Ryan Hurst

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Ryan Hurst
Ryan Hurst by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Ryan Douglas Hurst
(1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 39)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Molly Cookson (m. 2005)

Ryan Douglas Hurst[1] (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Gerry Bertier in Disney's Remember the Titans, as Tom Clark in Taken, and as Opie Winston on the FX network series Sons of Anarchy.

Early life[edit]

Hurst was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Candace Kaniecki, an acting coach, and Rick Hurst, an actor.[2][3] Hurst attended Santa Monica High School.[4]


Growing up in a Hollywood family, Hurst made a very early start in the show business, with a recurring role in the NBC comedy, Saved by the Bell: The New Class.[5] Hurst also gained recognition as Allison's half-brother, Michael, in Medium. Additionally, he played the football player Lump Hudson in the film The Ladykillers (2004), appeared in We Were Soldiers as Sgt. Savage, and starred in the TNT show Wanted. In Saving Private Ryan, Hurst portrayed a paratrooper who, because of temporary hearing loss, could not understand Captain Miller's questions about sighting Private Ryan, which forces Miller (played by Tom Hanks) to ask the questions in writing.

Hurst's biggest break came in FX's show, Sons of Anarchy. Originally a recurring cast member in Season 1, he was promoted to main cast member in Season 2, since he became a fan favorite. His character, Opie Winston, newly released from a five-year prison stint and "living right", but not making ends meet, gets back into SAMCRO to provide for his family, despite his wife's objections and his knowing the risks. Hurst's portrayal of Opie earned him a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[when?] Hurst also voiced Jedidiah in the Box-Office hit Rango (2011).

Personal life[edit]

Hurst met his wife, Molly Cookson, in 1994; they wed in May 2005.[6][7] Together they founded their own production company, Fast Shoes.[6][8] In April, 2013, Hurst purchased a 3,400 square-foot home in Woodland Hills, California for $1.7 million.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Postman Eddie March
1998 Patch Adams Neil
Saving Private Ryan Paratrooper Mandelsohn
2000 Rules of Engagement Captain Hustings
Remember the Titans Gerry Bertier
2001 Perfect Lover Guy
Venus and Mars Roberto
2002 We Were Soldiers Sgt. Ernie Savage
Lone Star State of Mind Tinker
2004 The Ladykillers Lump Hudson
2006 Noble Things Kyle Collins
2008 Chasing the Green Ross Franklin
2011 Rango Jedidiah Voice
2013 CBGB Mad Mountain
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Crunch Grabowski 2 episodes
1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Student Actor Episode: "Divas"
1995–1996 Campus Cops Wayne Simko 9 episodes
1995 JAG Dirk Grover Episode: "Shadow"
1996 Boston Common Nikolai 2 episodes
Wings Barry Episode: "Too Beautiful for You"
1999 L.A. Doctors Kevn Raives 2 episodes
2002 Touched by an Angel Doug Episode: "Two Sides to Every Angel"
John Doe Elvis Braithwaite Episode: "Mind Games"
Taken Tom Clarke 5 episodes
2004 Dr. Vegas Steve Episode: "All In"
2005 House Sam Episode: "The Mistake"
Wanted ATF Field Agent Jimmy McGloin 13 episodes
2005–2007 Medium Michael 'Lucky' Benoit 3 episodes
2006 Everwood Ed Carnahan Episode: "Across the Lines"
CSI: Miami Miami Dade Police Officer Episode: "Curse of the Coffin"
2007 Raines Marko Episode: Pilot
2008–2012 Sons of Anarchy Opie Winston 54 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Doug Loveless Episode: "Bombshell"
2013 King & Maxwell Edgar Roy 10 episodes
2015 Bates Motel Chick Hogan 6 episodes


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