Josh Radnor

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Josh Radnor
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Radnor at the 2013 Comic-Con
Joshua Radnor

(1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 44)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationKenyon College (BA)
New York University (MFA)
OccupationActor • filmmaker • musician
Years active2000–present

Joshua Radnor (born July 29, 1974) is an American actor, filmmaker and musician. He is best known for portraying 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.

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 earned a Tony Award for Best Play nomination. He then starred as Dr. Jedediah Foster on the PBS American Civil War drama series Mercy Street and as Lou Mazzuchelli in the musical series Rise.

Early life and education[edit]

Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor (née Hirsch), 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 suburb surrounded by Columbus. Radnor attended Orthodox Jewish day schools (including the Columbus Torah Academy) and was raised in Conservative Judaism.[1][2][3] Radnor went to Bexley High School, and later 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.[4] 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.[4][5] Radnor participated in an Israel experience program in Tzfat with Livnot U'Lehibanot in 1997.[1]


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.[6] 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.[7] 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,[8] 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.[9] His second directorial effort, Liberal Arts, starring himself and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012.[10] Radnor appeared in the Broadway production of Disgraced, which opened October 23, 2014 at the Lyceum Theatre.[11][12]

In October 2016, Radnor also confirmed he is in a band, Radnor and Lee, with Australian musician Ben Lee. Their debut album, Radnor & Lee was released on November 10, 2017.[13] He is set to direct the sci-fi thriller film The Leaves.[14]

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."[15]

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."[16]

Radnor is a registered Democrat.[17]



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


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
2007–09 Family Guy Ted Mosby (voice) 2 episodes
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"
2019 The Hunt Lonny Flash Upcoming television series

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2016 "Let Me Be Your Girl" Rachael Yamagata Director[18]


Year Title Role Location
2002 The Graduate Benjamin Braddock Plymouth Theatre[19]
2004 The Paris Letter Sam Arlen / Young Sandy Kirk Douglas Theater
2011 She Loves Me Georg Nowack Roundabout Theatre Company[19]
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


  1. ^ a b Spence, Rebecca (March 12, 2008). "Radnor: Not Your Average TV Star". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Josh Radnor on Talmud and 'Liberal Arts'". September 13, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "Josh Radnor: Heart versus head - 'its a big theme of my life'". The Jewish Chronicle. October 4, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Josh Radnor: How I Met Your Mother on CBS". Archived from the original on 2008-04-03.
  5. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "Josh Radnor Biography". CNET Networks, Inc. Archived from the original on February 17, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles (December 16, 2004). "Theater Review: The Paris Letter". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 5. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  8. ^ Cotter, James (July 26, 2008). "article". Times Herald. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009.
  9. ^ Angelo, Megan (February 27, 2011). "How I Met Your City, the Real One". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. 12. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (March 23, 2011). "Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen Teaming for Indie 'Liberal Arts'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ Sobel, Jon (June 10, 2014). "Josh Radnor to Appear in Pulitzer Winner 'Disgraced' on Broadway This Fall". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  12. ^ "'Disgraced' Broadway". Playbill. Brightspot. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  13. ^ Murphy, Sam (August 19, 2017). "Josh Radnor From 'How I Met Your Mother' And Ben Lee Continue Bromance With New Song". Music Feeds. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (June 21, 2016). "'How I Met Your Mother' Star Josh Radnor Directing Sci-Fi Drama 'The Leaves'". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  15. ^ Sachs, Mark (28 November 2008). "Plenty of spots to meet". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  16. ^ Jackson, Josh (April 2016). "Cloud Cult Made a Gorgeous One-Hour Movie with Josh Radnor". Paste. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  17. ^ "Interview: 'How I Met Josh Radnor'". StarPulse. 15 January 2009. Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  18. ^ Nicole Evatt (October 10, 2016). "Allison Janney clowns around in Rachael Yamagata's new video". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Josh Radnor". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved January 11, 2012.

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