Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor. Prominent in independent film, he has also worked in blockbuster films of varying genres, and has accrued a worldwide box office gross of over 1.9 billion USD. He has received various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for two Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award. Born and raised in Canada, he rose to prominence at age 13 for being a child star on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club, and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs, including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. His first film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer, and he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers, The Slaughter Rule, and The United States of Leland. Gosling gained wider recognition and stardom for the 2004 romance film The Notebook.