James Ryan Haywood (born December 6, 1980) is an American actor, voice actor, on-camera host (for shows and podcasts), gaming journalist, Twitch streamer and Internet and YouTube personality originally from Columbus, Georgia who is best known for his previous work at Rooster Teeth, co-starring with Rooster Teeth's game play division Achievement Hunter and Rooster Teeth's news division The Know. He also co-hosted Rooster Teeth's gaming podcast Glitch Please (formerly The Patch), served as a secondary recurring host the official Achievement Hunter podcast, Off Topic and an occasional guest on the RT Podcast.
Haywood has worked extensively with Rooster Teeth, having also co-starred and appeared in several live action productions such as Rooster Teeth Shorts, Immersion, Million Dollars, But..., The Gauntlet, Ten and Eleven Little Roosters, and more. Ryan also voice acted Professor Peter Port in RWBY, Soldier #1 and Caboose's Lieutenant John Elizabeth Andersmith in Red vs Blue (RvB), The Mad King in X-Ray and Vav. and animated versions of himself in the Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures (RTAA). He also occasionally helped fellow RT animators animate cartoons every now and again.
He began live streaming on Twitch April 30, 2016 at SortaMaliciousGaming while still working at Rooster Teeth.
He left Rooster Teeth on October 6, 2020 following sexual misconduct allegations.
Early Life and Career Pre-Rooster Teeth[edit | edit source]
Ryan grew up primarily in the Columbus, Georgia area.
Family Life[edit | edit source]
Ryan was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. Although he originally preferred to keep his personal life out of common knowledge, over time he has slowly divulged more information through videos.
His wife, Dr. Laurie Higginbotham, works as a veterinarian and with her, has two children named Eli (born 2011) and Olivia (born October 2013) both of whom have appeared during his Twitch streams. He is also a pet owner with several dogs and cats.
Actor/Self (20 credits)[edit | edit source]- The Chorus Trilogy (2015) ... Andersmith - Thin Ice (2014) ... Smith (voice) - Self Assessment (2014) ... Smith (voice) - Reflections (2014) ... Smith (voice) - Training Daze (2014) ... Smith (voice) - Teaming with Problems (2014) ... Smith (voice) - Oh Captains, My Captains (2014) ... Smith (voice) - Project Freelancer (2012) ... Soldier #1 (voice)
|2011–2020||Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures (RTAA)||Ryan/Himself||Rooster Teeth Animated TV Web series|
|2011–2020||Rooster Teeth Shorts||Ryan/Himself||Rooster Teeth Live action Web series|
|2012-2016||November 5, 2012-September 2015||Red vs. Blue||Soldier #1, Lieutenant, John Andersmith (all voices)||Rooster Teeth Machinima-animated Tv Web series|
|2012||November 5, 2012||Red vs. Blue: Season 10 (Video short)||Soldier #1 (voice)||Video short|
|2013-2016||May 22, 2013 – December 29, 2016||The Patch (Podcast)||Himself (main host)||Rooster Teeth and The Know's gaming podcast||Himself, with Ashley Jenkins, Burnie Burns, Gus Sorola and (until June 2016) Meg Turney|
|2013–2020||September 12, 2013 – 2020||RWBY (TV Series)||Professor Port / Professor Peter Port / Peter Port (voice)||Rooster Teeth Anime-influenced styled TV Web series||15 episodes
- No Safe Haven (2017) ... Peter Port (voice)
- Family (2016) ... Peter Port (voice)
- End of the Beginning (2016) ... Peter Port (voice)
- Battle of Beacon (2016) ... Professor Port (voice)
- PvP (2016) ... Professor Peter Port (voice)
- Destiny (2016) ... Professor Peter Port (voice)
- Fall (2015) ... Professor Peter Port (voice)
- Never Miss a Beat (2015) ... Professor Peter Port (voice)
- Lessons Learned (2015) ... Professor Peter Port (voice)
- It's Brawl in the Family (2015) ... Professor Peter Port (voice)
- New Challengers (2015) ... Professor Port (voice)
- Round One (2015) ... Professor Port (voice)
- A Minor Hiccup (2014) ... Professor Port
- The Badge and the Burden: Part 2 (2013) ... Professor Port
- The Badge and the Burden (2013) ... Professor Port
|2013||October 27, 2013||The Gauntlet (TV Mini-Series)||Himself||Rooster Teeth Live action competition show, TV Mini Web series||1 episode
- The Sonic Relay (2013) ... Himself
