Amy Ryan

Active - 1993 - 2018  |   Born - Nov 30, 1969 in Queens, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Thriller, Crime

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The capable and effective actress Amy Ryan proved herself adept at a myriad of portrayals in many genres. Ryan was often, though not always, cast as a solid and dependable housewife, mother, or girlfriend, per her contributions to the 2004 Keane (as the impoverished single mother of a young girl, who unwittingly entrusts her daughter to a schizophrenic), the 2006 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (as Albert Brooks' wife and straight man), and the 2005 Capote (as the wife of Chris Cooper's no-nonsense sheriff). On television, Ryan gained notice as Officer Beatrice "Beadie" Russell on the critically acclaimed HBO drama series The Wire.

In 2007, Ryan ascended several notches in terms of feature billing with her portrayal of Carolyn Cassady, the wife of 1950s icon Neal Cassady, in director Noah Buschel's eponymous biopic of the legendary beatnik. Ryan also tackled a small supporting role in the Steve Carell comedy Dan in Real Life. That same year, her work in two crime films catapulted her even further into the limelight. As the mother of the missing girl in Gone Baby Gone, Ryan earned rave reviews and dominated the year-end critics awards for Best Supporting Actress, garnering Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations in the process. Her work as Ethan Hawke's dissatisfied ex-wife in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead helped cement her new status as a rising star.

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  • Began touring with a stage production of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues right out of high school.
  • Debuted on Broadway in 1993 in The Sisters Rosensweig.
  • Had a brief stint on As the World Turns in 1990.
  • Made her film debut in the 1999 drama Roberta.
  • In 2003, began a recurring role on HBO's The Wire.
  • Was so convincing in her role for Ben Affleck's 2007 directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, police believed on the first day of filming that she was a local and prevented her from returning to the set.
  • Had a recurring role on NBC's The Office as HR rep Holly Flax.