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Ryan Thomas Gosling, born as "Ryan Thomas Gosling" (born November 12 1980), is a Canadian actor, director, writer and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995), Goosebumps (1996), Breaker High (1997–98) and Young Hercules (1998–99). His first serious role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he then built a reputation for playing misfits in independent films such as Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003).Read Full Bio >>
Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the romantic drama The Notebook, for which he won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. His performance as a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006) was nominated for an Academy Award and his performance as a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Also in 2007, he starred in the courtroom thriller Fracture. After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in Blue Valentine, earning him a second Golden Globe nomination. 2011 proved to be a landmark year for the actor as he appeared in three mainstream films – the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March and the thriller Drive – and received two Golden Globe nominations. In 2013, he starred in the period crime feature Gangster Squad, and the generational drama The Place Beyond the Pines, and will next appear in the revenge film Only God Forgives.
Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. He is a co-owner of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. He is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children and the Enough Project and has travelled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions.
Gosling was born in London, Ontario and raised in the small city of Cornwall, the son of Donna, a secretary, and Thomas Gosling, a paper mill worker. His parents, who were Mormons, divorced when he was young. He had difficulty in school and often took part in fights with fellow students. His mother withdrew him from school and taught him at home from the age of ten. Gosling did not have a religious upbringing, he was free to explore and discover his own religious beliefs. After returning to the public system he went to Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, he ended up dropping out at the age of seventeen.
When Gosling first came to live in Los Angeles in 1997, he was given a place to stay at the West Hollywood apartment of Director Ron Oliver ("Goosebumps" & "Breaker High").
Gosling has had no formal training as an actor. His first acting experience was in the 1990s revival of "The Mickey Mouse Club", for which he auditioned on a whim at the age of thirteen. As a result, he appeared in the show alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake in the show's sixth and seventh seasons. Later he appeared in other television series including "Young Hercules" and "Breaker High". His fame spread to the United States after he starred in the 2001 controversial drama "The Believer", which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. This success led to future films including "Remember the Titans", "The Slaughter Rule", and "Murder by Numbers".
Gosling came to the attention of a mainstream audience in 2004 after starring opposite fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams in the romantic drama The Notebook, a film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel. Gosling portrayed Noah Calhoun and commented on the role: "It gave me an opportunity to play a character over a period of time – from 1940 to 1946 – that was quite profound and formative." Gosling sought to imbue his character with "quiet strength" and was inspired by the performance of Sam Shepard in Days of Heaven. Filming took place in Charleston, South Carolina, in late 2002 and early 2003. Although Gosling and McAdams became romantically involved in 2005, they had a combative relationship on set. "We inspired the worst in each other," Gosling has said. "It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your co-star in any way." At one point, Gosling asked director Nick Cassavetes to "bring somebody else in for my off-camera shot" because he felt McAdams was uncooperative. The New York Times praised the "spontaneous and combustible" performances of the two leads and noted that, "against your better judgment, you root for the pair to beat the odds against them." Desson Thomson of The Washington Post praised Gosling's "beguiling unaffectedness" and noted that "it's hard not to like these two or begrudge them a great love together". The film grossed over $115 million worldwide and, with adjustments for inflation, it remains the most commercially successful film of Gosling's career as of 2012. Gosling won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. Entertainment Weekly has said that the movie contains the All-Time Best Movie Kiss while the Los Angeles Times has included a scene from the film in a list of the 50 Classic Movie Kisses. The Notebook has appeared on many Most Romantic Movies lists.
