Ryan Stiles is an American-Canadian actor, comedian, film producer, and director. His long career as an entertainer has focused primarily on the genre of improvisational comedy. He is known for his work on the US and British adaptations of the improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? In 2013, Ryan Stiles resumed his service on Whose Line Is It Anyway? after a 7-year hiatus. (USA) again when the show was back on US television.
Ryan Stiles Biography, Age
The multi-talented comedian and actor were born on April 22, 1959, in Seattle, Washington, as Ryan Lee Stiles. He is the youngest of his parents 5 children. His father Sonny Stiles and his mother Irene are originally from Canada. At the age of 10, his family moved back to Vancouver, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. His mother was a full-time mother and his father worked as a foreman in a fish processing plant in Vancouver.
For his high school education, Ryan Stiles studied at the R.C. Palmer Junior Secondary School and the Richmond Senior Secondary in Richmond, British Columbia. As a high school student, young Stiles was a pretty excellent student. However, he enjoyed a high degree of independence, which meant that he dropped out of school only a few months before graduating.
Young Stiles began his career with stand-up comedy performances in various clubs in his hometown of Vancouver. Together with Rich Elwood, he co-founded the Punchlines Comedy Club. After that, he worked as lead author of the Don Harron Show on CTV and was also the host of the Comedy College of the CBC. He also routinely performed as an improvisational comedian with the Vancouver Theatresports League. Stiles later joined the highly acclaimed Second City Comedy Ensemble, and as a member of the group performed at the 1986 Vancouver World Expo.
Ryan Stiles came into the international limelight through his work on the British improvisational comedy Whose Line Is It Anyway? Stiles is the most productive actor the show has ever had, appearing in 76 of the show’s 136 episodes. His regular appearance on the show has earned him a huge fan base in the UK and numerous awards. The talented comedian also appeared regularly on the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004).
When Britain’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway? ended in 1998, ABC produced an American adaptation of the show with Ryan Stiles as executive producer and regular performer. The American version premiered on August 5, 1998, and Stiles appeared in every single episode of the series until its final season in 2006. For his brilliant work on the series, Ryan Stiles received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 as a solo performance in a variety or music program.
After a relatively long break, Whose Line Is It Anyway? returned to US television in the summer of 2013, where Ryan Stiles appeared alongside the other members of the original cast. In addition to his role as a regular performer, Stiles is also the executive producer of this latest revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? During the show’s intermission, the comedian played the recurring role of Dr. Herb Melnick in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men (2004-2015).
Most of Ryan Stiles’ television work is done on the small screen, but he also has a number of film contributions to his credit. In the early days of his career, Stiles starred in the Oscar-nominated animated short film Rainbow War in 1985. He also starred in the 1991 comedy Hot Shots! (1991) and the sequel Hot Shots! Part Two (1993). The talented actor also had short appearances in the comedies Murphy Brown, Mad About You (1992), Mad TV, and Dharma & Greg (2001). In July 2008 he had a guest appearance as Sergeant Clift in the TV series Reno 911 of Comedy Central!
Wife, Children, Family
Ryan Stiles is married to Patricia McDonald The couple met in 1981 when Patricia was still working as a waitress. The marriage was consummated in 1988, and since then the marriage has been relatively happy. The couple has three children, sons Sam and Mackenzie, and daughter Claire.
The family home of Ryan Stiles is located on Lake Samish, on the south side of Bellingham, Washington. There he founded a small theatre called the Upfront Theatre, dedicated to teaching live improvisational comedy.
Is Ryan Stiles Gay?
Looking at his relationship history, Ryan Stiles seems to be heterosexual. The only romantic involvement known to the public is his marriage to his wife Patricia McDonald. Beyond that, he has never even hinted at the fact that he’s gay. Stiles is, however, a strong supporter of the LGBT community.
Ryan Stiles’ career as a comedian, actor, and producer spans several decades. Through his many years of work, the veteran entertainer has gained a huge number of admiring fans around the world. As a celebrity, he also enjoyed numerous juicy sponsorship deals that saw him appear in commercials for major brands such as Nike, KFC, Pizza Hut, and others. Through his work on television in conjunction with a number of other business ventures, Ryan Stiles has been able to accumulate an impressive net worth of around $8 million.
Ryan Stiles Height
Ryan Stiles’ impressive height of 6′ 6″ happens to be one of his trademarks. His towering and lanky build has made him the focus of several of his co-star jokes on Who Line Is It Anyway? His eccentric choice of footwear is also attributed to his stature.