Ryan McPartlin

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Ryan McPartlin
Ryan McPartlin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
McPartlin at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2009
Born (1975-07-03) July 3, 1975 (age 45)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Years active1999–present
Danielle Kirlin
(m. 2002)
RelativesChris McPartlin (brother)

Ryan John McPartlin[1] (born July 3, 1975) is an American actor, known for his role as Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb on the NBC action-comedy series Chuck.

Early life[edit]

McPartlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Steve and Lois McPartlin. He was raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago),[2] and attended Glenbard South High School. McPartlin graduated with a degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He was a member of the Illinois Fighting Illini football team as a walk-on tight end from 1993-95. McPartlin's older brother, Chris, was also a member of the Illinois football team, earning a varsity letter as a linebacker in 1994.[3] After six months in Australia and New Zealand, McPartlin moved to Southern California to pursue acting as a career.


McPartlin at T3: "Rise of the Nerds" in June 2011

McPartlin spent years as an Abercrombie & Fitch model.[2] McPartlin's first acting role was on The Nanny with Fran Drescher as a Leonardo DiCaprio-type character in a Titanic spoof.[2] McPartlin has been mostly known for his role as Hank Bennett on the popular soap opera Passions replacing Dalton James from April 2001 until June 2004 and made a brief appearance in the series L.A. 7 as Ryan. McPartlin worked with Drescher again as Riley Martin on the television sitcom Living with Fran playing her much younger live-in boyfriend.[2] Living with Fran was canceled on May 17, 2006, after two seasons. McPartlin originally auditioned for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the film Superman Returns, but lost the role to Brandon Routh. In 2008, Ryan participated in Mad Men, playing an affair of January Jones's character, Betty Draper.

McPartlin also played Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb on NBC's Chuck from 2007 to 2012. In mid-2011, McPartlin appeared in Sugarland's music video "Stuck Like Glue" as a man being stalked and abducted by lead singer Jennifer Nettles. McPartlin appears in commercials for Kate Walsh's perfume "Boyfriend". In March 2012, McPartlin began working with the website LiveLifeLocal to help promote active lifestyles and is filming a series of videos for the site. In 2014, he portrayed the recurring roles of police detective Dwayne Freeman on Mystery Girls and Billy the fireman on Bad Judge.

Personal life[edit]

McPartlin is a certified personal trainer. He has been married to former actress Danielle Kirlin, whom he met at University of Illinois[4], since October 26, 2002, and has two sons.[citation needed] McPartlin's hobbies include scuba diving, tennis, snowboarding, and racquetball.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 King of the Ants Straff
2006 The Shadow Effect Chaz Martini Short film
2009 Super Capers Will Powers
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Clutch Powers Voice
2011 Game Time: Tackling the Past Jake Walker Television film
2011 J. Edgar Lawrence Richey
2012 Holly's Holiday Bo Television film; aka "A Perfect Christmas"
2013 The Right Kind of Wrong Danny
2013 Chance at Romance Heath Madsen Television film
2015 Babysitter's Black Book Mark
2015 Heaven Sent Sean Miller Premiered on Lifetime December 2016
2015 You Cast a Spell on Me Matt aka "A Kind of Magic"
2015 The Flight Before Christmas Michael Nolan Television film
2018 Hunter Killer Devin Hall
2019 Twinkle All the Way Henry Harrison Lifetime TV Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Nanny Performer #3 Episode: "Yetta's Letters"
1999 Odd Man Out N/A Episode: "Batman Forever"
2000 L.A. 7 Ryan Sinclar Episode: "Mr Muscle"
2001 Three Sisters Brad Episode: "My Best Friend's Girl"
2001–04 Passions Hank Bennett Contract: April 24, 2001 – April 2004
Recurring: April – June 18, 2004
2003 According to Jim Bob Episode: "No Harm, No Fowl"
2004 Still Standing Jeremy Episode: "Still Flirting"
2004 North Shore William Episode: "Secret Service"
2005 What I Like About You Riley Martin Episode: "Girls Gone Wild"
2005–06 Living with Fran Riley Douglas Martin Main cast; 26 episodes
2006 Pepper Dennis Grady Harper Episode: "Charlie Babcock's Homosexual Encounter"
2007 CSI: NY Terry Rockwell Episode: "Obsession"
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Hunter Episode: "Mother's Milk"
2007–12 Chuck Devon Woodcomb Recurring, season 1; main cast, seasons 2–5; 70 episodes
2008 Swingtown Luke Episode: "Friends with Benefits"
2009 Mad Men Gentleman Episode: "Meditations in an Emergency"
2009 Everything She Ever Wanted Tom Allanson Miniseries; 2 episodes
2011 Friends with Benefits Evan Macklam Episode: "The Benefit of the Right Track"
2011 Community Frisbee student #3 Episode: "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux"
2012 Hot in Cleveland David Episode: "Life with Lucci"
2012 CSI: Miami Josh Avery 4 episodes
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Dale Bowman Episode: "Money Maker"
2012 Necessary Roughness Ted Episode: "Double Fault"
2013 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Chris Reynolds Episode: "Teenage Party"
2013–14 Hart of Dixie Carter Covington 4 episodes
2014 Playing House Steve Episode: "Totes Kewl"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Sam Episode: "Cyrano de Trainer-Zac"
2014 Sequestered Ryan Main cast; 12 episodes
2014 Mystery Girls Detective Dwayne Freeman 5 episodes
2014 Bad Judge Billy 2 episodes
2016 Fuller House Tyler Episode: "Mad Max"
2016 Devious Maids Kyle Recurring Role
2017 Ghosted Water Delivery Guy Episode: "Lockdown"
2019 L.A.'s Finest Patrick McKenna Main cast
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Daybreak Eric 5 episodes
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2010 "Stuck Like Glue" Sugarland
2015 Give You What You Like Avril Lavigne


  1. ^ "Engagements, Kirlin-McPartlin". Daily Herald Suburban Chicago. October 20, 2002.
  2. ^ a b c d Keck, William (April 7, 2005). "Ryan McPartlin: The newest hunk in town". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  3. ^ All-Time Letterwinners – Official University of Illinois 2008 Football Media Guide.
  4. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/B8kDjyNnOGJ/

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