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Also Known As: Ryan Allen Sheckler, Ryan Scheckler Died:
Born: December 30, 1989 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Clemente, California, USA Profession: reality TV star, professional skateboarder

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Often called the Bobby Fischer of skateboarding, Ryan Sheckler leaped from obscurity to stardom before he even started high school. At the age of 13, the Southern California native became the youngest skater to win a professional competition at the Slam City Jam in Vancouver, Canada. He won multiple medals at the largest extreme sports competitions throughout his career, including the X Games, the Vans Triple Crown and Gravity Games. Sheckler gained mainstream recognition after starring in his own reality series, "Life of Ryan" (MTV, 2007-09), which documented the happy-go-lucky teen's life at home and with friends. He then made his big screen debut in "Tooth Fairy" (2009), where he co-starred with Dwayne Johnson - another successful athlete-turned-actor - which proved that Sheckler was on his way to becoming as much of a superstar onscreen as he was on four wheels.Born on Dec. 30, 1989 in San Clemente, CA, Sheckler - nicknamed "Shecky" by friends and family - began rolling around on his father's old skateboard when he was just 18 months old. At six years of age, he began doing tricks at the skate park built in his family's backyard, including one he invented called the "Shecklair," which involved an...

Often called the Bobby Fischer of skateboarding, Ryan Sheckler leaped from obscurity to stardom before he even started high school. At the age of 13, the Southern California native became the youngest skater to win a professional competition at the Slam City Jam in Vancouver, Canada. He won multiple medals at the largest extreme sports competitions throughout his career, including the X Games, the Vans Triple Crown and Gravity Games. Sheckler gained mainstream recognition after starring in his own reality series, "Life of Ryan" (MTV, 2007-09), which documented the happy-go-lucky teen's life at home and with friends. He then made his big screen debut in "Tooth Fairy" (2009), where he co-starred with Dwayne Johnson - another successful athlete-turned-actor - which proved that Sheckler was on his way to becoming as much of a superstar onscreen as he was on four wheels.

Born on Dec. 30, 1989 in San Clemente, CA, Sheckler - nicknamed "Shecky" by friends and family - began rolling around on his father's old skateboard when he was just 18 months old. At six years of age, he began doing tricks at the skate park built in his family's backyard, including one he invented called the "Shecklair," which involved an indy kick flip flyout. Tony Hawk, considered the godfather of skateboarding, mentored Sheckler soon after the budding athlete joined the California Amateur Skateboarding League. Winning state championships with the CASL led Sheckler to his first endorsement deal with eyewear company Arnette, who was also a sponsor of Hawk's. Sheckler soon turned pro and at just 13 years old, he became the youngest skater in history to win the Slam City Jam in Vancouver. The young athlete mastered the four major elements crucial to the sport: speed, control, fluidity and fearlessness. In 2003, Sheckler followed up his record-breaking Slam City Jam win with top honors at the X Games, Gravity Games and Vans Triple Crown. Two years later, Sheckler was named Athlete of the Year at Dew Action Sports Tour.

Judges and extreme sports fans were impressed by Sheckler's ability to defy gravity and take risks every time he was on his skateboard. But behind the athlete was a normal teenager coping with his family life, dating, and the price of fame. MTV jumped on the opportunity to turn Sheckler into a mainstream star, giving him his own reality series, "Life of Ryan" (MTV, 2007- ), which showed the young man behind the award-winning athlete. Filmed mostly in his San Clemente home, cameras followed Sheckler's every step as he navigated the triumphs and tragedies of his life - from dealing with the divorce of his parents, to mentoring his younger brothers Shane and Kane, to his love life. The MTV audience could not get enough of Sheckler's adolescent drama, leading the network to grant the series a solid three-season run.

Sheckler's schedule remained hectic after his reality show was cancelled in 2009. He began touring with Journey's Backyard Barbecue that year as well as launched a clothing line called RS that sold at J.C. Penney stores. In addition to his trophies and other accolades, Sheckler was also one of the most endorsed athletes of his time. Various athletic, apparel and electronic companies, including Plan B skateboards, Volcom, Etnies, Red Bull, Silver Trucks, Bones, Ninja, Mob Grip, Oakley, Nixon, Kicker, CCS and Panasonic were eager sponsors.

With a successful sports career under his belt, Sheckler spent several years transforming himself into an actor. Prior to his reality show success, he made a minor appearance in "Grind" (2003), a teen comedy about a young underdog skateboarder (Mike Vogel) trying to win a big skating competition, while after his show ended, he appeared in "Street Dreams" (2009), another skateboard-centric movie that focused on a long-shot boarder (Paul Rodriguez, Jr.) looking to make it in the big leagues. Even though Sheckler was making strides as an actor, fans still loved him as a sports figure, leading to a nomination for Choice Action Sports Male at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Tooth Fairy (2010)
2.
 Street Dreams (2009)
3.
 Dish Dogz (2007)
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First stepped onto a skateboard at the age of 18 months
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Joined the CASL (California Amateur Skateboarding League) and won the first contest he entered
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Signed with first sponsor, IWS Boardshop, at age seven
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Began practicing with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk
2001:
First film role, "MVP 2: Most Vertical Primate"
2003:
Had a small role as a Skateboarder in the film, "Grind"
2003:
Became the youngest skateboarder to ever turn pro at age 13
2003:
At age 13, was the youngest participant ever to earn a gold medal at the X Games
2004:
Named the World Cup of Skateboarding's National Street Champion
2005:
Played himself in the film, "Dishdogz"
2007:
Featured with family and friends in MTV's reality series "The Life of Ryan"
2009:
Co-starred in the skateboarding film, "Street Dreams"
2009:
Launched his clothing line, RS By Sheckler
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star
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