Tygh Runyan Actor Bio

Tygh RunyanName: Tygh Runyan

Date/Place of Birth: June 13th, 1976; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Brief Bio: Tygh Runyan was born in Vancouver, Canada, 1976; his parents were studying abroad at the time, making him a dual citizen of both Canada and the US. His father, now retired, was an instructor of environmental technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic in Vancouver, and his mother is a poet. He studied at the Emily Carr College of Art, now known as the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in his teen years while simultaneously looking into starting his acting and musical careers.

Tygh has played guitar since childhood, and it played a major role in his life as a young adult. At 19, he and two high school friends became Beans, an experimental rock band; they went on to tour extensively, and released five studio albums. Tygh also composed the musical score for the feature films Various Positions, Red Deer, and Control Alt Delete. He received a Leo nomination for his score in the short film Whiteout. He presently plays guitar and keyboards for the bang Corredor, which is based in Los Angeles.

His acting career began in the teen television series, Northwood, and he has come to guest star regularly in popular series such as Battlestar Galactica, Dead Like Me, The L-Word, and Stargate Universe.

In 2001, he and James Hutson founded the Amigos Theater Company. Larry Gilman of The Actors Institute of Los Angeles directed their production of  David Mamet’s American Buffalo, earning them critical acclaim.

In 2006, Tygh collaborated with director Monte Hellman, playing Stanley Kubrick in Stanley’s Girlfriend, and then an obsessed film director in Hellman’s 2010 epic titled Road to Nowhere. This title won a Special Golden Lion award at the 67th Venice Film Festival.

He is currently married to Sarah Lind. They have been together since 2008.

Roles

Snakes on a Plane (2006) – Tyler

A Night for Dying Tigers (2010) – Patrick

Doppelganger Paul (2011) – Karl

Comforting Skin (2011) – Nathan

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