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Ryan Kwanten (born 28 November 1976 ) is an Australian actor. He played Vinnie Patterson from 1997 to 2002 on Australian soap-opera Home and Away. After his stint ended he joined the teen-oriented drama, Summerland portraying Jay Robertson.In 2008 he was cast as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.

Life and career

Kwanten was born in Sydney, New South Walesmarker of Flemish (Belgianmarker) descent. Kwanten began acting on the television shows A Country Practice and Spellbinder. In 1997, he joined the cast of the Australian soap opera Home and Away, playing lifeguard Vinnie Patterson. Kwanten starred on the show for several years, becoming a sex symbol. He eventually chose to leave the series in 2002, shortly after his character married and became a father. Moving to the United Statesmarker, Kwanten was cast as Jay Robertson in the Lori Loughlin-starring series Summerland, which ran from 2004 to 2005. He appeared in the films Flicka, with Maria Bello, Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, and Dead Silence, a horror movie in which he played the leading role. In 2009 he will star in the film Don't Fade Away with Mischa Barton and Beau Bridges.

Kwanten currently plays the role of Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, an HBO television series based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. He was nominated for a 2009 Scream Award for his role as Jason Stackhouse. As Jason Stackhouse, Kwanten has become known for his numerous sex scenes, including several that show him nude from the rear.

Kwanten also made an appearance in a Law and Order: SVU episode that aired on December 2, 2008, in which he portrays US Marine Corps Master Sergeant Dominic Pruitt who is (falsely) accused of raping and murdering a fellow marine and murdering her unborn baby.

Kwanten also appears in the limited-edition coffee table book ("About Face") by celebrity photographer John Russo and Pixie press Worldwide publishers.


Year Title Role
2008-present True Blood Jason Stackhouse
2008 Oh! So Cosmo Himself
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Master Sgt. Pruett (guest)
2004-2005 Summerland Jay Robertson
2004 Tru Calling Jake Voight
2003 The Handler Varnes
2002 The Weakest Link Himself
2002 The Junction Boys Claude Gearheart
2001 The Big Breakfastmarker Himself
1997-2004 Home and Away Vinnie Patterson
1997 Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord Josh Morgan
1996 Water Rats Nipper
1995 Echo Point Athan Potter
1994 Hey Dad..! Richard
1993 G.P. Scott Browning
1992 A Country Practice Ben Lloyd


Year Title Role
2010 Guardians of Ga'Hoole Kludd Alba
2010 Griff the Invisible Griff
2009 Don't Fade Away Jackson White
2007 Dead Silence Jamie Ashen
2006 Flicka Howard McLaughlin
2004 America Brown Ricky


  1. The Internet Movie Database
  2. "Scream 2009 Best Horror Actor" Retrieved on 2009-09-01.
  4. Metro Source LA magazine

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