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Overview (3)

Born in Seattle, Washington, USA
Birth NameRyan Lee Stiles
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)

Mini Bio (1)

It's not surprising that Ryan Stiles would feel comfortable doing a comedic turn in the role of Lewis, one of Drew Carey's ever-present friends in the new comedy The Drew Carey Show (1995). After all, the first job Stiles ever had was that of a stand-up comedian. Although he was a good student, Stiles admits that "being a high-school senior gave me too much freedom." He got so carried away with his flexible schedule that he quit school a few months shy of graduation and got a job doing stand-up comedy in Vancouver. Despite his parents' objections, he was able to support himself for several years, but "I got out of stand-up when everybody else started doing it," he says. He didn't stray too far from the world of comedy. In 1986 he joined the highly acclaimed Second City comedy ensemble in Toronto, where he honed his improvisational skills. In 1990 Stiles moved to Los Angeles to perform with the Los Angeles Second City group. Film and television roles soon followed, including roles in Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). Stiles's television credits include Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990), Mad About You (1992), and cable's The Hitchhiker (1983). He's currently a series regular on the British improvisational series Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988), which has been nominated for three CableACE awards. During the 1994-95 baseball strike, Stiles and acclaimed director Joe Pytka made some memorable commercials for Nike. That's Stiles in the empty baseball stadium doing the wave solo. When he's not at work, Stiles spends his time thinking about work.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: GLLee90298@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Pat McDonald (1989 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Nearly always dresses in a button-down shirt and tailored trousers
His outrageous shoes
Does dead-on impressions of John Wayne, Carol Channing, and Jimmy Stewart
Towering height

Trivia (22)

He has three children with wife Patrica McDonald: two girls, Mackenzie (first child) and Claire (third child, born in January 2004) and a boy, Sam.
Once lived in a house once owned by Liberace.
On Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998), frequently does impersonations of John Wayne and Carol Channing.
Passionately hates the "Hoe-down" on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) to such a degree that in protest, nearly all of his songs insult Drew Carey in some way. In some instances, you can see him visibly rolling his eyes as it is announced, and in one rather memorable instance, simply sat down and refused to participate when his turn came.
On Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988), he often insulted host Clive Anderson. When he joined Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998), he did the same thing to host Drew Carey.
He is frequently mocked by his co-stars on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) and is compared to a giraffe due to his towering height, lanky frame, big nose and his 1950s-like shoes.
In an episode S03E38 of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998), he accidentally broke the decorative neon light on Drew Carey's desk by slamming it with his head. He did not, however, break character.
Was photographed for life-size stand-ups displayed at Kinko's stores. His name tag said "Kenny," though.
Best friends with Colin Mochrie.
Dropped out of high school at age 17.
Appeared in a commercial for Yugo Cars in the late 1980s.
Has been with his wife, Patrica McDonald, since 1989. They lived together for ten years before marrying.
Has a fear of flying.
His family originally thought it was a joke when Ryan announced he wanted to go into comedy because his brother Robert was apparently considered the funny one.
Has a brother named Robert. His mother is named Irene and his father is named Sonny.
Auditioned for the part of Fry in Futurama but lost out to Billy West.
Can be seen in commercials for Progressive Car Insurance. [April 2005]
Tours with Greg Proops, Jeff Bryan Davis, and Chip Esten as the "Improv All Stars". Appears at venues within bus driving distance of his homes in Bellingham, Washington and L.A. [February 2007]
Has a recurring role as "Dr. Herb Melnick" in the CBS comedy "Two and a Half men." [2008]
Has started a theater group to teach comedy and improv in his hometown. [2006]
Currently stars in a Pizza Hut commercial [July 2005]
Early on, fans of Whose Line erroneously believed Ryan was a Type 1 diabetic because during the Helping Hands sketches, he almost always spit out the sweet foods and drink, especially if it contained alcohol. He simply didn't like the taste of what was on the table because by that point in the taping, the food was beginning to go bad under the stage lighting. He had to set the record straight, since if he really were diabetic, he would have put his health in serious jeopardy had he consumed any of the food that was fed to him during the sketch.

Personal Quotes (7)

On performing improv theater: "I'm convinced to do improv. All you have to do is listen to what people are saying to you, and then just add more information to what they've just said. That's all there is to improv, but it's the hardest thing to do"
I look like Walt Disney just threw up.
I'm going to buy some green bananas because by the time I get home they'll be ripe.
What do I do when we're not taping? Sit in a dark room and refine my plans for someday ruling Earth from a blimp. And chess.
Never interrupt me when I'm eating a banana.
That is raw dough. Never eat raw dough. They can make worms in your tummy. Worms in your tummy.
On what insight has improv given him into society: I see the good side of people a lot and I believe in karma, that if you treat people right it's going to be good for you. And I raise my kids like that. I think that people are better than they think they are. They just get caught up in the way things are. There's a quality in people they don't always let out. They really are better than they think they are.

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