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 active1985–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 active1985–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 the late John Ritter, and the grandson of musician/actor, Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay. His stepmother is actress Amy Yasbeck. He has three siblings, including actor Tyler Ritter.

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 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 girlfriend, Marianna Palka, 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.[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]


1990The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum StoryHarry Neal BaumTelevision film
1991The Real Story Of Christmas TreeRodney
1999MumfordMartin Brockett
2001Earth DayJackVoice; Short film
2003Smash the KittyJoshShort film
2003Freddy vs. JasonWill Rollins
2004Raise Your VoicePaul Fletcher
2005Happy EndingsOtis McKee
2005Our Very OwnClancy Whitfield
2005PlaceboDanielShort film
2006Lenexa, 1 MileSean Hickey
2006The Wicker ManBar Guy #2
2007The Education of Charlie BanksMick
2008The DealLionel Travitz
2008Good DickThe man
2008W.Jeb Bush
2009The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' RollEric Genson
2009Peter and VandyPeter
2010The Dry LandMichael
2011A Bag of HammersBen "Benjamin" Platt
2011The Perfect FamilyFrank Cleary Jr.
2011The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the BestKyle
2011They're with MeIsaac SolomonShort film
2011AtlantisBenShort film
2011The Five Stages of GriefOrionShort film
2012The Break InLarryShort film
2012Angel of DeathVictim 1Short film
2012TryingMarkShort film
2012The Golden AgeMitchShort film
2012Manhattan MixupFritzShort film
2012Free SamplesWally
2013I Am IJonathan
2013Teddy BearsOwn
2013The SidekickKid LocoShort film
2013The GoldfishYoniShort film
2013The EastTim
2013The End of LoveJason
2013Call Me Crazy: A Five FilmBruceTelevision film
2014Wild CanariesDamien
2014There's Always WoodstockGarret
2014About AlexAlex
20147 MinutesMikePost-production
2014We'll Never Have ParisKurtPost-production
2014Disney Channel Wander The MovieDipper PinesPost-production
2015You're Not YouWillPost-production
2015The LabyrinthLucasPre-production
2015WorthyJeff FrederickPre-production
1999Days of Our LivesToddySupporting role (Season 34)
1999UndressedAllanMain role (Season 3)
2001Law & OrderNick Simms"Teenage Wasteland" (Season 11, Episode 12)
2002HackTeddy Griffin"My Brother's Keeper" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBilly Baker"Dominance" (Season 4, Episode 20)
2003PlayersTim"Players Halloweenie Televizzie" (Season 2, Episode 16)
2003–05Joan of ArcadiaKevin GirardiMain role
2006–07The ClassEthan HaasLead role
2007Punk'dHimself"#8.6" (Season 8, Episode 6)
2009WWII in HDJack Yusen (USN)Main role
2009MercyGabe Tyler"Some of Us Have Been to the Desert" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2010–11The EventSean WalkerMain role
2010–presentParenthoodMark CyrRecurring role
2012–presentGravity FallsDipper PinesVoice; Lead role
2012CountyJack MalloyPilot[12][13]
2013Robot ChickenReindeer / Sergeant"Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" (Season 6, Episode 21)
2013–14Drunk HistoryStetson Kennedy / Art Heist Investigator / Rufus Griswold"Atlanta" (Season 1, Episode 3)
"Boston" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"Baltimore" (Season 2, Episode 4)
2014Us & ThemGavinLead role; Unaired
2014Person of InterestSimon Lee"Prophets" (Season 4, Episode 5)
2014Key & PeeleCustomer"Episode #4.5" (Season 4, Episode 5)
2008T TakesThe Guest in Room 23"Lobby" (Season 1, Episode 1)
2012Weasel TownHaunchesVoice; Main role
2012SketchyTom"You Got Retweeted" (Season 1, Episode 18)
2013Ghost GhirlsWilliam / Brad Wojciehowicz"Home Is Where the Haunt Is" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Comedy Of Terrors" (Season 1, Episode 7)

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012ParenthoodPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHimselfNominated[14]


  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. ^ "'Parenthood' Reunion: Michael B. Jordan to Co-Star in Jason Katims/Jason Ritter Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. February 10, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Where Are NBC’s ‘The Office’, ‘Parks & Recreation’ And ‘Up All Night’ Renewals?". Deadline.com. PMC. May 10, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 

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