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Ryan Kwanten

Kwanten at True Blood" 25th Annual Paley Television Festival, March 2008
Born November 28, 1976 (1976-11-28) (age 33)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–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 teen-oriented drama Summerland portraying Jay Robertson. In 2008 he was cast as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.


Life and career

Kwanten was born in Sydney, New South Wales of Flemish (Belgian) descent. Kwanten began acting on the television shows A Country Practice 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. 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.

Kwanten made an appearance in a Law and Order: SVU episode that aired on December 2, 2008, in which he portrays US Marine Corps Master Sergeant Dominic Pruitt who is (falsely) accused of raping and murdering a fellow marine and murdering her unborn baby.

In 2009, he starred in the film Don't Fade Away with Mischa Barton and Beau Bridges.

Kwanten currently plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, an HBO television series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries.[1] He was nominated for a 2009 Scream Award for his role as Jason Stackhouse.[2]

Kwanten also appears in the limited-edition coffee table book ("About Face") by celebrity photographer John Russo and Pixie press Worldwide publishers.[3][4] He stars in the psychological thriller Red Hill, which was directed by Patrick Hughes.[5]


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
2010 Don't Fade Away Jackson White
Red Hill Shane Cooper
Griff the Invisible Griff Post-production
Guardians of Ga'Hoole Kludd Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1992 A Country Practice Ben Lloyd Episode: "A Fair Cop: Part 1"
Episode: "A Fair Cop: Part 2"
1993-1994 G.P Scott Browning Episode: "Bloodlines"
Episode: "Brotherly Love"
1994 Hey Dad! Richard Episode: "Rebel Without a Clue""
1995 Echo Point Nathan Potter Unknow 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-present True Blood Jason Stackhouse Regular


  1. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (2007-02-25). "Anna Paquin Learns True Blood". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Scream 2009 Best Horror Actor" Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
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  4. ^ Metro Source LA magazine
  5. ^ Teaser Trailer, Art, and Synopsis: Red Hill

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