Marisa Ryan

Marisa Ryan

Date Of BirthNovember 20, 1974
Age49 years 5 months 4 days
Day of BirthWednesday
Place Of BirthManhattan, New York, United States
Zodiac SignScorpio
ProfessionsDirector , Actress , Writer
Birth Names Marisa J. Ryan , Marisa Jodi Ryan
Nickname Mercer
Other Name Marisa Graf

Personal Information
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Religion Christianity
Language English
Star SignScorpio
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Body Features & Measurements
Height157 CM
5 Feet 2 Inches
Eye colorBlue Green
Hair color Brown
Weight57 KG
126 lbs
Figure Measurements 34-28-32
Figure Type Hourglass
Family Information
Father In-Law Dick Sisto (Ex)
Mother In-Law Reedy Gibbs (Ex)
Sister In-Law Meadow Sisto (Ex)
Education Qualifications
Education (High School) Hollywood High School Center for Performing Arts
Love, Romance, Marriage
Husbands Nathan Graf (m.2008–)
Jeremy Sisto (m.1993–d.2002)
Career Information
Debut (Movie) Without a Trace
Years Active 1983-
Debut(Short movie) A Delicatessen Story
Debut (TV series) Major Dad
AddressesMcGowan Management, 8733 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 103, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (Manager)
Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, 8675 West Washington Blvd., Suite 203, Culver City, CA 90232 (Agent)
More Information
Net worth$100,000 - $1Million


Marisa Ryan is an American TV/ movie actress who made her debut through Without a Trace(1983) as Justine Norris, she is popular for playing Elizabeth Cooper McGillis in Major Dad(1989-1993), Abby in Wet Hot American Summer(2001), Viktoria in Cold Hearts(1999).

She has recently appeared in the TV series Divorce(2019) as Ursula.

Marisa Ryan

[ Marisa Ryan ]


Marisa Jodi Ryan was born on November 20, 1974, in Manhattan, New York, United States.

Marisa's father was an English teacher and mother a singer who became a counselor in a Queens public school.

Her parents divorced when Marisa was young, she grew up between her mother's home in Queens & her father's on the lower East Side of New York. She initially got interested in acting because of her parents' passion for acting. Her parents had met at H-B Studios. [2]

She grew up in 78th St. Park, She saw of Irish cliques, Puerto Rican gangs, Dominican crew, she had interesting teen years. [2]


  • IS 145: She attended "IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer" school in New York City for her initial schooling. [2]
  • High School: Marisa attended Hollywood High School Center for Performing Arts

Husband- Marriage

Marisa Ryan & Nathan Graf

Marisa met Hollywood producer Nathan Graf in 2006. The couple dated for couple of years before getting married on 19th June 2009. Nathan has worked as an associate producer of the fantasy TV series SuperNormal in 2007(26 episodes), in the science-fiction comedy series "The Venture Bros." (2003-2006) (28 episodes)

Eloping with Jeremy Sisto & Marriage

At the age of 18, on 30 August 1993, Marisa eloped with Jeremy Sisto (an actor, producer, and writer; known for playing Scott in "Wrong Turn", Adam Stubbs in "May", Earl Hunterson in "Waitress")  to Las Vegas and got married on the very day. They lived together for 9 years and got divorced on 21st June 2002. He is now married to Addie Lane and has 2 children with her.

Marisa Ryan & Jeremy Sisto

[ Marisa Ryan & Jeremy Sisto ]

She is Ex-daughter-in-law of Reedy Gibbs & Dick Sisto (parents of Jeremy Sisto) & Ex-sister-in-law of Meadow Sisto (sister of Jeremy Sisto).


Interesting facts

  • Baby Model: Marisa appeared in a baby diaper commercial for Pampers as a 5 months old baby.
  • Child actress: She made her debut as a child actress a the age of just 9. 
  • Major Dad was the breakthrough project in Marisa's career, she had one of the main roles in the series.
  • Early interest in direction: Marisa directed a short movie named Sessions at the age of 19, it wasn't a mainstream movie, but she earned experience with the movie-making. Her other directorial movie "Three Women of Pain," was aired on Sundance Channel.
  • Marisa Ryan Nude scenes: Marisa has shed clothes in the movies Slaves to the Underground (1997)Trash (1999), both of those were shot in her early 20s.
  • Marisa has appeared in sequels to Wet Hot American Summer which were produced for Netflix- Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017), she resumed her role as Abby in both.
  • Marisa Ryan, the Psychic: There is a popular Psychic & Medium with the same name 'Marisa Ryan', must not be confused with this 'Marisa Ryan' (This Marisa's charms work, but entirely on the screen.)
  • Tattingers: At the age of 13 she was selected for a role in the TV series 'Tattingers', Her mother wouldn't allow her to work anywhere outside New York City, Marisa's school wouldn't allow her to act fulltime while also studying, however, the series got canceled.


