Ryan Kelley

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Ryan Kelley
Ryan Kelley headshot 2009.jpg
Kelly in 2009
Ryan Jonathan Kelley

(1986-08-31) August 31, 1986 (age 32)[1]
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1995–present
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)

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.[2] He is the fifth eldest of 15 siblings (9 brothers and 6 sisters),[2][1] and was raised as a Lutheran.[3]

When he was two, his mother took him and five of his siblings to Chicago to meet an agent since the neighbors next door did the same thing.[2] Kelley started appearing in commercials and gained his first role in a movie when he was in first grade and became a member of SAG at the age of 4.[2] He would travel to Los Angeles annually for pilot season and stay at the Oakwood apartments.[2] Due to his being in and out of class, he was home schooled during his last two years of high school.[2] When he turned 18, he moved to Los Angeles.[2][4]


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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] In January 2012, Kelley was in the TV movie Sexting in Suburbia, with Liz Vassey and Jenn Proske.[8] 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 knows what sort of creature Parrish is but later found out that he is a Hellhound in the summer finale of season five.[9]



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
2007 Still Green Alan
2015 War Pigs William York
2016 Lucifer Peter Matheson
2017 Realms Bobby
2019 The Promethean Forsyth Pre-production; also producer


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Early Edition Tom Stone Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"
2002 Smallville Ryan James Guest role; 2 episodes
2005 Boston Legal Stuart Milch Episode: "Let Sales Ring"
2008 Cold Case Curt Fitzpatrick Episode: "Sabotage"
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Young Derek Reese Episode: "What He Beheld"
2008 Women's Murder Club Charlie Gifford Episode: "And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You Free"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Devin Bancroft Episode: "Life on the Line"
2009 Prayers for Bobby Bobby Griffith Television film
2009 Ben 10: Alien Swarm Ben Tennyson Television film
2009 Mending Fences Chuck Bentley Television film
2009 Law & Order: SVU Enzo Cook Episode: "Users"
2009 Destroy Build Destroy Himself Episode: "Ben 10: Alien Swarm vs. Dude, What Would Happen"
2012 Sexting in Suburbia Mark Carey Television film
2014–2017 Teen Wolf Jordan Parrish Recurring role; 46 episodes[10][11]
2017 Do I Say I Do Mike Pryce Television film
2018 NCIS: Los Angeles Jesse Smith Episode: "Warriors of Peace"


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Twisted Tales Buddy Episode: "Bite"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist
2017 "Places" The Love Interest Xenia Ghali ft. Raquel Castro

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Special Distinction Award[5] Mean Creek Won
2007 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Best Ensemble[12] 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. ^ a b c d e f g "BA #257: Ryan Kelley". the Box Angeles podcast. January 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Shull, Greg. "Hayden Panettiere and Ryan Kelley". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Interview with Ryan Kelley". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b ""Mean Creek" awards". Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  6. ^ Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Full cast and crew - Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Ryan Kelley Talks 'Ben 10: Alien Swarm'". Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Sexting in Suburbia". Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  9. ^ "myFanbase interview with Ryan Kelley". Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Ryan Kelley to Lay Down Law on Teen Wolf". TVfanatic.com. October 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ryan Kelley Joins 'Teen Wolf'". Rickey.org. October 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Highly controversial teen film, Still Green, releasing in the US on DVD". Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2011.

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