Alan Ritchson

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Alan Ritchson
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Ritchson in September 2015
Alan Michael Ritchson

(1982-11-28) November 28, 1982 (age 38)
OccupationActor, model, singer, songwriter
Years active2003–present
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Catherine Ritchson
(m. 2006)

Alan Michael Ritchson (born November 28, 1982) is an American actor, director, model, and singer. He made his acting debut as Aquaman / Arthur Curry on The CW superhero series Smallville (2005–2010), where he appeared as a guest star between the fifth and 10th seasons. Ritchson gained further prominence for portraying Thad Castle on the Spike TV sitcom Blue Mountain State (2010–2011), a role he reprised in the 2016 film sequel. He also headlined the SyFy action series Blood Drive (2017). In 2018, he returned to superhero television as Hank Hall / Hawk on the DC Universe / HBO Max series Titans. Ritchson left Titans after its third season to portray Jack Reacher on an upcoming Amazon Prime series.

Outside of television, Ritchson played Raphael in the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and its 2016 sequel, along with appearing in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). He made his directorial debut with the action-comedy Dark Web: Cicada 3301 (2021), which he also co-starred in.

Early life and education[edit]

Ritchson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of Vickie (born June 21, 1958), high school teacher and David Ritchson (born June 5, 1956), a retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant.[1] He is the second of three boys and is a father to three boys himself. During his childhood, his family moved to Rantoul, Illinois. At age 10, Ritchson's family settled in Niceville, Florida.[2] He attended Niceville High School and graduated in 2001. In a 2013 interview with Indonesian magazine Da Man, he stated that he once obtained a full music scholarship.[3] From 1999 to 2003, he attended as a dual-enrollment student and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree at Okaloosa Walton Community College, now Northwest Florida State College. He was a member of the Fine Arts division's Soundsations and Madrigal Singers.[4][5][6]



He began his modeling career in the Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue.


Ritchson (left) with Alex O'Loughlin in the television series Hawaii Five-0 in 2013

Alan Ritchson first came to the attention of the public in 2004 when he appeared on American Idol as one of the top 87 contestants in the third season before being cut in Hollywood. His appearance on the show was noted for his striptease in one episode in which he wooed judge Paula Abdul.[7]

His television acting credits include a recurring guest star role on the television series Smallville as Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman,[8] a small role as an army officer in the 2006 Hallmark Channel movie Though None Go with Me alongside Cheryl Ladd, and the role of Lucian Manet in the 2009 Lifetime original film Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou. His role in Smallville marked the first time that an actor portrayed Aquaman in an officially licensed live-action production.[8][9] His Smallville co-star, Justin Hartley, has since portrayed Aquaman in an unaired pilot of the same name. Ritchson reprised his role as Aquaman in a voiceover role for the animated film Justice League: The New Frontier, and the final season of Smallville.[10] In 2009, he appeared on a third-season episode of Starz's Head Case in which he played a male stripper. Ritchson also made an appearance on CSI: Miami, in which he played a dead victim in episode 19 of season 8. In 2011, he appeared in an episode of season 3 of 90210 as a love interest for main character Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan).[11]

In 2010, he started playing the main role of Thad Castle, the captain of a college football team, in Spike TV's Blue Mountain State.[12] He stayed on the show until it was cancelled after its third season in February 2012.[13] He also appeared in a number of television shows, including Hawaii Five-0. In 2015, Ritchson became a regular on the NBC variety show I Can Do That (based on the Israeli variety show) alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Ciara, Joe Jonas, Cheryl Burke and Jeff Dye, and hosted by Marlon Wayans.[14][15][16] In 2016, he appeared in "Nosedive", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.

In 2017, he played the main character in the Syfy series Blood Drive.[17] In 2018, Ritchson played the recurring role of Hank Hall / Hawk in the DC Universe series Titans.[18] He was promoted to a series regular for the second season, which premiered in 2019. Ritchson left the series after the third season in 2021, which saw his character killed off.