In 2005, Gosling appeared as a disturbed young art student in Stay, a psychological thriller co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. In an uncomplimentary review of the film, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said that Gosling "like his fans, deserves better." Todd McCarthy of Variety felt that the "capable" McGregor and Gosling "deliver nothing new from what they've shown before". The film grossed $8 million worldwide. Gosling was unfazed by the negative reaction: "I had a kid come up to me on the street, 10 years old, and he says, 'Are you that guy from Stay? What the f--- was that movie about?' I think that's great. I'm just as proud if someone says, 'Hey, you made me sick in that movie,' as if they say I made them cry.” Gosling next starred in 2006's Half Nelson as a drug-addicted junior high school teacher who forms a bond with a young student. To prepare for the role, Gosling moved to New York for one month before shooting began. He lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn and spent time shadowing an eighth grade teacher. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described "a mesmerizing performance ... that shows the kind of deep understanding of character few actors manage." Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle drew comparisons with Marlon Brando and declared that "nobody who cares about great acting will want to miss his performance". Roger Ebert felt the performance "proves he's one of the finest actors working in contemporary movies." He was nominated for an Academy Award. The film grossed $4 million at the worldwide box office. In 2007, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Gosling played an introvert who falls in love with a sex doll in the gently comedic 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl. He drew inspiration from James Stewart's performance in Harvey. Roger Ebert felt "a film about a life-sized love doll" had been turned into "a life-affirming statement of hope" because of "a performance by Ryan Gosling that says things that cannot be said". Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post described his performance as "a small miracle ... because he changes and grows so imperceptibly before our eyes." However, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt "the performance is a rare miscalculation in a mostly brilliant career." He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film was a box office failure, failing to recoup its $12 million production budget. Gosling starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 2007 courtroom thriller Fracture. He originally turned down the role, but changed his mind when Hopkins signed on. He spent time shadowing lawyers and observing courtroom proceedings in preparation for the role. Claudia Puig of USA Today declared that "watching a veteran like Hopkins verbally joust with one of the best young actors in Hollywood is worth the price of admission". Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt it was a treat to watch "the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling ... Each actor is playing a pulp type rather than a fully formed individual, but both fill in the blanks with an alchemical mix of professional and personal charisma." The film grossed over $91 million worldwide.
Gosling was due to begin filming The Lovely Bones in 2007. However, he left the production two days before filming began because of "creative differences" and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg. Gosling had been cast as the father of the murdered teenage girl and initially felt he was too young for the role. The director Peter Jackson and the producer Fran Walsh persuaded him that he could be aged with hair and make-up changes. Before shooting began, Gosling gained 60 pounds in weight and grew a beard in order to appear older. Walsh then "began to feel he was not right. It was our blindness, the desire to make it work no matter what." Gosling later said, ""We didn't talk very much during the preproduction process, which was the problem ... I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed." He has said the experience was "an important realisation for me: not to let your ego get involved. It's OK to be too young for a role."
Following a three-year absence from the big screen, Gosling starred in five movies in 2010 and 2011. "I’ve never had more energy,” Gosling has said. “I’m more excited to make films than I used to be. I used to kind of dread it. It was so emotional and taxing. But I’ve found a way to have fun while doing it. And I think that translates into the films.” He has also spoken of feeling depressed when not working. In 2010, he co-starred with Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance's directorial debut, Blue Valentine. The low-budget marital drama was mainly improvised and Gosling has said "you had to remind yourself you were making a film". Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle felt he "brings a preternatural understanding of people to his performance" while A.O. Scott of The New York Times found him "convincing as the run-down, desperate, older Dean, and maybe a bit less so as the younger version". Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly noted that he "plays Dean as a snarky working-class hipster, but when his anger is unleashed, the performance turns powerful." However, Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe felt the performance was an example of "hipsterism misdirected". He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. The film was a box office success, grossing over $12 million worldwide from a production budget of $1 million. Gosling's second on-screen appearance of 2010 was in All Good Things, a mystery film based on a true story. He played the role of New York real-estate heir Robert Durst, who was investigated for the disappearance of his wife (played by Kirsten Dunst). Gosling found the filming process to be a "dark experience" and did not undertake any promotional duties for the film. When asked if he was proud of the film, he replied, "I'm proud of what Kirsten does in the movie." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone felt he "gets so deep into character you can feel his nerve endings." Mick La Salle of the San Francisco Chronicle found the "chameleonic Gosling is completely convincing as this empty shell of a man". Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times felt that the film belonged to Dunst, but noted that Gosling "is good too". The film grossed $644,535 worldwide. Also in 2010, Gosling narrated and produced ReGeneration, a documentary that explores the cynicism in today’s youth towards social and political causes.
