Ryan Hansen

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Ryan Hansen
Ryan Hansen by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hansen at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian
Years active2001–present
Amy Russell
(m. 2004)

Ryan Hansen is an American actor, entrepreneur and comedian. He is best known for starring as Dick Casablancas on the noir drama series Veronica Mars (2004–2019), as Kyle Bradway on the Starz comedy series Party Down (2009–2010), and as Nolan in the horror remake film Friday the 13th (2009). Hansen also had a recurring role on the comedy series 2 Broke Girls (2012–2017) and the web series Burning Love (2012–2013).

Early life[edit]

Hansen was born in Fountain Valley, California and raised in El Cajon, California.[citation needed]


Hansen began acting with guest-starring roles on series such as Grounded for Life, That's So Raven, and Las Vegas. In 2004, Hansen auditioned for the role of Duncan Kane on Veronica Mars but lost out to Teddy Dunn. However, Rob Thomas told him to try out for the role of Dick Casablancas.

In 2008, Hansen appeared in Superhero Movie, released on March 28. In 2008, Hansen appeared in the CCT original musical Alice as Trevor McKnight/White Night. The show opened on July 31 and ran through August 10, in San Diego.

In 2011, Hansen portrayed Ben Lewis on the NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits.[1]

BuddyTV ranked him #79 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[2]

In 2012, he began a recurring role as Andy, the candy shop owner, on the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. The same year he had a supporting role in the film Hit and Run alongside Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper.

On October 25, 2017, the new YouTube Premium series Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television premiered, in which Hansen plays a fictionalized version of himself, as the show's title character.[3]

In 2020, he starred opposite Jimmy O. Yang in two films, Like a Boss and Fantasy Island, released a month apart. In the former film, their characters were business partners, and in the latter, they were step-siblings who were strongly fond of each other.

Charity work[edit]

Hansen actively supported the Invisible Children campaign that was founded by his brother-in-law, Jason Russell.[4] In 2010, he appeared in the online series The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, with 50% of the profits going to the Invisible Children campaign.

Personal life[edit]

Hansen married Amy Russell in 2004. The couple were Kristen Bell's housemates for two years.[5] Hansen and Russell have three daughters: Crosby Jane, Millie Magnolia and Everett Eloise.[6] Ryan became the co-owner of the coffee startup Honey & Roses Coffee Co. in 2021.


Hansen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2007
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Death by Engagement Michael Micelli
2006 The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold Scottie
2007 Palo Alto Anthony
2008 Sherman's Way Kevin
2008 Superhero Movie Lance Landers
2009 House Broken Elliot Cathkart
2009 Friday the 13th Nolan
2010 BoyBand Tommy
2011 Brother's Justice Lance Jeung
2011 Bad Actress Russell Pillage
2012 Last Call Phil
Hit and Run Allen
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Grunt
2014 Veronica Mars Dick Casablancas
Friended to Death Michael Harris
2015 Jem and the Holograms Stephen the Guard
2016 Central Intelligence Steve
Bad Santa 2 Regent Hastings
2017 CHiPs Brian Grieves
Literally, Right Before Aaron Aaron
Unicorn Store Brock
2018 Dog Days Peter
2019 The Turkey Bowl Patrick Hodges
2020 Like a Boss Greg
Fantasy Island J. D. Weaver
Friendsgiving Gunnar
2021 Good on Paper Dennis Kelly
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Geena Davis Show Larry Episode: "Hot Potato"
2001 Ally McBeal Student MC Episode: "The Wedding"
2001 Motocrossed Entrant #1 Television film
2002 Power Rangers Wild Force Pilot #3 Episode: "The End of the Power Rangers: Part 2"
2003 Grounded for Life Matt Episode: "Just Like a Woman"
2004 Like Family Dell 2 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Jared Episode: "The Strange Life of Bob"
2004 Las Vegas Brad Uncredited; episode: "The Family Jewels"
2004–2007; 2019 Veronica Mars Dick Casablancas Recurring (season 1); main cast (seasons 2–4)
2005–2006 That's So Raven J.J. 2 episodes
2009–2010 Party Down Kyle Bradway Main cast; 20 episodes
2009 Gossip Girl Shep Episode: "Valley Girls"
2011 Friends with Benefits Ben Harrison Main cast; 13 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Kyle Bradway Episode: "Party Down"
2012 Happy Endings Jeff Niebert Episode: "Makin' Changes!"
2012 Key & Peele A Tribe Called Quest shirt guy Episode: "Flash Mob"
2012 Best Friends Forever Keith Kazakian Episode: "Single and Lovin' It"
2012 Royal Pains Brady Wilkerson Episode: "Fools Russian"
2012–2013 The League Ben 2 episodes
2012–2017 2 Broke Girls "Candy" Andy Recurring (season 2); guest (season 5-6); 12 episodes
2012 Wedding Band Cooper 2 episodes
2013 Parenthood Luke Episode: "Keep on Rowing"
2014 House of Lies Johnno Episode: "Boom"
2014 Bad Teacher Joel Kotsky Main cast; 13 episodes
2014–2015 Bad Judge Gary Boyd Main cast; 13 episodes
2015 Resident Advisors Doug Weiner Main cast; 7 episodes
2015 iZombie Carson McComb Episode: "Flight of the Living Dead"
2015 Marry Me Lee Episode: "Wake Me"
2016 Angie Tribeca Wilson Phillips Episode: "The One With the Bomb"
2016 Grandfathered Chason Episode: "Tableside Guacamole"
2016 American Dad! Chad (voice) Episode: "The Enlightenment of Ragi-Baba"
2017 Portlandia Dax Episode: "Carrie Dates a Hunk"
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Bob Jonas Episode: "Attention to Detail"
2017 The Mindy Project Dr. Michael Lancaster Episode: "Mindy Lahiri Is a White Man"
2017 American Housewife Zach Episode: "The Couple"
2017–2019 Teachers Brent Guest (season 2), recurring (season 3)
2018 Me, Myself & I Mid-Life Justin Episode: "Home Alone"
2018 Fresh Off the Boat Mr. Grant Episode: "Sub Standard"
2020 Bless This Mess Matt Episode: "The Table"
2021 A Million Little Things Camden 4 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Rockville, CA Chambers 13 episodes
2010 The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers Brendan Broman 2 episodes
2012–2013 Burning Love Cowboy waiter, Blaze 18 episodes
2014 HelLA Ryan Episode: "LA House Parties"
2014 Gentlemen Lobsters Yannie Boi (voice) Episode: "The Secret to Crushing at Titanfall: Wear Thom Browne Boxers"
2014 Play It Again, Dick Himself/Dick Casablancas Main cast; 8 episodes
2017–2019 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Himself Main cast


  • Alice (2008) – Trevor McKnight/White Night


  1. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010-11 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 9, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Ryan Hansen talks to us about starring in his new YouTube Red show, working with Samira Wiley, and loving Beyoncé". HelloGiggles. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  4. ^ "MI.net: Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas)". www.marsinvestigations.net. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  5. ^ Karpel, Ari (2009-08-06). "Kristen Bell Keeps It Real". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  6. ^ "Ryan Hansen – Open Book". A BOOK OF Magazine. Retrieved 2019-08-17.

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