1. Ryan Lee Stiles is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, director, and voice actor whose work is often associated with improvisational comedy.
2. He is best known for his career and co-production work on the American and British versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the role of Lewis Kiniski on The Drew Carey Show.
3. The youngest of five children, Ryan Stiles was born in Seattle, Washington, to Canadian parents, Irene and Sonny Stiles.
4. Ryan Stiles attended R.C. Palmer Junior Secondary School and Richmond Senior Secondary in Richmond, British Columbia. too much freedom.”
5. He got so carried away with his flexible schedule that at age 17, he quit school a few months shy of graduation.
6. During this time he was the head writer of The Don Harron Show on CTV and the host of Comedy College on CBC.
7. In 1990 Stiles landed a spot in the original British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which lasted for nine years.
8. His performance on the program earned him both critical praise and a devoted fan following in the United Kingdom.
9. This break led to numerous guest appearances on U.S. television programs, including Murphy Brown, Mad About You, and The John Larroquette Show, and an audition for the part as Lewis Kiniski on The Drew Carey Show.
10. Work in the U.S. film industry soon followed, including roles in feature films such as Hot Shots! and Hot Shots!
11. By 1989, Stiles had gained the attention of the producers of the British improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
12. In 1995, Stiles was asked by American comic Drew Carey to be a regular on his comedy The Drew Carey Show.
13. In 1998, Carey successfully lobbied ABC to get an American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? produced.
14. Following the final season of the British version in 1998, the American version premiered, with both Stiles and Carey credited as executive producers.
15. Stiles and Colin Mochrie were the only two performers to appear in every episode of the US version, although Wayne Brady also became a regular near the beginning of the second season.
16. He first appeared in the fifth episode of the second season, which aired in late 1988.
17. He appeared in one other episode of that season, before returning for four episodes of the third season.
18. His prominence increased with each season, including appearances in every episode of Season 4, which was filmed in New York; ultimately, he appeared in every episode from the seventh season onwards.
19. Stiles was known for several recurring impressions he performed on the shows.