Radnor in 2009
July 29, 1974 |
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Film Director, Writer|
Joshua "Josh" Radnor (born July 29, 1974) is an American director, actor, producer, and writer, best known for portraying the main character Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
He made his writing and directorial debut with the 2010 comedy-drama film happythankyoumoreplease, for which he won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. He has produced and starred in his second film, entitled Liberal Arts, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in January 2012.
Early life 
Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. He has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. He attended Orthodox Jewish day schools (including the Columbus Torah Academy) and was raised in Conservative Judaism. Radnor went to Bexley High School and later Kenyon College, where his school's theater department presented him with the Paul Newman Award, and he graduated with a B.A. in Drama. Radnor received his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.
In 2001 Radnor was cast as the lead in The WB series Off Centre. However, the role was re-cast with Eddie Kaye Thomas before the first episode aired. In 2002 he made his Broadway debut in the stage version of The Graduate, succeeding Jason Biggs, opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. Since 2005, Radnor has starred in How I Met Your Mother, his biggest role to date.
In July 2008, he starred opposite Jennifer Westfeldt in the premiere of the play Finks, written by Joe Gilford and directed by Charlie Stratton for New York Stage and Film. Radnor made his directorial debut with the film happythankyoumoreplease, in which he was also the writer and star. His second film Liberal Arts, starring himself and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012.
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Tour guide
|2010||happythankyoumoreplease||Sam Wexler||Writer, director
Sundance Film Festival Audience Award
Nominated - Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award
|2012||Liberal Arts||Jesse Fisher||Writer, director, producer|
|2000||Welcome to New York||Doug||Episode: "The Crier"|
|2002||Law & Order||Robert Kitson||Episode: "Access Nation"|
|2002||The Court||Dylan Hirsch||Episodes: "Life Sentence", "Due Process", and "Stay"|
|2003||ER||Keith||Episode: "The Advocate"|
|2003||Six Feet Under||Will Jaffe||Episode: "The Trap"|
|2003||Miss Match||Andrew||Episode: "I Got You Babe"|
|2005||Judging Amy||Justin Barr||Episode: "Too Little, Too Late"|
|2005–present||How I Met Your Mother||Ted Mosby||Lead Role|
|2007–2009||Family Guy||Ted Mosby||Voice
Episodes: "No Chris Left Behind" and "Peter's Progress"
|2002||The Graduate||Benjamin Braddock||Broadway adaptation of the 1967 film|
|2004||The Paris Letter||Sam Arlen
|World premiere of the Jon Robin Baitz play|
|2011||She Loves Me||Georg Nowack||Benefit performance at Roundabout Theatre Company|
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