Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor and musician.
His full name is Ryan Thomas Gosling.
Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in London, Ontario.
He is the son of Thomas Ray Gosling, a travelling salesman for a paper mill, and Donna, a secretary.
Ryan was the second of their two children, with an older sister, Mandi.
His ancestry is French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish, and Irish.
The Gosling family moved to Cornwall, Ontario, where Ryan grew up and was home-schooled by his mother and also attended Gladstone Public School.
He “hated being a kid” and “didn’t like being told what to do,” and had difficulty in school due to a case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
As a child, he watched Dick Tracy and was inspired to become an actor.
An incident where he threw steak knives at classmates after seeing Sylvester Stallone’s First Blood (1982) led to a suspension and ultimately to being home-schooled by his mother starting at age ten.
He developed an idiosyncratic accent because, as a child, he thought having a Canadian accent did not sound “tough”. He began to model his accent on that of Marlon Brando.
At the age of 12, Gosling attended an open casting call in Montréal for the televised version of The All New Mickey Mouse Club. After being cast in the show, he moved to Orlando, Florida,where he performed from 1993 to 1994 alongside fellow Mouseketeers Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake.
Following the show’s cancellation in 1995, Gosling returned to Canada and continued to appear in family entertainment television series including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995) and Goosebumps (1996).
At the age of 18, he moved to New Zealand to film the Fox Kids adventure series Young Hercules (1998–1999) as the title character.
At the age of nineteen, Gosling decided to move into “serious acting.”
His agents subsequently dropped him, but Gosling soon made his feature film debut with a small role in the football drama Remember the Titans (2000), starring Denzel Washing.
He first attracted serious critical attention with his performance as the Jewish neo-Nazi in the controversial film The Believer (2001), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
Gosling also impressed the critics in the role of a teenaged murderer in Murder by Numbers (2002), with Sandra Bullock, and played another young killer in the thoughtful indie drama The United States of Leland (2003), with Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey and Michelle Williams.
Gosling came to the attention of a mainstream audience in 2004 after starring opposite fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams in the romantic drama film The Notebook, a film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, directed by Nick Cassavetes.
In 2005, Gosling appeared as a disturbed young art student in Stay, a psychological thriller film co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
Gosling reached a summit of his profession with his performance in Half Nelson (2006), which garnered him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. In a short time, he has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.
Gosling played an introvert who falls in love with a sex doll in the 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl. In the same year he starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the courtroom thriller Fracture.
Following a three-year absence from the big screen, Gosling starred in five movies in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010, he co-starred with Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance’s directorial debut, the marital drama Blue Valentine. Gosling’s uncompromising performance opposite Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams brought another Golden Globe nomination, and the film went on to become a critical darling and a cult hit.
Gosling’s second on-screen appearance of 2010 was in the mystery film All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst, based on a true story.
In 2011 he co-starred in his first comedic role in the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone.
Gosling’s first action role was in Drive (2011), based on a novel by James Sallis. He portrayed a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver.
Then Gosling co-starred with George Clooney in The Ides of March (2011), playing a smart and savvy press secretary to a politician.
Gosling reunited with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance for the drama The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), co-starring Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper.
Re-teaming with with Emma Stone, Gosling portrayed Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a 1940s LAPD officer who attempts to outsmart mob boss Mickey Cohen (played by Sean Penn) in Gangster Squad (2013).
Then Gosling starred in the violent revenge drama Only God Forgives (2013), directed by Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn. Gosling undertook Muay Thai training in preparation for the role, and has described the script as “the strangest thing I’ve ever read.”
Gosling made his directorial debut with Lost River (2014), a dark fable which he also wrote. Inspired by the abandonment of Detroit and by Gosling’s mother’s experiences of raising him after his parents’ divorce.
In 2015, he played a bond salesman in the financial drama The Big Short, a Best Picture nominee at the 2016 Academy Awards.
In 2016, Gosling starred in the dark detective comedy The Nice Guys, opposite Russell Crowe.
Also in 2016, he starred in the musical comedy La La Land, for which he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and his second Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.
Gosling appears opposite Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman in Terence Malick’s Song to Song (2017), the tale of a love triangle set in the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Gosling scored the starring role in Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Gosling appered as Officer K, a “blade runner” working for the LAPD whose job it is to kill rogue bioengineered humans known as replicants.
Ryan Gosling has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
In September 2011, Gosling began dating his The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Eva Mendes. He has two daughters with Mendes, Esmeralda Amada Gosling (born 2014) and Amada Lee Gosling (born 2016).
He lives in the popular Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake.
Gosling was the first Canadian-born performer in over 60 years to be nominated for the best actor Oscar in Half Nelson (2006).
He is an accomplished jazz guitarist and a fan of Chet Baker; started a band with his friend Zach Shields called Dead Man’s Bones.
Has released a song titled “Put Me in the Car”, which can be found on his website.
Gosling was in a relationship with Sandra Bullock, having met on the set of Murder by Numbers (2002).
With two of his friends, he has opened a Moroccan restaurant called Tagine in Beverly Hills, California.
He built the kitchen table featured in The Notebook (2004) in preparation for his role as Noah.
Gosling purchased the Jeep Cherokee driven by Ben Chaplin in Murder by Numbers (2002) from the set of the movie.
His favorite movie is East of Eden (1955).