Jason Ritter

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Jason Morgan Ritter (born February 17, 1980) is an American actor, and a son of actress Nancy Morgan and actor John Ritter, known for his roles as Kevin Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, Ethan Haas in The Class, as Sean Walker in the NBC series The Event, and as the voice of Dipper Pines in Gravity Falls. He also played the recurring role of Mark Cyr in the NBC television series Parenthood, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. As of 2017, he stars in the TV comedy series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.

Jason Ritter
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Born Jason Morgan Ritter
February 17, 1980 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Partner(s) Melanie Lynskey (2013–present)
Marianna Palka (1999– 2013)
Parent(s) John Ritter
Nancy Morgan
Relatives Tex Ritter (grandfather)
Dorothy Fay (grandmother)
Tyler Ritter (brother)

Early life

Ritter was born on February 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, to actors Nancy Morgan and John Ritter. He is also a grandson of actors Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay. His stepmother is actress Amy Yasbeck. The actor has three siblings, including actor Tyler Ritter.

Ritter first appeared in the opening credits of his father's show, Three's Company. He was the little blonde haired boy running up to Joyce DeWitt in the petting zoo scene.[1][2]

He attended middle and high school at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, with Simon Helberg, who became his roommate at NYU.[3] He then attended and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theater Company. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK.

Career

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Ritter in 2007

Ritter appeared in The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, co-starring as Baum's son alongside his own father. In 2002, he appeared in the movies PG and Swimfan. In 2003, Ritter had a major role in the slasher/horror film Freddy vs. Jason as Will Rollins. He appeared in Raise Your Voice and Happy Endings. He portrayed Jeb Bush in the Oliver Stone film W. In 2007, he also voiced substitute teacher, Mr. Fisk, in an episode of All Grown Up!, the grown up version of Rugrats, a teacher whom Angelica falls in love with.

In 2008, he released Good Dick, a movie which he produced and starred in along with his long term girlfriend at the time, Marianna Palka (with whom he began a relationship after meeting in Queens in October 1999),[4] who also wrote and directed the film.

Among his theater credits are Wendy Wasserstein's Third at Lincoln Center, for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award and the Martin E. Segal Award for his portrayal of the title character; the Off Broadway production of The Beginning of August, and the role of Tim in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's play The Distance From Here at London's Almeida Theatre. Ritter has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.

Ritter has appeared in the MTV show Punk'd. Ritter also starred as Sean Walker in the season-long NBC drama series The Event, which premiered on September 20, 2010.[5][6] Ritter will be seen alongside Kate French in the upcoming short film, Atlantis, a romance film centered on two strangers who fall in love during the preparation for the final launch of the NASA space shuttle Atlantis.[7] He had a recurring role on NBC's Parenthood.[8][9][10] His performance on the show earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2012.[11]

It was confirmed in early March 2013 that he would play Gavin opposite Alexis Bledel's Stacey in Us & Them, FOX's sitcom pilot based on the British television show Gavin & Stacey.[12]

Personal life

In 2017, Ritter became engaged to actress Melanie Lynskey after four years of dating.[13]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Real Story Of Christmas Tree Little Acorn (voice) Short film
1999 Mumford Martin Brockett
2001 Earth Day Jack (voice) Short film
2002 PG Paul Short film
2002 Swimfan Randy
2003 Smash the Kitty Josh Short film
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Will Rollins
2004 Raise Your Voice Paul Fletcher
2005 Perceptions Michael
2005 Happy Endings Otis McKeen
2005 Our Very Own Clancy Whitfield
2005 Placebo Daniel Short film
2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile Sean Hickey
2006 The Wicker Man Bar Guy #2
2007 The Education of Charlie Banks Mick Leary
2008 The Deal Lionel Travitz
2008 Good Dick The Man
2008 W. Jeb Bush
2009 The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Eric Genson
2009 Peter and Vandy Peter
2010 The Dry Land Michael
2010 Morning Hotel Receptionist
2011 A Bag of Hammers Benjamin Platt
2011 The Perfect Family Frank Cleary Jr.
2011 The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Kyle
2011 They're with Me Isaac Solomon Short film
2011 Atlantis Ben Short film
2011 The Five Stages of Grief Orion Short film
2012 The Break In Larry Short film
2012 Angel of Death Victim 1 Short film
2012 Trying Mark Short film
2012 The Golden Age Mitch Short film
2012 Manhattan Mixup Fritz Short film
2012 Free Samples Wally
2013 I Am I Jonathan
2013 The Big Ask Owen
2013 The Sidekick Kid Loco Short film
2013 The Goldfish Yoni Short film
2013 The East Tim
2013 The End of Love Jason
2014 Hits Julian
2014 Wild Canaries Damien Anders
2014 There's Always Woodstock Garret
2014 About Alex Alex
2014 7 Minutes Mike
2014 You're Not You Will
2014 We'll Never Have Paris Kurt
2015 The Steps Jeff
2015 Embers Guy
2015 The Meddler Jacob
2015 Always Worthy Jeff Fredrick
2016 The Intervention Matt
2016 Carrie Pilby Matt
2017 The Labyrinth Usher

