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Born: April 22, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, USA Profession: actor, comedian, director, screenwriter

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Tall (6' 5") and blond, Ryan Stiles played in improvisation troupes and performed stand-up comedy for a decade before getting his first regular TV series gig playing Lewis, the janitor at a pharmaceutical house who seems forever attached to Drew Carey, on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995- ). A high school dropout, Stiles crossed from his native Washington to Canada to begin his career performing in Vancouver comedy clubs. Towards the end of this period, he tried his hand at TV a bit, appearing on an isolated episode of the CBS series "Stir Crazy" (1985). In 1986, he went to Toronto to join the famed Second City troupe and when a Los Angeles branch was founded in 1990, he moved to California to be part of it. Stiles' early TV exposure was on "Andrea Martin: Together Again" (Showtime, 1989). He also was a regular on the British-produced comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" seen in the States on Comedy Central. Additionally, Stiles made three guest appearances on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC) in three different roles.

Tall (6' 5") and blond, Ryan Stiles played in improvisation troupes and performed stand-up comedy for a decade before getting his first regular TV series gig playing Lewis, the janitor at a pharmaceutical house who seems forever attached to Drew Carey, on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995- ). A high school dropout, Stiles crossed from his native Washington to Canada to begin his career performing in Vancouver comedy clubs. Towards the end of this period, he tried his hand at TV a bit, appearing on an isolated episode of the CBS series "Stir Crazy" (1985). In 1986, he went to Toronto to join the famed Second City troupe and when a Los Angeles branch was founded in 1990, he moved to California to be part of it. Stiles' early TV exposure was on "Andrea Martin: Together Again" (Showtime, 1989). He also was a regular on the British-produced comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" seen in the States on Comedy Central. Additionally, Stiles made three guest appearances on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC) in three different roles.

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 Astro Boy (2009)
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 Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) Rabinowitz
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 Hot Shots! (1991) "Mailman" Farnham
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 Rainbow War (1986)
7.
 Foe Paws (2000) Voice Of Vivian
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1969:
Moved with family from Seattle to Vancouver
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Dropped out of high school during his senior year
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Began career performing in comedy clubs in Vancouver
1985:
Had early TV gig on episode of "Stir Crazy" (CBS)
1986:
Joined Second City troupe in Toronto
1986:
Made feature film debut in the short film "Rainbow War"
1990:
Moved to Los Angeles to appear in newly-formed Second City troupe
1990:
Began making recurring appearances on the British improv series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (aired in USA on Comedy Central)
1991:
Had small role in "Hot Shots"
1992:
Moved to L.A.
1994:
Appeared in a memorable Nike TV commercial, directed by Joe Pytka, in which he was alone in an empty baseball stadium doing the wave
1995:
Featured as Lewis on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)
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With Sean Masterson, scripted the comedy "Live Bait" (set to lens 2001)
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Notes

Stiles and his family reside on a ranch in a farming town in Washington.

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wife:
Pat Stiles. Born c. 1961; met in 1978 when she was waitressing at a comedy club where he was appearing; moved in together c. 1979; married in 1989.

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father:
Sonny Stiles. Retired fishing plant supervisor.
daughter:
Mackenzie Stiles. Born c. 1992.
son:
Sam Stiles. Born c. 1995.

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