Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, musician and businessman. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. He starred in the television series Breaker High as Sean Hanlon and Young Hercules as the title role. His first starring role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer, and he then built a reputation for starring in independent films such as Murder by Numbers, The Slaughter Rule, and The United States of Leland.\nGosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the romantic drama The Notebook, for which he won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. His performance as a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson was nominated for an Academy Award and his performance as a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Also in 2007, he starred in the courtroom thriller Fracture.