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Josh Radnor
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Joshua Thomas Radnor
July 29, 1974
Actor, Film Director, Writer
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Joshua "Josh" Radnor (born July 29, 1974) plays Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother. He has appeared on other TV shows, such as The Court, Judging Amy, and Family Guy. He wrote, directed, and starred in two films, Happythankyoumoreplease and Liberal Arts.

Early life

Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. He has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. He 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 he graduated with a B.A. in Drama. 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. Radnor participated in an Israel experience program in Tzfat with Livnot U'Lehibanot in 1997.


In 2001, 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. From 2005 to 2014, Radnor has starred in How I Met Your Mother, his biggest and best known 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, in which he was also the writer and star. His second film Liberal Arts, starring himself and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012. In 2018, he recently played as Lou Mazzuchelli in NBC musical drama series Rise.



Year Film Role Notes
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Tour Guide
2004 Everyday Life Husband TV movie
2010 Happythankyoumoreplease Sam Wexler Also writer and director
2012 Liberal Arts Jesse Fisher Also writer and director
2013 Afternoon Delight Jeff
2013 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden John Garth Voice Only


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Welcome to New York Doug Episode: "The Crier"
2002 Law & Order Robert Kitson Episode: "Access Nation"
The Court Dylan Hirsch Episode: "Life Sentence"
Episode: "Due Process"
Episode: "Stay"
2003 ER Keith Episode: "The Advocate"
Six Feet Under Will Jaffe Episode: "The Trap"
Miss Match Andrew Episode: "I Got You Babe"
2005 Judging Amy Justin Barr Episode: "Too Little, Too Late"
2007 Family Guy Ted Mosby Episode: "No Chris Left Behind"
2005-2014 How I Met Your Mother Ted Mosby Lead Role - 208 episodes
2018 Rise Lou Mazzuchelli Lead Role - 10 episodes


Year Play Role Notes
2001 The Paris Letter Anton Played opposite Neil Patrick Harris.
2002 The Graduate Benjamin Braddock
2003 Eight Days (Backwards) Unknown Vineyard Theater
2008 Finks Mickey Dobbs Vassar College
2011 She Loves Me

Georg Novak

Stephen Sondheim Theater (Benefit Performance only)
2014 - 2015 Disgraced Isaac Lyceum Theater (Broadway) Ending 1 March 2015
2016 She Loves Me Georg Novak Roundabout Theater Company (Broadway)

Notes and Trivia

  • Like his character Ted in the series, Josh Radnor also comes from Ohio.
  • Before the series began, Josh Radnor worked with Neil Patrick Harris in the world premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's play The Paris Letter.
  • Josh and Cobie Smulders were cast first.
  • Dated Lindsay Price from August 2008 to late 2009. They met while shooting for the season 3 episode Spoiler Alert​​ in which Lindsay guest starred as Cathy, a love interest of Ted.
  • His western zodiac sign is Leo and his Chinese zodiac sign is a Tiger.


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