Thomas Jay Ryan

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Thomas Jay Ryan (born August 1, 1962) is an American stage and film actor.[1] He may be best known for his starring role in the 1997 film Henry Fool.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ryan attended Carnegie Mellon University and has worked in such theaters as the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven. In addition, he has worked with avante-garde playwright Richard Foreman and has played roles ranging from Dracula to Degas.[2]

He has supporting roles in a variety of films, including Teknolust, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Book of Life, Dream Boy, and the sequels to Henry Fool, Fay Grim (2007) and Ned Rifle (2014).[3]

He played pioneering gay activist Harry Hay in the initial production of the play The Temperamentals in 2009 in New York.[4] In 2016, Ryan played Thomas Putnam in Ivo van Hove's production of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.[5]


  1. ^ Duncan Shepherd (1998). "Henry Fool". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Jay Ryan: Edward Degas in "Degas and the Dancer"". Devine Entertainment Corporation. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  3. ^ Thomas Jay Ryan on IMDb
  4. ^ BWW News Desk (2009-11-16). "Out Magazine 'Out 100' Includes Four TEMPERAMENTALS, Gavin Creel, Neil Patrick Harris & More". Broadway World. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  5. ^ "The Crucible sets new first preview and opening dates" by Tom Millward, New York Theatre Guide, 5 February 2016

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