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Sierra grad makes big splash on silver screen
Sierra grad and former sports standout Ryan Burgess played a big role in the independent film “Little Bruno” that is now making its way to movie houses across the country for special screenings. - photo by Photo Contributed
A former Sierra High School sports standout is making a big splash on the silver screen.

Ryan Burgess – who played football and baseball while at Sierra High and continued his athletic career at MJC where he played quarterback and was a member of the track and field team before transferring to Fresno State to throw the javelin – is now seeing the independent movie “Little Bruno” starting to take off with screenings set throughout the United States.

One screening was set for Thursday, Aug. 19, and ticket prices of $20 also included a copy of the DVD as well as admission to an after-party taking place in San Francisco.

Burgess – who turned to modeling and acting after graduating from Fresno State in 2003 – has appeared in television commercials for both the Ford Focus and the Dodge Ram as well as regional commercial spots for the Institute of Technology, Gottschalks, and the Palace Casino.

In Little Bruno, Burgess plays the grown-up Bruno who eventually becomes a mafia hit man after growing up in the mob with his cousin Tommy. The role is a significant portion of the overall storyline, and the movie has garnered awards such as Best Director and Best Thriller at the Los Angeles International Independent Film Festival – where the movie first premiered.

For more information about the schedule of the upcoming shows and live screenings – which start at $20 and include a DVD of the movie – visit