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
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
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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