Ryan Stiles

Actor, Comedian, Director
Tall (6' 5") and blond, Ryan Stiles played in improvisation troupes and performed stand-up comedy for a decade before getting his first regular TV series gig playing Lewis, the janitor at a pharmaceutical house who ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1959 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

Two and a Half Men 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Certifiably Jonathan 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Astro Boy 2009 (Movie)

Mr Moustachio/Burning Robot (Voice)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1995 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1991 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drew Carey's Green Screen 1995 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1991 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1991 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parker Lewis 1990 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reno 911! 1995 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1990 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1991 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1990 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Foe Paws 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Drew's Dance Party Special 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Courting Courtney 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

Rabinowitz (Actor)

Say What? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

"Mailman" Farnham (Actor)

110 Lombard 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Andrea Martin: Together Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rainbow War 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Tall (6' 5") and blond, Ryan Stiles played in improvisation troupes and performed stand-up comedy for a decade before getting his first regular TV series gig playing Lewis, the janitor at a pharmaceutical house who seems forever attached to Drew Carey, on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995- ). A high school dropout, Stiles crossed from his native Washington to Canada to begin his career performing in Vancouver comedy clubs. Towards the end of this period, he tried his hand at TV a bit, appearing on an isolated episode of the CBS series "Stir Crazy" (1985). In 1986, he went to Toronto to join the famed Second City troupe and when a Los Angeles branch was founded in 1990, he moved to California to be part of it. Stiles' early TV exposure was on "Andrea Martin: Together Again" (Showtime, 1989). He also was a regular on the British-produced comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" seen in the States on Comedy Central. Additionally, Stiles made three guest appearances on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC) in three different roles.

Relationships

Pat Stiles

Wife
born c. 1961 met in 1978 when she was waitressing at a comedy club where he was appearing moved in together c. 1979 married in 1989

Sonny Stiles

Father

Mackenzie Stiles

Daughter
born c. 1992

Sam Stiles

Son
born c. 1995

EDUCATION

dropped out in 1976

Milestones

1995

Featured as Lewis on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)

1994

Appeared in a memorable Nike TV commercial, directed by Joe Pytka, in which he was alone in an empty baseball stadium doing the wave

1992

Moved to L.A.

1991

Had small role in "Hot Shots"

1990

Moved to Los Angeles to appear in newly-formed Second City troupe

1990

Began making recurring appearances on the British improv series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (aired in USA on Comedy Central)

1986

Made feature film debut in the short film "Rainbow War"

1986

Joined Second City troupe in Toronto

1985

Had early TV gig on episode of "Stir Crazy" (CBS)

1968

Moved with family from Seattle to Vancouver

Began career performing in comedy clubs in Vancouver

Dropped out of high school during his senior year

With Sean Masterson, scripted the comedy "Live Bait" (set to lens 2001)

Bonus Trivia

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Stiles and his family reside on a ranch in a farming town in Washington.

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