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story Harry Neal Baum Television film
1999 Days of Our Lives Todd Supporting role (Season 34)
1999 Undressed Allan Main role (Season 3)
2001 Law & Order Nick Simms "Teenage Wasteland" (Season 11, Episode 12)
2002 Hack Teddy Griffin "My Brother's Keeper" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Billy Baker "Dominance" (Season 4, Episode 20)
2003–2005 Joan of Arcadia Kevin Girardi Main role; 45 episodes
2006–07 The Class Ethan Haas Lead role; 19 episodes
2009 WWII in HD Jack Yusen (voice) Main role; 2 episodes
2009 Mercy Gabe Tyler "Some of Us Have Been to the Desert" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2010–2011 The Event Sean Walker Main role; 22 episodes
2010–2014 Parenthood Mark Cyr Recurring role; 32 episodes
2012 County Jack Malloy Pilot[14][15]
2012–2016 Gravity Falls Dipper Pines (voice) Lead role; 40 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Reindeer / Sergeant (voice) "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" (Season 6, Episode 21)
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Bruce Television film, segment: "Lucy"
2013–2016 Drunk History Various characters 7 episodes
2014 Us & Them Gavin Shipman Lead role; unaired
2014 Person of Interest Simon Lee "Prophets" (Season 4, Episode 5)
2014 Key & Peele Male Customer "Concussion Quarterback" (Season 4, Episode 5)
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Jason "Maturity" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2015–2016 Girls Scott Recurring role; 5 episodes
2015–2016 Another Period Frederick Bellacourt Main role; 16 episodes
2016 Wander Over Yonder Skipper (voice) "The Cartoon" (Season 2, Episode 13)
2016 Goliath FBI Agent Farley 3 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Ranger Bill Episode: "Fall"
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Kevin Finn Main role
2017 The Long Road Home Troy Denomy
2017 Skylanders Academy Dark Spyro Episode: "Touch of Evil" (Season 2 Episode 13)

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2008 T Takes The Guest in Room 23 "Lobby" (Season 1, Episode 1)
2012 Weasel Town Haunches Voice; Main role
2012 Sketchy Tom "You Got Retweeted" (Season 1, Episode 18)
2013 Ghost Ghirls William / Brad Wojciehowicz "Home Is Where the Haunt Is" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Comedy Of Terrors" (Season 1, Episode 7)
2016 Grandaddy - "Way We Won't" Hitchhiker Music video

Awards and nominations

Year Title Category Result Ref.
2012 Parenthood Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [16]
2017 Tales of Titans Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Jason Ritter Bio". US Weekly. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Jason Ritter Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  3. ^ Lindhome, Riki. "Making It #1: Jason Ritter". Nerdist. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  4. ^ Spaner, Whitney (January 2009). "L.A. Is For Lovers: Jason Ritter & Marianna Palka". Paper Magazine. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  5. ^ "NBC Picks Up Three New Series for 2010-11 Season with "The Event", "Outsourced" and "Love Bites"". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Live Feed. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  7. ^ "Movie was filmed as space shuttle Atlantis took off from KSC". Orlando Sentinel. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  8. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 7, 2011). "'Parenthood': Jason Ritter to Return in Season 3, Teaming Up With Jason Katims for Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  9. ^ Masters, Megan (June 5, 2012). "Parenthood Scoop: Jason Ritter Will Return in Season 4… But For How Long?". TVLine. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 14, 2013). "Parenthood Exclusive: Jason Ritter Set to Return". TVLine. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  11. ^ Adly McKenzie, Carina Adly (July 19, 2012). "Emmys 2012: Jason Ritter talks 'Parenthood' nomination and Simon Helberg's early-morning text message". Zap2it. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2013). "Alexis Bledel To Star in FOX Comedy Pilot 'Friends & Family'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  13. ^ Heller, Corinne. "Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey Are Engaged". E!. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "'Parenthood' Reunion: Michael B. Jordan to Co-Star in Jason Katims/Jason Ritter Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. February 10, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  15. ^ "Where Are NBC's 'The Office', 'Parks & Recreation' And 'Up All Night' Renewals?". Deadline.com. PMC. May 10, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  16. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 – Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved February 25, 2013.

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