Ryan Cooley

Ryan Hadison Cooley (born May 18, 1988) is a Canadian[1] consultant and former actor. He is best known for his role as James Tiberius "J.T." Yorke on Degrassi: The Next Generation which he starred in from 2001 until 2007.

Ryan Cooley
Cooley in 2007
Born (1988-05-18) May 18, 1988
Years active1998–present


Prior to joining the Degrassi cast, he had a two-year run as Pleskit, the alien lead in the television series I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. Cooley's other television credits include the series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Queer as Folk, Lexx: The Series and Life with Derek. He has also appeared in the features Sachsenhausen 1944, Toy Men, Disney Channel movie The Color of Friendship, the Animal Planet movie Cybermutt and CBC TV movie Happy Christmas Miss King alongside his Degrassi co-star Lauren Collins. In 2006, Cooley was nominated for a Young Artist Award (LA) the category of Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series. Cooley has also appeared in the 2007 film The Tracey Fragments with Elliot Page.[lower-alpha 1] In 2012, Cooley guest starred in a YouTube miniseries called Millie and Midge, in episodes 2 and 4 as Parker.

Cooley appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation as a regular character in the first season of the show and continued his role until his character's death in 2007, while the show was in its sixth season.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1999-2001 I Was a Sixth Grade Alien Pleskit Main Role
2000 The Color of Friendship Billy TV Movie
2001 Queer as Folk Hank Cameron Supporting role
2001-2007 Degrassi: the Next Generation J.T. Yorke Main cast
2005 Life With Derek Frank Episode: The Poxfather
2007 The Tracey Fragments (film) David Supporting Role
2012 Lost Girl Website Owner Episode: Midnight Lamp
2014 BeyWarriors: BeyRaiderz Task Landau Main cast; voice role


  1. Credited as Ellen Page


  1. "Ryan Cooley - Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
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