Kwanten at True Blood 25th Annual Paley Television Festival (2008)
28 November 1976|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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 American teen-oriented drama Summerland portraying Jay Robertson. In 2008, he was cast as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.
Kwanten was born in Sydney, New South Wales to Eddie Kwanten, a worker at NSW Maritime, and Kris, a lifeline op-shop coordinator. He is of Dutch ancestry on his father's side. Kwanten has two brothers, Mitchell, who is a musician and Lloyd, who is a doctor. He attended Catholic school.
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 2 December 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.
Kwanten currently plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, an HBO television series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. He stars in the psychological thriller Red Hill, which was directed by Patrick Hughes. Kwanten earned one of the lead roles in the Joe Lynch Horror film The Knights of Badassdom.
|2003||Liquid Bridge||Nick McCallum|
|2004||American Brown||Ricky Brown|
|2007||Dead Silence||Jamie Ashen|
|2010||Don't Fade Away||Jackson White|
|Red Hill||Shane Cooper|
|Griff the Invisible||Griff||Post-production|
|Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Kludd|
|The Knights of Badassdom||Pre-production|
|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||Unknown 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|
|2009||Satellite Award||International Press Academy||Jason Stackhouse, True Blood||Best Ensemble, Television||Won|
|Scream Award||Spike TV||Best Horror Actor||Nominated|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Award||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Fox Broadcasting Company||Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Nominated|