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Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American actor. He began his career at the age of ten and has appeared in several feature films and television shows. He is best known for a handful of Disney Channel original movies and for portraying Jake Pierce in The Ring Two, Kevin Fischer in Final Destination 3 and Ian Thomas in Pretty Little Liars.
Ryan Earl Merriman
April 10, 1983
Choctaw, Oklahoma, United States
Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nonalyn Merriman. He has a sister named Monica. At a young age, he began acting in commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater (Stage Struck Studios) in Oklahoma.
Merriman's first major role was on the television series The Mommies, which ran from 1993 to 1995. During the 1990s, he appeared in most episodes of The Pretender as a younger version of the title character. He has starred in several television films, including Smart House, The Luck of the Irish, and as a young Meyer Lansky in Lansky. He appeared in the 1999 feature film The Deep End of the Ocean, playing the lost son of Michelle Pfeiffer's character, and subsequently starred as the main character, a Jewish boy from the Bronx, in the film 2000 Just Looking. In 2002, he played Adam Eddington in another Disney Channel original movie, A Ring of Endless Light. He then returned to television roles, appearing in Dangerous Child, Taken, and Smallville.
Merriman's other roles include the horror films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), The Ring Two (2005) and Final Destination 3 (2006). He starred in Home of the Giants, a high school drama. He appeared in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon in January 2008. He played Henry Dunn in the original pilot presentation for Harper's Island, but was replaced by Christopher Gorham when the series was picked up by CBS. From 2010 to 2014, Merriman portrayed Ian Thomas on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. In 2012, he starred as Dennis Mack in the 16th episode of Season 2 in Hawaii Five-0.
Dwight Little wanted Merriman to play Jin Kazama in his film Tekken, but Merriman turned it down. He starred in the Hallmark Channel original movie Elevator Girl as Jonathan, a successful young lawyer who finds himself falling for a free-spirited young woman who is way below his pay grade. In 2011, he appeared as linebacker Jon Abbate in The 5th Quarter, a film about the 2006 football season of Wake Forest University.
|1999||The Deep End of the Ocean||Benjamin Cappadora/Sam Karras - Age 12||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor|
|1999||Just Looking||Lenny Levine||Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor|
|2002||Halloween: Resurrection||Myles "Deckard" Barton|
|2005||Rings||Jake Pierce||Short film|
|2005||The Ring Two|
|2006||Final Destination 3||Kevin Fischer|
|2007||Home of the Giants||Matt Morrison|
|2011||The 5th Quarter||Jon Abbate|
|2012||Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader||Kyle|
|2012||My Hometown||Rick Dickson|
|2013||Dose of Reality||Matt|
|2015||The Last Rescue||Paratrooper Griggs|
|2016||The Congressman||Jared Barnes|
|2016||A Sunday Horse||Jonathan Collier|
|1993–1995||The Mommies||Blake Kellogg||Main role, 30 episodes|
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series
|1995||The Client||Jeff Dietrich||Episode: "The Way Things Were"|
|1996–2000||The Pretender||Young Jarod / Gemini||Main role, 50 episodes|
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1997)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1998, 1999)
|1997||What's Right With America||Todd Gordon||Television film|
|1998||Everything That Rises||Nathan Clay||Television film|
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series or Series – Leading Young Actor
|1999||Night Ride Home||Justin||Television film|
|1999||Lansky||Meyer Lansky||Television film|
|1999||Smart House||Ben Cooper||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2000||Rocket's Red Glare||Todd Baker||Television film|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Jason Harris||Episode: "Visions of thy Father"|
|2001||The Luck of the Irish||Kyle Johnson||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2001||Dangerous Child||Jack Cambridge||Television film|
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actor
|2002||Taken||Sam Crawford||Episode: "Acid Tests"|
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young Actor
|2002||A Ring of Endless Light||Adam Eddington||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2003–2004||Veritas: The Quest||Nikko Zond||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2004||Smallville||Jason Dante||Episode: "Velocity"|
|2005||The Colt||Jim Rabb||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Jake Spoon||3 episodes|
|2010||Elevator Girl||Johnathan||Television film|
|2010–2014||Pretty Little Liars||Ian Thomas||Recurring role, 16 episodes|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Dennis Mack||Episode: "I Helu Pu"|
|2013||Independence Daysaster||Pete Garsette||Television film|
|2014||Ballers||Frat Boy||Episode: Pilot|
|2015||How Not to Propose||Travis||Television film|
- "Ryan Merriman Biography (1983-)". www.filmreference.com.
- "'Elevator Girl' lifts Oklahoma actor's career- LexisNexis-Professional Journal archives from AllBusiness.com".
- "Ryan Merriman of Pretty Little Liars Is Engaged to Kristen McMullen! - Us Weekly". 10 April 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2014-10-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)