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Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor best known for his film roles in The Notebook, Half Nelson and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
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Ryan Gosling, born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada, began his career on The Mickey Mouse Club (1993). As an adult, he starred in the romantic hit The Notebook (2004), and earned an Academy Award nomination for Half Nelson (2006) and a Golden Globe nomination for Lars and the Real Girl (2007). Gosling also appeared in Blue Valentine (2010) and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2010).
"I went through puberty in a theme park." [On performing on The Mickey Mouse Club.]
"When I was in first grade I watched First Blood and I filled my Fisher-Price Houdini kit with steak knives and brought them to school and started throwing them at kids in recess."
Actor Ryan Thomas Gosling grew up in a working-class Mormon family in Cornwall, Ontario. One of Sylvester Stallone's action films proved to an early influence on the future thespian. "When I was in first grade I watched First Blood and I filled my Fisher-Price Houdini kit with steak knives and brought them to school and started throwing them at kids in recess," Gosling later told McLean's magazine. He was suspended for this dangerous re-enactment, but he continued to be inspired by the movies he saw.
Ryan Gosling caught his first big break in 1993, when he joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, a variety show for young people. He sang, danced and acted alongside such future stars as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. "I went through puberty in a theme park," Gosling explained to Esquire magazine about his years on the show filmed at Walt Disney World in Florida. "I'm grateful. That place was a landscape to me. I had adventures every day."
After the show was canceled in 1995, Gosling went to work on other television series. He appeared in teen comedy Breaker High from 1997 to 1998 before quickly moving on to a more mythical role. At the age of 17, Gosling moved to Los Angeles to star as the title character in the popular teen series Young Hercules.
For his film debut, Gosling had a supporting role in the sports drama Remember the Titans (2000) starring Denzel Washington. But his first major film breakthrough came in 2001's The Believer. He played a Jewish neo-Nazi in this critically acclaimed film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. However, it wasn't until 2004 and his starring turn in the romantic blockbuster The Notebook opposite Rachel McAdams that mainstream audiences sat up and took notice. In 2006, he received raves for his role as Dan Dunne in Half Nelson. The intense and moving performance earned him a Best Actor Academy Award nomination.
Always one to tackle diverse roles, Gosling played a young prosecutor in Fracture (2007) opposite Anthony Hopkins. He went on to star as a shy, delusional man who forms a sincere attachment to a doll whom he sees as a human in the offbeat comedy Lars and the Real Girl (2007). For his performance, Gosling earned a Golden Globe nomination.
In recent years, Ryan Gosling has emerged as both serious actor with impressive range and as one of Hollywood's most popular sex symbols. He gave a strong performance opposite Michelle Williams in the 2010 independent romantic tragedy Blue Valentine, which followed the downward spiral of one couple.
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