Debut: Marisa made her debut in movies in the role of Justine Norris in the movie Without a Trace(1983) as a child actress.

Marisa Ryan on Major Dad: At the age of 15 Marisa gained popularity through a major role in the TV series Major Dad(1989-1993), where she played Elizabeth Cooper McGillis, a recurring role throughout all seasons and all episodes.

Directorial Debut: Marisa started her directing career with the film Three Women of Pain, she is also the co-writer of the movie.



Movies List

Year Movie Character Comment
2017 Middleground Marcus' Wife  
2010 The Extra Man Tanya  
2008 1% Montana TV Movie
2007 Puberty: The Movie Lashonda  
2005 Brooklyn Lobster
Lauren Wallace
2005 Alchemy Bridesmaid  
2003 Justice Julia  
2002 Stella Shorts 1998-2002
College Buddy
Direct to Home Video
2002 The Pennsylvania Miners' Story Leslie Mayhugh TV Movie
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Janet Donofrio (Teen version of the character)
2001 The Cure for Boredom Dayna  
2001 Don's Plum Anna  
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Abby  
2000 Mary and Rhoda
Meredith Rousseau
TV Movie
1999 Cold Hearts Viktoria  
1999 Trash
Alex Staley
1999 Man of the Century Gertrude  
1998 With or Without You Zoe  
1997 Taylor's Return Liz  
1997 Slaves to the Underground Suzy  
1996 Love Always
Julia Bradshaw
1983 Without a Trace
Justine Norris


TV series List

Year Series Character Comment
2019 Divorce Ursula "Miami"
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Abby 7 episodes; Regular; Netflix prequel series
2015 The Mysteries of Laura Susan "The Mystery of the Maternal Instinct"
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Abby 3 Episodes; Netflix prequel series; "Day Is Done", "Staff Party", "Lunch"
2015 Odd Mom Out Krista "Brooklandia"
2014 The Leftovers Imposter "Guest"
2005, 2008 Law & Order Stacey Ranson "Darkness", "Sects"
2007 The Black Donnellys   "The Only Thing Sure"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Laura Bergeron "Tragedy"
2002 Hack Melissa "All Night Long"
2002 Teacher's Lounge    
2001 The Mind of the Married Man   "The God of Marriage", "The Secret of the Universe"
2000 Deadline Stokes "Pilot"
2000 Falcone
Dede Napoli
1999 Sex and the City Nina G. "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women"
1999 The Practice Cynthia Simonson "Closet Justice"
1998-1999 New York Undercover Detective Nell Delaney 13 episodes; 
1997 The Pretender Helen Diggs "Unhappy Landings"
1997 Promised Land Samantha Markovich "The Collapse"
1996 Boy Meets World Irene "You Can Go Home Again"
1989-1993 Major Dad Elizabeth Cooper McGillis 96 episodes; Main Role


Short movies List

Year Short movie Character Comment
2018 The Small Claire  
2013 Lunch with Laura Molly  
2005 That Night Julie  
2004 Confessions of a Dangerous Mime
Susan Stapleton
1997 Three Women of Pain
As writer & Director
1996 A Delicatessen Story
Arlene Gum
1993 Sessions
As Director


Stage/ Broadway

Year Play Character Comment
2008 Love, Janis Janis Joplin in the titular role
  The Other Side   Repertory Theatre, London
  Another part of the Forest   Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
  Little Foxes   Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
  Something So Right   Playwrights Horizons
  Picnic   Cherry Lane Theatre


Year Song Movie/ Series Comment
1997 Little Mind Slaves to the Underground  
Cover Me  


News & Updates

  • She was covered in the Celebrity Sleuth magazine in 2002 (Volume 14, Issue 9, page 60-61) with the article titled- "Growth 'Spurts': Marisa Ryan"


  • She was nominated for the Best Young Actress award for her role in Major Dad.


  • I had a lot of diversity in my friends, a lot of them are in the arts now themselves. They dig it. But the other ones who I hung out with on the streets of Queens, who were never into the arts, are laughing hysterically that I'm playing a cop! [2]
  • I've been saying I'm 22 since I was 15 [2]


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