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Ryan Merriman

Ryan Merriman
Born (1983-04-10) April 10, 1983
Choctaw, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Micol Duncan
Kristen McMullen

Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American actor. He began his career at the age of ten, and has appeared in several feature films and television shows. He is best known for portraying Jake in The Ring Two (2005) and Kevin Fischer in Final Destination 3 (2006).


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nonalyn Merriman.[1][2] He has a sister named Monica. At a young age, he began acting in commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater (Stage Struck Studios) in Oklahoma.


Merriman's first major role was on the television series The Mommies, which ran from 1993 to 1995. During the 1990s, he appeared in most episodes of The Pretender as a younger version of the title character. He has starred in several television films, including Smart House, The Luck of the Irish (2001), and as a young Meyer Lansky in Lansky. He appeared in the 1999 feature film The Deep End of the Ocean, playing the lost son of Michelle Pfeiffer's character, and subsequently starred as the main character, a Jewish boy from the Bronx, in the film 2000 Just Looking. In 2002, he played Adam Eddington in another Disney Channel original movie, A Ring of Endless Light. He then returned to television roles, appearing in Dangerous Child, Taken, and Smallville.

Merriman's other roles include the horror films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), The Ring Two (2005), and Final Destination 3 (2006). He starred in Home of the Giants, a high school drama. He appeared in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon in January 2008. He played Henry Dunn in the original pilot presentation for Harper's Island, but was replaced by Christopher Gorham when the series was picked up by CBS. From 2010 to 2012, Merriman portrayed Ian Thomas on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. In 2012, he starred as Dennis Mack in the 16th episode of Season 2 in Hawaii Five-0.

Dwight H. Little wanted Merriman to play Jin Kazama in his film Tekken, but Merriman turned it down. He starred in the Hallmark Channel original movie Elevator Girl as Jonathan, a successful young lawyer who finds himself falling for a free-spirited young woman who is way below his pay grade. In 2011, he appeared as linebacker Jon Abbate in The 5th Quarter, a film about the 2006 football season of Wake Forest University.

Personal life

Merriman was married to Micol Duncan from 2004 to 2011. On January 1, 2012, he became engaged to Kristen McMullen.[3] They were married in September 2014.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 What's Right With America Todd Gordon
1998 Everything That Rises Nathan Clay Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series or Series – Leading Young Actor
1999 Night Ride Home Justin
1999 Lansky Meyer Lansky
1999 The Deep End of the Ocean Sam Karras / Ben Cappadora Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor
1999 Smart House Ben Cooper
1999 Just Looking Lenny Levine Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
2000 Rocket's Red Glare Todd Baker
2001 The Luck of the Irish Kyle Johnson
2001 Dangerous Child Jack Cambridge Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actor
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Myles Barton
2002 A Ring of Endless Light Adam Eddington
2003 Spin Eddie Haley
2005 The Colt Jim Rabb
2005 Rings Jake Short film
2005 The Ring Two Jake
2006 Final Destination 3 Kevin Fischer
2007 Home of the Giants Matt Morrison
2008 Backwoods Adam
2009 Wild Cherry Stanford
2010 Elevator Girl Johnathan Television film
2011 The 5th Quarter Jon Abbate
2012 Cheesecake Casserole Andy
2012 Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Kyle
2012 My Hometown Rick Dickson
2013 Dose of Reality Matt
2013 42 Dixie Walker
2014 The Last Rescue Paratrooper Griggs


Year Title Role Notes
1993–1995 The Mommies Blake Kellogg 30 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series
1995 The Client Jeff Dietrich Episode: "The Way Things Were"
1996–2000 The Pretender Young Jarod / Gemini 50 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1997)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1998, 1999)
2001 Touched by an Angel Jason Harris Episode: "Visions of thy Father"
2002 Taken Sam Crawford Episode: "Acid Tests"
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young Actor
2003–2004 Veritas: The Quest Nikko Zond 13 episodes
2004 Smallville Jason Dante Episode: "Velocity"
2008 Comanche Moon Jake Spoon 3 episodes
2010–2014 Pretty Little Liars Ian Thomas 16 episodes
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Dennis Mack Episode: "I Helu Pu"
2014 Ballers Frat Boy Episode: "Pilot"


  1. ^ Ryan Merriman Biography (1983–)
  2. ^ 'Elevator Girl' lifts Oklahoma actor's career| LexisNexis|Professional Journal archives from
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