Tommy Dorfman

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Tommy Dorfman
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Dorfman in 2018
Born (1992-05-13) May 13, 1992 (age 28)
  • Actor
  • writer
Years active2009–present
Peter Zurkuhlen
(m. 2016)
Relatives Andi Dorfman (cousin)

Tommy Dorfman (born May 13, 1992 [1] ) is an American actor known for playing the role of Ryan Shaver in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017). [2]



Dorfman was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, [3] to a Jewish family. Dorfman graduated from Fordham University's drama program in 2015 with a B.A. in theatre arts. [4] [3] After graduating, they were cast in the role of Ryan Shaver on the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why , which premiered in 2017. [5] Also that year, they helped design a fashion collection with ASOS, [6] and, in October, were honored with the Rising Star Award by GLAAD. [4]

In Spring 2019, Dorfman made their New York theatrical debut in The New Group's production of Jeremy O. Harris' play Daddy, directed by Danya Taymor.

Personal life

Dorfman is gay. [3] Dorfman and Peter Zurkuhlen became engaged in April 2015 and were married in Portland, Maine, on November 12, 2016. [7]

In November 2017, Dorfman came out as genderqueer/non-binary. [8]

They are a cousin of The Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman. In high school, Dorfman dated Violet Chachki.


2009Foreign ExchangeStudentShort film
2013In My SkinJulianShort film
2016 i-Witness Rob Jr.Episode: "The Smith Sisters"
2017–2018; 2020 13 Reasons Why Ryan ShaverRecurring (Seasons 1–2)
Guest (Season 4); 18 episodes
2019 Jane the Virgin [9] Bobby Recurring role
2019 American Princess NickRecurring role
2019 Insatiable [10] [11] Jonathan2 episodes
2020 Love, Victor JustinEpisode: “Boys’ Trip”
2020 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Guest JudgeEpisode: “Snatch Game of Love”
2020 Love in the Time of Corona Oscar [12] Upcoming limited series, main role

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