John Paul Ruttan was born on May 12, 2001. He is an teen actor known for his roles in This Means War (2012), RoboCop (2014), Shelby (2014) and Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti (2016).
John Paul Ruttan’s love for acting originated from watching 1980’s classics such as The Goonies, Home Alone and Karate Kid. At age 6 he booked his first acting job doing a Glad garbage bag commercial and moved steadily into roles in Television and MOW. At age 8 he had his first feature film debut in Defendor (2009) with Woody Harrelson.
John Paul has been fortunate to work with some of Hollywoods best, from playing Tom Hardy’s son in his break through role in This Means War (2012) costarring Reese Witherspoon, to working with Gillian Anderson in I’ll Follow You Down (2013) and being cast as RoboCops son with Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton in RoboCop (2014). He’s grown into his own Lead roles starring in the film Shelby (2014) alongside Chevy Chase, in which he was nominated and won awards for his performance in the US and Canada. In 2015 John Paul travelled to Africa to film Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti (2016) alongside Ella Ballentine and Jeri Ryan, a story of a brother and sister solely surviving the African wilderness after a plane crash.
Ruttan’s television roles during his acting career have included Degrassi, Lost Girl, the Doodlebops, the L.A. Complex, Rick Mercer Report, CBC Kids, BackPackers, The Listener, CBC AirFraces New Years Eve and recurring roles on Saving Hope and playing the role of Young William Murdoch on Murdoch Mysteries.
From the first time on set, John Paul has had a passion in camera’s and the movie making process. In his spare time he’s attended film and photography programs and in 2015 auditioned for Film Screen Arts high school program.