Ryan Hurst

Ryan Douglas Hurst is an American actor, known for his roles as Gerry Bertier in Disney's Remember the Titans, Sgt. Ernie Savage in We Were Soldiers, Tom Clarke in Taken, Opie Winston in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, Chick in Bates Motel, Li'l "Foster" Farrell in Outsiders, Beta in The Walking Dead, and Hector Bonner in Bosch.

Early life

Hurst was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Candace Kaniecki, an acting coach, and Rick Hurst, an actor. He attended Santa Monica High School.
He converted to Sikhism and his Sikh name is Gobind Seva Singh.


Growing up in a Hollywood family, Hurst made a very early start in show business, with a recurring role in the NBC teen situation comedy series . In the 1998 epic war film Saving Private Ryan, Hurst portrayed Mandelsohn, a paratrooper who, despite a temporary hearing loss, is able to communicate to Captain John H. Miller the approximate location of Private Ryan. Additionally, he appeared in the war film We Were Soldiers as Sgt. Ernie Savage, played the football player Lump Hudson in the black comedy thriller film The Ladykillers, and starred in the TNT police drama series Wanted. From 2005 to 2007, Hurst gained recognition for portraying the recurring role of Allison DuBois' half-brother, Michael Benoit, in NBC's supernatural procedural drama series Medium.
Hurst's big break came when he was cast as Opie Winston in the FX crime drama series Sons of Anarchy. Originally a recurring cast member in the first season, he was promoted to main cast member for the following season and went on to become a fan favorite. His character, newly released from a five-year prison stint and "living right", but not making ends meet, goes back to SAMCRO to provide for his family, despite his wife's objections and his knowing the risks. Hurst's portrayal of Opie earned him the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2011. Also in 2011, Hurst voiced Jedidiah in the animated box office hit Rango. He also stars in the WGN America series Outsiders. In August 2018, it was announced that he will star as Beta on AMC's The Walking Dead. His debut episode, "Guardians", premiered on March 3, 2019.

Personal life

Hurst and Molly Cookson met in 1994 and married in May 2005. Together, they founded the production company Fast Shoes. In April 2013, Hurst purchased a 3,400 square-foot home in Woodland Hills, California for $1.71 million.




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