Ryan Kwanten

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Ryan Kwanten
Ryan Kwanten by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Ryan Christian Kwanten
(1976-11-28) 28 November 1976 (age 41)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present

Ryan Kwanten (born 28 November 1976) is an Australian actor. 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. In 2008, he was cast as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.

Early life

Kwanten was born in Sydney, Australia to Eddie Kwanten, a worker at NSW Maritime, and Kris, a lifeline op shop coordinator. His father is Dutch.[1] Kwanten has two brothers, Mitchell, who is a musician and Lloyd, who is a doctor. He attended St Paul's 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 guested on the serial as Robbie Taylor in 1994. Moving to the United States, Kwanten was cast as Jay Robertson in the Lori Loughlin-starring series Summerland, which ran from 2004 to 2005. He appeared in the films Flicka, with Maria Bello, Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, and Dead Silence, a horror film in which he played the leading role.[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 fellow Marine and her unborn baby.

In 2009, he starred in the film Don't Fade Away with Mischa Barton and Beau Bridges.[3]

In 2010, Kwanten role the voice of Kludd in the animated-epic film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

Kwanten played the role of Jason Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris' The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels, which aired from 2008 until 2014.[4] He stars in the psychological thriller Red Hill, which was directed by Patrick Hughes.[5] Kwanten earned one of the lead roles in the Joe Lynch comedy-horror film Knights of Badassdom.[6] In October 2010, it was announced that Kwanten will play Charles Manson in the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled biopic, directed by Brad Anderson.[7]

In 2012, he appeared in MysteryGuitarMan's video "Dual Action". In 2013, Kwanten played Marvel character Eddie Brock/Venom in the short film Truth in Journalism[8] and portrayed Conall in the action adventure film Northmen: A Viking Saga.[9] In 2015 He played the voice of title character Blinky Bill in the animated film Blinky Bill the Movie.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Signal One Kid
2002 Junction Boys, TheThe 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
2010 Griff the Invisible Griff
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Kludd (voice)
2010 Don't Fade Away Jackson White
2012 Not Suitable for Children Jonah
2013 Mystery Road Pete Bailey
2013 Truth in Journalism Eddie Brock/Venom Short film
2013 Right Kind of Wrong, TheThe Right Kind of Wrong Leo Palamino
2013 Knights of Badassdom Joe
2014 7500 Brad Martin
2014 Rio, I Love You Jai Arnott Segment: "Acho Que Estou Apaixonado"
2014 Northmen: A Viking Saga Conall
2014 Reach Me Jack Burns
2015 Kidnapping Freddy Heineken Jan "Cat" Boellard
2015 Blinky Bill the Movie Blinky Bill (voice)
2015 Blunt Force Trauma John In post-production
TBA Who Gets the Dog? Clay Lonnergan In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, TheThe Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Stagecoach driver Uncredited; episode: "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"
1992 Home and Away Boogie boarder Episode 1018
1992 Country Practice, AA Country Practice Ben Lloyd 2 episodes
1993–94 G.P. Scott Browning 2 episodes
1994 Home and Away Robbie Taylor Episode 1451
1994 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 Handler, TheThe 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"

Awards and nominations

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dasey, Annette (31 December 2009). "Ryan Kwanten: Shark Attack Survivor". Who (magazine). Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  2. '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 2007-03-18. 
  5. Teaser Trailer, Art, and Synopsis: Red Hill
  6. More Knights of Badassdom Casting News: True Blood's Ryan Kwanten Joins in on the Mayhem
  7. Kwanten To Play Charles Manson
  8. McMillan, Graeme (1 August 2013). "'Truth in Journalism' Short Teases Spider-Man Villain (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. Northmen
  10. "Scream 2009". Spike.com. www.spike.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  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. AAP (27 April 2010). "Hemsworth, Kwanten take breakthrough awards". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  16. Hambly, Natalie (16 June 2010). "Teens take to Avatar star Sam Worthington". The Sydney Morning Herald. www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  17. Soll, Lindsay (14 June 2010). "Teen Choice Awards 2010: First Round Of Nominees Announced". Hollywood Crush. mtv.com. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 

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