|2013||November 7, 2013||RWBY: Volume 1 (Video)||Professor Peter Port (voice)||Rooster Teeth video|
|2014–2020||June 1, 2014 – 2020||The Know||Himself/Co-anchor||Official Rooster Teeth news channel division||Himself, with Ashley Jenkins, Jon Risinger, Gus Sorola, Funhaus Team and (until June 2016) Meg Turney|
|2014||November 2014||RWBY: Volume 2 (Video)||Professor Port (voice)||Rooster Teeth video|
|2014–2020||November 13, 2014 – 2020||On the Spot (TV Series)||Himself / Himself - Team BBz||Rooster Teeth Live action Game Show, TV Web series||8 episodes
- Death of the Golden Gus (2016) ... Himself
- Episode #2.4 (2015) ... Himself (uncredited)
- Episode #2.3 (2015) ... Himself - Team BBz
- Funhaus Takes on the Fart Whisperer and Hogwarts (2015) ... Himself (uncredited)
- Team BBz vs. Team Jon's Hair Is Silly (2015) ... Himself - Team BBz
- Team CSC vs. Team R&R Connection (2014) ... Himself
- Team CSC vs. Team Free Willy (2014) ... Himself
- Team Buttz vs. Team CSC (2014) ... Himself
|2014||November 5, 2014 - December 23, 2014||Ten Little Roosters (TV Mini-Series)||Ryan/Himself||Rooster Teeth Live action comedy murder mystery TV Mini Web series||8 episodes
- And Then There Were Two & One (2014) ... Ryan
- And Then There Were Three (2014) ... Ryan
- And Then There Were Four (2014) ... Ryan
- And Then There Were Five (2014) ... Ryan
- And Then There Were Six (2014) ... Ryan
- And Then There Were Seven (2014) ... Ryan
- And Then There Were Eight (2014) ... Ryan
- And Then There Were Nine (2014) ... Ryan
|2014-2015||December 4, 2014 – October 18, 2015||X-Ray and Vav (TV Series)||The Mad King (voice)||Rooster Teeth 2D Animated TV Web series||3 episodes
- Reign Down (2015) ... The Mad King (voice)
- The Madness of the King (2015) ... The Mad King
- Operation: Rescue Friend (2014) ... The Mad King (voice)
|2015||April 1, 2015 – September 7, 2015||Red vs. Blue: Season 13 (Video)||Lieutenant John Andersmith (voice)||Rooster Teeth Animated machinima|
|2015||September 14, 2015||Let's Play Live: The Documentary||Ryan Haywood
|Rooster Teeth Live action Documentary|
|2015||December 1, 2015||RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (Video Game)||Peter Port (voice)||Rooster Teeth video game|
|2015–2020||December 13, 2015 – 2020||The Off Topic Podcast (TV Series)||Himself (co-host)||Official Achievement Hunter podcast||9 episodes
- The Mattress and the Pea (2016) ... Himself
- Shitting Chicken Out of Your Mouth: The Brandon Farmahini Story (2016) ... Himself
- Don't Stick Things in Things (2016) ... Himself
- Diet Coke and Commitment (2016) ... Himself
- You're All My Slaves Now (2016) ... Himself
- Tom Cruise Has Never Made a Bad Movie (2016) ... Himself
- RTX Australia Special (2016) ... Himself
- Who's Dead? Who's Dead? Somebody's Dead. (2016) ... Himself
- Welcome to 2016 (2016) ... Himself
- The Trouble with Jack's Pants (2015) ... Himself
- If Your Pee Could Cure Cancer (2015) ... Himself
|2016||February 7, 2016||Immersion (TV Series)||Himself||Rooster Teeth Live action TV Web series||1 episode
- Space Invaders in Real Life (2016) ... Himself
|2015-2016||August 27, 2015 – March 17, 2016||Million Dollars, But... (TV Series)||Ryan/Himself||Rooster Teeth Live action TV Web series||2 episodes
- Achievement Hunter Animal Attack (2016)
- Sudden Nudity & Permanent Parachutes (2015)
|2016||May 2016||RWBY Volume 3 (Video)||Peter Port (voice)||Rooster Teeth Anime-influenced cartoon video|
|2016–2020||June 9, 2016 – 2020||Heroes & Halfwits (TV Series, aka Heroes and Halfwits)||Albus Cumberbatch
|Achievement Hunter Live action TV Web series gaming podcast||Himself, with Geoff Ramsey, Michael Jones, Gus Sorola, Griffon Ramsey and Frank
- Four (2016) ... Albus Cumberbatch
- Three (2016) ... Albus Cumberbatch
- Two (2016) ... Albus Cumberbatch
- Episode One (2016) ... Albus Cumberbatch
|2016||July 30, 2016||RWBY Chibi (TV Series)||Peter Port (voice)||1 episode
- Episode #1.12 (2016) ... Peter Port (voice)
|2016||December 1, 2016||Let's Play Uno: The Movie||Ryan/Himself||Achievement Hunter Live action Let's Play video||Himself, with Geoff, Jack, Gavin and Jeremy|
|2017–2020||January 16, 2016 – 2020||The Eleven Little Roosters (TV Mini-Series)||Ryan Haywood/Himself||Rooster Teeth Live action comedy murder mystery TV mini Web series||3 episodes.
