Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman. Ryan was the second of their two children. His ancestry is French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish, and German. The Gosling family moved to Cornwall, Ontario, where Ryan grew up and was home-schooled by his mother. Ryan attended Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational High School in Cornwall, where he excelled in Drama and Fine Arts. The family then relocated to Burlington, Ontario, where Ryan attended Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario.
Ryan first performed as a singer at talent contests with his older sister Mandi. He attended an open audition in Montreal for the TV series "The Mickey Mouse Club" (MMC (1989)) in January 1993 and beat out 17,000 other aspiring actors for a a spot on the show. While appearing on "MMC" for two years, he lived with co-star Justin Timberlake's family.
Though he received no formal acting training, after "MMC," Gosling segued into an acting career, appearing on the TV series Young Hercules (1998) and Breaker High (1997), as well as the films The Slaughter Rule (2002), Murder by Numbers (2002), and Remember the Titans (2000). He first attracted serious critical attention with his performance as the Jewish neo-Nazi in the controversial film The Believer (2001), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. He was cast in the part by writer-director Henry Bean, who believed that Gosling's strict upbringing gave him the insight to understand the character Danny, whose obsessiveness with the Judaism he was born into turns to hatred. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Male Lead in 2002 for the role and won the Golden Aries award from the Russian Guild of Film Critics.
After appearing in the sleeper Jurnalul (2004) in 2004, Gosling won the dubious honor of being named one of the 50 Hottest Bachelors by People Magazine. More significantly, he was named the Male Star of Tomorrow at the 2004 Show West convention of movie exhibitors.
Gosling reached the summit of his profession with his performance in Half Nelson (2006), which garnered him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. In a short time, he has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.
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Often plays quiet, emotionally distant characters
Frequently wears wristwatches off and on screen.
Is an accomplished jazz guitarist and a fan of Chet Baker; started a band with his friend Zach Shields
called Dead Man's Bones.
Parents are Thomas and Donna Gosling.
Has an older sister named Mandi.
First break came in January 1993 when open auditions were held in Montreal for MMC
Ryan went to Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Was taken out of elementary school as a child and taught at home by his mother because of constant abuse from other students.
Has a dog named George.
Built the kitchen table featured in Jurnalul
(2004) in preparation for his role as Noah.
Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors 
Beat out 17,000 people for a place in MMC
(1989) in January 1993.
He was named the 2004 Sho West Male Star of Tomorrow.
Born in London, Ontario, and moved soon after to Cornwall, Ontario, where he was raised. Then moved to Burlington, Ontario, during his high school years.
Born in the same hospital as his Jurnalul
(2004) co-star Rachel McAdams
-- St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario -- though he's younger.
Has released a song titled "Put Me in the Car", which can be found on his website.
With two of his friends, he has opened a Moroccan restaurant called Tagine in Beverly Hills, California.
Was in a relationship with Rachel McAdams
twice, having met on the set of Jurnalul
(2004). They were originally together from June 2005 to July 2007 before reconciling in August 2008, only to separate a second time in November 2008.
In school, his nickname was Trouble.
He moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 16.
Took his mother and his sister to the Oscars in 2007.
Traveled to Chad in 2005 to make a documentary on the Darfur refugees living there.
One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.
Was originally cast as Jack Salmon in The Lovely Bones
(2009), but after dropping out of the project a day before shooting began, Mark Wahlberg
was cast instead.
Was ranked #23 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
According to an interview in GQ, he was the only Mickey Mouse Club cast member that didn't live in the same complex as all the other cast members and their families. He and his family lived in a nearby trailer park and he was the family's only source of income.
Ryan drives the same color and year model 2011 Chevy Impala in both Drive and Ides of March.
Unlike many successful actors near his age, he has no entourage and few close friends. He admits to often preferring solitude while not working, attributing it to his autonomous latter childhood.
He first saw Blue Velvet
(1986) when he was 14 years old. This movie left a strong impression on him.
Born at 2:34 PM.
He is of roughly half French-Canadian ancestry (from both of his parents combined), along with English, Scottish, and German. The "Gosling" surname originates in England, where Ryan's great-great-grandfather, George Edward Gosling, was born (in Paddington).
Touring the U.S. and Canada with his band, Dead Man's Bones, in support of their debut album. [October 2009]
He and Benicio Del Toro
are making tentative plans to visit the jungle in Bolivia, to learn a few survival skills first-hand for Che: Part Two
(2008) (aka "Che"). [August 2004]
New York City: Announces that he plans to take an unspecified "break" from acting because he feels as if he has "lost perspective on what I'm doing." [March 2013]
Became a father for the 1st time at age 33 when his girlfriend Eva Mendes
gave birth to their daughter Esmeralda Amada Gosling on September 12, 2014.
A series of videos, entitled "Ryan Gosling
Won't Eat His Cereal", which feature clips from various Gosling films with a spoonful of cereal superimposed over the footage, went viral in 2013, receiving millions of views on Vine and YouTube. When the creator of the videos, Ryan McHenry
, passed away from osteosarcoma in May 2015, Gosling posted his own video on Vine, in which he can be seen eating a bowl of cereal in tribute to McHenry. He also offered his public condolences to McHenry's family.
Appeared in two films with Michelle Williams (I): The United States of Leland
(2003) and Blue Valentine
(2010). They lived together for four weeks while filming Blue Valentine in a house in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 35 when his girlfriend Eva Mendes
gave birth to their daughter Amada Lee Gosling on April 29, 2016.
Has starred in four films specifically set in Los Angeles (Drive, Gangster Squad, The Nice Guys, and La La Land). Additionally, he has starred in seven films set in New York (The Believer, Stay, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Place Beyond the Pines, and The Big Short).
By fans in public, he often gets confused for fellow Canadian actor named Ryan, Ryan Reynolds.