Hunter Parrish

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Hunter Parrish
Parrish at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2009
Born (1987-05-13) May 13, 1987 (age 27)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2003–present

Hunter Parrish (born May 13, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He is known for playing Silas Botwin in Showtime's television series Weeds.

Personal life[edit]

Parrish was born in Richmond, Virginia. His mother, Annie Parrish, works with autistic children, and his father, Bruce Tharp, is an engineer.[1][2] He graduated from Plano Senior High School and from the Texas Tech University Independent School District.[3] Parrish is a "liberal Christian".[4][5]

In December 2014, Parrish announced his engagement to Kathryn Wahl.[6]


Parrish has guest starred in several TV series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Close to Home, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Summerland. He has also appeared in the films Sleepover and RV and The Good Wife.

In the film Freedom Writers, Parrish played Ben Samuels, the only white student in a California high school class. Reviewer Thomas Hibbs of the National Review Online noted that Parrish played the role with "unassuming humor".[7]

Parrish portrayed the role of the oldest Botwin son, Silas, in the Showtime original series Weeds from 2005 to 2012. On August 11, 2008, Parrish joined the cast of the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening in the lead role of Melchior Gabor at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City,[8] receiving critical acclaim. He remained in the role until the show's closing on January 18, 2009.

On August 18, 2008, Parrish released a video on titled "Cougar 101 with Hunter Parrish".[9]

Parrish appeared as a high-school basketball player, Stan, in the 2009 film 17 Again.

From 2007 to 2009, he hosted a web talk show with his friends Kyle Sherman and Allison Tyler calledTwo Guys and a Girl.[10]

On August 8, 2011 it was announced that Parrish would star as Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of Godspell. Performances began October 13. He left the show on April 15, 2012 to film the final season of Weeds.[11][12]

Parrish auditioned for the role of Peeta Mellark for The Hunger Games, but lost the role to his RV co-star Josh Hutcherson.

In 2013 and 2014, Parrish guest starred on CBS show The Good Wife as a Jeffrey Grant, a young man accused of murder.


In 2012, Hunter Parrish recorded his first EP called Guessing Games, featuring six songs. At first, Guessing Games was only available for sale in the lobby of Godspell '​s (his current music at the time) home at the Circle in the Square Theatre, but with a bigger release to follow. The first single from the EP, "Sitting at Home", was released on iTunes on June 7, 2012.[13] The complete EP was released later that month, on June 26.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Sleepover Lance Gregory
2005 Steal Me Tucker
2005 Premonition Charlie Short film
2005 Down in the Valley Kris
2006 RV Earl Gornicke
2007 Freedom Writers Ben Samuels
2009 17 Again Stan
2009 Paper Man Bryce
2009 It's Complicated Luke Adler National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
2010 Space Between, TheThe Space Between McDonough
2012 Gone Trey
2014 Still Alice Tom Howland
2014 Hell of a View Sam Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Hank Episode: "The Father-Daughter Dance"
2005 Summerland Tracy Hart (uncredited) Episode: "The Pleiades"
2005–2012 Weeds Silas Botwin 102 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2009)
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jeremy McBride Episode: "Gum Drops"
2006 In Justice Kevin Rounder Episode: "Confessions"
2006 Close to Home Jay Stratton Episode: "A House Divided"
2006 Campus Ladies Student Health employee Episode: "Webcam"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jordan Owens Episode: "Responsible"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Kid Flash, Geo-Force (voice) Episode: "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!"
2011 Pound Puppies Tundra (voice) Episode: "Snow Problem"
2013–2014 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Jeffrey Grant 3 episodes
2015 Following, TheThe Following Kyle


  1. ^ "'Weeds' star Hunter Parrish is regular guy with a cool job". USA Today. August 15, 2010. 
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  3. ^ "Friday Night Lights Star, Others, Earn Diplomas at a Distance Through Texas Tech University Independent School District". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
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  5. ^ "From 'Weeds' to Broadway, young actor thrives on rebellion.". The Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ "Weeds Star Hunter Parrish Is Engaged to Girlfriend Kathryn Wahl—See the Gorgeous Ring!". E! Online. December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hibbs, Thomas (2007-01-05). "Inspiring Schlock". National Review Online. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  8. ^ ""Weeds" Star Parrish to Join Broadway's Spring Awakening". July 7, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cougar 101 with Hunter Parrish". Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Two Guys and a Girl official site". Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hunter Parrish to Take on Jesus in Broadway's Godspell Revival!". August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Corbin Bleu to play Jesus in ‘Godspell’". March 23, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Sitting At Home – Single by Hunter Parrish". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Guessing Games – EP by Hunter Parrish". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 

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