Ryan Pinkston
Birth Date:
February 8, 1988
Birth Place:
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
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“Punk'd” Veteran


“Out here in Hollywood, you don’t get much notice, unless you’re Leonardo DiCaprio. After a while, you take it for what it is, and I’d rather have them recognize me than not, because it’s awesome.” Ryan Pinkston.

Karate champ-turned-actor Ryan Pinkston, who won a Star Search contest at age 12, was first noticed as the fifteen-year-old celebrity interviewer on Ashton Kutcher's MTV hit show “Punk'd.” He later gained even more attention while playing the regular role of Patton Chase (2004-2005), the shortest of the children on Fox’s sitcom “Quintuplets.”

On the big screen, he could be seen in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), Bad Santa (2003) and Soul Plane (2004). More recently, he starred as a habitual liar high school boy forced to live out the lies he told to become popular in Full of It (2007), alongside Teri Polo, Craig Kilborn, Carmen Electra and Kate Mara. The young star from Maryland was also a model. He has also appeared in a TV commercial for the GAP Clothing Company.

Pinky the Karate Champ

Childhood and Family:

On February 8, 1988, Ryan James Pinkston, nicknamed “Pinky,” was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. After watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, he became inspired to learn karate and began to train as a white belt at the age of 4. Following ten hard years of training, he becomes a Second Degree Blackbelt in Wushu Kung Fu and a First Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do.

Ryan won his first Grand Championship in NASKA (North American Sport Karate) in 1999. He also performs in a karate duo called "Team Air" with Anthony Atkins, which holds the titles for Synchronized Teams Grand Champions from The Quebec Open and Synchronized Teams Grand Champions from The Diamond Nationals (both in 2002). With his team, he won the World Champion in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Ryan, who has competed in various places including Paris, Quebec, Guatemala City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City, Washington DC, Orlando, Boston, Phoenix, Knoxville, Nashville and St. Paul by the age of 14, now holds a World Title in the United States, France, Canada and Central America, including Individual Grand Champion from The Quebec Open in 2002. He performed for an audience of over 25,000 spectators at the well known French Sports complex "The Bercy" in Paris in March of 2002.

Younger brother of Aaron Pinkston, Ryan attended River Hill High School in Columbia, Maryland. He has a dog named Cody and currently lives in Los Angeles.

“I grew up watching ’Power Rangers’ and ’Ninja Turtles,’ and I had an older brother and we’d wrestle. My first girlfriend, Megan, was taking karate at 5, and before I signed up for classes, I was famous for putting on karate shows for my family. I always remembered being into the karate scene.” Ryan Pinkston

Full of It


A champion martial artist, twelve-year-old Ryan Pinkston won the Ed McMahon's “Next Big Star Contest” (aired on NBC) and then the Jenny Jone's “Amazing Kids That Rock” contest (showcased on the WB network). The next year, he landed a modeling job when the GAP Clothing Company asked him to film a national TV commercial. Four months later, he made it to final casting for an international Pepsi Cola commercial.

In 2002, Pinkston shot a hidden camera pilot for ABC called "Go Sick," an updated version of "Candid Camera." The following year, he joined the cast members of Ashton Kutcher's MTV show “Punk'd.” During his stint in the hidden camera practical joke series, then-fifteen-year-old Pinkston was widely recognized while pretending to interview celebrities at red carpet events for a kids' show, only to mock them instead.

Pinkston landed his first acting job in 2003 when he was cast as Arnold in Robert Rodriguez's third and final part of the Spy Kids film trilogy, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. He followed it up with roles in Terry Zwigoff's dark comedy Bad Santa (2003; starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox) and Jessy Terrero's predominantly African-American comedy movie Soul Plane (2004; with Kevin Hart, Tom Arnold, Method Man and Snoop Dogg).

From 2004 to 2005, Pinkston played the regular role of Patton Chase, the shortest of the children on Fox’s sitcom “Quintuplets,” alongside Andy Richter, Rebecca Creskoff, Jake McDorman, Johnny Lewis, April Matson and Sarah Wright. Afterward, he was spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC’s six-episode sitcom “Teachers” and the critically acclaimed teen drama/mystery series “Veronica Mars” (both in 2006).

In January 2007, Pinkston guest starred in an episode of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” As for his big screen works, Pinkston’s latest film, Full of It, was released on March 2, 2007. In the drama comedy film, directed by Christian Charles, Pinkston played the lead role of Sam Leonard, a habitual liar high school boy forced to live out the lies he told to become popular. The film also features Teri Polo, Craig Kilborn, Carmen Electra and Kate Mara.

“Sam’s 17 and never had friends or a girlfriend because of his overprotective parents. He seeks out the guidance counselor, who tells him, ’Lie about everything.’” Ryan Pinkston (on his character in Full of It)

Additionally, Pinkston has also wrapped Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson's comedy Parental Guidance Suggested, where he shares the screen with Frankie Muniz and Michael Cera.


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