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Also Known As: Ryan Thomas Gosling Died:
Born: November 12, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, singer

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who begins to break out of his shell with the help of a life-like female doll he orders off the Internet. The offbeat comedy earned rave reviews and again Gosling was hailed as among the best up-and-coming actors of his generation; enough that his oddball performance garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.Around this time, Gosling dropped out of the public eye for a time before resurfacing in the romantic mystery "All Good Things" (2010), co-starring Kirsten Dunst. Inspired by New Yorkâ¿¿s most notorious unsolved murder case, Gosling played an affluent young husband who is suspected of â¿¿ but never charged with â¿¿ the disappearance of his wife (Dunst). Troubled relationships appeared to be a running theme for Gosling, when that same year he starred opposite Michelle Williams in the romantic drama "Blue Valentine" (2010). In the intimate tale of love and loss, Gosling and Williams portrayed a young couple charting the course of their once idyllic â¿¿ now unbearably painful â¿¿ relationship over the years. The small independent film received strong critical praise, and earned Gosling a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama that year.Gosling had a...

who begins to break out of his shell with the help of a life-like female doll he orders off the Internet. The offbeat comedy earned rave reviews and again Gosling was hailed as among the best up-and-coming actors of his generation; enough that his oddball performance garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

Around this time, Gosling dropped out of the public eye for a time before resurfacing in the romantic mystery "All Good Things" (2010), co-starring Kirsten Dunst. Inspired by New Yorkâ¿¿s most notorious unsolved murder case, Gosling played an affluent young husband who is suspected of â¿¿ but never charged with â¿¿ the disappearance of his wife (Dunst). Troubled relationships appeared to be a running theme for Gosling, when that same year he starred opposite Michelle Williams in the romantic drama "Blue Valentine" (2010). In the intimate tale of love and loss, Gosling and Williams portrayed a young couple charting the course of their once idyllic â¿¿ now unbearably painful â¿¿ relationship over the years. The small independent film received strong critical praise, and earned Gosling a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama that year.

Gosling had a banner year in 2011 with three widely divergent roles that earned him widespread critical acclaim and greatly increased his audience appeal. He had his first comedic turn opposite Steve Carell and Julianne Moore in Glenn Ficarraâ¿¿s romantic comedy-drama, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" (2011), playing a womanizer who meets his match in a young woman (Emma Stone) who refuses his advances. He next starred in the indie neo-noir, "Drive" (2011), a pulsating crime thriller in which he played an anonymous stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and runs afoul of a pair of mobsters (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman) after falling for a married woman (Carey Mulligan). The film was hailed by critics and earned Gosling some of the highest marks of his career, which led to some serious Oscar buzz and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. Meanwhile, he delivered another fine turn as a campaign manager for a Democratic candidate for president (George Clooney) in the political thriller, "The Ides of March" (2011). The role earned Gosling more award recognition, this time in the form of a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a motion picture drama.

From there, Gosling had a relatively quiet 2012, but returned the following year with a starring role in "Gangster Squad" (2013), a period crime drama set in 1940s Los Angeles. Gosling played a reluctant LAPD officer recruited by a headstrong cop (Josh Brolin) to take part in a guerilla-style war against Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his thugs. Despite mixed reviews that cited the filmâ¿¿s half-filled promise and some rather one-note performances, particularly from Penn, "Gangster Squad" was mildly successful at the box office. A few months later, Gosling reunited with "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance for "The Place Beyond the Pines" (2013), where he played a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to robbing banks in order to support his new family, only end up on a collision course with a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper). The film received positive reviews in a limited release, while Gosling earned tabloid attention for embarking on a romance with "Pines" co-star Eva Mendes, which first came to light in 2011. Gosling next starred in "Only God Forgives" (2013) working again with Refn for another hard-hitting and moody thriller, this time set in Thailand. The movie proved to be very divisive and only reinforced Gosling's tendencies towards following his own museâ¿¿or the muse of an intriguingly eccentric filmmaker. Fittingly enough, around this time, he joined the cast of a typically secretive Terrence Malick production, and also undertook his own debut as a director and screenwriter, "How to Catch a Monster" (2014), with Mendes, Christina Hendricks and British actor Matt Smith joining the cast.

is depth, and his innate grasp of conflicted human emotions helped the film pick up the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Armed with the knowledge that independent films were going to be his ticket to further soul searching, he took on the role of another conflicted teen who forms an emotional bond with his football coach in "The Slaughter Rule" (2002), which was roundly praised by critics for avoiding the pitfalls of sports film clichés, as well as for its captivating performance by Gosling. He was lured into big budget territory with a promisingly dark story about a murderous teen trying to outwit an FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) in "Murder by Numbers" (2002). Gosling's performance in that film made a mark among Hollywood players, but to the public, he became primarily known as Bullock's rumored much younger paramour. Both denied any romantic relationship, but did not stop tabloids from buzzing about it nonetheless.

