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.
Radnor at the 2013 Comic-Con
July 29, 1974
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Occupation||Actor • filmmaker • musician|
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.
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. 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. 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. Radnor participated in an Israel experience program in Tzfat with Livnot U'Lehibanot in 1997.
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. 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. 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, 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. His second directorial effort, Liberal Arts, starring himself and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012. Radnor appeared in the Broadway production of Disgraced, which opened October 23, 2014 at the Lyceum Theatre.
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. He is set to direct the sci-fi thriller film The Leaves.
Radnor is an outspoken opponent of pornography. In a 2016 interview, he said, "I'm not a porn addict, though I believe the addiction is real. I didn't grow up in any kind of repressive, super religious environment. I never felt I was in danger of eternal damnation or anything... I do believe porn is a huge problem that has to be confronted. The battle, though, is ultimately an internal one. Each person has to decide for themselves whether to have this thing in their lives or not. I value love and connection and friendship and community. I want to encourage more creativity, joy, and peace in my life. Porn is opposed to all of that. I stand strong with anyone choosing to get porn out of their lives."
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."
|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|
|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"|
|2016||"Let Me Be Your Girl"||Rachael Yamagata||Director|
|2002||The Graduate||Benjamin Braddock||Plymouth Theatre|
|2004||The Paris Letter||Sam Arlen / Young Sandy||Kirk Douglas Theater|
|2011||She Loves Me||Georg Nowack||Roundabout Theatre Company|
|2016||The Babylon Line||Aaron Port||Lincoln Center|
|2018||Little Shop of Horrors||Seymour Krelborn||Kennedy Center|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||Happythankyoumoreplease||Sundance Film Festival Audience Award||Won|
|Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award||Nominated|
- "2012 Sundance Film Festival".
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- "Josh Radnor on Talmud and 'Liberal Arts'". Forward.com. September 13, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- "Josh Radnor: Heart versus head - 'its a big theme of my life'". The Jewish Chronicle. October 4, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
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- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". Retrieved December 1, 2011.
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- "Theater Review: The Paris Letter". The New York Times. December 16, 2004.
- Cotter, James (July 26, 2008). "article". Times Herald. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009.
- Angelo, Megan (February 27, 2011). "How I Met Your City, the Real One". The New York Times.
- Kit, Borys (March 23, 2011). "Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen Teaming for Indie 'Liberal Arts' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- Sobel, Jon (June 10, 2014). "Josh Radnor to Appear in Pulitzer Winner 'Disgraced' on Broadway This Fall". Classicalite.com.
- "'Disgraced' Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
- Murphy, Sam (August 19, 2017). "Josh Radnor From 'How I Met Your Mother' And Ben Lee Continue Bromance With New Song". Music Feeds.
- McNary, Dave (June 21, 2016). "'How I Met Your Mother' Star Josh Radnor Directing Sci-Fi Drama 'The Leaves'". Variety.
- Sachs, Mark. "Plenty of spots to meet". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Porn Kills Love Q&A: Filmmaker/Actor Josh Radnor". Fightthenewdrug.org. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- "» Cloud Cult Made a Gorgeous One-Hour Movie with Josh Radnor". Paste. April 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- Nicole Evatt (October 10, 2016). "Allison Janney clowns around in Rachael Yamagata's new video". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
- "Josh Radnor". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved January 11, 2012.