Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse

October 26, 2008 by  

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse. Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse. Photo Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

Ryan Kwanten as Sookie’s brother Jason Stackhouse.  Ryan Kwanten (born 28 November 1976) is an Australian actor.

Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Ryan Kwanten has positioned himself as one of Hollywood’s most promising talents as his career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects.

This fall, Ryan can be seen starring alongside Academy Award winner Anna Paquin in the highly anticipated new HBO series “True Blood,” from creator Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). Based on the book series “Southern Vampire” by Charlaine Harris, the show follows the world of vampires, who are able to co-exist with humans by drinking a Japanese-manufactured synthetic blood. Ryan’s additional television credits include the role of Jay Robertson in the critically acclaimed Warner Bros. series “Summerland,” which ran for two seasons. He was also a lead in the ESPN original movie “The Junction Boys.”

Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Ryan recently finished working on the Luke Kasdan feature film “Don’t Fade Away” opposite Mischa Barton. His other feature film credits include “Flicka”, a Twentieth Century Fox film in which he starred opposite Tim McGraw, Maria Bello and Alison Lohman, the title role in “American Brown,” which received the Audience Award for Best Film at the Montreal Film Festival, “Liquid Bridge,” nominated for Best Picture at the Australian Film Festival and the newly released “Dead Silence” directed by James Wan (writer/director of Saw).

A native of Australia, Ryan began his acting career while attending Sydney University, where he earned a degree in business. He starred in numerous feature films and television shows and gained international notoriety when he joined the cast of the long-running popular Australian series “Home and Away.” A published writer, Ryan is currently working on a new book.

An accomplished athlete, Ryan qualified for the world Biathlon in Sweden in 2006 and Italy 2007 after winning the LA Biathlon series two years running. He is a qualified yoga instructor and spends his free time bike riding, surfing and has a passion for completing triathlons.