On April 22, 1959, Sonny and Irene Stiles welcomed their son, Ryan Lee Stiles into the world. Ryan was the youngest of five children. Ryan and his family lived in Seattle until he was 10 when they moved to Richmond, British Columbia. At age 17, Ryan dropped out of high school just a few months before graduation and got a fake ID so that he could peform as a comedian in area night clubs. While working in the night clubs, he met Pat McDonald, a waitress at one of the clubs. They moved in together in 1979 and eventually married in 1989. Ryan and Pat have two children. Mackenzie was born in 1992 and Sam was born in 1994.
In 1986, Ryan joined the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto, an improvisational theater group, and in 1989 joined Second City in Los Angeles. Ryan’s big break occurred in 1990 when he became a cast member of the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” in the United Kingdom. He later befriended American comedian Drew Carey and in 1995 became a co-star on Drew’s self-named sitcom “The Drew Carey Show”. Ryan and Diedrich Bader play Drew’s two quirky friends Lewis Kiniski and Oswald Harvey. In 1998, Ryan and Drew joined Dan Patterson, the producer of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, in pitching an idea to ABC to make an American version of the hit UK improv show. The pitch was successful, and now Ryan is a co-execute producer of one of ABC’s hit prime time television shows.
Ryan has had many cameo appearances in movies, TV shows, and commercials. In 1984 he appeared in a commercial for the Western Canada Lottery. He appeared in television shows including “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”, “Who’s the Boss?”, “Mad About You”, “Weird Science”, and “Loveline”. He also had small roles in the movies “Hot Shots” and “Hot Shots: Part Deux”. Ryan Stiles played in a series of commercials for Nike during the 1994 Major League Baseball strike including “The One-Man Wave”. More recently he has appeared in commercials for Kinko’s.
Ryan shares his time between his homes in Sherman Oaks, California and Custer, Washington. He currently appears in “The Drew Carey Show” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, both on ABC. Ryan’s father passed away in the summer of 2001. Ryan is very active in charities, including the TJ Martell Foundation, which works for cures for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.