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FactA student at The University of Toronto. (2008/2009).

Ryan Cooley is a Canadian actor best known for his role as James Tiberius “J.T.” Yorke on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on May 28, 1988, Cooley was raised in a small town outside of the city. His parents were both teachers, and he has two older sisters. Cooley began acting in school plays and community theatre productions when he was just eight years old.

After graduating from high school, Cooley moved to Toronto to pursue his acting career. He landed his first professional role in 2004, when he was cast as J.T. Yorke on Degrassi: The Next Generation. He appeared in more than 150 episodes of the show over the course of seven seasons, until his character was killed off in 2010.

Since leaving Degrassi, Cooley has appeared in a number of film and television roles, including the movies Charlie Bartlett (2007) and Prom Night (2008), and the TV series Lost Girl (2010) and Murdoch Mysteries (2011). He has also done voice work for the animated series Total Drama (2009-2010) and Beyblade: Metal Fusion (2010-2011).

Cooley currently resides in Toronto with his girlfriend, actress Shenae Grimes. The couple has one daughter together, born in 2013.

Net worth: $2 million

Salary: $20,000 per episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation (2004-2010)

General Info

Full NameRyan Cooley
Height1.7 m
EducationOrangeville District Secondary School


MoviesThe Tracey Fragments, Cybermutt, The Color of Friendship
TV ShowsDegrassi: The Next Generation, I Was a Sixth Grade Alien

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1Toronto, Ontario, Canada [November 2005]
2Is engaged as of last year (2009).
3A student at The University of Toronto. (2008/2009).
4Working on his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at The University of Toronto.
5Ryan likes listening to rat pack music, which includes Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
6Son of musician Charlie Cooley.




Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion2013TV SeriesLouis
Lost Girl2012TV SeriesBlogger
The Dating Guy2010TV SeriesBooyah's Son
Degrassi: Minis2006-2009TV SeriesJ.T. Yorke
Degrassi: The Next Generation2001-2007TV SeriesJ.T. Yorke
The Tracey Fragments2007David Goldberg
God's Goodness2005ShortMike
Life with Derek2005TV SeriesFrank
Cybermutt2003TV MovieNino
Lexx2001TV SeriesDigby
Queer as Folk2001TV SeriesHank Cameron
Are You Afraid of the Dark?2000TV SeriesWaif Kid
The Color of Friendship2000TV MovieBilly
I Was a Sixth Grade Alien1999TV SeriesPleskit
Real Kids, Real Adventures1999TV SeriesBud Toole
Happy Christmas, Miss King1998TV MovieDaniel King
After1998ShortJohnathan Madison

Archive Footage

Degrassi's 40 Most Go There-est Moments2006TV Mini-SeriesJames Tiberious 'J.T.' Yorke


Won Awards

2002Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001)

Nominated Awards

2006Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Ensemble Perfromance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001)
2005Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Young Performers in a TV SeriesDegrassi: The Next Generation (2001)
2003Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001)
2002Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young ActorDegrassi: The Next Generation (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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