Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor, musician, social activist and producer. Gosling began acting at age 12 on the American variety television show The Mickey Mouse Club. At the age of 17, Gosling was cast as Sean in the short lived Canadian television show Breaker High (1997–1998). Following his feature film debut in Remember the Titans (2000), Gosling had his breakout role as a fanatic Neo-Nazi in the 2001 drama film The Believer, for which he received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Male Lead. In 2004, Gosling gained mainstream success for playing the male lead in the romantic drama The Notebook. Two years later, Gosling was honored with winning Best Male Lead from the Independent Spirit Awards and earned his first Academy and Screen Actors Guild nominations as Best Leading Actor, for portraying a junior high school teacher in the independent film Half Nelson (2006). Gosling was also awarded the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical at the Satellite Award and earned his second Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and his first Golden Globe Award for his lead performance in Lars and the Real Girl (2007). Gosling earned his second Golden Globe Award nomination for the independent drama Blue Valentine (2010). Aside from acting, Gosling formed the band Dead Man's Bones with his friend Zach Shields. They released their self-titled debut album in October 2009.