Alan Ritchson

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Alan Ritchson
Alan ritchson during shoot.jpg
Ritchson at the shoot for an episode of Hawaii Five-0 in April 2014
Born Alan Michael Ritchson
(1984-11-28) November 28, 1984 (age 30)
Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model, singer, songwriter
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Ritchson (m. 2006)

Alan Michael Ritchson (born November 28, 1984) is an American actor, model, and singer. He is known for his modeling career as well as his portrayals of the superhero Aquaman on The CW's Smallville and Thad Castle on Spike TV's Blue Mountain State.

Ritchson also starred as Gloss in 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Raphael in 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.

Personal life[edit]

Ritchson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of Vickie (born June 21, 1958), a high school teacher, and David Ritchson (born June 5, 1956), a retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant.[1] He is the middle of three brothers; Eric, the oldest, and Brian, the youngest. During his childhood, his family moved to Rantoul, Illinois. At age 10, Ritchson's family finally settled in Niceville, Florida.[2] He attended Niceville High School and graduated in 2001. In a revealing 2013 interview with Indonesian magazine Da Man, he once obtained a full music scholarship but was overwhelmed.[3] From 1999 to 2003, he attended as a dual-enrollment student and graduated with an AA degree at Okaloosa Walton Community College (now Northwest Florida State College). He was a member of Fine Arts Division's Soundsations and Madrigal Singers. [4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

He began his modeling career in the Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue; he also modeled underwear for the men's online underwear store internationaljock.com.[7] In 2008, he was signed to Los Angeles agency Vision Model Management and appeared on N2N Bodywear. By early 2009, Ritchson made his final appearance in his modelling career for Abercrombie and Fitch.

Television[edit]

Alan Ritchson first came to the attention of the public in 2004 when he appeared on American Idol as one of the top 87 contestants in the third season before being cut in Hollywood. His appearance on the show was noted for his striptease in one episode in which he wooed judge Paula Abdul.[8]

His television acting credits include a recurring guest star role on the television series Smallville as Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman,[9] a small role as an army officer in the 2006 Hallmark Channel movie Though None Go with Me alongside Cheryl Ladd, and the role of Lucian Manet in the 2009 Lifetime original film Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou. His role in Smallville marked the first time that an actor portrayed Aquaman in an officially licensed live-action production.[9][10] His Smallville co-star, Justin Hartley, has since portrayed Aquaman in an unaired pilot of the same name. Ritchson reprised his role as Aquaman for a cameo appearance in the animated film: Justice League: The New Frontier, and the final season of Smallville.[11] In 2009, he appeared on a third season episode of Starz's Head Case in which he played a male stripper. Ritchson also made an appearance on CSI: Miami, in which he played a dead victim in episode 19 of season 8. In 2011, he appeared in an episode of season 3 of 90210 as a love interest for main character Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan).[12] He played Thad Castle in Spike TV's Blue Mountain State as a captain on a college football team,[13] until the show was cancelled in February 2012, after its third season.[14]

Films[edit]

Ritchson (left) with Alex O'Loughlin in the television series Hawaii Five-0

Movie credits include a role in the 2006 film The Butcher, as well as a minor role in 2009's Fired Up! In 2007, director Robert Zemeckis used Ritchson for his facial image, physique and movement for actor Ray Winstone of the title character of Beowulf.[2]

Ritchson portrayed Gloss, a tribute in the 75th Hunger Games, in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). Ritchson also portrayed Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a reboot to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series after the four previous films.[15] He will reprise his role as Thad Castle in a Blue Mountain State movie set for 2015. Ritchson has been cast to star in Rooster Teeth Productions first feature length movie - Lazer Team [16]

Other work[edit]

Other projects include an independent album called This Is Next Time, released in late 2005 and appearing in a Russian commercial for Orbit gum.

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • This Is Next Time (2006)

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Though None Go with Me Army officer Television film
2006 Butcher, TheThe Butcher Mark
2007 Steam Roy
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Arthur Curry/Aquaman Voice; direct-to-DVD
2008 Rex Chase
2009 Fired Up! Bruce
2009 Midnight Bayou Lucian Manet Television film
2013 Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TheThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire Gloss
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael
2015 Wedding Ringer, TheThe Wedding Ringer Kip In post-production
2015 Lazer Team Adam In post-production
2015 Blue Mountain State: The Movie Thad Castle Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Idol Himself Season 3, episode 1
2005–10 Smallville Arthur Curry/Aquaman 4 episodes
2009 Head Case N/A Episode: "Tying the... Not"
2010–11 Blue Mountain State Kevin Devlin "Thad" Castle Main cast; 39 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Paul Arnett Episode: "Spring Breakdown"
2011 90210 Tripp Willinson Episode: "The Enchanted Donkey"
2012 Fred: The Show Expired Cow Episode: "Expired Cow"
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Freddie Hart Episode: "Olelo Paʻa"
2014 Rebels, TheThe Rebels Tyler Stokley Episode: "Pilot"
2014 New Girl Matt Episode: "Micro"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Beowulf: The Game Beowulf Character model

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/niceville-s-alan-ritchson-to-appear-on-hawaii-five-0-1.126692
  2. ^ a b "RISING STAR ALAN RITCHSON: From Abercrombie to Aquaman - Netscape Celebrity". Webcenters.netscape.compuserve.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://daman.co.id/exclusive-cover-story-alan-ritchson/
  4. ^ http://www.ecitv.com/wsb-2014-05-13-ritchson
  5. ^ http://www.nwfdailynews.com/entertainment/local-entertainment-news/hunger-games-actor-tells-nwfsc-students-we-are-our-own-personal-marketing-force-1.319525
  6. ^ http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org/AnnouncementItem.cfm?ID=962
  7. ^ Andrew (November 10, 2010). "'Blue Mountain State's' Alan Ritchson can now say, 'I ate goat balls' - From Inside the Box - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Ann Oldenburg (August 9, 2012). "'Hunger Games' casts hunky Alan Ritchson for Gloss role". USA Today. 
  9. ^ a b "American Tidal: KryptonSite Speaks With Alan Ritchson (Aquaman)". Kryptonsite.com. October 20, 2005. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Aquaman (TV 1984)". IMDb. May 1, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ ""Aquaman Returns to Smallville", TVGuide.com accessed 7 Sep 2010". Tvguide.com. September 7, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 13, 2011). "90210 Exclusive: Teddy Hooks Up With Aquaman!". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sam Jones and Alan Ritchson will be on Spike this summer in new college football comedy « OSCK Superman Fans of Smallville Blog". Osck.wordpress.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ ""Lionsgate's 'Blue Mountain State' Cancelled by Spike", Hollywood Reporter accessed 16 March 2012". Hollywood Reporter. February 21, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ ‘Hunger Games 2′s Alan Ritchson To Play Raphael In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
  16. ^ '@alanritchson confirms he will star in Lazer Team'

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