In 2012, remarkably versatile actor Ryan Hurst completed his five-year turn on FX Networks' mega hit Sons of Anarchy as the undisputed fan favorite Opie Winston. His performance shared the Satellite Awards win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television with Peter Dinklage in 2011.
Ryan is arguably best known for his breakout performance starring opposite Denzel Washington in Disney's mega-hit Remember the Titans, for which he also directed the film's second unit footage. Additional high-profile feature film roles include Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, the Coen Brothers' The Ladykillers with Tom Hanks, We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson, Patch Adams with Robin Williams, Rules of Engagement with Samuel L. Jackson and Disney's animated feature Rango with Johnny Depp.
Recent independent film work includes starring alongside Alan Rickman in CBGB, the story of the birth of Punk Rock in America, which is set for release in 2013. Ryan also recently starred in the short film Midnight Rider, written by Jordan Harper (The Mentalist) and produced and directed by Nina Corrado (The Mentalist).
Additional television credits include Steven Spielberg's Taken, TNT's action-packed cop drama Wanted and NBC's Emmy® Award-winning Medium (three seasons, reoccurring).
On stage, Hurst's starring role in The Last Night of Ballyhoo with Rhea Pearlman and Rebecca Gayheart earned him the Best Performance in a Comedy award from Backstage West. The Viking Underground Repertory, Hurst's Equity Theater Production Company, debuted to rave reviews in 2004 with its newly adapted production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in which Hurst starred, directed & produced.
Hurst, along with his wife, Molly Cookson, owns his own production company, Fast Shoes Productions.
Hurst recently directed two of the newly introduced Sons of Anarchy episodes. Hurst is currently in pre-production on a feature film he wrote and is set to direct in 2014.
Hurst is excited to return to TNT with a new hour-long drama King & Maxwell, playing Edgar Roy, an altogether unique human being who just so happens to live happily with Savant Syndrome and Autism, possessing an astonishing ability to process data.