Amy Ryan is an American actress of stage and screen. A graduate of New Yorks High School of Performing Arts, she is an Academy Award nominee and twotime Tony Award nominee.
Ryan was born Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski in Flushing, Queens, New York City, to Pamela , a nurse, and John Dziewiontkowski, a trucking business owner. She is of Polish, Irish, and English descent. Growing up in the 1970s, Ryan and her sister Laura delivered the Daily News by bike. At a young age, Ryan attended the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. At 17, she graduated from New Yorks High School of Performing Arts. Hired for the national tour of Biloxi Blues right out of high school, Ryan worked steadily offBroadway for the next decade. She chose her mothers maiden name as her stage name.