Ryan Malgarini

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Ryan Malgarini
Ryan Timothy Malgarini

(1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 (age 27)[1]
Other namesRyan Timothy Malgarini
Years active1997–present

Ryan Timothy Malgarini (born June 12, 1992)[2] is an American actor and former child actor, best known for his role as Harry Coleman in Freaky Friday (2003).

Early life[edit]

Malgarini was born Ryan Timothy Malgarini in Renton, Washington on June 12, 1992.


Malgarini became interested in acting as a result of watching his grandmother Gloria Malgarini's involvement in commercials. At age 5, he was delighted to spot her in a commercial for "Senior Dimensions," a Nevada based healthcare provider, he pointed at the television and said, "I want to do that!".[citation needed]

From that point on, Malgarini would appear as an extra for some of his grandmother's commercials, he was soon appearing in commercials for McDonald's and Washington Mutual. Malgarini also took acting classes at the famed Young Actors Space in Los Angeles which earned him an agent and a manager.[citation needed]

In 2002, Malgarini made his film debut in The United States of Leland (released in 2004), playing a six year old boy in flashback scenes; this was a rather challenging role for Malgarini, since it required him to weep for the first time on screen in a funeral scene. In 2003, he played the role of Harry Coleman in Disney's comedy hit Freaky Friday, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, he appeared with Tom Hanks in a test film to develop the "performance capture" technology for The Polar Express in 2004.

Malgarini appeared as Benjy in the film adaptation of 2006 of How to Eat Fried Worms, the beloved gross out children's novel by Thomas Rockwell.[3] According to an interview with Malgarini on his official site, he starred as the main character Ugly in the musical Honk!. He appeared in The Robinsons: Lost in Space in 2004, he appeared in Gary Unmarried as Gary's (Jay Mohr) son Tom.[4]

Malgarini also appeared in Go Figure in 2005. In 2011, Malgarini gave an award winning performance in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The United States of Leland Young Leland
2003 Gilmore Girls Fred Larson Jr. Episode: A Tale of Poes and Fire
2003 Freaky Friday Harry Coleman
2003 The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke Billy Laemke TV movie
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Noah Episode: Hot Tub
2004 The Robinsons: Lost in Space Will Robinson TV short
2005 Go Figure Bradley Kingsford TV movie
2006 How to Eat Fried Worms Benjy
2006 Standoff Tyler Keeslar Episode: Pilot
2008 Happy Campers TV movie
2008-2010 Gary Unmarried Tom Brooks Main role
2011 Mike & Molly Matt Episode: Christmas Break
2012 Harry's Law Scott Denchy Episode: Search and Seize
2013 Riddle Nathan Teller
2013 Bones Dale Episode: The Party in the Pants
2014 Oliver, Stoned Devon
2014 The Young Kieslowski Brian Kieslowski
2014 I Didn't Do It Alex Episode: Ball or Nothing
2015 Resident Advisors Beep Hutcherson Episode: Move in Day
2015 Fresh Off the Boat Mike Episode: Miracle on Dead Street
2016 Teen Wolf Trent 2 episodes
2018 Mom Brendan Episode: Pudding on a Screen Door
2019 Dinner in America Daniel


  1. ^ "Today in history". ABC News. Associated Press. June 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Official Ryan Malgarini Web Site: FAQs and Facts". ryanmalgarini.com. KidActors. Archived from the original on 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  3. ^ Dargis, Manohla (25 August 2006). "The organic snack that builds character". Movies. The New York Times (Review of How to Eat Fried Worms). Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  4. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (23 September 2009). "What's on today". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-12.

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