Ryan Jonathan Kelley was born August 31st, 1986 in Glen Ellyn, IL. The fifth of 15 brothers and sisters, Kelley was introduced to acting when his mother took him and five of his siblings to meet a talent agent in Chicago, IL. Kelley soon got his start in television commercials, appearing in over 50 ads.
Released in 2009 and directed by Russell Mulcahy, Prayers for Bobby is a movie about a religious mother who must come to terms with her gay son’s suicide. The film was nominated for large number of awards including an Emmy, and won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie. Shot primarily in Detroit, the film features actors Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, and Ryan Kelley.