Ryan Hurst
Hurst in 2017
Ryan Douglas Hurst

(1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 45)
Years active1993–present
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Molly Cookson
(m. 2005)
Parent(s)Rick Hurst (father)

Ryan Douglas Hurst[1] (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor, known for his roles as Sgt. Ernie Savage in We Were Soldiers (2002), Tom Clarke in Taken (2002), Opie Winston in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014), Chick Hogan in Bates Motel (2015–2017), Li'l "Foster" Farrell in Outsiders (2016–2017), Beta in The Walking Dead (2019–2020), and Hector Bonner in Bosch (2019–2021). He will be the voice of Thor in the new upcoming God of War Ragnarök game on PlayStation.

Early life

Hurst was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Candace Kaniecki, an acting coach, and Rick Hurst, an actor.[2] He attended Santa Monica High School.[3] He converted to Sikhism and his Sikh name is Gobind Seva Singh. [4]


Growing up in a Hollywood family, Hurst made a very early start in show business, with a recurring role in the NBC teen situation comedy series Saved by the Bell: The New Class.[5] In the 1998 epic war film Saving Private Ryan, Hurst portrayed Michaelson, a paratrooper who, despite a temporary hearing loss, is able to communicate to Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) the approximate location of Private Ryan. In 2000, Hurst followed this with a role in Rules of Engagement and the central supporting role of Gerry Bertier in Remember the Titans. Additionally, he appeared in the war film We Were Soldiers (2002) as Sgt. Ernie Savage, played the football player Lump Hudson in the black comedy thriller film The Ladykillers (2004), and starred in the TNT police drama series Wanted (2005). From 2005 to 2007, Hurst gained recognition for portraying the recurring role of Allison DuBois' half-brother, Michael Benoit, in NBC's supernatural procedural drama series Medium.

Hurst's big break came when he was cast as Opie Winston in the FX crime drama series Sons of Anarchy. Originally a recurring cast member in the first season, he was promoted to main cast member for the following season and went on to become a fan favorite. His character, newly released from a five-year prison stint and "living right", but not making ends meet, goes back to SAMCRO to provide for his family, despite his wife's objections and his knowing the risks. Hurst's portrayal of Opie earned him the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2011. Also in 2011, Hurst voiced Jedidiah in the animated box office hit Rango. He also stars in the WGN America series Outsiders. In August 2018, it was announced that he would star as Beta on AMC's The Walking Dead.[6] His debut episode, "Guardians", premiered on March 3, 2019.[7]

Personal life

Hurst and Molly Cookson met in 1994 and married in May 2005.[8][9] Together, they founded the production company Fast Shoes.[10] In April 2013, Hurst purchased a 3,400 square-foot home in Woodland Hills, California for $1.71 million.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Postman Eddie March
1998 Patch Adams Neil
1998 Saving Private Ryan Paratrooper Mandelsohn
2000 Rules of Engagement Captain Hustings
2000 Remember the Titans Gerry Bertier
2001 Perfect Lover Guy
2001 Venus and Mars Roberto
2002 We Were Soldiers Sgt. Ernie Savage
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Tinker
2004 The Ladykillers Lump Hudson
2006 Noble Things Kyle Collins
2008 Chasing the Green Ross Franklin
2011 Rango Jedidiah (voice)
2013 CBGB Mad Mountain
2018 A Million Little Pieces Hank
2020 Superman: Man of Tomorrow Lobo (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Crunch Grabowski 2 episodes
1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Student Actor Episode: "Divas"
1995–1996 Campus Cops Wayne Simko 9 episodes
1995 JAG Dirk Grover Episode: "Shadow"
1996 Boston Common Nikolai 2 episodes
1996 Wings Barry Episode: "Too Beautiful for You"
1999 L.A. Doctors Kevn Raives 2 episodes
2002 Touched by an Angel Doug Episode: "Two Sides to Every Angel"
2002 John Doe Elvis Braithwaite Episode: "Mind Games"
2002 Taken Adult Tom Clarke 5 episodes
2004 Dr. Vegas Steve Episode: "All In"
2005 House Sam McGinley Episode: "The Mistake"
2005 Wanted Agent Jimmy McGloin 13 episodes
2005–2007 Medium Michael Benoit 3 episodes
2006 Everwood Ed Carnahan Episode: "Across the Lines"
2006 CSI: Miami Detective Michael Lloyd Episode: "Curse of the Coffin"
2007 Raines Marco Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Heartland Mark Evans Episode: "Pilot"
2008–2012 Sons of Anarchy Harry "Opie" Winston 54 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Doug Loveless Episode: "Bombshell"
2013 King & Maxwell Edgar Roy 10 episodes
2015–2017 Bates Motel Chick Hogan 15 episodes
2015 Axe Cop Chupacabra (voice) Episode: "Night Mission: The Extincter"
2016–2017 Outsiders Li'l "Foster" Farrell 26 episodes
2019 Bosch Hector Bonner 8 episodes
2019–2020 The Walking Dead Beta Recurring (Season 9)
Main cast (Season 10)
14 episodes
2019 Fear the Walking Dead Episode: "Today and Tomorrow" (uncredited)[12]
2020–2021 S.W.A.T. Terry Luca 3 Episodes
2021–present Paradise City Oliver Ostergaard TV spinoff of American Satan
2021 The Mysterious Benedict Society Milligan Main role

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2022 God of War Ragnarök Thor

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sons of Anarchy Won[13]


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  3. ^ "Ryan Hurst Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
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  5. ^ "Ryan Hurst Biography". Yahoo! Movies Canada. Archived from the original on January 2, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  6. ^ Wigler, Josh (August 27, 2018). "'The Walking Dead' Adds 'Sons of Anarchy' Star as Key Comic Book Villain". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Mathews, Liam (March 3, 2019). "The Walking Dead's Ryan Hurst Breaks Down Beta's Imposing Arrival". TV Guide. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "A Tour of Ryan Hurst's Woodland Hills House". ICouldLiveHere.org. July 26, 2013.
  9. ^ Rice, Lynette (November 26, 2012). "'Son of Anarchy' star Ryan Hurst shaves his beard on camera for fans". Entertainment Weekly.
  10. ^ Sherman, Catherine (July 18, 2013). "'Sons of Anarchy' Star Buys Woodland Hills Home". Zillow.com.
  11. ^ "'Sons of Anarchy' Star Ryan Hurst - Drops $1.7 Million ... On Mansion To Die For". TMZ. July 18, 2013.
  12. ^ Acuna, Kirsten. "'Fear TWD' had a huge hint about Beta's mysterious identity hiding in plain sight and 'Walking Dead' fans think they've already solved who he was before the zombie apocalypse". Insider. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "2011 Satellite Award Nominees and Winners". International Press Academy. Retrieved April 13, 2017.