At 26, actor Ryan Merriman has already accomplished an extraordinary amount in his 15 year career. Merriman began doing acting in commercials, modeling, singing, and participating in local theater in his hometown of Choctaw, Oklahoma, and eventually came to Los Angeles in 1994, when he landed a lead role on the NBC comedy series, “The Mommies.”
Among his latest work is the drama "The 5th Quarter" and the independent romantic comedy "Wild Cherry.” Merriman also recently starred in "Comanche Moon" a six-hour mini-series, with an all-star cast including Val Kilmer, "Backwoods," a psychological thriller co-starring with Haylie Duff, and "Home of the Giants," an independent drama/thriller which co-stars Haley Joel Osment and Danielle Panabaker.
Among his feature film credits, Merriman can count "Final Destination 3,” "The Ring 2," "Deep End of the Ocean" with Michelle Pfeiffer, "Halloween: Resurrection" and "Just Looking," directed by Jason Alexander. He has also starred in numerous made-for-TV movies, including "Rocket's Red Glare," "Luck of the Irish," "Smart House," "Ring of Endless Light," Hallmark Channel’s "The Colt," "Lansky," "Everything That Rises" and "Taken,” produced by Steven Spielberg.
Merriman was awarded a "One to Watch" award at Movieline's Hollywood Life 7th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in 2005. He is also a winner of six Young Artist Awards of Hollywood and has been nominated five times for a Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Award.
Ryan Merriman is active in numerous state and local charity organizations and supports state efforts to bring film production to Oklahoma. He was recently honored during a session at the capitol for being an Ambassador to Oklahoma in his travels. In his free time, Merriman enjoys playing outdoor sports and being home in Oklahoma with his family, including wife of five years, Micol.