2011 saw Gosling expand his horizons by appearing in three diverse, high-profile roles. He appeared in his first comedic role in Crazy, Stupid, Love opposite Steve Carell and Emma Stone. Gosling took cocktail-making classes at a Los Angeles bar in preparation for his role as a smooth-talking ladies' man. Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post said his "seductive command presence suggests we may have found our next George Clooney". Peter Travers declared him "a comic knockout" while Claudia Puig of USA Today felt he reveals a "surprising" "knack for comedy." He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film was a box office success, grossing over $142 million worldwide. With adjustments for inflation, it is the second most successful of Gosling's career. Gosling's first action role was in Drive, based on a novel by James Sallis. Gosling portrayed a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver and he has described the film as a "violent John Hughes movie": "I always thought if Pretty in Pink had head-smashing it would be perfect". Roger Ebert compared Gosling to Steve McQueen and stated that he "embodies presence and sincerity ... he has shown a gift for finding arresting, powerful characters [and] can achieve just about anything. Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal pondered "the ongoing mystery of how he manages to have so much impact with so little apparent effort. It's irresistible to liken his economical style to that of Marlon Brando." The film was a box office success, grossing $70 million worldwide from a production budget of $15 million. In his final appearance of 2011, Gosling was directed by George Clooney in the political drama The Ides of March, in which he played an ambitious press secretary. Gosling partly decided to do the film to become more politically aware: "I'm Canadian and so American politics aren't really in my wheelhouse." Joe Morganstern of the Wall Street Journal said that Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman "are eminently well equipped to play variations on their characters' main themes. Yet neither actor has great material to conjure with in the script." In a generally tepid review, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times asserted that it was "certainly involving to see the charismatic Gosling verbally spar with superb character actors like Hoffman and [Paul] Giamatti." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle felt there was "one aspect to the character that Gosling can't quite nail down, that might simply be outside his sphere, which is idealism." He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. The film grossed $66 million worldwide.
In 2013's Gangster Squad, a crime drama, Gosling portrayed Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a 1940s LAPD officer who attempts to outsmart mob boss Mickey Cohen. He was reunited with Emma Stone as his love interest, after their earlier pairing in Crazy, Stupid Love. Stone has said she hopes they will find more projects to work together on. A.O. Scott of The New York Times described the film as an excuse for the cast "to earn some money trying out funny voices and suppressing whatever sense of nuance they might possess." Christy Lemire of the Boston Globe criticized Gosling's "weird, whispery voice" and his "barely developed, one-note" character. However, Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times felt that there was a "a seductive power" in the scenes shared by Gosling and Stone: "But like too much else in the film, it's a scenario that is only half played out."
In March 2013, he starred in The Place Beyond the Pines, a generational drama directed by Blue Valentine 's Derek Cianfrance. He portrayed Luke, a motorcycle stunt rider who robs banks in order to provide for his family. The shoot was described by Gosling as "the best experience I have ever had making a film." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian felt "Gosling gives his most open and engaging performance yet, his sleepy, woozy mannerisms developing into a complex interior world of hurt, resentment and disappointment." A. O. Scott of the New York Times praised the performance: "Mr. Gosling’s cool self-possession — the only thing he was allowed to display in “Drive” — is complicated, made interesting, by hints of childlike innocence and vulnerability." The film has grossed $35 million worldwide from a production budget of $15 million.
Gosling has two other films awaiting release. Gosling has completed shooting Only God Forgives, directed by Drive's Nicolas Winding Refn. The story revolves around Gosling's mother, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, who orders her son to avenge his brother's death. Gosling undertook Muay Thai training in preparation for the role and has described the script as "the strangest thing I’ve ever read". Gosling also filmed an appearance in a film Untitled Terrence Malick Project by Terrence Malick. The film costars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett. When asked to provide details of the film or his role, Gosling replied, "I can't comment. A 'Chatty Cathy' that one." Gosling had previously signed up to work with Malick in 2004 on the biographical film Che. However, Malick left the project to direct The New World and Gosling later dropped out with scheduling conflicts.
In the spring of 2013, Gosling will film his directorial debut How To Catch A Monster, a "fantasy noir" that is his own original screenplay. Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, and Matt Smith are attached to star in the film.
In 2007, Gosling made a solo recording called "Put Me in the Car" available for download on the Internet. Also that year, Gosling and his friend Zach Shields formed indie rock band Dead Man's Bones. The two first met in 2005 when Gosling was dating Rachel McAdams and Shields was dating her sister, Kayleen. They initially conceived of the project as a monster-themed musical but settled on forming a band when they realized putting on a stage production would be too expensive. They recorded their self-titled debut with the Silverlake Conservatory's Children's Choir and learned to play all the instruments themselves. Gosling contributed vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar and cello to the record. The album was released through ANTI- Records on October 6, 2009. Pitchfork Media was won over by the "unique, catchy and lovably weird record" while Prefix felt the album was "rarely kitschy and never inappropriate". However, Spin felt the album "doesn't reverse the rule that actors make dubious pop musicians" and Entertainment Weekly criticized its "cloying, gothic preciousness".
