Daren Kagasoff (born September 16, 1987) is an American actor. He is best known for starring as Ricky Underwood on the ABC Family teen soap The Secret Life of the American Teenager from 2008-2013.

Early life

Kagasoff was born in Encino, California to mother Elise Kagasoff (née Levy) and Barry Kagasoff, a diamond merchant. He is the middle of three children; he has an older brother, Justin, and a younger sister, Natalie. He is Jewish.

Kagasoff graduated from Montclair Preparatory High School in 2005 where he played on his school's baseball team. While attending school at San Francisco State University, Kagasoff decided to become an actor.


After deciding to return to Los Angeles, Kagasoff landed the leading role in a local theater production of Suburbia, a play the 1996 film of the same name was based upon. After studying acting he began auditioning for television and film roles. On one of his first auditions, he impressed producer Brenda Hampton that she hand-picked him to star as Ricky Underwood in the ABC Family television series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The show ran for 5 seasons.

It was announced on February 24, 2013, that Kagasoff had been cast as Alex in the FOX pilot Delirium, based on the novel by Lauren Oliver. The show did not go to series. Kagasoff co-starred as Trevor in the supernatural horror film Ouija, directed by Stiles White and co-written by Juliet Snowden and White. The film was released in October 2014.

In September 2014, Kagasoff joined the cast of the Red Band Society, an American comedy-drama television series on Fox for the 2014–15 American television season developed by Margaret Nagle. He had a recurring role playing Kara's love interest, Hunter Cole. The series premiered on September 17, 2014 and was canceled after one season.

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