Ryan Hurst recently completed his five-year turn on the FX hit, Sons of Anarchy, playing Harry “Opie” Winston, the stoic, brutal son of Piney. Widower. Loving father of two. Jax’s most trusted friend. For his performance in Season 4 of SOA, Hurst was awarded the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
A remarkably versatile actor with marked skills behind the camera, aside from SOA, Ryan D. Hurst is possibly best known for his breakout performance starring opposite Denzel Washington in Disney’s mega-hit Remember the Titans, for which he also directed the film’s second unit footage. Additional high-profile feature film roles include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, the Coen Brothers’ The Ladykillers with Tom Hanks, We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson, Patch Adams with Robin Williams, Rules of Engagement with Samuel L. Jackson and Disney’s animated feature Rango with Johnny Depp. Recent independent film work includes starring alongside Alan Rickman in CBGB, the story of the birth of Punk Rock in America, which is set for release in 2013.
Some additional television credits include Steven Speilbergs’ Taken, TNT’s action-packed cop drama Wanted and NBC’s Emmy award-winning Medium (three seasons, reoccurring).
On stage, Hurst’s starring role in The Last Night of Ballyhoo with Rhea Pearlman and Rebecca Gayheart earned him the “Best Performance in a Comedy” award from Backstage West. The Viking Underground Repertory, Hurst’s Equity Theater Production Company, debuted to rave reviews in 2004 with its newly adapted production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, in which Hurst starred, directed & produced.
Hurst, along with his wife, Molly Cookson, owns his own production company, Fast Shoes Productions.
Hurst recently directed two of the newly introduced “Sons of Anarchy” appisodes, available through iTunes, iPads and the iPod touch. Hurst is currently in pre-production on a Feature Film he wrote and is set to direct in 2013.
Most recently, Hurst has joined the cast of TNT’s new hour-long drama “King & Maxwell” with Rebecca Romijin and Jon Tenney.