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Ryan Kwanten
Date of Birth
November 28, 1976 (1976-11-28) (age 37)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ryan Kwanten is an Australian actor who plays the role of Jason Stackhouse on True Blood. He was part of the initial starring cast and remains a starring cast member for the seventh, and final, season.


Ryan Kwanten was born in Sydney, New South Wales to Eddie Kwanten, a worker at NSW Maritime, and Kris, a lifeline op-shop coordinator. He is of Dutch ancestry on his father's side. Ryan has two brothers, Mitchell, who is a musician and Lloyd, who is a doctor. He attended Catholic school. Ryan began acting on the TV shows A Country Practice, Hey Dad..! and Spellbinder. In 1997, he joined the cast of the Australian soap opera Home and Away, playing lifeguard Vinnie Patterson.

He eventually chose to leave the series in 2002, shortly after his character married and became a father. Moving to the United States, Ryan was cast as Jay Robertson in the Lori Loughlin-starring series Summerland, which ran from 2004 to 2005. He appeared in the films Flicka, with Maria Bello, Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, and Dead Silence, a horror movie in which he played the leading role.

Ryan made an appearance in a Law and Order: SVU episode that aired on 2 December 2008, in which he portrayed US Marine Corps Master Sergeant Dominic Pruitt who was (falsely) accused of raping and murdering a fellow Marine who was pregnant.

In 2009, he starred in the film Don't Fade Away with Mischa Barton and Beau Bridges.

Kwanten currently plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, an HBO television series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries.


Selected filmographyEdit


  • Knights of Badassdom (2012)
  • 7500 (2012)
  • Not Suitable for Children (2012)* Truckstop (2011)
  • Zebras (2011)
  • Griff the Invisible (2011)
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls og Ga'Hoole (voice) (2010)
  • Red Hill (2010)
  • Don't Fade Away (2010)
  • Dead Silence (2007)
  • Flicka (2006)
  • America Brown (2004)
  • Liquid Bridge (2003)
  • Signal One (1994)

Television appearancesEdit

  • New Girl (2012)
  • Rake (2010)
  • True Blood (2008-Present)
  • Summerland (2004)
  • Home and Away (1998)
  • Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord (1997)
  • A Country Practice (1992)

True Blood AccoladesEdit

  • Nominated for the Scream Award for Best Horror Actor (season 1)
  • Named Entertainment Weekly's Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (season 2)
  • Nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi (season 2)

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Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "The Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"
Season two appearances
"Nothing but the Blood" "Keep This Party Going" "Scratches" "Shake and Fingerpop"
"Never Let Me Go" "Hard-Hearted Hannah" "Release Me" "Timebomb"
"I Will Rise Up" "New World in My View" "Frenzy" "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"
Season four appearances
"She's Not There" "You Smell Like Dinner" "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" "I'm Alive and on Fire"
"Me and the Devil" "I Wish I Was the Moon" "Cold Grey Light of Dawn" "Spellbound"
"Let's Get Out of Here" "Burning Down the House" "Soul of Fire" "And When I Die"
Season five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Sunset" "Save Yourself"
Season six appearances
"Who Are You, Really?" "The Sun" "You're No Good" "At Last"
"F**k the Pain Away" "Don't You Feel Me" "In the Evening" "Dead Meat"
"Life Matters" "Radioactive"
Season seven appearances
"Jesus Gonna Be Here" "I Found You" "Fire in the Hole" "Death is Not the End"
"Lost Cause" "Karma" "May be the Last Time" "Almost home"
"Love is to Die" "Thank you"
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