Apr. 22nd, 1959
Seattle, Washington, USA
Ryan Stiles' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Astro Boy
1993 - Hot Shots! Part Deux
1991 - Hot Shots!
Guest TV Roles
CIA Agent Kinkaid
Video Vogue Manager
Bobo the Clown
Leo aka Tall Suit
Professor Spyro Lepton (Voiced)
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. In spite of 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' 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.
- On _"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998)_ (qv), frequently does impersonations of 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) and 'Carol Channing' (qv).
- Passionately hates the "Hoe-down" on _"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998)_ (qv). In protest, nearly all of his songs insult 'Drew Carey' (qv) in some way.
- He has three children with wife Patrica McDonald - Two girls, teenager Mackenzie (1st child) and child Claire (3rd child born in January 2004) and a boy, teenager Sam (2nd child).
- On _"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1988)_ (qv), he often insulted host 'Clive Anderson (I)' (qv). When he joined _"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998)_ (qv), he did the same thing to host 'Drew Carey' (qv).
- Once lived in a house once owned by 'Liberace (I)' (qv).
- He is frequently mocked by his co-stars on _"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998)_ (qv) and is compared to a giraffe due to his towering height, lanky frame, big nose and his 1950s-like shoes.
- Has been with his wife, Patrica McDonald, since 1989. They lived together for ten years before marrying.
- Was photographed for life-size stand-ups displayed at Kinko's stores. His name tag said "Kenny," though.
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