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.
Most recently, he starred in Pinkville (dir. Steven Garbas), playing a broken and deeply haunted man who must outrun hit men, dirty cops, and other low-lifes while hunting a war criminal whom history has forgiven, but he cannot. Pinkville had its world premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival, where it was a finalist for Best Drama.
This summer he will be playing a supporting role in the Charles Manson biopic, Manson Rising, directed by Andrew Jones.