Ryan Donowho

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Ryan Donowho
Born Ryan Wayne Donowho
(1980-09-20)September 20, 1980
Houston, Texas
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2001–present
Parent(s) Wayne Donowho (father)
Relatives Matthew Donowho (brother)
Joseph Donowho (brother)
Brett Donowho (cousin)

Ryan Wayne Donowho (born September 20, 1980) is an American actor and musician.

Early life

Born in Houston, Texas, Donowho moved to Brooklyn, New York and then to Los Angeles. He was a street musician in New York City as a "bucket" drummer. Donowho was bucket drumming in New York City when he was discovered by a modeling agent. He has an older brother, Matthew and a younger brother, Joseph.[citation needed]


His movie debut was in 2001's The Car Thief and the Hit Man. Donowho co-starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Mudge Boy. In 2003 he was featured as the drummer for a song in The Hermitt's "& The Story of The Insects". Donowho is known for his work in 2004's Imaginary Heroes with Emile Hirsch. In the film, Donowho plays a sexually ambiguous character.

Donowho's roles in Imaginary Heroes and later in A Home at the End of the World created for Donowho a positive relationship with the gay community. He appeared with brother Matthew at the 2004 Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival held annually in Los Angeles along with the cast and crew of A Home at the End of the World. He appeared in Bringing Rain with Rodrigo Lopresti and Alexis Dziena. For the third season of The O.C., the producers cast Donowho as Johnny Harper. Donowho played Stanley in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers With Candy but does not appear in the released version of the film.[citation needed]

Donowho appeared in the thriller film Altitude.[1] He played the lead character of Nathan in Rites of Passage.


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Faith Leo Short film
2018 Hollow Body Scott Feature film
2016 Salvation Vincent 'Vinnie' Randolph Vanatta Feature film
2015 Weepah Way for Now Syd Feature film
2014 In Love and War Unnamed/Unknown role Short film
2014 The Ganzfelf Haunting Elliot Feature film
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Dobs Feature film
2013 Chlorine Henry Feature film
2012 Soldiers of Fortune Ernesto Feature film
2012 Transit Evers Feature film
2012 Hated Mike Feature film
2011 Rites of Passage Nathan Feature film
2011 Grief, a Comedy Voice of Ex-Boyfriend Short film (voice only)
2011 Blood Out David Savion Feature film, direct-to-video
2010 Altitude Cory Feature film
2010 Prime of Your Life Keith Feature film, additionally served as co-producer
2009 Bandslam Basher Martin Feature film
2008 Cook County Abe Feature film, additionally served as producer
2007 Flakes Skinny Larry Feature film
2007 The Pacific and Eddy Eddy Feature film, additionally served as co-producer
2007 Sleepwalkers Drummer who works as Bicycle Messenger Short film
2006 The Favor Johnny 6 Feature film
2006 In From the Night Snakeman Television film
200506 The O.C. Johnny Harper Recurring role • Season 3 (11 episodes)
2005 Broken Flowers Young Man on Bus Feature film
2005 Strangers with Candy Stanley Feature film, uncredited role
2004 Imaginary Heroes Kyle Dwyer Feature film, additional wrote and performed "Drug Day Afternoon" (soundtrack)
2004 A Home at the End of the World Carlton Morrow Feature film
2003 Bringing Rain Atlee Surnamer Feature film
2003 Rhythm of the Saints Zane Feature film
2003 The Mudge Boy Scotty Feature film
2001 The Car Thief and the Hit Man Car Thief Short film


Donowho is the recipient of several awards; he was awarded twice for his role in the 2006 film The Favor at the San Diego International Film Festival, receiving the Festival Award, and the Achievement in Acting Award, both for Best Actor. For his portrayal in the 2016 film Salvation, he was received the award for Best Actor at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.


  1. ^ "Anchor Bay Gains 'Altitude'", bloody-disgusting.com; accessed July 10, 2015.

External links

  • Ryan Donowho on IMDb
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