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Hunter Parrish Tharp[1] (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.[2]

Hunter Parrish
Parrish at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2009
Hunter Parrish Tharp

(1987-05-13) May 13, 1987 (age 32)
Alma materTexas Tech University
Plano Independent School District
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2003–present
Kathryn Wahl (m. 2015)


Early lifeEdit

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.[3][4] He graduated from Plano Senior High School and Texas Tech University Independent School District.[5]


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.[6] These include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Close to Home, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Summerland. He appeared in the films Sleepover and RV and The Good Wife. 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".[7]

He portrayed the role of the older Botwin son, Silas, in the Showtime original series Weeds from 2005 to 2012. On August 11, 2008, Parrish joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening in the lead role of Melchior Gabor at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City,[8] receiving critical acclaim. He remained in the role until the show closed on January 18, 2009.

On August 18, 2008, he released a video on titled "Cougar 101 with Hunter Parrish".[9]

He appeared as a high-school basketball player, Stan, in 17 Again (2009). From 2007 to 2009, he hosted a web talk show with his friends Kyle Sherman and Allison Tyler calledTwo Guys and a Girl.[10]

In 2011-2012, Parrish starred as Jesus in the Broadway revival of Godspell. Performances began October 13, 2011. He left the show on April 15, 2012 to film the final season of Weeds.[11][12]

In 2013 and 2014, he guest starred on The Good Wife as Jeffrey Grant, a young man accused of murder.[citation needed]

In 2017, Parrish was cast in the recurring role of Clay Haas in the second season of ABC's thriller series Quantico.[13]

In January 2019, it was announced that Parrish will star in the upcoming Netflix drama series Ratched.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Parrish is Christian.[15][16] In December 2014, he announced his engagement to Kathryn Wahl.[17] On September 13, 2015, they were married at the Flying Caballos Ranch, in San Luis Obispo, California.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Sleepover Lance Gregory
2005 Steal Me Tucker
2005 Premonition Charlie Short film
2005 Down in the Valley Kris
2006 RV Earl Gornicke
2007 Freedom Writers Ben Samuels
2009 17 Again Stan
2009 Paper Man Bryce
2009 It's Complicated Luke Adler National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
2010 The Space Between McDonough
2012 Gone Trey
2014 Still Alice Tom Howland
2015 A Rising Tide Sam Rama
2017 All Nighter Kip


Year Title Role Notes
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
2020 Ratched TBA Upcoming 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.[19] The complete EP was released later that month, on June 26.[20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
(among the cast)
Weeds Nominated


  1. ^ Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014
  2. ^ Hunter Parrish Internet Broadway Database. 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  3. ^ "'Weeds' star Hunter Parrish is regular guy with a cool job". USA Today. August 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed April 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Nestor, Frank (October 19, 2011). "Theater Actors to Watch 2011". Backstage Magazine. New York, NY. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Hibbs, Thomas (January 5, 2007). "Inspiring Schlock". National Review Online. Archived from the original on January 29, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ ""Weeds" Star Parrish to Join Broadway's Spring Awakening". July 7, 2008. Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Cougar 101 with Hunter Parrish". Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "Two Guys and a Girl official site". Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Hunter Parrish to Take on Jesus in Broadway's Godspell Revival!". August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  12. ^ "Corbin Bleu to play Jesus in 'Godspell'". March 23, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  13. ^ Denise Petski (January 12, 2017). "'Quantico': Hunter Parrish Set For Major Recurring Role". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  14. ^ Denise Petski (January 14, 2019). "'Ratched': Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon Among 10 Cast In Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  15. ^ Profile,; accessed April 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "From 'Weeds' to Broadway, young actor thrives on rebellion". The Boston Globe. Archived March 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Weeds Star Hunter Parrish Is Engaged to Girlfriend Kathryn Wahl—See the Gorgeous Ring!". E! Online. December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  18. ^ "" – via
  19. ^ "Sitting At Home – Single by Hunter Parrish". iTunes Store. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  20. ^ "Guessing Games – EP by Hunter Parrish". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved June 21, 2013.

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