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Ryan Lane stars in "Switched at Birth" on ABC Family in the recurring role of Travis.

Ryan Lane was diagnosed with congenital nerve deafness at two weeks old. He grew up and went to school in the Los Angeles County School District until he graduated CSDR (California School for the Deaf, Riverside) in 2007.

In September of 2006, Ryan was involved in a dirt bike accident at Pismo Beach, where he suffered a fractured spine and left femur. He underwent surgery on both areas, requiring rod and screw fixation. He spent four months in a body brace, walking with a walker and using a wheelchair to get around when he got back to school.

Shortly after his recovery, Ryan was approached by director and producer David Risotto, who was interested in having him play the lead in a documentary about a deaf baseball player from the 1800s, William Ellsworth Hoy, otherwise known as Dummy Hoy. Risotto had found Lane through a football picture on the wall at CSDR, because he closely resembled Dummy Hoy. Lane really had no acting experience, but when asked if he was interested in playing the part, he agreed.

Lane received the script on a Sunday night before the shoot the next morning at 8:00 a.m.. During the shoot, deaf actress Deanne Bray, who played Hoy's wife in the documentary, took Lane under her wing and coached him with his lines.

This documentary led to other guest starring roles on such popular television series as "Cold Case," "House" and "Miami Medical." He also appeared in the first FaceTime commercial for Apple's iPhone. Lane has also done some theater, as well as starring in short films.

Lane is a huge animal lover and spends his time off with his rescued deaf boxer. He supports groups such as Dogs for the Deaf and OC Boxer Rescue, and campaigns for organizations like Save Japan's Dolphins, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and PETA to name a few.

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How old is Ryan Lane? Find out here.

Age: 28 years old
Birthday: November 23, 1987
Birthplace: Fullerton, CA

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