Canaan Crouch was the very first Paul Ryan in AS THE WORLD TURNS! Canaan was the son of Zenk's then boyfriend Michael Crouch (later her husband). Paul was being raised by the Colfax family so maybe his name was Paul Colfax then. It soon changed to Paul Stenbeck but as he grew up Paul decided to use his mother's name, Ryan, instead.
Crouch played the role in early 1980 when the character debuted but was quickly replaced by director Bruce Barry's son, who lasted a couple of weeks. There was a third Paul that we have not been able to identify who played the part until the fourth Paul came on board, Danny Pintauro. Pintauro lasted for a few years on the show before moving on to WHO'S THE BOSS?
The remaining actors are well documented on various websites around the web:
Eldin Ratliss (1984–1985)
C. B. Barnes (1985–1986)
Damon Scheller (1986)
Andrew Kavovit (1986–1991, 1992) FYI: He won an Emmy for the role
John Howard (1996)
Scott Holroyd (2001–2003)
Roger Howarth (2003–2010)
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VP choice Ryan also has another daytime soap "connection" at least in terms of headlines in the past week. I have seen more than one media outlet use the term "Ryan's Hope" when speculating he might be chosen.