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Medina, Ohio, USA
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Actor/Actress, Producer, Writer
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Full Name at Birth
Ryan Matthew Dunn
Place of Death
West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania
Cause of Death
Blunt Force and Thermal Trauma
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Ryan Dunn (June 11, 1977 – June 20, 2011) was an American reality television personality and daredevil best known for being a member of The Jackass Crew, MTV's Viva La Bam, and Homewrecker. A member of the CKY Crew, Dunn played the main character in Bam Margera's film Haggard, which was based on a failed relationship Dunn had experienced.
Dunn was born in Medina, Ohio and grew up in Williamsville, New York before moving to West Chester, PA, with his parents in his early teens. Dunn first came into public attention while appearing alongside his friends in the CKY Crew in four CKY videos.
Dunn took part in the characteristic stuns which made Jackass famous. While taping a skit for Jackass: The Movie, Dunn was driving a golf cart with Johnny Knoxville as his passenger. The idea was that Dunn would launch the golf cart over a sand-trap and into a plastic statue of a giant pig, and the statue would be crushed. However, the statue did not crush but instead forced the golf cart into the air and it landed upside down. Dunn was thrown from the cart, and Knoxville landed on his neck with the cart on top of him. In the commentary for the movie, Bam noted Dunn's bad driving.
Another skit in Jackass: The Movie featured Dunn placing a toy car up his rectum. The car was placed inside a condom and covered in lubricant. He then visited a doctor and complained of pain in his tailbone, only for the doctor to take x-rays and discover that a small car was lodged in his body. Dunn was also featured in Jackass Number Two.
In 2006, Dunn and Bam Margera participated in the Gumball 3000 in Margera's Lamborghini Gallardo. He later he went on a tour with Don Vito called "The Dunn and Don Vito Rock Tour" for which the DVD was released on March 20, 2007. Dunn and Margera again participated in the rally in 2008.
Bam Margera stated during a December 2, 2008 radio interview with Big O and Dukes of 106.7 WJFK-FM, that he and Dunn would be going to Italy to film Where the F*%# are my Ancestors. That same month, Dunn appeared on the episode "Smut" of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in December 2008. He is also featured in a movie called Street Dreams which was released in the spring of 2009. He co-starred along with Rob Dyrdek and Paul Rodriguez Jr. Before his death he was working on a show with fellow Jackass star Bam Margera about them traveling the world in ten episodes of a Viva la bam-like show called Bam's World Domination for Spike TV. Dunn also appears in Jackass 3D, which was released on October 15, 2010. He was the host of G4 TV's Proving Ground, which premiered June 14, 2011.
On June 20, 2011 at around 2:30 am EDT, Dunn died in a car crash in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. Reports from TMZ state that he posted a photo of him drinking with friends hours beforehand. At the time of the accident, Dunn was believed to have been traveling over 130 mph (180 km/h). Zac Hartwell was also found dead at the scene. WKST-FM reported that both of the bodies had suffered severe burns, and the emergency medical technicians experienced difficulty in identifying the vehicle's occupants; Dunn was reportedly identified by his tattoos on his chest and some facial hair.
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Ryan Matthew Dunn (June 11, 1977 – June 20, 2011) was an American reality television personality, actor and stunt man best known for being a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew.
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