Jason Ritter

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Jason Ritter
Jason Ritter Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Ritter at the Paleyfest 2013
BornJason Morgan Ritter
(1980-02-17) February 17, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1990–present
ParentsJohn Ritter (father)
Nancy Morgan (mother)
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Jason Ritter
Jason Ritter Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Ritter at the Paleyfest 2013
BornJason Morgan Ritter
(1980-02-17) February 17, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1990–present
ParentsJohn Ritter (father)
Nancy Morgan (mother)

Jason Morgan Ritter (born February 17, 1980) is an American actor, son of late actor John Ritter and actress Nancy Morgan. Ritter had roles as Kevin Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, as Sean Walker in the NBC series The Event, and as the voice of Dipper Pines in Gravity Falls. He now plays the recurring role of Mark Cyr in the NBC television series Parenthood for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Ritter was born on February 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California the son of Nancy Morgan and John Ritter, and the grandson of musician/actor, Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay. His stepmother is actress Amy Yasbeck. He has three siblings.

Ritter first appeared in the opening credits of his father's show, Three's Company.[1][2]

Ritter 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 (as did Helberg) and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.


Ritter appeared in The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, co-starring as Baum's son alongside his own father. He appeared in the movie PG (2002), and one year later played a role in 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 girlfriend, Marianna Palka, who also wrote and directed the film.

Ritter in 2007

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.[4][5] Ritter will be seen alongside Kate French in the upcoming short film, Atlantis, a romance film centered around two strangers who fall in love during the preparation for the final launch of the NASA space shuttle Atlantis.[6] He has a recurring role on NBC's Parenthood.[7][8][9] His performance on the show earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2012.[10]

It was confirmed in early March 2013 that he will play Gavin opposite Alexis Bledel's Stacey in Us & Them, FOX's sitcom pilot based on the British television show Gavin & Stacey.[11]


List of film roles
1990Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, TheThe Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum StoryHarry Neal Baum
1991Real Story of O Christmas Tree, TheThe Real Story of O Christmas TreeRodney
1999MumfordMartin Brockett
1999UndressedAllanAnthology series
2001Law & OrderNick SimmsTV series
2001Earth DayJack (voice)
2002HackTeddy GriffinTV series
2003Smash the KittyJoshShort film
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBilly BakerTV series
2003Freddy vs. JasonWill Rollins
2003PlayersTimTV series
2003–2005Joan of ArcadiaKevin GirardiTV series
2004Who's Your Momma?Jacob Little
2004Raise Your VoicePaul Fletcher
2005Happy EndingsOtis McKee
2005Our Very OwnClancy Whitfield
2006Lenexa, 1 MileSean Hickey
2006Wicker Man, TheThe Wicker ManBar Guy #2
2006–2007Class, TheThe ClassEthan HaasTV series
2007Education of Charlie Banks, TheThe Education of Charlie BanksMick
2008Deal, TheThe DealLionel Travitz
2008T TakesThe Guest in Room 23Web series
2008Good DickBoy (unnamed)
2008W.Jeb Bush
2009Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll, TheThe Perfect Age of Rock 'n' RollEric Genson
2009Peter and VandyPeter
2009WWII in HDJack Yusen (USN) (voice)Documentary / miniseries
2010Dry Land, TheThe Dry LandMichael
2010–presentParenthoodMark CyrNominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series[12]
2010Event, TheThe EventSean Walker
2011Bag of Hammers, AA Bag of HammersBen "Benjamin" Platt
2011Perfect Family, TheThe Perfect FamilyFrank Cleary Jr.
2012–presentGravity FallsDipper Pines (voice)
2012–presentWeird GirlThomas
2012Weasel TownHaunches (voice)Web series
2012Free SamplesWally
2013Call Me Crazy: A Five FilmBruce
2013Drunk HistoryStetson KennedyEpisode: Atlanta
2013You're Not YouPost-production
2014Us & ThemGavin


  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. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Live Feed. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Movie was filmed as space shuttle Atlantis took off from KSC". Orlando Sentinel. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Masters, Megan (June 5, 2012). "Parenthood Scoop: Jason Ritter Will Return in Season 4… But For How Long?". TVLine. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 14, 2013). "Parenthood Exclusive: Jason Ritter Set to Return". TVLine. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2013). "Alexis Bledel To Star in FOX Comedy Pilot 'Friends & Family'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 

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