Mount Vernon actor wraps up filming on new feature film | Vanburen

Daniel Ryan, an actor living in Mount Vernon, has completed production on a new feature film titled “Labor Day.”

The film is directed by Julio Gomez, a Fort Smith pastor, and was shot over the past two months in Gomez’s hometown. Ryan in the film plays a police chief named “Donovan”.

“It was really good,” Ryan said. “It was my favorite movie to work on.”

Ryan has been acting in movies since the late 1990s when he starred in a short called “Sour Milk.” He trained as an actor at the Arkansas Actors Lab, a commercial film and theater school.

“It’s just a joy for me to be around people and to not only learn how to play, but also to watch what the team is doing,” he said.

Prior to acting in front of the camera, Ryan began performing in local theater productions.

“It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “It’s been like a passion for me.”

After working on “Sour Milk,” Ryan started in a feature film called “Insomniac” in 2009 where he played a character called “Tip Man,” according to his IMDB page. Ryan has also acted in numerous other films as a background extra and local commercials, in addition to being a scary actor for the “Creepy Works” haunted house in Conway.

Ryan previously worked for the state but has since retired and now acts as a hobby in his spare time. Since retiring, Ryan has starred in two other shorts, titled “Apartment 424,” where he played a ghost, and “Complicated Complementary Colors,” released this year where he played a teacher.

Ryan also played the character “Gabriel” in the horror film “Mardi Gras Massacre” released in 2021.

Ryan also created a public Facebook group called “Arkansas Actors, Directors & Filmmakers Inc.” which aims to help local actors, directors, and filmmakers across the state of Arkansas find jobs in the local entertainment industry. The group has nearly 2,000 members.

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