Ryan Bittle

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Ryan Bittle
Born Ryan James Bittle
(1976-03-21) March 21, 1976 (age 41)
La Crescenta, California, U.S.
Alma mater The Juilliard School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Parent(s) Jim Bittle (father), Kathy Homewood Bittle (mother)
Relatives Jeff Bittle (brother), Ron Bittle (brother)

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

Early life[edit]

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

Career[edit]

Bittle originally had plans to play NCAA water polo and then to attend medical school before he discovered acting. In his senior year of high school he began to take an interest which led to him postponing college to play a role in the television series Sweet Valley High.

While studying at Pasadena City College, Bittle continued to work as an actor with guest starring roles in 1996 on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boy Meets World and The Parent 'Hood. He also had a recurring role on 7th Heaven as Jessica Biel's early love interest and supporting roles in the films Tear it Down, Devil in the Flesh and The Clown at Midnight.[1] While working on the latter with Christopher Plummer in 1998, Bittle decided he wanted to leave Hollywood for New York to spend some more time studying at The Juilliard School. In New York, Bittle was in numerous productions with the actors Nathan Baesel, Jennifer Carpenter, Daniel Breaker and James Martinez.[2]

Back in Los Angeles, Bittle continued with a recurring role on the successful WB drama Dawson's Creek and the 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.[3] He 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.[4]

Bittle was in three films released in 2010-2011: Take Me Home Tonight, a 1980s set comedy starring with Topher Grace and Anna Faris; Backyard Wedding, starring with Alicia Witt and Frances Fisher and the horror/thriller A Lure: Teen Fight Club.[4]

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 guest starred on The Closer and the NBC comedy The New Normal.

In 2013, Bittle guest starred on the Showtime series Shameless as well as reviving the role of JR Chandler on the revived Prospect Park's All My Children.

In 2014, Bittle starred in two films, Love By the Book, starring opposite Leah Renee, and A Christmas Mystery opposite Esmé Bianco.

Personal life[edit]

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

Bittle also enjoys flying and received 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 43 episodes
2014 "A Christmas Mystery" Andrew Steele TV Movie
2014 "Love By The Book" Landon Crest TV Movie
2016 "Marriage Of Lies" Dylan TV Movie

References[edit]

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

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