Actor, Film Director, Writer
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.
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.
|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||The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden||John Garth||Voice Only|
|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"
|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|
|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||
|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.