Ryan Gosling (AKA Ryan Thomas Gosling) was born November 12, 1980 in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
Ryan Gosling is a movie star and former Mouseketeer, best known for arty roles in films such as The Notebook, The United States of Leland, and The Believer.
As a scrawny young boy, he was yanked out of school by his parents and homeschooled after being repeatedly harassed by classmates. When he returned to school as an older boy, several of his teachers, according to Gosling, incorrectly mistook his natural squint for evidence he was a pot-head.
He was 12 and couldn't sing or dance when he auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club. He worked with fellow Mouseketeers Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and others for two years.
While working for Disney, he also made Frankenstein and Me, a kiddy-fied horror film for TV starring Burt Reynolds. Gosling then had a short-lived UPN comedy called Breaker High, and played the titular Young Hercules in an adolescent version of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
His first notable movie role was as the neo-Nazi skinhead who reads the Torah and teaches Hebrew in The Believer. Gosling is best known as a blue collar boy named Noah in The Notebook who falls in love with a wealthy debutante named Allie (Rachel McAdams).
Gosling is an animal rights activist, and once wrote a letter to Kentucky Fried Chicken headquarters, protesting their inhumane treatment of chickens. A gosling, of course, is a young goose.
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