Ryan Donowho

Ryan Wayne Donowho (born September 20, 1980) is an American actor and musician.

Ryan Donowho
Ryan Wayne Donowho

(1980-09-20) September 20, 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2001–present
Parent(s)Wayne Donowho (father)
RelativesMatthew Donowho (brother)
Joseph Donowho (brother)
Brett Donowho (cousin)

Early lifeEdit

Born in Houston, Texas, Donowho moved to Brooklyn, New York and then to Los Angeles. He was a street musician in New York City as a "bucket" drummer. Donowho was bucket drumming in New York City when he was discovered by a modeling agent. He has an older brother, Matthew and a younger brother, Joseph.[citation needed]


His movie debut was in 2001's The Car Thief and the Hit Man. Donowho co-starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Mudge Boy. In 2003 he was featured as the drummer for a song in The Hermitt's "& The Story of The Insects". Donowho is known for his work in 2004's Imaginary Heroes with Emile Hirsch. In the film, Donowho plays a sexually ambiguous character.

Donowho's roles in Imaginary Heroes and later in A Home at the End of the World created for Donowho a positive relationship with the gay community. He appeared with brother Matthew at the 2004 Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival held annually in Los Angeles along with the cast and crew of A Home at the End of the World. He appeared in Bringing Rain with Rodrigo Lopresti and Alexis Dziena. For the third season of The O.C., the producers cast Donowho as Johnny Harper. Donowho played Stanley in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers With Candy but does not appear in the released version of the film.[citation needed]

Donowho appeared in the thriller film Altitude.[1] He played the lead character of Nathan in Rites of Passage.


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005–06 The O.C. Johnny Harper Recurring (Season 3)
2006 Skwod Seth (voice) TV Pilot
2020 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cricket Episode: "The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D"
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Car Thief and the Hit Man Car Thief Short film
2003 The Mudge Boy Scotty
2003 Rhythm of the Saints Zane
2003 Bringing Rain Atlee Surnamer
2004 A Home at the End of the World Carlton Morrow
2004 Imaginary Heroes Kyle Dwyer Also wrote and performed "Drug Day Afternoon" (soundtrack)
2005 Strangers with Candy Stanley Uncredited
2005 Broken Flowers Young Man on Bus
2006 In From the Night Snakeman TV Movie
2006 The Favor Johnny
2007 Sleepwalkers Drummer who works as Bicycle Messenger Short film
2007 The Pacific and Eddy Eddy Also served as co-producer
2007 Flakes Skinny Larry
2008 Cook County Abe Also served as producer
2009 Bandslam Basher Martin
2010 Prime of Your Life Keith Also served as co-producer
2010 Altitude Cory
2011 Blood Out David Savion Direct-to-video
2011 Grief, a Comedy Voice of Ex-Boyfriend Short film
2011 Rites of Passage Nathan
2012 Hated Mike
2012 Transit Evers
2012 Soldiers of Fortune Ernesto
2013 Chlorine Henry
2013 Salvation U.S.A. Vincent 'Vinnie' Randolph Vanatta
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Dobs
2014 The Ganzfelf Haunting Elliot
2014 In Love and War Short film
2015 Weepah Way for Now Syd
2018 High Voltage Scott
2018 Faith Leo Short film
2019 Inside the Rain Shawn
2020 Beyond Paranormal Ray


Donowho is the recipient of several awards; he was awarded twice[citation needed] for his role in the 2006 film The Favor at the San Diego Film Festival[2], receiving the Festival Award, and the Achievement in Acting Award, both for Best Actor. For his portrayal in the 2016 film Salvation, he was received the award for Best Actor at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood[citation needed].


  1. ^ "Anchor Bay Gains 'Altitude'", bloody-disgusting.com; accessed July 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "san diego film festival 2007: award winners". 2007-07-03. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2019-09-23.

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