In September 2009, Gosling and Shields had a three-night residency at LA's Bob Baker Marionette Theater where they performed alongside dancing neon skeletons and glowing ghosts. They then conducted a thirteen-date tour of North America in October 2009, using a local children's choir at every show. Instead of an opening act, a talent show was held each night. In September 2010, they performed at Los Angeles' FYF Festival. In 2011, the actor spoke of his intentions to record a second Dead Man's Bones album. No children's choir will be featured on the follow-up album because "it's not very rock 'n' roll".
Gosling lives in New York City. He co-owns Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. He bought the restaurant on an impulse and said he spent "all [his] money" on it. He spent a year doing the renovation work himself and now oversees the restaurant's menus.
Gosling was arrested by LAPD officers on March 17, 2005. Gosling pleaded "no contest" to a misdemeanor charge of "exhibiting speed", despite being originally charged with "driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs" and "driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater." He was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $849 in fines.
Gosling dated American actress Sandra Bullock for a year from 2002 to 2003. He had a two-year relationship with fellow Canadian actress Rachel McAdams from mid-2005 to mid-2007. They briefly reunited in the summer of 2008. He dated Blake Lively in late 2010 and Olivia Wilde in early 2011. Gosling has been in a relationship with American actress and model Eva Mendes since September 2011.<< Less Bio
|2012||Empire Awards, UK||Best Actor||Drive (2011/I).||Nominated|
|2012||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical||Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011).||Nominated|
|2012||London Critics Circle Film Awards||Actor of the Year||Drive (2011/I).||Nominated|
|2012||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Drive (2011/I).||Nominated|
|2012||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best International Actor||Drive (2011/I).||Won|
|2012||Rembrandt Awards||Best International Actor||Drive (2011/I).||Nominated|
|2012||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Actor of the Year||Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), Drive (2011/I) and The Ides of March (2011).||2nd place|
|2012||MTV Movie Awards||Best Gut-Wrenching Performance||Drive (2011/I).||Nominated|
|2012||Australian Film Institute||Best Actor||The Ides of March (2011).||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Male Hottie||Nominated|
|2012||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The Ides of March (2011).||Nominated|
|2011||Deauville Film Festival||Won|
|2011||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Blue Valentine (2010).||Nominated|
|2011||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actor||Blue Valentine (2010).||Won|
|2011||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Motion Picture||Drive (2011/I).||Won|
|2011||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Blue Valentine (2010).||Nominated|
|2011||Prism Awards||Performance in a Feature Film||All Good Things (2010).||Nominated|
|2011||London Critics Circle Film Awards||Actor of the Year||Blue Valentine (2010).||Nominated|
|2011||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||Blue Valentine (2010).||Nominated|
|2010||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama||Blue Valentine (2010).||Nominated|
|2010||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Blue Valentine (2010).||Nominated|
|2008||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actor||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Nominated|
|2008||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Nominated|
|2008||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Nominated|
|2008||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Actor||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||2nd place|
|2008||Prism Awards||Performance in a Feature Film||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Nominated|
|2008||Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Fracture (2007) and Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Won|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Nominated|
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Won|
|2007||Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller||Fracture (2007).||Nominated|
|2007||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||3rd place|
|2007||Academy Awards, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Las Palmas Film Festival||Half Nelson (2006).||Won|
|2007||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Lars and the Real Girl (2007).||Nominated|
|2007||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Half Nelson (2006).||Won|
|2006||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||2nd place|
|2006||Seattle International Film Festival||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||Won|
|2006||Stockholm Film Festival||Half Nelson (2006).||Won|
|2006||Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||2nd place|
|2006||Toronto Film Critics Association Awards||Best Performance, Male||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2006||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2006||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama||Half Nelson (2006).||Nominated|
|2006||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Half Nelson (2006).||3rd place|
|2006||National Board of Review, USA||Breakthrough Performance - Male||Half Nelson (2006).||Won|
|2005||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||The Notebook (2004).||Won|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Drama||The Notebook (2004).||Won|
|2004||ShoWest Convention, USA||Male Star of Tomorrow||Won|
|2003||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Most Promising Performer||The Believer (2001) and Murder by Numbers (2002).||Nominated|
|2002||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||The Believer (2001).||Nominated|
|2001||Russian Guild of Film Critics||Best Foreign Actor||The Believer (2001).||Won|
"Gangster Squad" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals
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"Crazy, Stupid, Love." New York City Premiere - Arrivals
64th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Palme D'Or Winners Photocall
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68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Weinstein Company and Relativity Media's Afterparty - Arrivals