Making people laugh is what he does. So, it is no surprise that Ryan Stiles is best known for his role in the American and British version of Whose Line is it Anyway? In addition to that, he has starred in several movies and TV shows. From one laugh to another, he has managed to make quite a name for himself.
Not only has he taken the film industry by storm with his unique improvisational skills; he has also cemented his place as one of the acclaimed producers in the United States. For his contributions to the world of comedy, Stiles has received many awards.
The Washington Native Dropped Out of School to Pursue a Career in Comedy
The eminent actor was born Ryan Lee Stiles, on April 22, 1959, in Seattle, Washington. Nevertheless, his parents, Irene and Sonny Stiles, are of Canadian descent. While growing up, his father worked as a supervisor at a Vancouver-based Canadian fish processing plant while his mother was a homemaker.
By the time he turned 10, his family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. It was there that he attended R.C Palmer Junior Secondary School as well as Richmond Senior Secondary in Richmond, British Columbia.
Though he was above average as a student, his senior high school schedule was a bit too flexible. That led to him dropping out at the age of 17, just a few months before his graduation. Against all odds and the wishes of his parents, he managed to support himself by doing stand-up at some clubs close to his home town.
His persistence eventually paid off and he went on to help Rich Elwood open Punchlines, a Comedy Club. Subsequently, he became a regular improv performer with the Vancouver Theatresports League. Soon after, his career led him to Toronto, and then Los Angeles.
He Has Won Accolades for His Works as a Producer
Beyond being recognized for his acting talent and improv comedy skills, Ryan Stiles has proved his mettle in the arena of TV show production and directing, for which he has won multiple awards. From 1998 to 2007, he worked as the executive producer for ABC’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? He followed it up by producing Memory Lanes in 2009 and six episodes of Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza in 2011.
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He additionally served as the executive producer for Bellingham T’Nite in 2013, before his production efforts in the documentary, Out as Nothing, won him several awards, including the Festival Award at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Audience Choice Award at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival, and Knoxville Film and Music Festival’s Audience Award. Since 2013, Ryan Stiles has been working as the executive producer of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
He also Has Some Directorial and Writing Credits to His Name
Beyond working as a producer, Stiles has also worked as the director of one episode of The Drew Carey Show, as well as Bellingham T’Nite which he also co-wrote. He created and wrote the TV film, Memory Lane, in 2009 and equally provided soundtracks for Two and a Half Men, The Drew Carey Show, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?
In 2004, the comedian established a cabaret-style venue called Upfront Theatre in Bellingham where live improvisational comedy shows are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. So far, the small improv comedy theatre has landed the Mayor’s Art Award.
Ryan Stiles Has Been With Patricia McDonald for Over 30 Years
Ryan is a happily married man. He had a long-term relationship of about 7 years with his wife before they tied the Knot in 1988. The lovely couple met for the first time in 1981 when Patricia was a waitress at Punchlines, the club he helped startup. For almost a decade before they got hitched, the two cohabitated and now, they have been married for over 3 decades.
Patricia and Ryan Stiles are blessed with three children; two girls and a boy. They first welcomed their daughter Mackenzie in 1992, followed by the birth of their son Sam in July 1994. Another daughter named Claire joined the family in January 2004.
They also own a Golden Retriever, a Scottish Terrier, and a German Shepherd, The family resides outside Bellingham, Washington, precisely on Lake Samish.
What Patricia McDonald Does for a Living
Patricia McDonald may be married to a celebrity, but she has managed to lead a private life. Stiles’ wife is known to be reticent, which makes it hard to access her background information. At the moment, details about her parents, siblings, and academic achievements are not available.
She has only been in the spotlight as a result of her marriage to the Emmy Award nominee with whom she has established a long marital relationship which is quite a milestone regarding the rate at which celebrity marriages crash nowadays.
Playing a Regular in ABC’s “Whose Line?” Ushered the Comedian to Stardom
Through his works with Second City in Los Angeles, Ryan Stiles caught the attention of the producers of the British version of the short improvisational comedy TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which aired on Channel 4 from September 23rd, 1988 to February 4th, 1999. Ryan’s depictions on the show were critically acclaimed and saw him amass a huge fan base in the UK. Following the end of the show in the United Kingdom, its American version began airing on ABC, as well as ABC Family on August 5th, 1988, with Drew Carey serving as the host.
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Ryan Stiles retained his role as a regular on the show, sharing screen space with Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady. He appeared in over 200 episodes of the TV show from 1988 to 2007.
Whose Line Is Anyway? was canceled by ABC due to poor ratings but was revived by The CW on July 16, 2013. Since then, Ryan Stiles has continued to endear many to himself with his multi-talent.
For his performance on Whose Line, the famous comedian was nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
“Two and a Half Men” and “The Drew Carey Show” Further Popularized His Name
Stiles attained widespread fame and began landing TV and Film roles. In 1991, he played Dominic “Mailman” Farnham in the movie, Hot Shots! and was also cast as Rabinowitz in its sequel titled Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). Later in 1995, he landed another prominent TV role, playing Lewis Kiniski on The Drew Carey Show. He featured in over 220 episodes of the sitcom that aired on ABC from September 1995 to September 2004.
He subsequently had a role in Dharma & Greg before enchanting many TV show lovers with his outstanding portrayal of Dr. Herb Melnick in the multi-award winning show, Two and a Half Men. He played a recurring role in the CBS’ sitcom from 2004 to 2015.
The TV show was commercially successful as it garnered a revenue of $3.24 million per episode in 2012. Despite receiving mixed reviews, Two and a Half Men bagged 46 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy.
Ryan Stiles further featured as an Acting Coach in Reno 911! (2008). He was equally cast in Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza (2011), America Housewife (2019), and Young Sheldon (2020). As a voice actor, he has lent his voice to some animated films such as Astro Boy (2009), Spooky Buddies (2011), and Treasure Buddies (2012).