Ryan Cooper is one of five children born into an Australian missionary family living in the South Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Zealand. He began his life guided by parents that saw need in the small corners of the world and dedicated their lives to helping.
Cooper has been drawn to the arts for as long as he can remember and landed his first “leading man” roles in children’s musical theatre at the age of 7. He continued to play in rock bands during high school in New Zealand. Cooper was also Karate champion of Vanuatu and later Tae Kwon Do champion for his age and weight in NZ.
After high school Ryan completed a construction apprenticeship and ran crews as a junior site foreman. He became even more passionate about his health and fitness and was always in peak physical form. So much so that talent scouts came to a building site to recruit him for fashion campaigns, attracting ridicule and good humor from his construction buddies!
In 2007, Ryan was invited to New York City to star in a worldwide fashion campaign for DKNY shot by the legendary Peter Lindbergh.
Alongside his numerous global fashion campaigns, magazine covers and fragrance commercials, the always industrious Cooper began to build a career as a TV and film actor. He studied under acting coaches such as Susan Batson, Anthony Meindle, James Villemaire and William Esper.
Fifteen years later, Ryan has built thriving careers as both an actor and model.
Cooper has a strong and highly adaptable onscreen presence. He has played a leading man in multiple LIFETIME movies. On MTV’s EYE CANDY, (the TV adaptation of R.L Stein’s book) Ryan is a charming villain obsessed with Lindy, played by Victoria Justice. He also turns his hand to singing rock ballads in the thriller HIS KILLER FAN. Ryan embodied NY Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover’s painter/artist in the series CONFESS, played a duplicitous cop in a recurring role on ONE LIFE TO LIVE (ABC) and has done comedy skits for LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (HBO).
Ryan gladly performed his own stunts on top of an excited and amused Scarlet Johansson in the pivotal role of the thief/male stripper, in Sony/Columbia’s global release film ROUGH NIGHT, and can been seen as Carrie Bradshaw's Physical Therapist in AND JUST LIKE THAT, (HBO). You can also see him pop up on BLUE BLOODS (CBS), BULL (CBS), DAY 5 (AMAZON).
With his ability to play charming and kind or nasty and debase, Cooper is building a very diverse base of characters.
By any standards, Cooper has led an amazingly eclectic life. His self-depreciating, but quietly confident worldliness allows him to be deeply empathetic to the good and flawed sides of every character he plays. Perhaps because he has lived outside of any comfort zone since he was a small child, he is a student of human nature who is able to imbue every moment on screen with realism.
Cooper has continued to construct a career in the film and TV space by combining his experience as an entrepreneur and his skills as a leader. For example, he has parlayed his passion for healthy living into COOPERFIT, a thriving fitness business that coaches an eclectic mix of clients and sponsored cases to find their passion and motivation.
Ryan retains a strong social media following sharing his passions, the greatest of these being his 4-year-old daughter, Grace. As a responsible single father in NYC, he now wants to produce his own impactful stories that move audiences and leave a positive legacy.