Ryan Kwanten

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Ryan Kwanten
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Ryan Christian Kwanten

(1976-11-28) 28 November 1976 (age 44)
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active1991–present

Ryan Christian Kwanten (born 28 November 1976) is an Australian actor and producer. He played Vinnie Patterson from 1997 to 2002 in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. After his stint ended, he joined the American teen drama series Summerland, portraying Jay Robertson. From 2008 to 2014, he played Jason Stackhouse in True Blood and currently stars in The Oath.

Early life[edit]

Kwanten was born one of three brothers in Terrigal, the boys were raised by mother Kris, a Lifeline op shop coordinator, and Eddie Kwanten, a worker at NSW Maritime. His father is Dutch.[1] He has two brothers, Mitchell, a musician, and Lloyd, a doctor. He attended St Paul's Catholic College in Manly and later earned a degree in commerce from The University of Sydney.[1]


Kwanten began acting on the television shows A Country Practice, Hey Dad..! and Spellbinder. In 1997, he joined the cast of the Australian soap opera Home and Away, playing lifeguard Vinnie Patterson. He eventually chose to leave the series in 2002, shortly after his character married and became a father. Kwanten had previously guest starred on the serial as Robbie Taylor in 1994. Moving to the United States, Kwanten was cast as Jay Robertson in Summerland (2004–05). He appeared in the films Flicka (2006), with Maria Bello, Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, and Dead Silence (2007), a horror film in which he played the leading role, Jamie Ashen.[2]

Kwanten appeared in a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode that aired on 2 December 2008, in which he portrayed Dominic Pruitt, a US Marine Corps Master Sergeant accused of raping and murdering a pregnant fellow Marine. In 2009, he starred in the film Don't Fade Away with Mischa Barton and Beau Bridges.[3] In 2010, Kwanten voiced the role of Kludd in the animated-epic film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, although he was originally set to voice the film's protagonist Sorren before the role went to Jim Sturgess.

Kwanten played the role of Jason Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels, which aired from 2008 until 2014.[4] In 2010 he starred in the psychological thriller Red Hill, which was directed by Patrick Hughes.[5] He won a lead role in the 2013 Joe Lynch comedy-horror film Knights of Badassdom along with Steve Zahn, Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage.[6] In October 2010, it was announced that Kwanten will play Charles Manson in an upcoming, yet-to-be-titled biopic, to be directed by Brad Anderson.[7] In 2012, he appeared in Joe Penna's video "Dual Action". In 2013, Kwanten played Marvel character "Venom" in the short film Truth in Journalism[8] and portrayed Conall in the 2014 action adventure film Northmen: A Viking Saga.[9]

In 2015, Kwanten voiced the role of Blinky Bill, a koala in Blinky Bill the Movie alongside Rufus Sewell, Toni Collette, Robin McLeavy, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman, and Barry Humphries.

