Ryan Donowho

Ryan Wayne Donowho (born September 20, 1980) is an American actor and musician.

Ryan Donowho
Ryan Wayne Donowho

(1980-09-20) September 20, 1980
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2001present
Parent(s)Wayne Donowho (father)
RelativesMatthew Donowho (brother)
Joseph Donowho (brother)
Brett Donowho (cousin)

Early life

Born in Houston, Texas, Donowho moved to Brooklyn, New York and then to Los Angeles. He was a street musician in New York City as a "bucket" drummer. Donowho was bucket drumming in New York City when he was discovered by a modeling agent. He has an older brother, Matthew and a younger brother, Joseph.


His movie debut was in 2001's The Car Thief and the Hit Man. Donowho co-starred alongside Emile Hirsch in The Mudge Boy. In 2003 he was featured as the drummer for a song in The Hermitt's "& The Story of The Insects". Donowho is known for his work in 2004's Imaginary Heroes with Emile Hirsch. In the film, Donowho plays a sexually ambiguous character.

Donowho's roles in Imaginary Heroes and later in A Home at the End of the World created for Donowho a positive relationship with the gay community. He appeared with brother Matthew at the 2004 Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival held annually in Los Angeles along with the cast and crew of A Home at the End of the World. He appeared in Bringing Rain with Rodrigo Lopresti and Alexis Dziena. For the third season of The O.C., the producers cast Donowho as Johnny Harper. Donowho played Stanley in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers With Candy but does not appear in the released version of the film.

Donowho appeared in the thriller film Altitude.[1] He played the lead character of Nathan in Rites of Passage.


2018FaithLeoShort film
2018Hollow BodyScottFeature film
2016SalvationVincent 'Vinnie' Randolph VanattaFeature film
2015Weepah Way for NowSydFeature film
2014In Love and WarUnnamed/Unknown roleShort film
2014The Ganzfelf HauntingElliotFeature film
2014Cabin Fever: Patient ZeroDobsFeature film
2013ChlorineHenryFeature film
2012Soldiers of FortuneErnestoFeature film
2012TransitEversFeature film
2012HatedMikeFeature film
2011Rites of PassageNathanFeature film
2011Grief, a ComedyVoice of Ex-BoyfriendShort film (voice only)
2011Blood OutDavid SavionFeature film, direct-to-video
2010AltitudeCoryFeature film
2010Prime of Your LifeKeithFeature film, additionally served as co-producer
2009BandslamBasher MartinFeature film
2008Cook CountyAbeFeature film, additionally served as producer
2007FlakesSkinny LarryFeature film
2007The Pacific and EddyEddyFeature film, additionally served as co-producer
2007SleepwalkersDrummer who works as Bicycle MessengerShort film
2006The FavorJohnny 6Feature film
2006In From the NightSnakemanTelevision film
200506The O.C. Johnny HarperRecurring role • Season 3 (11 episodes)
2005Broken FlowersYoung Man on BusFeature film
2005Strangers with CandyStanleyFeature film, uncredited role
2004Imaginary HeroesKyle DwyerFeature film, additional wrote and performed "Drug Day Afternoon" (soundtrack)
2004A Home at the End of the WorldCarlton MorrowFeature film
2003Bringing RainAtlee SurnamerFeature film
2003Rhythm of the SaintsZaneFeature film
2003The Mudge BoyScottyFeature film
2001The Car Thief and the Hit ManCar ThiefShort film


Donowho is the recipient of several awards; he was awarded twice for his role in the 2006 film The Favor at the San Diego Film Festival[2], receiving the Festival Award, and the Achievement in Acting Award, both for Best Actor. For his portrayal in the 2016 film Salvation, he was received the award for Best Actor at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.


  1. "Anchor Bay Gains 'Altitude'", bloody-disgusting.com; accessed July 10, 2015.
  2. "san diego film festival 2007: award winners". web.archive.org. 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
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