Ryan Douglas Hurst


Ryan Douglas Hurst

Ryan Douglas Hurst was born June 19, 1976.

He is an American actor, best known for his roles as Gerry Bertier in Disney’s Remember the Titans.

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He can also be seen as Tom Clark in Taken, Opie Winston in the FX network drama series Sons of Anarchy.


as Sergeant Ernie Savage in We Were Soldiers,


and as Chick in Bates Motel.


Early life

Ryan Hurst was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Candace Kaniecki, an acting coach, and Rick Hurst, an actor known for his role as Deputy Cletus Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard.  He attended Santa Monica High School.

Ryan has three half brothers, Tad Hermann, Chapin Hermann and Collin Hurst.


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 Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

In the 1998 epic war drama film Saving Private Ryan, Hurst portrayed Mandelsohn, a paratrooper who, because of temporary hearing loss, cannot understand Captain Miller’s (Tom Hanks) questions about sighting Private Ryan, which forces Miller to ask the questions in writing.

Additionally, he appeared in the 2002 war film We Were Soldiers as Sgt. Ernie Savage, played the football player Lump Hudson in the black comedy thriller film The Ladykillers (2004)

and starred in the TNT police drama series Wanted (2005). 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 2011 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Also in 2011, Hurst voiced Jedidiah in the animated box office hit Rango. Also stars in the series, Outsiders.

It was announced in August 2018 that he was cast as Beta on The Walking Dead.

Personal life

In 1994, Hurst met Molly Cookson and the couple 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.



Year    Title    Role    Notes

  • 1997    The Postman   Eddie March
  • 1998    Patch Adams   Neil
  •            Saving Private Ryan   Paratrooper Mandelsohn
  • 2000    Rules of Engagement Captain Hustings
  •            Remember the Titans Gerry Bertier
  • 2001    Perfect Lover  Guy
  • 2002    Venus and Mars          Roberto
  •            We Were Soldiers      Sgt. Ernie Savage
  •            Lone Star State of Mind         Tinker
  • 2004    The Ladykillers          Lump Hudson
  • 2006    Noble Things  Kyle Collins
  • 2008    Chasing the Green      Ross Franklin
  • 2011    Rango  Jedidiah (voice)
  • 2013    CBGB Mad Mountain


Year    Title    Role    Notes

  • 1993    Saved by the Bell: The New Class     Crunch Grabowski
  • 1994    Beverly Hills, 90210   Student Actor  Episode: “Divas”
  • 1995–1996      Campus Cops  Wayne Simko
  • 1995    JAG     Dirk Grover    Episode: “Shadow”
  • 1996    Boston Common         Nikolai
  •            Wings Barry   Episode: “Too Beautiful for You”
  • 1999    L.A. Doctors   Kevn Raives
  • 2002    Touched by an Angel Doug   Episode: “Two Sides to Every Angel”
  •            John Doe         Elvis Braithwaite        Episode: “Mind Games”
  •           Taken  Adult Tom Clarke
  • 2004    Dr. Vegas        Steve   Episode: “All In”
  • 2005    House  Sam McGinley           Episode: “The Mistake”
  •           Wanted           Agent Jimmy McGloin
  • 2005–2007      Medium          Michael Benoit
  • 2006    Everwood        Ed Carnahan   Episode: “Across the Lines”
  •            CSI: Miami     Detective Michael Lloyd        Episode: “Curse of the Coffin”
  • 2007    Raines Marko Rossi   Episode: “Pilot”
  •            Heartland        Mark Evans     Episode: “Pilot”
  • 2008–2012      Sons of Anarchy         Opie Winston
  • 2011    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit   Doug Loveless            Episode: “Bombshell”
  • 2013    King & Maxwell        Edgar Roy
  • 2015–17          Bates Motel    Chick Hogan
  • 2015    Axe Cop          N/A     Episode: “Night Mission: The Extincter”
  • 2016–2017      Outsiders        Lil Foster Farrell
  • 2019    The Walking Dead      Beta

Awards and nominations

Year    Association     Category         Nominated work         Result

2011    16th Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film    Sons of Anarchy         Won


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