For his performance in Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy, Ryan Hurst was just awarded the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
A remarkably versatile actor with marked skills behind the camera, Ryan is possibly best known for his breakout performance starring opposite Denzel Washington in Disney's mega-hit Remember the Titans, for which he also directed the film's second unit footage. Additional high-profile feature film roles include Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, the Coen Brothers' The Ladykillers with Tom Hanks, We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson, Patch Adams with Robin Willams, Rules of Engagement withSamuel L. Jackson and Disney's animated feature Rango with Johnny Depp. Recent independent film work includes starring alongside Alan Rickman in CBGB, the story of the birth of Punk Rock in America.
Some additional television credits include Steven Spielberg's Taken, TNT's action-packed cop drama Wanted and NBC's Emmy® award-winning Medium (three seasons, reoccurring).
On stage, Ryan's starring role in The Last Night of Ballyhoo with Rhea Pearlman and Rebecca Gayheart earned him the Best Performance in a Comedy award from Backstage West. The Viking Underground Repertory, Ryan's Equity Theater Production Company, debuted to rave reviews in 2004 with its newly adapted production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in which Hurst starred, directed and produced.
Ryan, along with his wife, Molly Cookson, own their own production company, Fast Shoes Productions.
Ryan recently directed two of the newly introduced Sons of Anarchy appisodes, available through iTunes, iPads and the iPod touch. He is also currently in pre-production on a feature film he wrote and is set to direct in 2013.