Josh Radnor

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Josh Radnor
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Radnor at the 2013 Comic-Con Convention
Joshua Thomas Radnor

(1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 48)
EducationKenyon College (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Occupation(s)Actor, filmmaker, musician
Years active2000–present

Joshua Thomas Radnor (born July 29, 1974)[1] is an American actor, filmmaker, author, and musician. He is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on the popular and 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.

In 2012, he wrote, directed and starred in his second film, Liberal Arts, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, Radnor portrayed Isaac in the Broadway play Disgraced, which was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. He then starred as Dr. Jedediah Foster on the PBS American Civil War drama series Mercy Street, Lou Mazzuchelli in the musical series Rise, and as Lonny Flash in Hunters.

Early life and education[edit]

Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio to a Jewish family, the son of Carol Radnor (née Hirsch), a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer.[2] Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor Silverman and Joanna Radnor Vilensky.[3]

He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, and was raised in Conservative Judaism.[4] He attended the Orthodox Jewish day school Columbus Torah Academy before going to Bexley High School[5][6][7] and then Kenyon College, where his school's theater department presented him with the Paul Newman Award and during which he spent a semester (Spring 1995) training at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. He graduated from Kenyon with a Bachelor of Arts in drama in 1996.[8] 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 1999.[8][9] Radnor participated in an Israel experience program in Tzfat with Livnot U'Lehibanot in 1997.[5]


Radnor and Ben Lee performing

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.[10] In 2002, he made his Broadway debut in the stage version of The Graduate, succeeding Jason Biggs, opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. In 2004, Radnor starred in The Paris Letter alongside his future How I Met Your Mother co-star Neil Patrick Harris.[11] From 2005 to 2014, Radnor 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,[12] written by Joe Gilford and directed by Charlie Stratton for New York Stage and Film. Radnor made his directorial debut with the film Happythankyoumoreplease, where he was both the writer and star of the 2010 comedy-drama.[13] His second directorial effort, Liberal Arts, starring himself and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012.[14] Radnor appeared in the Broadway production of Disgraced, which opened October 23, 2014, at the Lyceum Theatre.[15][16] He is set to direct the sci-fi thriller film The Leaves.[17] Radnor is currently starring in the Amazon Prime series, Hunters, as Lonny Flash, and on Netflix's Centaurworld, as Durpleton.

In October 2016, Radnor also confirmed he is in a band, Radnor and Lee, with Australian musician Ben Lee. Radnor and Lee had known each other for "twelve or thirteen years after meeting on the set of How I Met Your Mother" eventually writing songs together.[18] Their debut album, Radnor & Lee was released on November 10, 2017,[19] "receiving widespread praise across the board, and cementing the duo as an accomplished pair of artists," stated Rolling Stone.[20] On February 19, 2020, Spin announced Radnor and Lee's sophomore album, Golden State, out on Flower Moon Records, and premiered the first single "Outside In."[21] American Songwriter later premiered the video for the album's 2nd single, "Simple Harmony." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the album's release date was pushed back to June 2020.[22]

Radnor's debut solo EP, One More Then I'll Let You Go, was released on April 16, 2021, on Flower Moon Records. Rolling Stone premiered the first single, "The High Road," March 10, 2021, calling it a "gently lilting ballad about the breakdown of a friendship on which he sings... which features deep textures of piano, acoustic guitar, organ, and snapping fingers."[23] The EP's 2nd single, "You Feel New," premiered on March 31, 2021, with features in Rolling Stone, NPR, American Songwriter and Paste Magazine.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Radnor told the Los Angeles Times, "I do Transcendental Meditation, and part of the reason I chose my house is that I thought it would be a great place to meditate."[25]

Radnor is an avid Cloud Cult fan. He collaborated with the band to make the film The Seeker in 2016. Radnor explained, "What's true for me about a lot of music, but especially true for Cloud Cult's music, is that it stirs up the thing that's already in you and calls it out. If this film is able to do that, I'll sleep well at night."[26][27]


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Year Title Role Notes
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Tour Guide
2008 The Negotiating Table WGA Negotiator Short film
2010 Happythankyoumoreplease Sam Wexler Also director and writer
2012 Liberal Arts Jesse Fisher Also director and writer
2013 Afternoon Delight Jeff Boyardee
2013 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden John Garth (voice) Documentary
2016 The Seeker Father
2018 Social Animals Paul
TBA Three Birthdays dagger Post-production
TBA All Happy Families dagger Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Welcome to New York Doug Episode: "The Crier"
2001 Off Centre Mike Platt Unaired pilot
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 Gilbert Episode: "I Got You Babe"
2005 Judging Amy Justin Barr Episode: "Too Little, Too Late"
2005–14 How I Met Your Mother Ted Mosby Main role (208 episodes)
2007, 2009 Family Guy Ted Mosby (voice) Episodes: "No Chris Left Behind"
"Peter's Progress"
2013 Malviviendo Himself/cameo Episode: "La cosa está muy negra"
2016–17 Mercy Street Dr. Jedediah Foster Main role (12 episodes)
2018 Rise Lou Mazzuchelli Main role (10 episodes)
2018 Grey's Anatomy John Episode: "Momma Knows Best"
2020–23 Hunters Lonny Flash Main role (18 episodes)
2021 Centaurworld Durpleton (voice) Main role (18 episodes)
2022 Fleishman Is in Trouble Adam Recurring

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2016 "Let Me Be Your Girl" Rachael Yamagata Director[28]
2017 "Be Like the Being" Radnor and Lee Director
2021 "Afternoon" Cinders Director


Year Title Role Location
2002 The Graduate Benjamin Braddock Plymouth Theatre[29]
2004 The Paris Letter Sam Arlen / Young Sandy Kirk Douglas Theater
2011 She Loves Me Georg Nowack Roundabout Theatre Company[29]
2014–2015 Disgraced Isaac Lyceum Theatre
2016 The Babylon Line Aaron Port Lincoln Center
2018 Little Shop of Horrors Seymour Krelborn Kennedy Center

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Result
2010 Happythankyoumoreplease Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Won
Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award Nominated


Radnor and Lee[edit]

  • Radnor and Lee (2017, Gold Village Entertainment)
  • Golden State (2020, Flower Moon Records)


  • One More Then I'll Let You Go (2021, Flower Moon Records)

Additional appearances[edit]

  • Paty Cantú & Josh Radnor – "Mirame" (2020, Universal Music Mexico)


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  3. ^ Weiss, Vered (January 5, 2015). "Josh Radnor May Go on the Road after 'Disgraced' Closes on Broadway". Jewish Business News. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
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  12. ^ Cotter, James (July 26, 2008). "article". Times Herald. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009.
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  22. ^ "Radnor & Lee Ache for Pre-Quarantine Life with New Video, "Simple Harmony"". May 14, 2020.
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  24. ^ "'How I Met Your Mother' Star Josh Radnor Drops 'You Feel New'". Rolling Stone. March 31, 2021.
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