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.

Career[edit]

Ritter in 2007

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.

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 the British television show Gavin & Stacey.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story Harry Neal Baum Television film
1991 The Real Story Of Christmas Tree Rodney
1999 Mumford Martin Brockett
2001 Earth Day Jack Voice; Short film
2002 PG Paul
2002 Swimfan Randy
2003 Smash the Kitty Josh Short film
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Will Rollins
2004 Raise Your Voice Paul Fletcher
2005 Perceptions Michael
2005 Happy Endings Otis McKee
2005 Our Very Own Clancy Whitfield
2005 Placebo Daniel Short film
2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile Sean Hickey
2006 The Wicker Man Bar Guy #2
2007 The Education of Charlie Banks Mick
2008 The Deal Lionel Travitz
2008 Good Dick The man
2008 W. Jeb Bush
2009 The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Eric Genson
2009 Peter and Vandy Peter
2010 The Dry Land Michael
2011 A Bag of Hammers Ben "Benjamin" Platt
2011 The Perfect Family Frank Cleary Jr.
2011 The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Kyle
2011 They're with Me Isaac Solomon Short film
2011 Atlantis Ben Short film
2011 The Five Stages of Grief Orion Short film
2012 The Break In Larry Short film
2012 Angel of Death Victim 1 Short film
2012 Trying Mark Short film
2012 The Golden Age Mitch Short film
2012 Manhattan Mixup Fritz Short film
2012 Free Samples Wally
2013 I Am I Jonathan
2013 Teddy Bears Own
2013 The Sidekick Kid Loco Short film
2013 The Goldfish Yoni Short film
2013 The East Tim
2013 The End of Love Jason
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Bruce Television film
2014 Hits Julian
2014 Wild Canaries Damien
2014 There's Always Woodstock Garret
2014 About Alex Alex
2014 7 Minutes Mike Post-production
2014 We'll Never Have Paris Kurt Post-production
2015 You're Not You Carl Post-production
2015 The Labyrinth Lucas Pre-production
2015 Worthy Jeff Frederick Pre-production
2015 Embers Guy Pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Days of Our Lives Toddy Supporting role (Season 34)
1999 Undressed Allan Main role (Season 3)
2001 Law & Order Nick Simms "Teenage Wasteland" (Season 11, Episode 12)
2002 Hack Teddy Griffin "My Brother's Keeper" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Billy Baker "Dominance" (Season 4, Episode 20)
2003 Players Tim "Players Halloweenie Televizzie" (Season 2, Episode 16)
2003–05 Joan of Arcadia Kevin Girardi Main role
2006–07 The Class Ethan Haas Lead role
2007 Punk'd Himelf "#8.6" (Season 8, Episode 6)
2009 WWII in HD Jack Yusen (USN) Main role
2009 Mercy Gabe Tyler "Some of Us Have Been to the Desert" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2010–11 The Event Sean Walker Main role
2010–present Parenthood Mark Cyr Recurring role
2012–present Gravity Falls Dipper Pines Voice; Lead role
2012 County Jack Malloy Pilot[12][13]
2013 Robot Chicken Reindeer / Sergeant "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" (Season 6, Episode 21)
2013-2014 Drunk History Stetson Kennedy / Art Heist Investigator / Rufus Griswold "Atlanta" (Season 1, Episode 3)
"Boston" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"Baltimore" (Season 2, Episode 4)
2014 Us & Them Gavin Lead role; Unaired
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2008 T Takes The Guest in Room 23 "Lobby" (Season 1, Episode 1)
2012 Weasel Town Haunches Voice; Main role
2012 Sketchy Tom "You Got Retweeted" (Season 1, Episode 18)
2013 Ghost Ghirls William / Brad Wojciehowicz "Home Is Where the Haunt Is" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Comedy Of Terrors" (Season 1, Episode 7)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Category Nominated Result Ref.
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Himself Nominated [14]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "'Parenthood' Reunion: Michael B. Jordan to Co-Star in Jason Katims/Jason Ritter Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. February 10, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Where Are NBC’s ‘The Office’, ‘Parks & Recreation’ And ‘Up All Night’ Renewals?". Deadline.com. PMC. May 10, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 

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