Hunter Parrish Tharp (born May 13, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He is known for playing the role of Silas Botwin in the Showtime series Weeds and for his performances in the Broadway productions of Godspell in the role of Jesus and Spring Awakening as Melchior.
Parrish at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2009
Hunter Parrish Tharp
May 13, 1987
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Texas Tech University|
Plano Independent School District
Parrish was born in Richmond, Virginia, to Annie Parrish, who works with children with autism, and Bruce Tharp, an engineer. Parrish has an older brother. He graduated from Plano Senior High School and Texas Tech University Independent School District.
2003–2005: Early careerEdit
After being seen at a showcase in New York, directed by Peter Sklar, Parrish was offered professional representation and went on to guest star in several television shows and appeared in the film Sleepover (2004).
2005–2012: Weeds and Broadway debutEdit
Parrish gained recognition when he began starring in the hit Showtime series Weeds from in 2005. The show ran for eight seasons, ending in 2012. Part of the main ensemble cast, Parrish portrayed the role of the older Botwin son, Silas.
Following filming of Weeds fourth season, Parrish joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City. He made his Broadway debut on August 11, 2008, replacement for the lead role of Melchior Gabor for which he received critical acclaim. He remained in the role until the show closed on January 18, 2009. Parrish returned to Broadway two-and-a-half years later, to star in the 2011 Broadway revival of Godspell in which he starred as Jesus. Performances began October 13, 2011. He left the show on April 15, 2012 to film the final season of Weeds.
During this period, Parrish had many other roles on screen. He has supporting parts in the films RV (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), and 17 Again (2009), and It's Complicated (2009). In Freedom Writers, Parrish played Ben Samuels, the only white student in a California high school class. The National Review Online wrote that Parrish had played the role with "unassuming humor". He had a handful of guest role on TV and took part in the 2008 short "Cougar 101 with Hunter Parrish" for funnyordie.com. From 2007 to 2009, he hosted a web talk show with his friends Kyle Sherman and Allison Tyler called Two Guys and a Girl.
2012–present: Dramatic roles in television and filmEdit
Since 2013, Parrish has had a string of recurring roles on television. In 2013 and 2014, he guest starred on The Good Wife as Jeffrey Grant, a young man accused of murder. In 2015, he also had recurring roles in The Following and Hand of God. Parrish had a main role in the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt, which was released in 2016. In 2017, Parrish was cast in the recurring role of Clay Haas in the second season of ABC's thriller series Quantico.
Earlier, in January 2019, it was announced that Parrish be part of the upcoming Netflix drama series Ratched. Produced by Ryan Murphy, Ratched scored a two-season, straight-to-series order, with the first season filmed from January into July 2019. The first season is expected to be released September 2020.
|2005||Down in the Valley||Kris|
|2007||Freedom Writers||Ben Samuels|
|2009||It's Complicated||Luke Adler||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast|
|2010||The Space Between||McDonough|
|2014||Still Alice||Tom Howland|
|2015||A Rising Tide||Sam Rama|
|2003||The Guardian||Hank||Episode: "The Father-Daughter Dance"|
|2005||Summerland||Tracy Hart||Episode: "The Pleiades"|
|2005–2012||Weeds||Silas Botwin||Main role; 102 episodes|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jeremy McBride||Episode: "Gum Drops"|
|2006||In Justice||Kevin Rounder||Episode: "Confessions"|
|2006||Close to Home||Jay Stratton||Episode: "A House Divided"|
|2006||Campus Ladies||Student health employee||Episode: "Webcam"|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jordan Owens||Episode: "Responsible"|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Kid Flash / Geo-Force (voices)||Episode: "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!"|
|2011||Pound Puppies||Tundra (voice)||Episode: "Snow Problem"|
|2013–2014||The Good Wife||Jeffrey Grant||3 episodes|
|2015||The Following||Kyle Locke||5 episodes|
|2015||Hand of God||Josh Miller||5 episodes|
|2015–2016||Good Girls Revolt||Douglas Rhodes||Main role; 10 episodes|
|2017||Quantico||Clay Haas||9 episodes|
|2018||This Is Us||Alan||2 episodes|
|2019||Jane the Novela||Felix||Unaired television series|
In 2012, Parrish recorded his first EP called Guessing Games, featuring six songs. At first, Guessing Games was only available for sale in the lobby of Godspell's (his current music at the time) home at the Circle in the Square Theatre, but with a bigger release to follow. The first single from the EP, "Sitting at Home", was released on iTunes on June 7, 2012. The complete EP was released later that month, on June 26.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
(among the cast)
- Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014
- Hunter Parrish Internet Broadway Database. 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016
- "'Weeds' star Hunter Parrish is regular guy with a cool job". USA Today. August 15, 2010.
- Profile, cjonline.com; accessed April 9, 2015.
- "Friday Night Lights Star, Others, Earn Diplomas at a Distance Through Texas Tech University Independent School District". Texas Tech University. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2008.
- Nestor, Frank (October 19, 2011). "Theater Actors to Watch 2011". Backstage Magazine. New York, NY. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- ""Weeds" Star Parrish to Join Broadway's Spring Awakening". Playbill.com. July 7, 2008. Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Hunter Parrish to Take on Jesus in Broadway's Godspell Revival!". Broadwayworld.com. August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Corbin Bleu to play Jesus in 'Godspell'". nydailynews.com. March 23, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Hibbs, Thomas (January 5, 2007). "Inspiring Schlock". National Review Online. Archived from the original on January 29, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2007.
- "Cougar 101 with Hunter Parrish". Funnyordie.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Two Guys and a Girl official site". tgglive.net. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- Denise Petski (January 12, 2017). "'Quantico': Hunter Parrish Set For Major Recurring Role". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
- Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (March 15, 2019). "'Jane The Novela': Hunter Parrish To Star In the CW's 'Jane The Virgin' Spinoff Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
- White, Peter; White, Peter (May 16, 2019). "The CW Open To Developing Another 'Jane The Virgin' Spin-Off After Passing On 'Jane The Novela' Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
- Denise Petski (January 14, 2019). "'Ratched': Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon Among 10 Cast In Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
- Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (February 4, 2019). "Rosanna Arquette To Recur On Ryan Murphy's 'Ratched' Series On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
- "'Ratched' Season 1: Netflix Release Date & Everything We Know So Far". What's on Netflix. June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
- "Weeds Star Hunter Parrish Is Engaged to Girlfriend Kathryn Wahl—See the Gorgeous Ring!". E! Online. December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
- "usm.ag/1Qi71oe" – via usm.ag/1Qi71oe.
- Profile, interviewmagazine.com; accessed April 9, 2015.
- "From 'Weeds' to Broadway, young actor thrives on rebellion". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- "Sitting At Home – Single by Hunter Parrish". iTunes Store. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- "Guessing Games – EP by Hunter Parrish". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
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