Ryan Hurst

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Ryan Hurst
Ryan Hurst by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Ryan Douglas Hurst
(1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 38)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Molly Cookson (2005–present)

Ryan Douglas Hurst[1] (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor. He starred as Gerry Bertier, a white linebacker, 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]

Career[edit]

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 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]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Postman Eddie March
1998 Patch Adams Neil
Saving Private Ryan Paratrooper Mandelsohn
2000 Rules of Engagement Captain Hustings
Remember the Titans Gerry Bertier
2001 Perfect Lover Guy
Venus and Mars Roberto
2002 We Were Soldiers Sgt. Ernie Savage
Lone Star State of Mind Tinker
2004 The Ladykillers Lump Hudson
2006 Noble Things Kyle Collins
2008 Chasing the Green Ross Franklin
2011 Rango Jedidiah Voice
2013 CBGB Mad Mountain
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Crunch Grabowski 2 episodes
1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Student Actor Episode: Divas
1995–1996 Campus Cops Wayne Simko 9 episodes
1995 JAG Dirk Grover Episode: Shadow
1996 Boston Common Nikolai 2 episodes
Wings Barry Episode: Too Beautiful for You
1999 L.A. Doctors Kevn Raives 2 episodes
2002 Touched by an Angel Doug Episode: Two Sides to Every Angel
John Doe Elvis Braithwaite Episode: Mind Games
Taken Tom Clarke 5 episodes
2004 Dr. Vegas Steve Episode: All In
2005 House Sam Episode: The Mistake
Wanted ATF Field Agent Jimmy McGloin 13 episodes
2005–2007 Medium Michael 'Lucky' Benoit 3 episodes
2006 Everwood Ed Carnahan Episode: Across the Lines
CSI: Miami Miami Dade Police Officer Episode: "Curse of the Coffin"
2007 Raines Marko Episode: Pilot
2008–2012 Sons of Anarchy Opie Winston 54 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)
2011 Law and Order: SVU Doug Loveless Episode: "Bombshell
2013 King & Maxwell Edgar Roy Main Cast; 10 episodes

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