Actor Ryan Gosling is yet another successful alumni of the Mouseketeers, and his versatility and ability to tackle tough roles have put him in the spotlight - becoming the only MMC-er to graduate from mouse ears to Oscar honors. Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in London, Ontario. Although he had no formal training as an actor, he began performing at an early age.
After auditioning for the 1990s incarnation of the Mickey Mouse Club, he got his mouse ears and performed alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake in the show's sixth and seventh seasons. After starring in a number of Canadian TV shows and the FOX Kids Network show Young Hercules, Ryan earned critical acclaim for his role as a Conservative Jew who becomes a Neo-Nazi in the groundbreaking indie film The Believer, which was based on a true story. The film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
After his powerful performance, Ryan was cast in such films as Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington and Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock. Ryan found his most widespread fame when he appeared in the multiple-tissue romance The Notebook in 2004 with Rachel McAdams (who was Ryan's off-screen leading lady for a few years). His portrayal of a drug-addicted inner-city junior high school teacher who forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students in the 2006 drama Half Nelson was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association award as best actor. He also won the Best Actor category at the Film Independent's Spirit Awards.
In 2007, Ryan played a district attorney who goes up against a devious Anthony Hopkins in Fracture and played a loner who falls in love with a sex doll in the offbeat comedy Lars and the Real Girl, which earned him nominations for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. There's no denying it, Ryan Gosling's got 'real' talent.
Here are some more fun facts about the big star: While growing up, Gosling had trouble at school and frequently got into fights with other students. He was bullied so often that his mother decided to home school him. He calls former girlfriend Rachel McAdams one of the "greatest loves of his life," but the director of The Notebook says the two argued often on (and off) the set of the movie. Both Rachel and Ryan are Canadians. His favorite type of music is jazz, and he loves singer Chet Baker. He lives in the neighborhood of Silverlake, Los Angeles.
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