Ryan Larkin

male
Born
1953
in
Montreal
Canada
CA
Died
January, 2007
Biography

Animator. Bred in Dorval and trained at the Montreal School of Fine Arts, the precocious Larkin was taken under the wing of the Norman McLaren circle at the NFB at nineteen. He is known chiefly for his inspired study of human motion Walking (1968, Oscar nomination, 5), which among other things domesticated the male nude for the still skittish animation studio. After four films, Larkin dropped out in the 1970s and has since lived on the Montreal streets, as recounted in Chris Landreth’s Oscar-winning animated portrait Ryan (2004, 14). Larkin was famous again, and his ex-girlfriend wondered on-screen about the links of his homosexuality to his extraordinary life and art.