Ryan Cooley

Mostly Credited As: Ryan Cooley
Birth Name: Ryan Cooley
Date Of Birth: May 18, 1988 (Age 28)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: Orangeville, Ontario
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Ryan Cooley

Ryan Cooley, who is most famous for his role as J.T. Yorke on Degrassi: The Next Generation, was born in Orangeville, Ontario on May 18, 1988, and is the son of musician Charlie Cooley. When he was young, Ryan aspired to be an actor. His first role was Daniel King in the television movie Happy Christmas, Miss King, which was ironically directed by Degrassi director Stefan Scaini, and also starred his Degrassi co-star (who he would later work with on I Was a Sixth Grade Alien) Lauren Collins. His first starring role was in I Was a Sixth Grade Alien, where Ryan starred in the title role, Pleskitt the Alien, which starred Daniel Clark, who went on to Degrassi with Ryan and Lauren. The next year [2000], Ryan had a small part in the Emmy winning television movie The Color of Friendship. He guest -starred in a series of other shows, until he auditioned for the role of Toby Isaacs on Degrassi. Based on his audition, the crew decided to create a character specifically for him named J.T. Yorke. Ryan is friends with the majority of his former cast members, and was even rumored to be dating his co-star Miriam McDonald. He was on Degrassi until the sixth season, when his character was murdered in a random act of violence. Ryan is currently studying theater at the University of Toronto, and plans on auditioning for other projects as well.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Degrassi (2001)As: James Tiberius "J.T." Yorke (S01-S06)
I Was a Sixth Grade Alien! (1999)As: Pleskit
Episode Cast Credits 

Life with Derek (2005) 
  The Poxfather 01x07: (Nov/06/2005) As Frank 

Degrassi Unscripted (2004) 
  Degrassi Unscripted: Miriam McDonald (Emma) 01x01: (Aug/27/2004) As Himself 

Lexx (1997) 
  P4X 04x03: (Jul/27/2001) As Digby 
  Texx Lexx 04x02: (Jul/20/2001) As Digby 
  Little Blue Planet 04x01: (Jul/13/2001) As Digby 

Queer as Folk (US) (2000) 
  The Ties That Bind 01x15: (Apr/01/2001) As Hank Cameron 

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992) 
  The Tale of the Silver Sight (3) 07x03: (Apr/02/2000) As Waif Kid 
  The Tale of the Silver Sight (2) 07x02: (Apr/02/2000) As Waif Kid 
  The Tale of the Silver Sight (1) 07x01: (Apr/02/2000) As Waif Kid 

Real Kids, Real Adventures (1998) 
  Amy to the Rescue 02x04: (Apr/05/1999) As Bud Toole 
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Ryan also auditioned for the role of Toby (Degrassi).

Was in Disney movie: "The Color of Friendship"

Wants to be a pilot.

Likes to play basketball.

Nominated for a Young Artist Award (LA) in the category of Best Performance In a TV Comedy Series(2002)

His father, Charlie Cooley, is a drummer for the Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter

His father used to be in the band Prairie Oyster.

He is 5' 7".

Ryan likes listening to rat pack music, which includes Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

He is a fan of rock music.

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Ryan Cooley Quotes
Ryan Cooley: The entertainment business in general is really hard, the failure rate is really high. There's an element of luck that goes along with it, and I have been very lucky, and I'm very grateful for my experiences. You just have to have the drive to do it. It can be a very tough business because of the fact that failure rate is so high, and you have to be able to take that, and understand that it's nothing personal, it's just the way it is. It's always been like that, so I consider myself very lucky, and I'm very grateful.