Ryan was editor/founder of Former Child Star Central, an old-timey Website called an “information mecca” by the London Times, and noted by CNN, Newsweek, Politico, Entertainment Weekly, Salon, FishbowlLA, AMC, Movieline, the Boston Phoenix, Film Threat and many others.
Ryan is the author of Former Child Stars: The Story of America’s Least Wanted (ECW Press), a history of how the child star went from object of adulation to late-night-show punchline.
“A commendably original investigation,” praised UK’s Uncut magazine.
Ryan has been called on to talk child-star things by Nightline, CNN, the Washington Post, VH1, E! Entertainment and more.
- “Why We Hate Teen Idols, But Especially Justin Bieber” (On why, well, you know, what the rest of the headline says)
- “Why Can’t You Be More Like Ron Howard and Jodie Foster?” (On why child stars who don’t grow up to be famous former child stars are doomed to lose the expectations game)
- “Goodnight, Everybody!” (On why the child-star story has been told. And told. And told. And…)
- “Shirley Temple at 85: Where Would She Rank as a Child Star Today?” (On one of the original child stars)
- “What My Kindergartner Taught Me About Gary Coleman” (On why height is no small thing to little boys)
- “Life Is but Brett Favre and Zac Efron, Strutting and Fretting Their Hours Upon the Stage…” (On the curse of teen idoldom)
- “Misty, Water-Colored Memory Merchants…” (On nostalgia shows)
- “No ‘Small Wonder’: The Legend of Jerry Supiran” (On why it can be good to get lost)
- “From JTT to JB” (More on teen idoldom)
- “Jodie Sweetin’s Cross to Bear, Costarring Keshia Knight Pulliam” (On growing up, or not)
- “Homecoming Queens and Tatum O’Neal” (On the child-star sliding scale)
- “George Clooney: What Might Have Been for Village Extra” (On the blessing of late fame)