• James Ryan Haywood (Iron Ryan, The Mad King, Ryan Bread) was born in Atlanta, GA in 1980.
• He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Web Design, and Computer Animation.
• He is part of the Rooster Teeth team, working in the Achievement Hunter sector.
• He is married with 2 children and lives with 3 dogs and 2 cats.
• He has 380,000 followers on Twitter and 130,000 followers on Instagram.


Who is Ryan Haywood?

James Ryan Haywood was born in Atlanta, Georgia USA, on 6 December 1980, so under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius and holding American nationality – he is popular for being a member of the Rooster Teeth team and goes by the names “Iron Ryan”, “The Mad King”, and “Ryan Bread”.

Early life and education

Ryan spent his childhood in Georgia with his family, which he rarely talks about. He has been playing games since a very early age, and had fallen in love with gaming as soon as he tried it for the first time. He was working as a model during the years which he spent at high school, and his hair was longer and he was skinnier during that period. After he matriculated, Ryan enrolled at Georgia Southern University, then switched to Georgia Tech University from which he received his Bachelor’s degree – he continued his education in England and apparently graduated with a degree in Computer Science, Web Design and Computer Animation.


Ryan first worked a job of a pool cleaner to make enough money to support himself – while he was checking the Craigslist for another job, he saw an opening with Rooster Teeth, and decided to give it a shot. He won the job, moved to Austin in Texas, and has been part of the team ever since, eventually gaining recognition in February 2014 when he also got the nickname “Mad King”.

He worked in the most popular sector of Rooster Teeth, which is the Achievement Hunter – each game has its own achievements which you get if you do what is required of you for that particular task. Most people can’t finish all the achievements on their own as these can sometimes be very hard, so Achievement Hunters make guide videos about finishing a particular achievement. Ryan was also in charge of maintaining Rooster Teeth’s website, and their “Game Fails” channel on YouTube – he later became the technical director and animator of their “Red vs. Blue” season 10 web series, which at that point was already very popular.

Ryan has appeared in many of Rooster Teeth’s live action productions, including “Immersion”, “Million Dollars, But..”, “Ten and Eleven Little Roosters”, and several others. He’s voiced numerous characters in their animated short videos, including his own character in the “X-Ray and Vav” web series, and John Elizabeth Andersmith in “Red vs. Blue”.

In 2011, Ryan became an editor, crew member and a co-host of Achievement Hunter – he became the main host in 2012 and joined the main crew of Rooster Teeth. He has a personal Twitch account called “SortaMaliciousGaming” on which he has gathered over 1.7 million views on the 15 videos which he’s uploaded. He has a YouTube account as well, which he launched on 3 May 2016 and has gathered around 45,000 subscribers and nearly three million views.

Ryan Haywood

What is Rooster Teeth?

Rooster Teeth Productions LLC is an entertainment company focused on playing video games, uploading those videos onto YouTube, and producing their own web series – its headquarters are located in Austin, Texas and it’s owned by Ellation which is a division of Otter Media, part of Warner Media working under Warner Bros.

Rooster Teeth was created in 2003 by Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum, Jason Saldana, Geoff Ramsey, Gus Sorola, and Joel Heyman – their first web series was entitled “Red vs. Blue” which debuted in April 2003, and is still airing, making it the longest web series to ever run on the internet. The team saw an opportunity in the popularity of the show, and created a “sponsorships” option – if you pay a monthly subscription, you are able to gain early access to their content, as well as discounts on their merchandise which they sell online.

After the success of the “Red vs. Blue”, they began making short movies, series, “Let’s Play” videos, and animated productions such as “X-Ray and Vav” which Ray is part of – they also made a full-length science fiction comedy movie entitled “Lazer Team”, which received positive critiques.

Rooster Teeth’s YouTube channel currently has over 9.6 million subscribers, while they have a total of over 45 million subscribers on all of their channels combined.

Personal life and marriage

Ryan doesn’t often talk about his personal life, but he doesn’t mind sharing some details with his fans now and then – he married his other half Dr. Laurie Higginbotham in 2007 and the two have two kids together named Eli who was born in 2011, and Olivia who was born in October 2013. Laurie is a veterinarian and she and Ryan have several dogs and cats who live with them.

Who is Dr. Laurie Higginbotham?

Not much is known about Ryan’s wife Laurie. except for details about her professional career – Laurie is a 2007 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She finished her internship at the Blue Pearl (formerly called Florida Veterinary Specialists) in 2008 and then moved to live in Texas – she worked in general practice, as well as handling emergency cases, until she joined the team of the Terrell Veterinary Clinic in 2015.

She and Ryan have three dogs named Emma, Maya, and Quigley, and two cats called Smudge and Violet – Laurie enjoys spending her time with her husband and their kids; she loves horseback riding, and is a big fan of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team.

Appearance and net worth

Ryan is currently 38 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes but his height and weight are unknown. According to authoritative sources, Ryan’s current net worth is estimated to be over $1 million and is steadily rising.

Fun Fact

During one of his streams, Ryan stated that he would release his modelling pictures from the time when he was attending high school, if the people watching would gather $200,000 – they managed to gather the amount and Ryan uploaded the pictures on the Internet.

Social media presence

Ryan is quite active on several social media platforms, as his career somewhat depends on these – he launched his Twitter account in November 2013 and has so far gathered around 380,000 followers and tweeted nearly 800 times. His Instagram account is followed by over 130,000 people while he’s uploaded around 80 pictures – he has a Facebook page as well, which is followed by around 3,500 people.


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Rwby2013-2015TV SeriesProfessor Port / Professor Peter Port
Red vs. Blue: Season 132015Andersmith
Ten Little Roosters2014TV Mini-SeriesRyan
X-Ray and Vav2014TV SeriesThe Mad King
On the Spot2014TV Series
Red vs. Blue: Season 102012Video shortSoldier #1 (voice)

Visual Effects

Red vs. Blue: Season 102012Video short lighting and rendering / modeling

Animation Department

Red vs. Blue: Season 102012Video short technical director


On the Spot2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Team BBz

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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