Radnor at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Utah
|Born||Joshua Thomas Radnor
July 29, 1974
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, film director, producer, screenwriter|
Joshua Thomas "Josh" Radnor (born July 29, 1974) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for portraying the main character Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Radnor 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 starred in his second film, entitled Liberal Arts, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in January 2012.
Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor 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. Radnor participated in an Israel experience program in Tzfat with Livnot U'Lehibanot in 1997.
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.
|1998||Barney's Great Adventure||Waiter||Uncredited role|
|1999||200 Cigarettes||Punk at Bar||Uncredited role|
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Tour guide|
|2004||Everyday Life||Husband||Television film|
|2010||Happythankyoumoreplease||Sam Wexler||Also writer and director|
|2012||Liberal Arts||Jesse Fisher||Also writer and director|
|2000||Welcome to New York||Doug||Episode: "The Crier"|
|2002||Law & Order||Robert Kitson||Episode: "Access Nation"|
|2002||The Court||Dylan Hirsch||3 episodes|
|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)||2 episodes|
|2013||Malviviendo||As himself||Brief cameo in Spanish on-line series|
|2002||The Graduate||Benjamin Braddock||Broadway adaptation of the 1967 film|
|2004||The Paris Letter||Sam Arlen/Young Sandy||World premiere of the Jon Robin Baitz play|
|2011||She Loves Me||Georg Nowack||Benefit performance at Roundabout Theatre Company|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Happythankyoumoreplease||Sundance Film Festival Audience Award||Won|
|2010||Happythankyoumoreplease||Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award||Nominated|
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