Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian actor and musician. He is best known for his roles in The Notebook, Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl. Ryan Gosling was born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada, the son of Donna, a secretary, and Thomas Gosling, a paper mill worker. His parents, who were Mormons, divorced when he was young. On an appearance on the late night Canadian talk show Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Gosling told of how he was bullied in elementary school (he attended East Front Public School in Cornwall). His mother withdrew him from school and taught him at home when he was 10. While Gosling's mother was a Mormon, he was not raised in a strictly devout household and never really identified with the religion. After returning to the public system, he went to Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. The family then relocated to Burlington, Ontario, where Ryan attended Lester B. Pearson High School (Burlington). Gosling dropped out at age seventeen(17). When Gosling first moved to Los Angeles in 1997, he was given a place to stay at the West Hollywood apartment of Director Ron Oliver (Goosebumps and Breaker High).