Ryan McPartlin

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Ryan McPartlin
Ryan McPartlin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
McPartlin at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego.
Born Ryan McPartlin
(1975-07-03) July 3, 1975 (age 39)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Danielle Kirlin (m. 2002), 2 sons
Children Wyatt Duke McPartlin, Dylan James McPartlin
Relatives Chris McPartlin (brother)

Ryan McPartlin (born July 3, 1975) is an American actor, best known for his role as Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb on NBC's Chuck.

Early life[edit]

McPartlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Steve and Lois McPartlin. He was raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago),[1] and attended Glenbard South High School. McPartlin graduated with a degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a member of the Illinois Fighting Illini football team as a walk-on tight end from 1993-95. McPartlin's older brother, Chris, was also a member of the Illinois football team, earning a varsity letter as a linebacker in 1994.[2] After six months in Australia and New Zealand, McPartlin moved to Southern California to pursue acting as a career.


Ryan McPartlin at Interview

McPartlin spent years as an Abercrombie and Fitch model.[1] McPartlin's first acting role was on The Nanny with Fran Drescher as a Leonardo DiCaprio-type character in a Titanic spoof.[1] McPartlin has been mostly known for his role as Hank Bennett on the popular soap opera Passions replacing Dalton James from April 2001 until April 2004 and made a brief appearance in the series L.A. 7 as "Ryan".

McPartlin worked with Drescher again as Riley Martin on the television sitcom Living with Fran playing her much younger live-in boyfriend.[1] Living with Fran was cancelled on May 17, 2006, after two seasons. McPartlin originally auditioned for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the movie Superman Returns, but lost the role to Brandon Routh.

McPartlin also played Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb on NBC's Chuck.

One of McPartlin's co-stars on Chuck, Yvonne Strahovski, also co-starred with him in the film LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers.

In mid-2011, McPartlin appeared in Sugarland's music video "Stuck Like Glue" as a man being stalked and abducted by lead singer Jennifer Nettles.

McPartlin appears in commercials for Kate Walsh's perfume, Boyfriend.

In March 2012, McPartlin began working with the website LiveLifeLocal to help promote active lifestyles and is filming a series of web videos for the site.

Personal life[edit]

Ryan McPartlin, 2008

McPartlin is a board certified personal trainer. He has been married to actress Danielle Kirlin since October 26, 2002 and have two sons, Wyatt Duke and Dylan James. McPartlin's hobbies include:scuba diving, tennis, snowboarding and racquetball.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Nanny Performer #3 Season 6 episode 18 "Yetta's Letters"
2000 "L.A. 7" Ryan Sinclar Episode 8
2001-2004 Passions Hank Main cast
2003 King of the Ants Straff Movie (support role)
2004 Still Standing Jeremy Season 2 episode 15 Still Flirting
2005 North Shore William Secret Service Agent
2005–2006 Living With Fran Riley Douglas Martin Main cast
2007 CSI: NY Terry Rockwell Season 3 episode 13 "Obsession"
2007–2012 Chuck Devon Woodcomb Main cast
2008 Super Capers Will Powers Movie (support role)
2009 Mad Men Gentleman Season 2 episode 13 "Meditations in an Emergency"
2009 Everything She Ever Wanted Tom Allanson Mini-series
2010 LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Clutch Powers Movie (lead role)
2010 Stuck Like Glue Sugarland music video
2011 Game Time: Tackling the Past Jake NBC (TV movie) [3]
2011 Friends with Benefits Evan 1 Episode
2011 Community Student in original commercial Season 3 episode 8 Documentary Filmmaking: Redux
2011 J. Edgar Lawrence Richey [4]
2012 Hot In Cleveland David Season 3 episode 10 "Life with Lucci"
2012 CSI: Miami ASA Josh Avery Recurring
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Dale Bowman Season 3, episode 6 "Money Maker"
2013 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Chris Reynolds Guest Star
2013 The Right Kind of Wrong Danny
2013-present Hart of Dixie Carter Covington Recurring; 3 episodes
2013 Chance at Romance Heath Madsen Hallmark TV Movie
2014 Salvation Ben Knox TV movie
2014 Playing House Steve Season 1, episode 4 "Totes Kewl"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Sam Season 1, episode 7 "Cyrano de Trainer-Zac"
2014 Do It Yourself Tyler TV movie
2014 Sequestered Ryan Main cast
2014 Mystery Girls Detective Dwayne Freeman Recurring
2014 Bad Judge Billy Season 1, Episode 2 "Meteor Shower"


  1. ^ a b c d Keck, William (April 8, 2005), "Ryan McPartlin: The newest hunk in town". He also spent many summers at his lake home on Lake Genva. USA Today.
  2. ^ All-Time Letterwinners – Official University of Illinois 2008 Football Media Guide.
  3. ^ "Chuck" star Ryan McPartlin: "I fell in love with Wilmington" | We Love TV
  4. ^ Ryan McPartlin at the Internet Movie Database

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