Ryan Kessler was born in New York City and spent various parts
of his childhood in Michigan, upstate New York, and eventually
Ryan began his acting career in the theater, appearing in
Sideman (Meetinghouse Rep.); A Few Good Men and A Comedy
of Errors (River Rep.), A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story
(Hartford Stage Company), and Sixteen Wounded (Long Wharf
A few years ago Ryan decided to shift his focus to film, and quickly
grabbed a principal role in his first feature, What I Want (dir. Andy
Blood). He went onto play leading roles in Happy Birthday (dir.
Jonathon Zelenak), Practice (dir. Hue Rhodes), and SubterraNYa
(dir. Philip Farha). He also played a supporting role in the mockumentary One Per Cent (dir. David Parker), which won the Audience Award at the Vail Film Festival, and starred in Pinkville playing a deranged ex history professor outrunning a gambling debt while stalking a pardoned war criminal. Pinkville had it's world premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival where it a finalist for Best Drama, and it's European premiere at the Rome Independent Film Festival.
Recently, Ryan appeared on The Vampire Diaries, and will be seen in the WE network's new series, South of Hell, in 2015.