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Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten
Kwanten at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born Ryan Christian Kwanten
(1976-11-28) 28 November 1976
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 on the Australian soap-opera Home and Away. After his stint ended he joined the American teen-orientated drama 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 movie in which he played the leading role.[2]

Kwanten appeared in a Law and Order: SVU 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]

Kwanten played the role of Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, an HBO television series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries, which ran 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 horror film The 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 helped Mystery Guitar man to shoot a video called Dual Action, which has been posted onto YouTube.

In 2013, Kwanten played Marvel character Eddie Brock/Venom in the short film Truth in Journalism.[8]



Year Film Role Notes
1994 Signal One Kid
2003 Liquid Bridge Nick McCallum
2004 American Brown Ricky Brown
2006 Flicka Howard McLaughlin
2007 Dead Silence Jamie Ashen
2009 Don't Fade Away Jackson White
2010 Red Hill Shane Cooper
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Kludd Voice role
2011 Griff the Invisible Griff
2012 Not Suitable for Children Jonah
2013 Mystery Road Pete Bailey
Truth in Journalism[9][10][11] Eddie Brock/Venom Short film
The Right Kind of Wrong Leo
The Knights of Badassdom Joe
2014 Reach Me Jack Burns To be released June 2, 2014
Rio, I Love You Jai Arnott Segment "Acho que Estou Apaixonado"
Northmen: A Viking Saga Conall Post-production
7500 Brad Martin Remains unreleased
2015 Hands of Stone Ken Buchanan Post-production
Kidnapping Freddy Heineken Jan "Cat" Boellard Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 A Country Practice Ben Lloyd Episode: "A Fair Cop: Part 1"
Episode: "A Fair Cop: Part 2"
1992 Home and Away Boogie Boarder Episode: "1018"
1993–1994 G.P. Scott Browning Episode: "Bloodlines"
Episode: "Brotherly Love"
1994 Hey Dad! Richard Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue"
1994 Home and Away Robbie Taylor 1 episode
1995 Echo Point Nathan Potter Unknown episodes
1996 Water Rats Nipper Episode: "Iron Man"
1997 Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord Josh Morgan 26 episodes
1997–2002 Home and Away Vinnie Patterson Regular
2002 The Junction Boys Claude Gearheart TV movie
2003 The Handler Barnes Episode: "Off the Edge"
2004 Tru Calling Jake Voight Episode: "Closure"
2004–2005 Summerland Jay Robertson 26 episodes
2007 Nurses Owen Harris TV movie
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt Episode: "PTSD"
2008–2014 True Blood Jason Stackhouse Series regular
2010 Rake Bill Episode: "R V Dana"
2014 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Brewster the Beast Trapper Voice role
Episode: "Jake's Mega-Mecha Sword/Tick Tock Trap/Hideout...It's Hook!"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Organization Work Category Result
2009 Satellite Award International Press Academy Jason Stackhouse, True Blood Best Ensemble, Television Won[12][13]
Scream Award Spike TV Best Horror Actor Nominated[14]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated[15][16]
Teen Choice Award Fox Broadcasting Company Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated[17][18]
Australians in Film Breakthrough Award Australians in Film[19]


  1. ^ a b Dasey, Annette (31 December 2009). "Ryan Kwanten: Shark Attack Survivor".  
  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
  9. ^ McMillan, Graeme (1 August 2013). Truth in Journalism' Short Teases Spider-Man Villain (Video)"'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ Waldman, Allison (22 December 2009). "Glee and Breaking Bad top the Satellite Awards". TV Squad (Newstex). 
  13. ^ Pond, Steve (21 December 2009). "'Hurt Locker,' 'Nine' Win Top Satellite Awards". The Wrap (Newstex). 
  14. ^ "Scream 2009". ( 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  15. ^ CBC Arts (17 December 2009). "Screen Actors Guild unveils film, TV award nominees". CBC News (CBC). 
  16. ^ "'Dexter,' 'Closer' earn 3 SAG nods apiece".  
  17. ^ Hambly, Natalie (16 June 2010). "Teens take to Avatar star Sam Worthington". The Sydney Morning Herald ( Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  18. ^ Soll, Lindsay (14 June 2010). "Teen Choice Awards 2010: First Round Of Nominees Announced". Hollywood Crush ( Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  19. ^ "Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards". Australians in Film. 

External links

  • Official website Inactive from 13 March 2013
  • Ryan Kwanten at the Internet Movie Database
  • From vampires to superheroes: Ryan Kwanten talks 'Griff the Invisible
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