Ryan James Bittle (born March 21, 1976 in La Crescenta, California) is an American actor. He began appearing on television in 1994.

Early LifeEdit

Ryan Bittle is the son of Kathy Homewood, a nurse and ICU director, and Jim Bittle, a retired Glendale Fire Captain. He has a younger brother Jeff, and an older brother Ron. Ryan attended Crescenta Valley High School (where he was an All-American water polo player), Pasadena City College, The London Academy of Dramatic Art, and The Juilliard School, Drama division (group 31), in New York City.


Ryan Bittle originally had plans to play NCAA water polo and then to attend medical school before he discovered acting. It was in his senior year of high school that he began to take an interest which led to him holding off on college for awhile to instead play a role in the television series Sweet Valley High.[[|[1]]] After two seasons, 1994–1996, he left the show as his relationship with co-star Bridget Flanery caused problems on the set. While studying at Pasadena City College, Ryan continued to work as an actor with guest starring roles in 1996 on the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boy Meets World, and The Parent Hood. Ryan also had a recurring role on 7th Heaven where he was Jessica Biel's early love interest. He also had supporting roles in the films Tear it Down, Devil in the Flesh and The Clown at Midnight.[[|[2]]] It was while working with Christopher Plummer on The Clown at Midnight in 1998 that Bittle decided he wanted to leave Hollywood for New York to spend some more time studying at The Juilliard School. It was in New York that Bittle was in numerous productions with actors Nathan Baesel, Jennifer Carpenter, Daniel Breaker and James Martinez.[[|[3]]]

Back in Los Angeles, Bittle continued with a recurring role on the successful WB drama Dawson's Creek and PBS drama American Family. He also had varying guest star roles on shows such as the CBS dramas CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, and NCIS.[[|[4]]] Ryan also played an actor for the second time in his career on Courteney Cox's TV show Dirt.

In 2003, Bittle starred as Christian opposite Mark Harelik and Gregory Itzin in Cyrano de Bergerac at South Coast Repertory.[[|[1]]]

He continues to work today with three films released in 2010: Take Me Home Tonight, an 1980s comedy starring with Topher Grace and Anna Faris; Backyard Wedding, starring with Alicia Witt and Frances Fisher; and the horror/thriller Lure.

Personal LifeEdit

Ryan Bittle enjoys playing sports. He plays golf and tennis when he can. And, in his spare time he plays masters water polo and coaches polo at the high school and club level.[[|[5]]]

Bittle also enjoys flying and got his private pilot's license in 2001.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tear It Down John Scott
1998 Devil in the Flesh Greg Straffer Video
1999 Clown at Midnight, TheThe Clown at Midnight Taylor
2004 Who's Your Daddy? Hudson Reed Video
2010 A Lure: Teen Fight Club Mr. Reed Video
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Rick Herrington
2011 Ricky and Ravi (Are in Between Jobs) Steve Video short
Year Title Role Notes
1994-1996 Sweet Valley High Todd Wilkins 44 episodes
1996 Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'Hood Bradley Lewis Episode: "An American Class President"
1996 7th Heaven Jeff 4 episodes
1997 Boy Meets World Gary Episode: "Chick Like Me"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mitch Episode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
2001 Big House, TheThe Big House Jon Jackson TV movie
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Harley Episode: "Reel Rangers"
2001-2002 Dawson's Creek Eric 6 episodes
2002 American Family: Journey of Dreams Sgt. Williams Episode "The Forgotten War"
2003 CSI: Miami David Kendall Episode: "Death Grip"
2007 CSI: NY Jackson Rudnick Episode: "The Lying Game"
2008 Dirt Paul Trisko Episode: "Ties That (Don't) Bind"
2008 Numb3rs Pat Drummond Episode: "Charlie Don't Surf"
2008 NCIS Metro Detective Justin Kemp Episode: "Silent Night"
2010 Backyard Wedding Jeffery Blake TV movie
2010 Life Unexpected Steve Episode: "Honeymoon Interrupted"
2010 All My Children Logan TV series
2011 Femme Fatales Archie Beecham Episode: "Speed Date"
2011 Bones Brock Vorback Episode: "The Prince in the Plastic"
2011 Annie Claus is Coming to Town Dean TV movie
2012 Operation Cupcake Thad Christopher TV movie
2012 Closer, TheThe Closer Charlie Episode: "Hostile Witness"
2012 "The New Normal" Mitch Madison Episode: "Unplugged"
2013 "Shameless" Steven Redel Episode:


  • Ryan was the original "Todd Wilkins" for the first two seasons of Sweet Valley High, before leaving the show.
  • Like his replacement Jeremy Garrett and the Daniel twins, Ryan was born in 1976.
  • Ryan was the second SVH cast member to guest star in Boy Meets World, the first being Bridget Flanery.