Ryan Donowho

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Ryan Wayne Donowho (born September 20, 1980) is an American actor and musician.

Early life[edit]

Born in Houston, Texas, Donowho moved to Brooklyn, New York and then to Los Angeles. He was a street musician in New York City as a "bucket" drummer. Donowho was bucket drumming in New York City when he was discovered by a modeling agent. He has an older brother, Matthew and a younger brother, Joseph.[citation needed]


His movie debut was in 2001's The Car Thief and the Hit Man. Donowho co-starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Mudge Boy. In 2003 he was featured as the drummer for a song in The Hermitt's "& The Story of The Insects". Donowho is known for his work in 2004's Imaginary Heroes with Emile Hirsch. In the film, Donowho plays a sexually ambiguous character.

Donowho's roles in Imaginary Heroes and later in A Home at the End of the World created for Donowho a positive relationship with the gay community. He appeared with brother Matthew at the 2004 Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival held annually in Los Angeles along with the cast and crew of A Home at the End of the World. He appeared in Bringing Rain with Rodrigo Lopresti and Alexis Dziena. For the third season of The O.C., the producers cast Donowho as Johnny Harper. Donowho played Stanley in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers With Candy but does not appear in the released version of the film.[citation needed]

Donowho also performs with the Re-Percussionists. He is working on a solo album and producing a record for rapper Scavone.[1] He appeared in the 2008 independent film Cook County and the thriller flick Altitude.[2] He played the lead character of Nathan in Rites of Passage.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Dobs
2012 Transit Evers
2011 Rites of Passage Nathan
2010 Altitude Cory
2009 Bandslam Basher Martin
2008 Cook County Abe
2007 Flakes Skinny Larry
2006 The Favor Johnny 6
In From the Night Snakeman
2005 Broken Flowers Young Man on Bus
The O.C. (2005–2006) Johnny Harper TV
2004 A Home at the End of the World Carlton Morrow
Imaginary Heroes Kyle Dwyer
2003 Bringing Rain Atlee Surnamer
The Mudge Boy Scotty


  1. ^ Profile, PagodaOnline.com; accessed July 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Anchor Bay Gains 'Altitude'", bloody-disgusting.com; accessed July 10, 2015.

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