(1974 - )
Josh Radnor is a Jewish American actor, producer, director
Born in Columbus, Ohio to Alan, a medical malpractice lawyer, and Carol Radnor, Josh grew up
in suburban Bexley, Ohio. He and
his two sisters were raised in Conservative Judaism and he attended
Orthodox Jewish day schools in his youth, including the Columbus Torah
Academy. Radnor went to Bexley High School and then Kenyon College,
also in Ohio, where he graduated
with a B.A. in Drama. Kenyon’s theater department presented Radnor
with the Paul
Newman Award, named after another famous actor alumnus who graduated
from the college in 1949.
Radnor earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting from New
York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School
of the Arts, and he made his Broadway debut in the stage version of
The Graduate, succeeding Jason Biggs, and starring opposite Kathleen
Turner and Alicia Silverstone.
Since 2005, Radnor has starred in CBS’ hit comedy, How I Met
Your Mother, a television show about five best friends that features
Ted Mosby, Radnor’s character, and the tale of how he met his
In 2008, Radnor starred opposite Jennifer Westfeldt in
the premiere of the play Finks. In 2010, Radnor made his directorial
debut with a film he wrote called happythankyoumoreplease,
in which he also played a lead role. His second film, Liberal Arts,
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and stars himself
and Elizabeth Olsen.
Radnor lives in Los Angeles, California.