- Recon Rebirth (2017) ... Ryan Haywood/Himself (voice)
- Spy Games (2017) ... Ryan Haywood/Himself
- The Most Dangerous Game (2017) ... Ryan Haywood/Himself
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Let's Play Minecraft[edit | edit source]
- He regularly appeared in episodes of Let's Play Minecraft.
- He has won the Tower of Pimps eight times as of episode 79. He is currently on the biggest tower win streak of 4 in a row. His last victory has tied him with Ray and Jack for most tower wins.
- Geoff Ramsey has said that they would construct a house for him in Achievement City. He lived in Kung Fu House.
- Ryan is known for naming animals "Edgar."
- He only had two animals not named Edgar. His first pig was named Bacon Bits. The pig currently living in his house is named Prince Oinkens the First.
- Edgar was named such in Level 30 Enchant Part 1 when a cow in Ryan's house was briefly mentioned by Geoff.
- Ryan had a pet cow in his house named Edgar. It was freed by Michael and unknowingly slaughtered by Geoff for leather. This cow may or may not have been Edgar. As stated by Ryan, "Edgar is the one in the hole." Ryan now has Edgar back in his hole, in Kung Fu House.
- In Episode 65, Gavin murdered the Edgar in the hole and replaced it with a Mooshroom
- Ryan also had an emergency chicken named Edgar 3.
Achievement Hunter[edit | edit source]
- He was actually the third Achievement Hunter to be hired, but served behind the scenes managing the Game Fails Channel.
- He was the first Achievement Hunter to become the Minecraft King more than once.
- The first video Ryan is mentioned in is "The Tour of NYC, through video games" uploaded in 2011, Geoff mentions that the video was made by "our behind-the-scenes guy Ryan"
- He once placed a buzzing machine inside of Gavin's desk just to annoy Gavin. At first the machine went off every 90 seconds, then it malfunctioned, and started buzzing every 20 seconds. He needed to cut a hole in the victim's desk for the prank to work and picked Gavin, whose desk was already damaged.
- His team names were:
- The R & R Connection with Ray Narvaez Jr.
- Team Magnum Dong with Geoff Ramsey
- Team Same Voice with Jack Pattillo
- Team Love and Stuff with Gavin Free
- Team Crazy Mad with Michael Jones (a fusion of Ryan's Mad King persona and Michael's half of the Team Nice Dynamite namesake setup)
- Team Battle Buddies with Jeremy Dooley (resulted from Trouble in Terrorist Town Part 3's final round, Jeremy and Ryan the final two innocents left against Geoff)
- Team Same Desk with Lindsay Jones
- He was the one who runs any Let's Play which resides on the PC and often the one who's game of choice in Versus is a PC game. Coincidentally, Ryan had the most computer issues out of anyone in the office
- He sounded similar to Jack Pattillo, often confusing viewers as to who was talking.
- Ryan was a member of the Achievement Hunter Team on The Gauntlet. He often stated his belief that Gavin is the weakest member on the team.
- Ryan openly admitted that he occasionally watches the Let's Plays and is unable to tell his and Jack's voice apart.
- In Versus Episode 52, Ryan was referred to by his real name James.
- As of Things to Do In GTA V: Achievement Knievel, Ryan is often mentioned as being still in the air. This resulted from the Things to Do, where his car went airborne after colliding with Jack, who had been flying an incoming jet, and Ryan remarked he was still in the air (which became one of his most famous lines) while Jack (and for some bizarre reason, Ray) were killed by explosions resulting from the collision (Jack's jet blew up on him and causing the buses Ryan and Team Lads were jumping to explode in a wave, somehow killing Ray in the vehicle in front)
- Ryan often had great success when competing against Michael. In Minecraft and GTA Ryan frequently bested Michael in fights which often leads to Michael complaining. Also Ryan had never lost to Michael in VS and had a 6 victories over him. Until Versus Episode 96, where Michael challenged Ryan to Angry Birds: GO!, where Michael scored his first victory against Ryan until the victory was reversed as it was later revealed that per the game rules Ryan was the one who won.
