Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two-time Screen Actors Guild award-nominated Canadian actor. He is best known for his roles in The Notebook, Half Nelson, and Lars and the Real Girl.
Ryan Gosling was born in London, Ontario, Canada and raised in the small city of Cornwall. 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, Keri Russell, Nikki DeLoach, Tony Lucca, Lindsey Alley, Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake in the show's sixth and seventh seasons. Later he appeared in other television series including Flash Forward, Young Hercules, and Ron Oliver's Goosebumps and Breaker High.
His fame spread to the United States after he starred in the 2001 controversial drama The Believer. This success led to future films including Remember the Titans, The Slaughter Rule, and Murder by Numbers. Because of his turn as the romantic lead in the 2004 film The Notebook, Gosling was named one of People magazine's Fifty Hottest Bachelors and the Show West Male Star of Tomorrow.
In preparation for his role as Dan Dunne, a drug-addicted, junior high school history teacher in the 2006 film Half Nelson, Gosling moved to Brooklyn, shadowed a middle school teacher, and studied the Civil Rights Movement (a subject with which his character is fascinated. In March 2007, Gosling won the Best Actor category at the Spirit Awards for his role in the movie. For the same role he was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association award as best actor.
Recently, Gosling has starred in the film Fracture alongside Anthony Hopkins.
On December 13, 2007, Gosling was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor -Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Lars and the Real Girl. A week later, he was subsequently nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. He had also received a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination and won a Satellite Award for this performance as well. In February 2008, he was presented with the inaugural Independent Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
On January 12th, 2008, Courtney Love stated that Ryan Gosling would portray her former husband, Kurt Cobain, in his upcoming bio film. In January 2008, it was announced that Gosling would be appearing in a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, By Any Means Necessary.
He was in a relationship with his The Notebook co-star, fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams, but Gosling announced their breakup in the November 2007 issue of GQ. He calls Rachel one of the "greatest loves of his life". The have recently been seen kissing at a restaurant in 2008.