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RJ CYLER (Billy/Blue Ranger) made his motion-picture starring debut playing high-school filmmaker Earl in the bittersweet teen dramedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl opposite Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman and Connie Britton. For his work in the acclaimed film-festival favorite, Cyler collected nominations for the Black Reel, San Diego Film Critics and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

The film itself picked up 17 honors, notably the Heartland Film's Truly Moving Picture Award, an Independent Spirit Award for screenwriter Jesse Andrews (based on his Young Adult novel) and two prizes (a rare double coup) at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury and Audience Awards for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

Cyler grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, the youngest of three sons (he was named after his truck driver dad, Ronald; his mom is a Cordon Bleu grad). After attending his first open audition in his hometown, he was invited to attend an acting camp in Los Angeles in 2012. His folks cashed in everything they had to relocate to Los Angeles to allow Cyler to pursue his love of performing. After finishing high school in California in 2013, he landed a bit part that same year in the indie feature Second Chances (playing, coincidentally, a character named 'R.J.').

Following his triumph in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Cyler completed a co-starring role in the big screen Middle East war satire, War Machine, which stars Brad Pitt, Will Poulter, Emory Cohen and Topher Grace. He is part of the cast of the second season of HBO's dark comedy series "Vice Principals," which was created by star Danny McBride, and also co-stars in the Showtime comedy, "I'm Dying Up Here," executive produced by Jim Carrey, which just got picked up for its first full season.


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