Jason Ritter

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Jason Ritter
Jason Ritter Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Ritter at the Paleyfest 2013
Born Jason Morgan Ritter
(1980-02-17) February 17, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Parents John Ritter (father)
Nancy Morgan (mother)

Jason Morgan Ritter (born February 17, 1980) is an American actor, son of late actor John Ritter and actress Nancy Morgan. Ritter had roles as Kevin Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, as Sean Walker in the NBC series The Event, and as the voice of Dipper Pines in Gravity Falls. He now plays the recurring role of Mark Cyr in the NBC television series Parenthood for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Ritter was born on February 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California the son of Nancy Morgan and John Ritter, and the grandson of musician/actor, Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay. His stepmother is actress Amy Yasbeck. He has three siblings.

Ritter first appeared in the opening credits of his father's show, Three's Company.[1][2]

Ritter attended middle and high school at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, with Simon Helberg, who became his roommate at NYU.[3] He then attended (as did Helberg) and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.


Ritter appeared in The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, co-starring as Baum's son alongside his own father. He appeared in the movie PG (2002), and one year later played a role in Swimfan. In 2003, Ritter had a major role in the slasher/horror film Freddy vs. Jason as Will Rollins. He appeared in Raise Your Voice and Happy Endings. He portrayed Jeb Bush in the Oliver Stone film W. In 2007, he also voiced substitute teacher, Mr. Fisk, in an episode of All Grown Up, the grown up version of Rugrats, a teacher whom Angelica falls in love with. In 2008, he released Good Dick, a movie which he produced and starred in along with his girlfriend, Marianna Palka, who also wrote and directed the film.

Ritter in 2007

Among his theater credits are Wendy Wasserstein's Third at Lincoln Center, for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award and the Martin E. Segal Award for his portrayal of the title character; the Off Broadway production of The Beginning of August, and the role of Tim in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's play The Distance From Here at London's Almeida Theatre. Ritter has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.

Ritter has appeared in the MTV show Punk'd. Ritter also starred as Sean Walker in the season-long NBC drama series The Event, which premiered on September 20, 2010.[4][5] Ritter will be seen alongside Kate French in the upcoming short film, Atlantis, a romance film centered around two strangers who fall in love during the preparation for the final launch of the NASA space shuttle Atlantis.[6] He has a recurring role on NBC's Parenthood.[7][8][9] His performance on the show earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2012.[10]

It was confirmed in early March 2013 that he will play Gavin opposite Alexis Bledel's Stacey in Us & Them, FOX's sitcom pilot based on Gavin & Stacey.[11]


List of film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, TheThe Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story Harry Neal Baum
1991 Real Story of O Christmas Tree, TheThe Real Story of O Christmas Tree Rodney
1999 Mumford Martin Brockett
1999 Undressed Allan Anthology series
2001 Law & Order Nick Simms TV series
2001 Earth Day Jack (voice)
2002 PG Paul
2002 Swimfan Randy
2002 Hack Teddy Griffin TV series
2003 Smash the Kitty Josh Short film
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Billy Baker TV series
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Will Rollins
2003 Players Tim TV series
2003–2005 Joan of Arcadia Kevin Girardi TV series
2004 Who's Your Momma? Jacob Little
2004 Raise Your Voice Paul Fletcher
2005 Perceptions Michael
2005 Happy Endings Otis McKee
2005 Our Very Own Clancy Whitfield
2005 Placebo Daniel
2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile Sean Hickey
2006 Wicker Man, TheThe Wicker Man Bar Guy #2
2006–2007 Class, TheThe Class Ethan Haas TV series
2007 Education of Charlie Banks, TheThe Education of Charlie Banks Mick
2008 Deal, TheThe Deal Lionel Travitz
2008 T Takes The Guest in Room 23 Web series
2008 Good Dick Boy (unnamed)
2008 W. Jeb Bush
2009 Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll, TheThe Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Eric Genson
2009 Peter and Vandy Peter
2009 WWII in HD Jack Yusen (USN) (voice) Documentary / miniseries
2010 Dry Land, TheThe Dry Land Michael
2010–present Parenthood Mark Cyr Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series[12]
2010 Event, TheThe Event Sean Walker
2011 Bag of Hammers, AA Bag of Hammers Ben "Benjamin" Platt
2011 Perfect Family, TheThe Perfect Family Frank Cleary Jr.
2012–present Gravity Falls Dipper Pines (voice)
2012–present Weird Girl Thomas
2012 Weasel Town Haunches (voice) Web series
2012 Free Samples Wally
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Bruce
2013 Drunk History Stetson Kennedy Episode: Atlanta
2013 You're Not You Post-production
2014 Us & Them Gavin


  1. ^ "Jason Ritter Bio". US Weekly. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jason Ritter Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Lindhome, Riki. "Making It #1: Jason Ritter". Nerdist. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "NBC Picks Up Three New Series for 2010-11 Season with "The Event", "Outsourced" and "Love Bites"". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Live Feed. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Movie was filmed as space shuttle Atlantis took off from KSC". Orlando Sentinel. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 7, 2011). "'Parenthood': Jason Ritter to Return in Season 3, Teaming Up With Jason Katims for Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Masters, Megan (June 5, 2012). "Parenthood Scoop: Jason Ritter Will Return in Season 4… But For How Long?". TVLine. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 14, 2013). "Parenthood Exclusive: Jason Ritter Set to Return". TVLine. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ Adly McKenzie, Carina Adly (July 19, 2012). "Emmys 2012: Jason Ritter talks 'Parenthood' nomination and Simon Helberg's early-morning text message". Zap2it. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2013). "Alexis Bledel To Star in FOX Comedy Pilot 'Friends & Family'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 

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