Ryan Hurst

Ryan Hurst

Born Ryan Douglas Hurst
(1976-06-19) June 19, 1976
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Molly Cookson (m. 2005)
Parent(s) Rick Hurst (father)

Ryan Douglas Hurst[1] (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Gerry Bertier in Disney's Remember the Titans, Tom Clark in Taken, and Opie Winston in the FX network drama series Sons of Anarchy.

Early life

Hurst was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Candace Kaniecki, an acting coach, and Rick Hurst, an actor.[2] He attended Santa Monica High School.[3]


Growing up in a Hollywood family, Hurst made a very early start in the show business, with a recurring role in the NBC teen situation comedy series Saved by the Bell: The New Class.[4] In the 1998 epic war drama film Saving Private Ryan, Hurst portrayed Mandelsohn, a paratrooper who, because of temporary hearing loss, cannot understand Captain Miller's (Tom Hanks) questions about sighting Private Ryan, which forces Miller to ask the questions in writing. Additionally, he appeared in the 2002 war film We Were Soldiers as Sgt. Ernie Savage, played the football player Lump Hudson in the black comedy thriller film The Ladykillers (2004), and starred in the TNT police drama series Wanted (2005). From 2005 to 2007, Hurst gained recognition for portraying the recurring role of Allison DuBois' half-brother, Michael Benoit, in NBC's supernatural procedural drama series Medium.

Hurst's big break came when he was cast as Opie Winston in the FX crime drama series Sons of Anarchy. Originally a recurring cast member in the first season, he was promoted to main cast member for the following season, and has since become a fan favorite. His character, newly released from a five-year prison stint and "living right", but not making ends meet, goes back to SAMCRO to provide for his family, despite his wife's objections and his knowing the risks. Hurst's portrayal of Opie earned him the 2011 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. Also in 2011, Hurst voiced Jedidiah in the animated box office hit Rango.

Personal life

In 1994, Hurst met Molly Cookson, and the couple were wed in May 2005.[5][6] Together, they founded the production company Fast Shoes.[7] In April 2013, Hurst purchased a 3,400 square-foot home in Woodland Hills, California for $1.71 million.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Postman Eddie March
1998 Patch Adams Neil
1998 Saving Private Ryan Paratrooper Mandelsohn
2000 Rules of Engagement Captain Hustings
2000 Remember the Titans Gerry Bertier
2001 Perfect Lover Guy
2001 Venus and Mars Roberto
2002 We Were Soldiers Sgt. Ernie Savage
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Tinker
2004 The Ladykillers Lump Hudson
2006 Noble Things Kyle Collins
2008 Chasing the Green Ross Franklin
2011 Rango Jedidiah (voice)
2013 CBGB Mad Mountain


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Crunch Grabowski 2 episodes
1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Student Actor Episode: "Divas"
1995–96 Campus Cops Wayne Simko 9 episodes
1995 JAG Dirk Grover Episode: "Shadow"
1996 Boston Common Nikolai 2 episodes
1996 Wings Barry Episode: "Too Beautiful for You"
1999 L.A. Doctors Kevn Raives 2 episodes
2002 Touched by an Angel Doug Episode: "Two Sides to Every Angel"
2002 John Doe Elvis Braithwaite Episode: "Mind Games"
2002 Taken Adult Tom Clarke 5 episodes
2004 Dr. Vegas Steve Episode: "All In"
2005 House Sam McGinley Episode: "The Mistake"
2005 Wanted Agent Jimmy McGloin 13 episodes
2005–07 Medium Michael Benoit 3 episodes
2006 Everwood Ed Carnahan Episode: "Across the Lines"
2006 CSI: Miami Detective Michael Lloyd Episode: "Curse of the Coffin"
2007 Raines Marko Rossi Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Heartland Mark Evans Episode: "Pilot"
2008–12 Sons of Anarchy Opie Winston 54 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Doug Loveless Episode: "Bombshell"
2013 King & Maxwell Edgar Roy 10 episodes
2015–present Bates Motel Chick Hogan 10 episodes
2016 Outsiders Little Foster 13 episodes


  1. Foley, F. Kathleen (July 23, 2004). "Same inmates, different asylum in this 'Nest'". Los Angeles Times.
  2. "Ryan Hurst Biography (1976-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  3. "Ryan Hurst Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  4. "Ryan Hurst Biography". Yahoo! Movies Canada. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  5. "A Tour of Ryan Hurst's Woodland Hills House". ICouldLiveHere.org. July 26, 2013.
  6. Rice, Lynette (November 26, 2012). "'Son of Anarchy' star Ryan Hurst shaves his beard on camera for fans". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. Sherman, Catherine (July 18, 2013). "'Sons of Anarchy' Star Buys Woodland Hills Home". Zillow.com.
  8. "'Sons of Anarchy' Star Ryan Hurst - Drops $1.7 Million ... On Mansion To Die For". TMZ.com. July 18, 2013.
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