Gosling next delivered an adroit turn as the autistic Leland in the otherwise disappointing indie "The United States of Leland" (2004), before landing his breakout mainstream role playing the romantic lead opposite Rachel McAdams in Nick Cassavetes' effectively sentimental and emotional "The Notebook" (2004). Cast against type after Cassavetes saw "The Believer" and thought the actor had unexplored depths, Gosling delivered a warm and charming performance buoyed by a heartbreaking depression that elevated his status among the actors of his generation. And to the delight of romantics everywhere, Gosling and McAdams eventually came out as a real-life couple after the film's release, staying together and off the tabloid radar until their split in 2007. Less satisfying than "The Notebook" was Marc Forster's ambitious, but murky psychological thriller "Stay" (2005), about a shrink (Ewan McGregor) whose suicidal patient (Gosling) somehow begins invading his dreams and blurring the lines of their realities and individualities. That same year, Gosling traveled to the battle-torn Darfur region of Uganda and began writing a film about the tragedy of child soldiers. He was also a spokesperson for Invisible Children, an organization seeking to improve conditions for Ugandan children of war. He even addressed the State Department about the need for a U.S. presence and facilitation of a peace process in Darfur.

With "Half Nelson" (2006), it was announced to the entire Oscar-following world that Gosling was a serious contender. He gave a stellar performance as an idealistic and inspirational inner-city teacher who engages in an after school drug habit which is discovered by a troubled student (Shareeka Epps), leading to an unexpected friendship that threatens to either undo them both or bring about the change they both desperately need. Gosling again countered his character's dark side with a believable charm that made the character unexpectedly sympathetic â¿¿ enough that he was recognized with a Best Male Breakthrough Performance award from the National Board of Review and one for Best Male Lead from the Independent Spirit Awards. In an almost unheard of Hollywood occurrence, the little-known independent actor found himself nominated for a Best Actor Oscar nomination alongside box office heavy-hitters Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter O'Toole, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker.

Hot off his Academy Award nomination, Gosling matched wits with acclaimed actor Anthony Hopkins in the well-reviewed courtroom thriller, "Fracture" (2007). He played an ambitious Deputy D.A. in line for a big promotion after a seemingly open-and-shut case against a wealthy aeronautical engineer (Hopkins) who shot and killed his much younger wife (Embeth Davidtz). Gosling was singled out by many critics for fully inhabiting a role that most other actors would have simply sleepwalked through. He returned to independent film to take on another societal misfit in "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), playing a small town introvert

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DIRECTOR:

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  Lost River (2015)

CAST: (feature film)

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 La La Land (2016)
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 Nice Guys, The (2016)
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 Big Short, The (2015)
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 Lawless (2014)
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 Gangster Squad (2013)
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 #ReGeneration (2012)
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Began performing career as a child, singing with older sister at local talent shows
1991:
Made early TV appearance on Canadian variety series "Homegrown Cafe"
1996:
Landed leading role in "Frankenstein and Me" (Disney Channel)
1996:
Portrayed an English orphan on an episode of "The Road to Avonlea;" received Gemini Award nomination
1996:
Played a UFO abductee on an episode of Canadian series "PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal"
1997:
Played regular role of Sean Hanlon on "Breaker High" (UPN)
1998:
Essayed title role on Fox series "Young Hercules"
2000:
Portrayed a football player dealing with team integration in 1970s-set "Remember the Titans"
2001:
Garnered widespread praise for his starring turn as a Jewish neo-Nazi in "The Believer"
2002:
Cast opposite Sandra Bullock in crime thriller "Murder by Numbers"
2003:
Played a small-town high school football player in "The Slaughter Rule"
2004:
Starred as Leland P. Fitzgerald in "The United States of Leland," about a young man's experience in a juvenile detention center
2004:
Co-starred opposite fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams in romantic drama "The Notebook," based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
2005:
Portrayed a suicidal client opposite Ewan McGregor, who makes bizarre predictions that begin to come true in Marc Forster's "Stay"
2006:
Starred in "Half Nelson," the feature adaptation of Ryan Fleck's Sundance-winning short film "Gowanus, Brooklyn"
2007:
Co-starred in drama thriller "Fracture" as a hot-shot prosecutor opposite Anthony Hopkins
2007:
Played a man in love with a life-sized sex toy in indie film "Lars and the Real Girl"
2010:
Starred as a heir to a New York real estate fortune whose wife (Kirsten Dunst) disappears in "All Good Things"
2010:
Co-starred with Michelle Williams as a married couple in "Blue Valentine"
2011:
Delivered first comedic role as a womanizer in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," co-starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone
2011:
Starred as a Hollywood stunt performer in crime drama "Drive"
2011:
Co-starred in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced
2012:
Played a mysterious motorcycle racer opposite Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes in "The Place Beyond the Pines"
2013:
Appeared as Sgt. Jerry Wooters opposite Sean Penn and Josh Brolin in crime drama "Gangster Squad"; film reunited him with "Crazy, Stupid, Love" co-star Emma Stone
2013:
Starred in Refn's "Only God Forgives"
2013:
Began production on his directorial debut, "Lost River"
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Education

Lester B Pearson High School: Burlington , Ontario -
Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School: Cornwall , Ontario -
Gladstone Public School: Cornwall , Ontario -

Notes

"For now, I'm just going to keep doing the work and hope I don't get fired. If people want to put me up on their walls, I'll love it."---Gosling on being called a teen idol to TV Guide September 26, 1998

"I just think: he's 23, he might as well be 63 years old. He's like one of those freaks, he kind of gets it. He's honest, that's really what you want out of an actor."---Nick Cassavetes, the director quoted in New York Times April 6, 2004

"People who see him as this darker, more brooding guy will be surprised how good-looking and charming and romantic he is."---Mark Johnson, producer of the "The Notebook" in People.com June 17, 2004

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companion:
Sandra Bullock. Actor. Reportedly dating July 2002.

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father:
Thomas Gosling.
mother:
Donna Gosling.
sister:
Mandi Gosling. Born c. 1976.

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