About Ryan Shams
Ryan Shams is an Iranian-American-Canadian actor, improviser, and two-time U.S.A. national fencing champion and world championship finalist. TV/Film: “Quantico,” “Person ofInterest,” “The Americans,” “The Blacklist,” “Unforgettable,” “Under The Dome,” “CSI:NY,” "Salt," and others. Theater Aftermath (International Tour of the NYTW production); Water By The Spoonful (Second Stage, NYC Premiere, 2012 Pulitzer); Some Women by Tina Howe (59E59, World Premiere); Harvey: The Guthrie Main Stage; Mother Courage: LJP; This: SRT; Tale of the Allergist's Wife: BCP (with Marsha Mason, dir. by Boyd Gaines); and others.
Ryan misspent his pretentious youth fencing and studying literary theory with “Deconstruction” guru Gayatri Spivak at Columbia University. Now he performs with the Improv team “Tough Butler” and currently trains in long-form improv with Peter McNereny (of Trike fame) at the Magnet. He digs ashtanga yoga and physical comedy. On television Ryan has played an Albanian bread-baker and gangster, a Harvard educated member of the Mujahideen, an Iranian nuclear physicist with a penchant for extremely expensive scotch, a Pakistani electronics store clerk whose boss is a sadistic killer, and a drunk fund manager with low self-esteem. He has been seduced and then immediately beaten by two beautiful spies in two different shows, thrown out of one balcony, and shot in the head twice (but not without a good fight).