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Ryan Jamaal Swain        

Actor & Dancer

Ryan Jamaal Swain is an actor and dancer known for his role of "Damon Richards" in the FX TV series Pose. Swain began dancing when he was four years old and became a catalog model when he was eight years old. While he was attending Howard University, Swain appeared in several stage productions including Off-Broadway productions like Kill Move Paradise

He was cast in Pose in 2017, and he also wrote a one-man show about Langston Hughes called A Negro Writer in 2014. Swain was named as a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree in Hollywood & Entertainment.


'Pose' Star Ryan Jamaal Swain on Abuse, Fame, LGBT History, and ...

A beaming, cheek-punctuating smile broke across Ryan Jamaal Swain's face as he recalled the moment, aged 4, when he had just finished a tap dance routineĀ ...

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