Alan Ritchson

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Alan Ritchson
Alan Ritchson May 2016.jpg
Ritchson in May 2016
Born Alan Michael Ritchson
(1984-11-28) November 28, 1984 (age 31)
Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model, singer, songwriter
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Ritchson (m. 2006)

Alan Michael Ritchson (born November 28, 1984) is an American actor, model, and singer. He is known for his modeling career as well as his portrayals of the superhero Aquaman on The CW's Smallville and Thad Castle on Spike TV's Blue Mountain State.

Ritchson also starred as Gloss in 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Raphael in 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, and its sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. He also appeared as Adam, the Champion of the Earth, in Rooster Teeth's 2016 film, Lazer Team.

Personal life[edit]

Ritchson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of Vickie (born June 21, 1958), a high school teacher, and David Ritchson (born June 5, 1956), a retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant.[1] He is the middle of three brothers; Eric, the oldest, and Brian, the youngest. 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; he also modeled underwear for the men's online underwear store[7] In 2008, he was signed to Los Angeles agency Vision Model Management and appeared on N2N Bodywear. By early 2009, Ritchson made his final appearance in his modelling career for Abercrombie and Fitch.


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.[8]

His television acting credits include a recurring guest star role on the television series Smallville as Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman,[9] 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.[9][10] His Smallville co-star, Justin Hartley, has since portrayed Aquaman in an unaired pilot of the same name. Ritchson reprised his role as Aquaman for a cameo appearance in the animated film: Justice League: The New Frontier, and the final season of Smallville.[11] 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).[12] He played Thad Castle in Spike TV's Blue Mountain State as a captain on a college football team,[13] until the show was cancelled in February 2012, after its third season.[14] In 2015, Ritchson is a current regular on the NBC variety show I Can Do That (based on Israeli variety show) alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Ciara, Joe Jonas, Cheryl Burke and Jeff Dye, and hosted by Marlon Wayans.[15][16][17]


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

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.[18] 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.[19]

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[20]" with his Blue Mountain State co-star, Rob Ramsay.



  • This Is Next Time (2006)


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Though None Go with Me Army officer Television film
The Butcher Mark
2007 Steam Roy
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Arthur Curry/Aquaman (voice) Direct-to-DVD
Rex Chase
2009 Fired Up! Bruce
Midnight Bayou Lucian Manet Television film
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Gloss
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael
2015 The Wedding Ringer Kip/Carew
2016 Lazer Team Adam
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland Thad Castle
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Raphael
Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Idol Himself Season 3, episode 1
2005–10 Smallville Arthur Curry/Aquaman 4 episodes
2009 Head Case N/A Episode: "Tying the... Not"
2010–11 Blue Mountain State Kevin Devlin "Thad" Castle Main cast; 39 episodes
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"
New Girl Matt Episode: "Micro"
2015 I Can Do That Himself 6 Episodes
2015 Workaholics Troy Torpey Episode: "Speedo Racer"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Beowulf: The Game Beowulf Character model


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  7. ^ Andrew (November 10, 2010). "'Blue Mountain State's' Alan Ritchson can now say, 'I ate goat balls' - From Inside the Box - Zap2it". Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Ann Oldenburg (August 9, 2012). "'Hunger Games' casts hunky Alan Ritchson for Gloss role". USA Today. 
  9. ^ a b "American Tidal: KryptonSite Speaks With Alan Ritchson (Aquaman)". October 20, 2005. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Aquaman (TV 1984)". IMDb. May 1, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ ""Aquaman Returns to Smallville", accessed 7 Sep 2010". September 7, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 13, 2011). "90210 Exclusive: Teddy Hooks Up With Aquaman!". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sam Jones and Alan Ritchson will be on Spike this summer in new college football comedy « OSCK Superman Fans of Smallville Blog". Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ ""Lionsgate's 'Blue Mountain State' Cancelled by Spike", Hollywood Reporter accessed 16 March 2012". Hollywood Reporter. February 21, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ciara, Nicole Scherzinger, Joe Jonas, Cheryl Burke Join NBC Variety Show :". 
  16. ^ Scott Roxborough (May 26, 2015). "Armoza Betting on Game Show/Variety Revival With NBC's 'I Can Do That!'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  17. ^ "NBC to air 'I Can Do That' in late May - The Times of Israel". The Times of Israel. 
  18. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "'Hunger Games 2's Alan Ritchson To Play Raphael In 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'". Deadline. 
  19. ^ Doty, Meriah. "Crowd-Funded 'Lazer Team' May Sneak Up and Zap You (Exclusive Trailer)". Yahoo!. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  20. ^ Alan and Rob. "Enormous Friends". YouTube. 

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