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Ryan Merriman

At the age of 22, Ryan Merriman has already amassed an extensive list of credits in both film and television. He recently starred in the Hallmark Channel's epic tele-film, The Colt, in which he plays the lead character, 'Jim Rabb,' a young soldier in the Union First Cavalry during the Civil War. He appeared in the box office hit The Ring 2, and played a starring role in the independent film Spin, co-starring Stanley Tucci, Dana Delaney, Paula Garces and Ruben Blades. In 2002, Ryan co-starred as 'Myles Barton' in Halloween 8: Resurrection.

Merriman came to the attention of moviegoers in 1999, co-starring in the The Deep End of the Ocean with Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. The same year he also starred in the independent feature Just Looking. Merriman co-starred in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation Night Ride Home opposite Rebecca DeMornay, Keith Carradine and Ellen Burstyn; and opposite Richard Dreyfuss in HBO Pictures' Lansky. Perhaps his most recognizable role on television as a young actor was that of 'Young Jarod' on the NBC hit series The Pretender, for four seasons.

Merriman played starring roles in the TNT original film, Everything That Rises, opposite Dennis Quaid, Mare Winningham and Harve Presnell; and in the Disney Channel's production of A Ring of Endless Light, which co-starred Mischa Barton and James Whitmore. He was seen in his first major leading television role in the ABC television/ Touchstone Pictures series, Veritas, playing 17 year-old rebel 'Nikko Zond;' and appeared in an episode of the miniseries Taken, produced by Steven Spielberg

Merriman was honored last year with a Movieline 'Young Hollywood Award' as 'One To Watch.' In 1999 and 2000 his talent was recognized with Young Artist Awards for his work in The Deep End of the Ocean and as 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Cable Movie' for his role in Everything That Rises. He won awards in 1997 and '98 for 'Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series by a Supporting Actor' for The Pretender. In addition, in 1997 he was nominated by 'The Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards' for 'Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series' also for The Pretender.

Merriman has played leading roles in several other television movies including Dangerous Child, Rocket's Red Glare, Luck of the Irish and Smart House. His first starring role was on the NBC television sitcom The Mommies.

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Ryan Merriman Facts

Birth Name Ryan Earl Merriman
BirthdayApril 10, 1983 (39)
BirthplaceOklahoma, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Ryan Merriman compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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