Between the second and third seasons of Titans, Ritchson was announced to be portraying Jack Reacher in an eponymous series on Amazon Prime.[19]


Alan Ritchson at the Lazer Team premiere with the cast and director in 2015

Movie credits include a role in the 2006 film The Butcher, as well as a minor role in 2009's Fired Up! In 2007, director Robert Zemeckis used Ritchson for his facial image, physique and movement for actor Ray Winstone of the title character of Beowulf.[2]

Ritchson portrayed Gloss, a tribute in the 75th Hunger Games, in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). Ritchson also portrayed Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a reboot to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series after the four previous films.[20][21] Ritchson would later criticize Producers of the new TMNT live-action films, claiming they mistreated himself and the other actors portraying the turtles during and after filming.[22]

He returned to his role as Thad Castle in the Blue Mountain State movie, Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland. Ritchson co-starred in Rooster Teeth Production's first feature-length movie—the science fiction comedy Lazer Team in January 2016.[23] He also played a medium role in The Wedding Ringer.

In 2018, Ritchson was announced as the director, co-writer, and producer of Dark Web: Cicada 3301, a comedy-thriller film inspired by the eponymous organization.[24] He also co-starred as an NSA agent.[25] The film will be the first original project of Phreaker Films, a film fund run by Ritchson.[24] The rights for Dark Web: Cicada 3301 were acquired by Lionsgate in 2020,[25] who released the film digitally on March 12, 2021.[26][27]

Other work[edit]

Other projects include an independent album called This Is Next Time, released in late 2005 and appearing in a Russian commercial for Orbit gum. Alan also appears in a web series entitled, Enormous Friends[28] with his Blue Mountain State co-star, Rob Ramsay.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Butcher Mark
2007 Steam Roy
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Arthur Curry / Aquaman Voice role; direct-to-video film
2008 Rex Chase
2009 Fired Up! Bruce
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Gloss
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael
2015 The Wedding Ringer Kip / Carew
2016 Lazer Team Adam
2016 Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland Thad Castle
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Raphael
2018 Office Uprising Bob
2019 Above the Shadows Shayne
2019 The Turkey Bowl Ronnie Best
2020 Ghosts of War Butchie
2021 Dark Web: Cicada 3301 Agent Carver
TBA Spring Break '83 Brad Filming completed in 2007; release postponed


Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Idol Himself Episode 3.1
2005–2010 Smallville Arthur Curry / Aquaman 4 episodes
2006 Though None Go with Me Army officer Television film
2009 Head Case N/A Episode: "Tying the... Not"
2009 Midnight Bayou Lucian Manet Television film
2010–2011 Blue Mountain State Kevin Devlin "Thad" Castle Main role;
2010 CSI: Miami Paul Arnett Episode: "Spring Breakdown"
2011 90210 Tripp Wilson Episode: "The Enchanted Donkey"
2012 Fred: The Show Expired Cow Episode: "Expired Cow"
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Freddie Hart Episode: "Olelo Paʻa"
2014 The Rebels Tyler Stokley Episode: "Pilot"
2014 New Girl Matt Episode: "Micro"
2014 Infomercials Kent Ross Episode: "Alpha Chow"
2015 I Can Do That Himself Contestant
2015 Workaholics Troy Torpey Episode: "Speedo Racer"
2016 Black Mirror Paul Episode: "Nosedive"
2017 Blood Drive Arthur Bailey Main role
2018–present Titans Hank Hall / Hawk Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2–present)
2018 Alexa & Katie Robbie Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2019 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Young Norm Scully Episode: "Hitchcock & Scully"
2019 Supergirl Hank Hall / Hawk Uncredited guest role;[citation needed] episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One"
2020 Legends of Tomorrow Hank Hall / Hawk Cameo;[citation needed] episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 5"

Video games[edit]



  • This Is Next Time (2006)


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