In 2020 he started in the New series on Facebook watch, Sacred Lies singing bones. Kwanten is in the Second season and he played the character Peter Wolfe/Hunter. The series is based upon a fairytale from the Brothers Grimm and true events.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Signal One Kid
2002 The Junction Boys Claude Gearheart Television film
2003 Liquid Bridge Nick McCallum
2004 American Brown Ricky Brown
2006 Flicka Howard McLaughlin
2007 Dead Silence Jamie Ashen
2010 Red Hill Shane Cooper
Griff the Invisible Griff
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Kludd (voice)
Don't Fade Away Jackson White
2012 Not Suitable for Children Jonah
2013 Mystery Road Pete Bailey
Truth in Journalism Eddie Brock / Venom Short film
The Right Kind of Wrong Leo Palamino
Knights of Badassdom Joe
2014 Flight 7500 Brad Martin
Rio, I Love You Jai Arnott Segment: "Acho Que Estou Apaixonado"
Northmen: A Viking Saga Conall
Reach Me Jack Burns
2015 Kidnapping Freddy Heineken Jan "Cat" Boellard
Blinky Bill the Movie Blinky Bill (voice)
Blunt Force Trauma John
2016 Who Gets the Dog? Clay Lonnergan
2018 Supercon Matt Wheeler In post-production
The Hurricane Heist Breeze
2019 Kill Chain Ericson
2020 Loveland Jack
2020 2067 Jude Mathers
Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Stagecoach driver Uncredited; episode: "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"
1992 Home and Away Boogie boarder Episode 1018
A Country Practice Ben Lloyd 2 episodes
1993–94 G.P. Scott Browning 2 episodes
1994 Home and Away Robbie Taylor Episode 1451
Hey Dad..! Richard Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue"
1995 Echo Point Nathan Potter Unknown episodes
1996 Water Rats Nipper Episode: "Iron Man"
1997–2002 Home and Away Vinnie Patterson Role held: 14 July 1997 – 1 March 2002
1997 Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord Josh Morgan Main cast; 26 episodes
2003 The Handler Barnes Episode: "Off the Edge"
2004 Tru Calling Jake Voight Episode: "Closure"
2004–05 Summerland Jay Robertson Main cast; 26 episodes
2008–14 True Blood Jason Stackhouse Main cast; 80 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt Episode: "PTSD"
2012 New Girl Oliver Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2014 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Brewster the Beast Trapper (voice) Episode: "Tick Tock Trap"
2014 The Eric Andre Show Himself Episode: "Ryan Kwanten; Béyoncé & Jay-Z"
2018–2019 The Oath Steve Hammond Main role and producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Scream Award Best Horror Actor True Blood Nominated[10]
Satellite Award Best Ensemble, Television Won[11][12]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated[13][14]
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated[15][16]
Australian Film Institute Award Best Actor Nominated
Australians in Film Breakthrough Award N/A Won[17]
2011 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Best Actor Red Hill Nominated
2015 Kids' Choice Award Favorite Voice in an Animated Film Blinky Bill The Movie Nominated


  1. ^ a b Dasey, Annette (31 December 2009). "Ryan Kwanten: Shark Attack Survivor". Who. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (9 June 2010). "'True Blood' Star Becomes One of the 'Knights of Badassdom'".
  3. ^ "Ryan Kwanten Talks Secrets Of 'True Blood' Season 3, Gearing Up For World Cup Action".
  4. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (25 February 2007). "Anna Paquin Learns True Blood". MovieWeb. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  5. ^ Teaser Trailer, Art, and Synopsis: Red Hill, dreadcentral.com; accessed 5 November 2017.
  6. ^ More Knights of Badassdom Casting News: True Blood's Ryan Kwanten Joins in on the Mayhem, dreadcentral.com; accessed 5 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Kwanten To Play Charles Manson". Contactmusic.com. 27 October 2010.
  8. ^ McMillan, Graeme (1 August 2013). "'Truth in Journalism' Short Teases Spider-Man Villain (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Northmen: clip shows why you don't mess with Vikings, dreadcentral.com; accessed 5 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Scream 2009". Spike.com. 2010. Archived from the original on 28 December 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  11. ^ Waldman, Allison (22 December 2009). "Glee and Breaking Bad top the Satellite Awards". TV Squad. Newstex.
  12. ^ Pond, Steve (21 December 2009). "'Hurt Locker,' 'Nine' Win Top Satellite Awards". The Wrap. Newstex.
  13. ^ CBC Arts (17 December 2009). "Screen Actors Guild unveils film, TV award nominees". CBC News. CBC.
  14. ^ "'Dexter,' 'Closer' earn 3 SAG nods apiece". United Press International. 17 December 2009.
  15. ^ Hambly, Natalie (16 June 2010). "Teens take to Avatar star Sam Worthington". The Sydney Morning Herald. smh.com.au. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  16. ^ Soll, Lindsay (14 June 2010). "Teen Choice Awards 2010: First Round Of Nominees Announced". Hollywood Crush. MTV. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  17. ^ AAP (27 April 2010). "Hemsworth, Kwanten take breakthrough awards". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 9 May 2015.

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