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Ryan Cooley
Born Ryan Cooley
May 18, 1988 (1988-05-18) (age 21)
Orangeville, Ontario Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998- present

Ryan Cooley, born May 18, 1988, is a Canadian[1] actor best known for his role as J.T. Yorke on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Prior to joining the Degrassi cast, he had a two-year run as Pleskit, the alien lead in the television series I Was A Sixth Grade Alien. Cooley's other television credits include the series, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Queer as Folk, Lexx: The Series" and Life with Derek. He has also appeared in the features Sachsenhausen 1944, Toy Men Disney Channel movie The Color of Friendship, the Animal Planet movie Cybermutt and CBC TV movie Happy Christmas Miss King alongside his Degrassi co-star Lauren Collins. In 2006, Cooley was nominated for a Young Artist Award (LA) the category of Best Performance In a TV Comedy Series. Cooley has also appeared in Tracey Fragments with Ellen Page.

Ryan Cooley appeared on Degrassi as a regular character in 2001, in the first season of the show and continued his role until 2007, while the show was in its sixth season of the show.

On a Degrassi: The Next Generation podcast dated February 6, 2007, Cooley noted that his favorite scene in Degrassi: The Next Generation was when Liberty Van Zandt (Sarah Barrable-Tishauer), his best female friend and ex-girlfriend found him lying up against his car after he was stabbed by a rival school' student. Cooley exclaimed that it was a climax and so full of emotion. Cooley's character was killed off the show after this episode during season 6.


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