Ryan Gosling (full name: Ryan Thomas Gosling) is a Canadian actor, writer, director and singer. Born in November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Ryan debuted his acting career on the Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney Channel as a child, in 1993. After the show’s cancellation in 1995, Ryan returned to Canada, and appeared in the family entertainment television show, “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, “Goosebumps (1996), and in Breaker High (1997–1998).
At 18 years old, Ryan moved to New Zealand for filming Fox Kids adventure series, “Young Hercules”, from 1998 to 1999. Though, he enjoyed working on show, he longed for an opportunity to play different characters, and decided not to work on any new television series anymore.
Ryan’s first big movie role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in the film, The Believer in 2001. He also appeared in independent films like Murder by Numbers, in 2002, The Slaughter in 2002, and The United States of Leland in 2003, where he built his reputation for playing misfits.
Ryan grabbed the attention of a wider audience when he was casted in a leading role in the romantic drama, The Notebook, against fellow Canadian actress Rachel McAdams, in 2004.
The movie grossed more than $115 million worldwide, and it’s claimed to be the most commercially successful film of Ryan’s career as of 2012. The film earned Ryan an MTV Movie Awards and four Teen Choice Awards. The Entertainment Weekly said that the film has the All-Time Best Movie Kiss, and The Los Angeles Times has included a scene from the movie in its list of 50 Classic Movie Kisses. The movie has also been featured on several Most Romantic Movies lists.
In 2006, Ryan starred as a drug-addict teacher in Half Nelson, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He also was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the movie, Lars and the Real Girl in 2007. The same year, Ryan was casted in the thriller Fracture.
After taking a three-year break from acting, Ryan starred in Blue Valentine, in which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the second time.
The year 2011, was a milestone year for Ryan, as he appeared in three mainstream movies, the romantic comedy flick, Crazy, Stupid, Love, politics-inspired drama The Ides of March and thriller Drive. He also received two Golden Globe nominations that year.
In 2013, Ryan starred in the crime movie Gangster Squad, drama The Place Beyond the Pines, and brutal revenge movie Only Gold Forgives.
Besides his acting career, Ryan is also a musician, forming his own band, Dead Man’s Bones, with his friend Zach Shields. The band released their self-titled debut album, and went on tour of North America in 2009. He also co-owns a Moroccan restaurant, Tagine, in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Calif.
Ryan is a supporter of PETA, the Enough Project and Invisible Children, and has traveled to Uganda, Chad and eastern Congo to raise awareness regarding the conflicts in the regions.
Ryan lives in New York City. He was involved in a relationship with actress Sandra Bullock for one year from 2002-03. From mid-2005 to mid-2007, he dated fellow actress Rachel McAdams for two years. Since September 2011, Ryan is in a relationship with American model and actress Eva Mendes.