Apr. 22nd, 1959
Seattle, Washington, USA
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Ryan Lee Stiles (born April 22, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, director, and voice actor whose work is often associated with improvisational comedy. He is best known for his career and co-production work on the American and British versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the role of Lewis Kiniski on The Drew Carey Show. He plays Herb Melnick on the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men and was a performer on the show Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza.
It's not surprising that 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. Stiles 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).
Stiles' 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.
In 1981, Stiles met Patricia McDonald at Punchlines where she was waitressing. They married in (1988). They have three children: Sam, Mackenzie, and Claire. When not working in Hollywood, he lives at his home on Lake Samish, outside Bellingham, Washington, where he has opened the Upfront Theatre, a small theatre dedicated to live improv comedy. Stiles holds dual American-Canadian citizenship.
Stiles once lived in a house previously owned by Liberace in Sherman Oaks, California, but he sold it.
- On _"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1998)_ (qv), frequently does impersonations of 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) and 'Carol Channing' (qv).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Best friends with 'Colin Mochrie' (qv).
- Appeared in a commercial for Yugo Cars in the late 1980s.
- Dropped out of high school at age 17.
- Was photographed for life-size stand-ups displayed at Kinko's stores. His name tag said "Kenny," though.
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