Shawn Ryan

Writer, Producer
Having created one of the grittiest police shows in television history, writer and executive producer Shawn Ryan broke new ground with "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), thanks to centering the show on corrupt cop antihero Vic ... Read more »
Born: 10/11/1966 in Rockford, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (9)

Timeless 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Last Resort 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lie to Me 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Nash Bridges 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Co-Producer

Terriers 1992 - 1993, 2001 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Chicago Code 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Shield 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Unit 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Women's Murder Club 2007 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (4)

Bones 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mentalist 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Having created one of the grittiest police shows in television history, writer and executive producer Shawn Ryan broke new ground with "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), thanks to centering the show on corrupt cop antihero Vic Mackey. Inspired by real events surrounding the Rampart division of the LAPD, "The Shield" opened a window into the harsh world of gangs, drug dealers and corrupt police officers in realistic and often stomach-churning fashion. Prior to creating the show, Ryan was a writer and producer on both "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001) and "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2004) - hardly proving ground for the bitter reality of "The Shield." By creating the first high-rated show on the small cable station, FX, Ryan was given more creative leeway as the executive producer and showrunner on more widely seen network shows like "The Unit" (CBS, 2006-09), which was created by playwright David Mamet, and the procedural drama "Lie To Me" (Fox, 2009-11). He returned to the cable channel to oversee "Terriers" (FX, 2010) before creating his first show since "The Shield," another hard-edged cop drama about cops and politicians called "The Chicago Code" (Fox, 2011-11), all of which made Ryan one of the most highly-sought executive producers on the small screen.

EDUCATION

Middlebury College

Middlebury , Vermont

Middlebury College

Middlebury , Vermont

Milestones

2009

Served as the showrunner for Fox's "Lie to Me"

2006

Executive produced and wrote for the CBS drama "The Unit" created by David Mamet

2002

Created and executive produced the FX series, "The Shield"

2001

Wrote the short "The Good Things," about a young toll booth worker who wants to see the world

2000

Scripted the mockumentary, "Welcome to Hollywood"

1999

Hired as a writer/producer on The WB's "Angel," the venerable spin-off of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

1996

Became a staff writer on the CBS series "Nash Bridges"

1990

Won a playwriting award in college that allowed him an opportunity to observe the writers room on the NBC sitcom "My Two Dads"; sold a story idea and earned first onscreen credit

Moved to Los Angeles

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