10 Facts about Ryan Lane You Didn’t Know
written by: Braby2014
With his trademark good looks and on-screen warmth, Ryan Lane is an up-and-coming star to look out for. The deaf actor began his career when he was nineteen, and is perhaps best known for his recurring role on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, the story of two teenagers who were swapped at birth and brought up in very different home environments. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Ryan Lane.
Ryan Lane didn’t always want to be an actor. In fact, he showed an interest in becoming an auto mechanic, and was thinking of studying at the Universal Technical Institute located in Rachno Cucamonga, California. Lane still has a keen interest in mechanics and motorcycles.
You probably know Ryan from his role as Cincinnati Reds player Williams Ellsworth Hoy in Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero, the biography series on the Documentary Channel. But did you know he got his big break when director David Risotto spotted a photo of Lane in his football uniform on the wall at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside? The director had been looking for a young man who could play a center-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds on camera who had the athletic abilities and “look” to perfect the role.
Look out for Ryan in the 2014 feature film Veronica Mars where he has a small cameo role.
Lane won the RJ Mitte Diversity Award at the Media Access Awards in 2013 for his portrayal of Travis in the popular ABS series Switched at Birth. The ceremony – which celebrates positive depictions of disability in the media – took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
In 2007, Ryan graduated from the California School for the Deaf, Riverside.
Ryan has spent his free time involved with Dogs for the Deaf, a charity which helps to train shelter dogs to become assistance animals for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
When he gets some free time away from acting, Ryan loves to play sports. His favorites include wrestling, swimming, baseball, football and snowboarding. However, he had to learn how to bat left-handed for Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero – something which took a little bit of practice! Most of the show was filmed on location in Southern California.
Ryan’s parents divorced when was 8 years old, and spent the rest of his childhood splitting his time between his mother and father.
Lane had a serious accident on a dirt bike in September 2006, which nearly left him paralyzed. Ryan fractured his lower spine and left femur, and had to have steel screws and rods inserted to replace the broken spine. The accident took place in Pismo Beach, California.
Ryan guest-starred in the popular medical drama series House, which stars Hugh Laurie and airs on Fox. Lane played Seth Miller, a high-school wrestler, in an episode entitled “House Divided” which aired in 2009.
Ryan is a huge animal lover, and as well as his work for Dogs for the Deaf, he supports a number of animal-related charities. An organization close to his heart is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – a Washington-based charity that helps to protect marine life.
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