Tyler Victor Olsson, better known as Ty Olsson, is a Canadian film and TV actor and a noted voice actor. His roles in the animated series ‘Dragon Tales,’ the TV movie ‘Flight 93,’ and the series ‘Supernatural’ earned him immense appreciation. Ty Olsson was born and raised in Canada. He studied at an art school and learnt drama, dance, and music. After completing high school, he took special training in acting at a well-known Vancouver institute. Soon, he began looking for roles. He started his acting career with supporting and character roles in films and TV shows. His impressive personality, coupled with his captivating photographs in the media, earned him immense popularity. His character roles and his roles as a voice actor in various films and series brought him significant recognition. He was married to actor Leanna Nash. However, the couple later divorced. Olsson won the ‘Leo Award’ for his role in the TV movie ‘A Surrogate’s Nightmare.’
Childhood & Early Life
Ty Olsson was born on January 28, 1974, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He spent his childhood in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Not much information is available about his family.
During his elementary school years, a teacher guided Olsson toward school plays. He soon developed an interest in performing arts and auditioned for a program at ‘Canterbury High School.’ He joined the institute, which was a renowned art school, and studied dramatic arts, dance, and music.
After graduating from high school, he began exploring options for further training in acting. By that time, he had already begun accepting minor supporting roles. In 1997, he joined ‘Studio 58,’ the prestigious drama school of ‘Langara College’ in Vancouver. He studied at this institute for the following three years.
After completing his training at ‘Studio 58’ he acted in George Bernard Shaw’s plays at the ‘Shaw Festival.’ Soon, he returned to Vancouver and started searching for roles in TV and films.
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Ty Olsson began his acting career in 1988. His first job was that of a voice actor as ‘Astonaige Medoz’ in ‘Kido Senshi Gandamu: Gyakushu no Sha.’
Some of his most noteworthy works include his role in ‘The X-Files’ (1993), the role of ‘Lt. Aaron Kelly’ in ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (2003–2009), and the role of ‘Mitchell Laurio’ in ‘X2’ (2003).
Ty Olsson was the voice of ‘Herry,’ a descendent of ‘Hercules,’ in the well-known Canadian series ‘Class of the Titans’ (2005–2007). He became famous as the voice of the adorable dragon ‘Ord’ in the ‘PBS Kids’ animated series for children ‘Dragon Tales’ (1999–2005).
He has been part of many famous films, such as ‘Lake Placid’ (1999), ‘The Score’ (2005), ‘Just Friends’ (2005), ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ (2011), ‘Godzilla’ (2014), and ‘Life on the Line’ (2015). He has been part of major TV shows too, such as ‘Stargate SG-1’ (1999–2005), ‘Class of the Titans’ (2005–2007), ‘Flash Gordon’ (2007-8), ‘Smallville’ (2009), ‘The Killing Game’ (2011), ‘Arrow’ (2012), ‘The 100’ (2014–2017), ‘iZombie’ (2015), and ‘Defying Gravity’ (2009).
As a voice actor, he has performed in the ‘G.I. Joe’ animated movies (2003–2004) and in ‘Ark’ (2005), an animated science-fiction movie. He has also lent his voice to various TV shows, such as ‘Transformers Energon’ (2004), ‘Iron Man: Armored Adventures’ (2009–2012), and ‘Voltron Force’ (2012) among others.
He has featured in the video games ‘Dragon Tales: Dragon Seek’ (2000) and ‘Dead Rising 4’ (2016).
His upcoming film, ‘Gumshoes, ’is a sequel to ‘Music High.’
The role that brought him great reviews was that of Mark Bingham, the real life 9/11 victim, in the ‘A&E’ TV movie ‘Flight 93.’ His portrayal of a vampire, ‘Benny Lafitte,’ in seasons 8 and 10 of the series ‘Supernatural, was also well-appreciated. He is best known as the voice of ‘Ord’ in ‘Dragon Tales’ and as ‘Kyle’ in the ‘YTV’ animated series ‘Being Ian.’
Awards & Achievements
Ty Olsson was nominated for the ‘Best Actor’ award at the 2016 ‘UBCP/ACTRA Awards,’ for his work in ‘Unreal.’
In 2017, he won the ‘Leo Award’ in the category of ‘Best Supporting performance by a Male in a Television Movie,’ for his role in the movie ‘A Surrogate’s Nightmare.’
He was married to Leanna Nash, an actor who has starred in the TV series ‘Smallville’ (2001), ‘True Calling’ (2003), and ‘Catch and Release’ (2006). They divorced in 2012. They have two daughters, Mackenzie and Dagan Hunter.
In 2016, the net worth of Ty Olsson was estimated to be around US$ 300,000. In 2017, his net worth was reported to be US$ 400,000.
Ty Olsson is good at badminton, and he has excelled in the game since his school days. However, he did not pursue the sport on a professional level.
He appeared as a guest artist in the three longest-running North American science-fiction series, namely, ‘The X-Files’ (1993), ‘Stargate SG-1’ (1997), and ‘Smallville’ (2001).
Olsson is known for his penchant for fitness and athletics. He is also an able canoeist and is known to be an outdoorsman. He is skilled in animation voices, mask work, and stage combat.
He prefers using ‘Twitter,’ instead of ‘Instagram,’ to reach out to his fans. He is said to have seventy thousand followers on social media.
His height is 5 feet 11 inches, or 180 cms.