Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on the 12th of November 1980. He is a Canadian actor and musician who began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club (1993-1995) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995) and Goosebumps (1996). His debut film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003). He came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romantic drama The Notebook and his performance as a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006) was nominated for an Academy Award and also his performance as a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine (2010), earning him a second Golden Globe nomination and went on to co-star in three mainstream films in 2011âthe romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March, and the action thriller Driveâand received two more Golden Globe nominations. Greater success came to Gosling when he starred in two critically acclaimed filmsâthe financial comedy-drama The Big Short (2015) and the musical La La Land (2016) and won a Golden Globe Award and received a second Oscar nomination for the latter.