- Ryan is a huge Dragon Ball Z fan and attempted to use Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD remake to win a episode of GO! but was unsuccessful.
Games[edit | edit source]
- Ryan is second highest in terms of Grand Theft Auto Online rank, at 150-plus as of the most recent video. As a result he is the highest-ranked member of Team Gents, with a twenty-plus rank advantage over the next member; only Team Lads co-founder Michael is higher.
- Up to the latest heist in the GTA Heists series, Ryan is the only Achievement Hunter who has not remained alive until the end in a single heist (at least in Freemode).
- He had three chances to do so, but committed suicide after not getting Geoff's dropped cash after killing the heist leader, was shot by a faster-reacting Ray at the end of his heist, and a glitch caused him to die of a freak accident in Lindsay's.
- As seen in Let's Play Halo 4, he appears to be proficient in precision and long-range weapons. His level of talent is at a level to challenge, often considered the best long range shooter because of his considerable skill in many video game genres, for the first place position, although not as good as Ray Narvaez Jr. Since Ray's departure Ryan is likely to have assumed the top spot, though Jeremy (who had taken Ray's desk after winning Blocking List) may be just as good.
- He is a fan of old-school games.
- He was regarded as the PC Gaming Expert of Achievement Hunter.
- He has been known as the VR guy as he was one of the founders of VR The Champions
- In Battle Buddies - Aim for His Ball, Ryan got the target testicle shot on Hitler, hitting him on the run. During the previous Sniper Elite 4 video his own testicles were the victim of the longest shot, by Geoff.
- In Let's Play League, Ryan hit one of Team Achievement Hunter's two home runs, a second inning solo shot that drew first blood. (AH would lose the game, with their only runs coming from Ryan's and a then-tying solo shot from Matt to open the third).
- Ryan was one of Achievement Hunter's top zombie killers, alongside Jeremy and Michael. (Jack prefers building over fighting, Geoff doesn't do much, and Gavin is the usual comedy of errors).
- Ryan was known sometimes as "Ryan the Gotta Be Somewhere Guy", for a combination of Edgar and him being "still in the air".
- Some of Ryan's Steam names are usually him attempting to be a genuinely friendly guy in games about killing the others (specifically Gmod games Trouble in Terrorist Town and Murder). Most famous of these is 'FriendlyNonMurderingSort', which lasted up to the First Day of 7 Days of 7 Days to Die (where he said he "really should change that").
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Ryan the Twit "#TakingItBackForTheTelephone"
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In 'Behind the Scenes'
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"Give me your milk"
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With Gavin clones in 'Ten Little Roosters'
On The Patch
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Mii QR Code from Tomodachi Life
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Ryan's Versus title card
Ryan Haywood's Minecraft Skin - "Scottish Steve."
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Ryan during an episode of Achievement Hunter "GO"
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One of Ryan's model photos
The Mad King as seen in X-Ray and Vav.
Ryan's cartoon in Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures.
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The "infamous" gnome photo
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Ryan is known by his middle name, as opposed to his first name: James. He stated that his parents always used his middle name rather than his first, and he continued to do so.
- He created a Twitter account (@RyanTheTwit) when the 2013 Extra Life donation amount for Rooster Teeth reached $90k. Within 15 days Ryan had reached 50,399 followers and had 10,000 followers within the first 30 seconds.
- Before Rooster Teeth, Ryan worked as a professional model, as stated in Let's Play - 7 Days to Die Part 3. These photos were released during the Extra Life stream once $200,000 had been raised.
- According to Free Play: The Newlywed Game - #30, Ryan('s):
- Wanted to be an astronaut when he was younger.
- Favorite color is blue.
- Wants to travel to Japan.(and has now done so)
- Favorite video game of all time is Wing Commander Privateer.
- Biggest pet peeve is being out of Diet Coke.
- Biggest fear is losing a child or being paralyzed.
- Didn't have a childhood nickname.
- He has a reputation of having a dark side due to his GTA character and his knowledge.
- He has thrown a knife and stuck it to a wall to prove a point.
- The alias The Mad King is often the identity of this dark side. An identically named character in X-Ray and Vav (voiced by Ryan) fits this aspect excellently (with an outfit akin to his Minecraft skin).
- His favourite drink is Diet Coke, he is seen drinking it regularly while on camera