A specialist in playing troubled young men on the big screen, Ryan Gosling is best known for starring in The Notebook. Ryan Gosling got his start on the Disney television show MMC (the Mickey Mouse Club), alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. From there he worked in television (Breaker High and Young Hercules) until moving into feature films. Gosling received critical raves for his performance as a neo-Nazi in the drama The Believer (2001), and held his own with Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey in 2003's The United States of Leland. His turn opposite Rachel McAdams in the romance The Notebook (2004, with James Garner) earned him legions of female fans, and his past romances with Rachel McAdams and Sandra Bullock (his co-star in 2002's Murder by Numbers) put him in the gossip columns. Ryan Gosling received an Oscar nomination for his performance in 2006's Half Nelson, and since then he's appeared in Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Blue Valentine (2010, opposite Michelle Williams) and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011, with Emma Stone). He also honed his tough-guy chops as a stunt-driving robber in the 2011 film The Driver.
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