father), Kathy Homewood Bittle (mother)
Relatives Jeff Bittle (brother), Ron Bittle (brother)

Ryan James Bittle (born March 21, 1976 in La Crescenta, California) is an American actor. He began appearing on television in 1994.

Early life[edit]

Ryan Bittle is the son of Kathy Homewood, a nurse and ICU director, and Jim Bittle, a retired Glendale Fire Captain. He has a younger brother Jeff, and an older brother Ron. Ryan attended Crescenta Valley High School (where he was an All-American water polo player), Pasadena City College, The London Academy of Dramatic Art, and The Juilliard School, Drama division (group 31), in New York City.

Career[edit]

Ryan Bittle originally had plans to play NCAA water polo and then to attend medical school before he discovered acting. It was in his senior year of high school that he began to take an interest which led to him holding off on college for a while to instead play a role in the television series Sweet Valley High.[1] After two seasons, 1994–1996, he and co-star Bridget Flanery were dismissed for getting romantically involved and the conflict that disrupted their work. He was replaced with actor Jeremy Vincent Garrett.

While studying at Pasadena City College, Ryan continued to work as an actor with guest starring roles in 1996 on the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boy Meets World, and The Parent Hood. Ryan also had a recurring role on 7th Heaven where he was Jessica Biel's early love interest. He also had supporting roles in the films Tear it Down, Devil in the Flesh and The Clown at Midnight.[2] It was while working with Christopher Plummer on The Clown at Midnight in 1998 that Bittle decided he wanted to leave Hollywood for New York to spend some more time studying at The Juilliard School. It was in New York that Bittle was in numerous productions with actors Nathan Baesel, Jennifer Carpenter, Daniel Breaker and James Martinez.[3]

Back in Los Angeles, Bittle continued with a recurring role on the successful WB drama Dawson's Creek and PBS drama American Family. He also had varying guest star roles on shows such as the CBS dramas CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, and NCIS.[4] Ryan also played an actor for the second time in his career on Courteney Cox's TV show Dirt.

In 2003, Bittle starred as Christian opposite Mark Harelik and Gregory Itzin in Cyrano de Bergerac at South Coast Repertory.[1]

Bittle was in three films that were released in 2010: Take Me Home Tonight, an 1980s comedy starring with Topher Grace and Anna Faris; Backyard Wedding, starring with Alicia Witt and Frances Fisher; and the horror/thriller Lure.[1]

In 2012, Bittle starred in"Annie Claus Is Coming To Town", opposite Maria Thayer and Sam Page, as well as the made for TV movie "Operation Cupcake", opposite Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson. He also and guest starred on "The Closer", as well as the NBC comedy "The New Normal"

In 2013, Bittle could be seen guest starring on the Showtime series "Shameless" as well as reviving the role of "JR Chandler" on the reboot of Prospect Park's "All My Children"

Personal life[edit]

Ryan Bittle enjoys playing sports. He plays golf and tennis when he can. And, in his spare time he plays masters water polo and coaches polo at the high school and club level.[5]

Bittle also enjoys flying and got his private pilot's license in 2001.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tear It Down John Scott
1998 Devil in the Flesh Greg Straffer Video
1999 Clown at Midnight, TheThe Clown at Midnight Taylor
2004 Who's Your Daddy? Hudson Reed Video
2010 A Lure: Teen Fight Club Mr. Reed Video
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Rick Herrington
2011 Ricky and Ravi (Are in Between Jobs) Steve Video short
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994-1996 Sweet Valley High Todd Wilkins 44 episodes
1996 Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'Hood Bradley Lewis Episode: "An American Class President"
1996 7th Heaven Jeff 4 episodes
1997 Boy Meets World Gary Episode: "Chick Like Me"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mitch Episode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
2001 Big House, TheThe Big House Jon Jackson TV movie
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Harley Episode: "Reel Rangers"
2001-2002 Dawson's Creek Eric 6 episodes
2002 American Family Sgt. Williams Episode "The Forgotten War"
2003 CSI: Miami David Kendall Episode: "Death Grip"
2007 CSI: NY Jackson Rudnick Episode: "The Lying Game"
2008 Dirt Paul Trisko Episode: "Ties That (Don't) Bind"
2008 Numb3rs Pat Drummond Episode: "Charlie Don't Surf"
2008 NCIS Metro Detective Justin Kemp Episode: "Silent Night"
2010 Backyard Wedding Jeffery Blake TV movie
2010 Life Unexpected Steve Episode: "Honeymoon Interrupted"
2010 All My Children Logan TV series
2011 Femme Fatales Archie Beecham Episode: "Speed Date"
2011 Bones Brock Vorback Episode: "The Prince in the Plastic"
2011 Annie Claus is Coming to Town Dean TV movie
2012 Operation Cupcake Thad Christopher TV movie
2012 Closer, TheThe Closer Charlie Episode: "Hostile Witness"
2012 The New Normal Mitch Madison Episode: "Unplugged"
2013 Shameless Steven Redel Episode: "A Long Way From Home"
2013 All My Children JR Chandler 33 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c imdb.com
  2. ^ tvguide.com
  3. ^ juilliard.edu
  4. ^ film.com
  5. ^ mvpolo.org
  6. ^ faa.gov

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