Josh Radnor

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Josh Radnor
Josh Radnor - Sundance Film Festival 2013.jpg
Radnor at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
BornJoshua Thomas Radnor
(1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 39)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor, film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active2000–present
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Josh Radnor
Josh Radnor - Sundance Film Festival 2013.jpg
Radnor at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
BornJoshua Thomas Radnor
(1974-07-29) July 29, 1974 (age 39)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor, film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active2000–present

Joshua Thomas "Josh" Radnor (born July 29, 1974) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He made his writing and directorial debut with the 2010 comedy drama film Happythankyoumoreplease, for which he won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. In 2012, he wrote, directed and starred in his second film, Liberal Arts, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[1]

Early life[edit]

Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended Orthodox Jewish day schools (including the Columbus Torah Academy) and was raised in Conservative Judaism.[2][3][4] Radnor went to Bexley High School and later Kenyon College, where his school's theater department presented him with the Paul Newman Award and during which he spent a semester (Spring 1995) training at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. He graduated from Kenyon with a B.A. in Drama in 1996.[5] 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 in 1999.[5][6] Radnor participated in an Israel experience program in Tzfat with Livnot U'Lehibanot in 1997.[2]


Radnor in 2009

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.[7] In 2002, he made his Broadway debut in the stage version of The Graduate, succeeding Jason Biggs, opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. Since 2005, Radnor has starred in How I Met Your Mother, his biggest role to date. In July 2008, he starred opposite Jennifer Westfeldt in the premiere of the play Finks,[8] 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.[9] His second film Liberal Arts, starring himself and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Radnor dated actress Lindsay Price from 2008 to 2009. They met when shooting the How I Met Your Mother episode "Spoiler Alert".

In 2008 Radnor told the Los Angeles Times, "I do Transcendental Meditation, and part of the reason I chose my house is that I thought it would be a great place to meditate."[11]



2001Not Another Teen MovieTour Guide
2010HappythankyoumorepleaseSam WexlerWriter, director
2012Liberal ArtsJesse FisherWriter, director
2013Afternoon DelightJeff


2000Welcome to New YorkDougEpisode: "The Crier"
2002Law & OrderRobert KitsonEpisode: "Access Nation"
2002The CourtDylan Hirsch3 episodes
2003ERKeithEpisode: "The Advocate"
2003Six Feet UnderWill JaffeEpisode: "The Trap"
2003Miss MatchAndrewEpisode: "I Got You Babe"
2005Judging AmyJustin BarrEpisode: "Too Little, Too Late"
2005–2014How I Met Your MotherTed Mosby208 episodes
2007–2009Family GuyTed Mosby (voice)2 episodes


2002The GraduateBenjamin BraddockBroadway adaptation of the 1967 film[12]
2004The Paris LetterSam Arlen / Young Sandy
2011She Loves MeGeorg Nowack[12]Roundabout Theatre Company

Awards and nominations[edit]

2010HappythankyoumorepleaseSundance Film Festival Audience AwardWon
2010HappythankyoumorepleaseSundance Film Festival Grand Jury AwardNominated


  1. ^ "2012 Sundance Film Festival". 
  2. ^ a b Spence, Rebecca (2008-03-12). "Radnor: Not Your Average TV Star". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  3. ^ September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13). "Josh Radnor on Talmud and 'Liberal Arts' – The Arty Semite –". Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Josh Radnor: Heart versus head - 'its a big theme of my life' | The Jewish Chronicle". 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Josh Radnor: How I Met Your Mother on CBS". 
  6. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Josh Radnor Trivia — Josh Radnor Facts — Josh Radnor Notes". Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  8. ^ Cotter, James (2008-07-26). "article". Times Herald. [dead link]
  9. ^ Angelo, Megan (2011-02-27). "How I Met Your City, the Real One," The New York Times.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (2011-03-23). "Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen Teaming for Indie 'Liberal Arts' (Exclusive)". The Holiday Reporter. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  11. ^ Sachs, Mark. "Plenty of spots to meet". Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Josh Radnor". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 

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