If you’re a fan of HBO’s True Blood, then check out these top facts about the actor Ryan Kwanten, who plays the character, Jason Stackhouse.
His full name is Ryan Christian Kwanten.
He was born on November 28, 1976.
He hails from Sydney, Australia.
He has Croatian and Dutch heritage.
He has two brothers (Mitchell and Lloyd).
Kwanten has a degree in commerce from the University of Sydney.
As a teenager, he enjoyed the triathlon, swimming, tennis, golf, surfing, and snow skiing.
At the age of 12, he narrowly escaped an attack from a shark, when he injured his arm whilst surfing.
He was once the state welterweight boxing champ.
His first television appearance was in a two-part episode of A Country Practice in 1992.
His first film role was in 1994 when he played Kid in Signal One.
He was a series regular as lifeguard Vinnie Patterson in Home and Away. He has previously appeared on the show as the character, Robbie Taylor.
After moving to L.A., he learned to perfect the American accent.
He co-starred along with Jesse McCartney in Summerland.
He starred as Marine Corps Master Sergeant Dominic Pruitt in Law and Order: SVU.
He starred in the lead role in the 2007 horror film, Dead Silence.
His first voice-over role was as Kludd the owl in the animated film, Legend of the Guardians.
Kwanten was contracted to play ladies man Jason Stackhouse in the HBO show, True Blood.
Ian Somerhalder (known as Damon Salvatore in the television show The Vampire Diaries) initially auditioned for the role of Jason Stackhouse, before the part when to Kwanten.
He is comfortable with nudity and the sexual scenes his character gets into, and is unashamed for his parents to see.
In 2009, he was awarded the Satellite Award for ‘Best Ensemble in Television’ for True Blood.
He assisted on the Mystery Guitar video ‘Dual Action’ on YouTube.
He unknowingly left his bicycle in Steven Spielberg’s parking space when they first met.
Australian men’s fashion magazine GQ revealed that he was 2010’s Man of the Year.
He is due to play Charles Manson in the upcoming biopic.