He is the husband of Kirsten, the father of Seth Cohen, and the legal guardian of Ryan Atwood.
Although he lives in a large upper class house, his politics are left-leaning and open-minded, causing friction between himself and the community.
Before Reed's death, eight other transgender women were reported murdered since the beginning of 2017, all of whom were women of color.
In January, Mesha Caldwell was killed in Mississippi and Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow in South Dakota.
Raised in New York City, Chaykin studied drama at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.He subsequently moved to Toronto, Ontario, where he resided until his death.Chaykin's first marriage, to Canadian producer Ilana Frank, ended in divorce.Ryan and Seth spend much time navigating their relationships with girl-next-door Marissa Cooper, Seth's childhood crush Summer Roberts and Atwood's girlfriend Taylor Townsend.Portrayed by Peter Gallagher, an idealistic public defender who takes in Ryan Atwood in the pilot episode, much to the dismay of his wife, Kirsten.