Canadian-born actor, producer, director and musician Ryan Gosling began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel’s MICKEY MOUSE CLUB in the early 1990s. In 2005 he and his friend and fellow musician Zach Shields discovered they had a mutual obsession with the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. They wanted to write a monster-themed musical, but settled for forming a band instead, called ‘DEAD MAN’S BONES’ in 2008, releasing their self-titled album the following year. The duo are described as indie, folk and gothic rock, with some dark wave in the mix. Ryan performs under the alias ‘Baby Goose’.
Ryan was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Dan Dunne, a troubled history teacher in the 2006 film HALF NELSON and has received numerous Golden Globe nominations for his varied body of film work. He made his directorial debut with LOST RIVER in 2013. Ryan also co-owns ‘Tagine’, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills and supports various charitable causes including PETA and Invisible Children Inc. In 2005 he joined the volunteer group in Biloxi, Mississippi as part of the clean up effort after Hurricane Katrina.
Ryan was in London this week to promote his latest film the dark detective comedy THE NICE GUYS alongside Russell Crowe. He attended the premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square where he signed and dedicated this quick sketch I did of him as ‘Baby Goose’ in DEAD MAN’S BONES with his even quicker, simple but stylised ‘Ryan’ signature.