Ryan Kelley

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Ryan Kelley
Born Ryan Jonathan Kelley
(1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 29)[1]
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Ryan Jonathan Kelley (born August 31, 1986) is an American actor who is known for his roles in Mean Creek, Prayers for Bobby, and as Ben Tennyson in Ben 10: Alien Swarm. His most recent role is as Deputy Jordan Parrish on Teen Wolf.

Early life[edit]

Kelley was born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He is the fifth eldest of 15 siblings (9 daughters and 6 sons),[1] and was raised as a Lutheran.[2]

When he was two, his mother took him and five of his siblings to Chicago to meet an agent. Kelley started appearing in commercials and gained his first role in a movie when he was in first grade. Due to his job, he was home schooled during his last two years of high school. When he turned 18, he moved to Los Angeles.[3] He dated model Stephanie Cook (Stefunny Cee).[4][5]


In 2002, he had a supporting role in Stolen Summer, which was a film made during Project Greenlight. He also played the role of Ryan James in two episodes of Smallville.

Kelley won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Mean Creek in 2004.[6] Also in 2004 he played a lead role in the movie The Dust Factory. In 2006, Kelley appeared in the film Letters from Iwo Jima as a marine.[7] He also played Roy, a great-nephew of Butch Cassidy, in Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy.

He played a leading role in the movie Prayers for Bobby alongside Sigourney Weaver, which premiered in January 2009 on Lifetime. In November, he played the role of Ben Tennyson in Ben 10: Alien Swarm.[8] In January 2012, Kelley was in the TV movie Sexting in Suburbia, with Liz Vassey and Jenn Proske.[9] In 2014 Kelley joined the cast of the MTV show Teen Wolf as Jordan Parrish, a young deputy whose supernatural nature sparked an ongoing media buzz as neither audience nor Kelley himself know what sort of creature Parrish is but later found out that he is a Hellhound in the summer finale of season five.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Roommates Mo
1999 Charming Billy 10-year-old Duane
2002 Stolen Summer Seamus O'Malley
2002 Stray Dogs J. Fred Carter
2004 Mean Creek Clyde
2004 The Dust Factory Ryan Flynn
2006 Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy Roy Parker
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima Marine #2
2006 Still Green Alan
2015 War Pigs William York


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Early Edition Tom Stone TV series, episode 2x18
2002 Smallville Ryan James TV series, 2 episodes
2005 Boston Legal Stuart Milch TV series, episode 1x16
2008 Cold Case Curt Fitzpatrick TV series, episode 5x12
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Young Derek Reese TV series, episode 1x09
2008 Women's Murder Club Charlie Gifford TV series, episode 1x12
2009 Ghost Whisperer Devin Bancroft TV series, episode 4x11
2009 Prayers for Bobby Bobby Griffith TV movie
2009 Ben 10: Alien Swarm Ben Tennyson TV movie
2009 Mending Fences Chuck Bentley TV movie
2009 Law & Order: SVU Enzo Cook TV series, episode 11x07
2009 Destroy Build Destroy: "Ben 10: Alien Swarm vs. Dude, What Would Happen" Himself
2012 Sexting in Suburbia Mark Carey TV movie
2014–present Teen Wolf[11][12] Jordan Parrish TV series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Special Distinction Award[6] Mean Creek Won
2007 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Best Ensemble[13] Still Green Won
2009 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Prayers for Bobby Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Ryan Kelley Ben 10 Alien Swarm Interview". Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Shull, Greg. "Hayden Panettiere and Ryan Kelley". Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Ryan Kelley". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Kelley, Ryan. "Trip to Alpena Home". Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Kelley, Ryan. "Trip to Paris". Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b ""Mean Creek" awards". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Full cast and crew - Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Ryan Kelley Talks ‘Ben 10: Alien Swarm’". Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sexting in Suburbia". Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "myFanbase interview with Ryan Kelley". Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ryan Kelley to Lay Down Law on Teen Wolf". 8 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ryan Kelley Joins ‘Teen Wolf’". 8 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Highly controversial teen film, Still Green, releasing in the US on DVD". Retrieved 18 November 2011. 

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