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Cryer at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011
Jonathan Niven Cryer

(1965-04-16) April 16, 1965 (age 57)
Occupation Actor, writer, film director, film producer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Trigger (1999–2004; 1 child)
Lisa Joyner (2007–present; 1 child, adopted)

Jonathan Niven Cryer (born April 16, 1965) is an American actor and television director. Born into a show business family, Cryer made his motion picture debut as a teenaged photographer in the 1984 romantic comedy No Small Affair; his breakout role came in 1986, playing "Duckie" Dale in the John Hughes-written film Pretty in Pink. In 1998, he wrote and produced the independent film Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five.

Although Cryer gained fame with his early film roles, it took several years to find success on television. In 2003, Cryer was cast as Alan Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2012. Cryer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television in 2011.

After appearing on the podcast Crime Writers On... it was announced Cryer is joining the team at the Undisclosed podcast for their second season.

Early life

Cryer was born in New York City, New York. His mother, Gretchen Cryer (née Kiger; * 1935), is a playwright, songwriter, actress and singer. His father, Donald David Cryer (born 1936), is an actor and singer who originally studied to be a minister.

When Cryer was twelve years old, he decided that he wanted to become an actor. When his mother heard this, she thought he should have a backup plan, and joked: "Plumbing is a pretty good career." Cryer attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center for several summers as a teenager, and is a 1983 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. He was classmates with screenwriter and film director Boaz Yakin. Cryer skipped college and went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, United Kingdom for a summer short course in Shakespeare.

Personal life

Cryer with wife Lisa Joyner in September 2011

Cryer married British actress Sarah Trigger in 1999, with whom he has a son, Charlie Austin. The pair divorced in 2004. In February 2007, on an episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he announced that he would marry entertainment reporter Lisa Joyner; the couple married in Mexico in June 2007. On September 29, 2009, Cryer and Joyner announced that they adopted a baby girl.

When Pretty in Pink co-star Molly Ringwald told Out magazine in 2012 that she believed Cryer's character was gay, Cryer defended Duckie and other "slightly effeminate dorks," and said he has had to live with others' "faulty" gaydar. Also in 2012, Joyner told Jeff Probst that when she and Cryer started dating, she wondered if he might be gay. Cryer was asked in 2014 if he was "mistaken for gay"; he again called himself "an effeminate heterosexual dork".

Film and television credits

Year Title Role Notes
1984 No Small Affair Charles Cummings Debut
1985 Noon Wine Teenage Herbert TV movie
1985 O.C. and Stiggs Randall Schwab Jr.
1986 Pretty in Pink Phil 'Duckie' Dale
1987 Morgan Stewart's Coming Home Morgan Stewart
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lenny Luthor
1987 Dudes Grant
1987 Hiding Out Andrew Morenski/Max Hauser
1988 Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card direct-to-video
1989 Penn & Teller Get Killed 3rd Frat Boy
1991 Hot Shots! Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach
1993 Waiter, TheThe Waiter Tommy Kazdan
1993 Heads Guy Franklin TV movie
1996 Pompatus of Love, TheThe Pompatus of Love Mark also as writer
1996 Cannes Man Himself Cameo appearance
1997 Plan B Stuart Winer
1998 Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five Daniel also as writer and producer
1998 Holy Man Barry
2000 Clayton
2001 Glam Jimmy Pells
2003 Metro Chase, TheThe Metro Chase Mr. Stamm TV movie
2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Richard Pig Voice role
2008 Tortured Brian
2009 Weather Girl Charles completed
2009 Shorts Dad Thompson
2009 Stay Cool Javier
2010 Due Date Alan Harper cameo
2013 Planes Dusty Crophopper Voice Role
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Amazing Stories Phil Episode: "Miscalculation"
1989–1990 Famous Teddy Z, TheThe Famous Teddy Z Teddy Zakalokis
1995–1996 Partners Bob also as producer
1996 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Trevor McPhee Episode: "Vanishing Act"
1997 It's Good to Be King Mort
1997 Dharma & Greg Brian Episode: "Shower the People You Love with Love"
1998 Getting Personal Sam Wagner Episode: "Sam I am"
Cryer also produced the series
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series The Winged Wolves (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Underworld Takeover"
1998 Mr. Show with Bob & David Duckie Episode: "It's Perfectly Understandishable"
1998 Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place Justin Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Thanksgiving"
2000, 2010 Family Guy Kevin Swanson, Himself Episodes: "There's Something About Paulie", "Brian Griffin's House of Payne"
2000–2001 Trouble With Normal, TheThe Trouble With Normal Zack Mango
2002 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Lemuel Praeger Episode: "Gimme a C"
2002 Practice, TheThe Practice Terry Pender Episode: "Of Thee I Sing"
2003 Becker Roger Episode: "Chris' Ex"
2003 Hey Joel Joel Stein (voice)
2003 Stripperella (voice)
2003–present Two and a Half Men Alan Harper main cast member; directed three episodes between 2007–present
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2009)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
2005, 2006 Danny Phantom Freakshow Episodes: "Reality Trip" and "Control Freaks"
2006 American Dad! Quacky (Parody of his Pretty in Pink character, Duckie.) Episode: "It's Good to Be Queen"
2007 ' Alan Harper Cameo
2010, 2011 Hannah Montana Kenneth Truscott Episodes: "The Wheel Near My Bed (Keeps on Turnin')" and "I Am Mamaw, Hear Me Roar!"

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