Kwanten at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
28 November 1976 |
Ryan Kwanten (born 28 November 1976) is an Australian actor. He played Vinnie Patterson from 1997 to 2002 on the Australian soap-opera Home and Away. After his stint ended he joined the American teen-oriented drama Summerland portraying Jay Robertson. In 2008, he was cast as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.
Early life 
Kwanten was born in Sydney to Eddie Kwanten, a worker at NSW Maritime, and Kris, a lifeline op-shop coordinator. His father is Dutch. Kwanten has two brothers, Mitchell, who is a musician and Lloyd, who is a doctor. He attended St Paul's Catholic College in Manly and later earned a commerce degree from the University of Sydney.
Kwanten began acting on the television shows A Country Practice, Hey Dad..! and Spellbinder. In 1997, he joined the cast of the Australian soap opera Home and Away, playing lifeguard Vinnie Patterson. He eventually chose to leave the series in 2002, shortly after his character married and became a father. Kwanten had previously guested on the serial as Robbie Taylor in 1994. Moving to the United States, Kwanten was cast as Jay Robertson in the Lori Loughlin-starring series Summerland, which ran from 2004 to 2005. He appeared in the films Flicka, with Maria Bello, Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, and Dead Silence, a horror movie in which he played the leading role.
Kwanten appeared in a Law and Order: SVU episode that aired on 2 December 2008, in which he portrayed Dominic Pruitt, a US Marine Corps Master Sergeant accused of raping and murdering a fellow Marine and her unborn baby.
Kwanten currently plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, an HBO television series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. He stars in the psychological thriller Red Hill, which was directed by Patrick Hughes. Kwanten earned one of the lead roles in the Joe Lynch Horror film The Knights of Badassdom. In October 2010, it was announced that Ryan will play Charles Manson in the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled biopic, directed by Brad Anderson.
In 2012, he helped Mystery Guitar man to shoot a video call Dual Action, which has been posted onto YouTube.
|2003||Liquid Bridge||Nick McCallum|
|2004||American Brown||Ricky Brown|
|2007||Dead Silence||Jamie Ashen|
|2009||Don't Fade Away||Jackson White|
|2010||Red Hill||Shane Cooper|
|Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Kludd||voice|
|2011||Griff the Invisible||Griff|
|2012||Not Suitable for Children||Jonah|
|7500||Brad Martin||in post-production|
|The Knights of Badassdom||Joe||in post-production|
|2013||Hands of Stone||Ken Buchanan||still filming|
|Five Good Years||Jackson||in pre-production|
|1992||A Country Practice||Ben Lloyd||Episode: "A Fair Cop: Part 1"
Episode: "A Fair Cop: Part 2"
|1993–1994||G.P.||Scott Browning||Episode: "Bloodlines"
Episode: "Brotherly Love"
|1994||Hey Dad!||Richard||Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue"|
|1994||Home and Away||Robbie Taylor||1 episode|
|1995||Echo Point||Nathan Potter||Unknown episodes|
|1996||Water Rats||Nipper||Episode: "Iron Man"|
|1997||Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord||Josh Morgan||26 episodes|
|1997–2002||Home and Away||Vinnie Patterson||regular|
|2002||The Junction Boys||Claude Gearheart||TV movie|
|2003||The Handler||Barnes||Episode: "Off the Edge"|
|2004||Tru Calling||Jake Voight||Episode: "Closure"|
|2004–2005||Summerland||Jay Robertson||26 episodes|
|2007||Nurses||Owen Harris||TV movie|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt||Episode: "PTSD"|
|2008–present||True Blood||Jason Stackhouse||Series Regular|
|2010||Rake||Bill||Episode: "R V Dana"|
|2012||New Girl||Oliver||Episode: "Valentine's Day"|
Awards and nominations 
|2009||Satellite Award||International Press Academy||Jason Stackhouse, True Blood||Best Ensemble, Television||Won|
|Scream Award||Spike TV||Best Horror Actor||Nominated|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Award||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Fox Broadcasting Company||Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Nominated|
|Australians in Film Breakthrough Award||Australians in Film|
- Dasey, Annette (31 December 2009). "Ryan Kwanten: Shark Attack Survivor". Who (magazine). Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- 'True Blood' Star Becomes One of the 'Knights of Badassdom'
- Ryan Kwanten Talks Secrets Of ‘True Blood’ Season 3, Gearing Up For World Cup Action
- The Hollywood Reporter (25 February 2007). "Anna Paquin Learns True Blood". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
- Teaser Trailer, Art, and Synopsis: Red Hill
- More Knights of Badassdom Casting News: True Blood's Ryan Kwanten Joins in on the Mayhem
- Kwanten To Play Charles Manson
- Waldman, Allison (22 December 2009). "Glee and Breaking Bad top the Satellite Awards". TV Squad (Newstex).
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- "Scream 2009". Spike.com (www.spike.com). 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
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- "'Dexter,' 'Closer' earn 3 SAG nods apiece". United Press International. 17 December 2009.
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- Soll, Lindsay (14 June 2010). "Teen Choice Awards 2010: First Round Of Nominees Announced". Hollywood Crush (mtv.com). Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- "Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards". Australians in Film.
- Official website Inactive from 13 March 2013
- Ryan Kwanten at the Internet Movie Database
- From vampires to superheroes: Ryan Kwanten talks 'Griff the Invisible