Jon Cryer

Actor, Theater usher, Mail-order entrepreneur
Cemented forever in the minds of teenage girls as the lovelorn Phil "Duckie" Dale in "Pretty in Pink" (1986), actor and writer Jon Cryer would years later attain a mature kind of fame as uptight Alan Harper on the hit ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Conan 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hit By Lightning 2014 (Movie)

Ricky (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Tortured 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two and a Half Men 2007 - 2009, 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Ass Backwards 2013 (Movie)

Dean Morris (Actor)

Mom 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Cleveland Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hannah Montana 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stay Cool 2011 (Movie)

Javier (Actor)

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The Comedy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

Alan Harper (Actor)

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Shorts 2009 (Movie)

Dad Thompson (Actor)

Weather Girl 2009 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Stan Lee Presents Stripperella 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Becker 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sixteen Candles: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trouble With Normal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is a Producer? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Family Guy 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dharma & Greg 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Getting Personal 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glam 1998 (Movie)

Jimmy Pells (Actor)

Holy Man 1998 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Plan B 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fox Fall Preview Party 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Partners 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The CLIO Awards (1995) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pompatus of Love 1996 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

The Waiter 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

Jim "Wash Out" Pfaffenbach (Actor)

CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Famous Teddy Z 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 (Movie)

3rd Frat Boy (Actor)

Dudes 1988 (Movie)

Grant (Actor)

Hiding Out 1987 (Movie)

Andrew Morenski (Actor)

Morgan Stewart's Coming Home 1987 (Movie)

Morgan Stewart (Actor)

O.C. & Stiggs 1987 (Movie)

Randall Schwab Jr (Actor)

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

Duckie (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

No Small Affair 1984 (Movie)

Charles Cummings (Actor)

Heads (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers (Tv Show)

Guest

Teach (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Awesome (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

The Pompatus of Love 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

The Pompatus of Love 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Cemented forever in the minds of teenage girls as the lovelorn Phil "Duckie" Dale in "Pretty in Pink" (1986), actor and writer Jon Cryer would years later attain a mature kind of fame as uptight Alan Harper on the hit sitcom, "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ). In between those career-defining projects, Cryer had a number of wide-ranging roles, playing supervillain Lenny Luther in "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987) and a Wall Street broker avoiding the mob in "Hiding Out" (1987). After starring as the titular character on the short-lived cult series "The Famous Teddy Z" (CBS, 1989-1990), he first crossed paths with future "Two and a Half Men" co-star Charlie Sheen on the spoof comedy "Hot Shots!" (1991). Meanwhile, Cryer continued a professional collaboration with Jennifer Tilly by appearing opposite her in the caper comedy "Heads" (1993), before co-starring with the actress in his screenwriting debut, "The Pompatus of Love" (1995). After wending his way through a number of lower-profile features and several guest starring stints on the small screen, Cryer elevated his status when he joined "Two and a Half Men," a raunchy comedy that turned into a huge ratings winner for CBS, even though it suffered from the unpredictable behavior of star Sheen. Still, Cryer was able to weather that particular storm - and win an Emmy for his sitcom work in 2012 - while managing to escape the confines of being identified solely as the goofy and eccentric "Duckie."

Relationships

Daisy Cryer

Daughter
Born Aug. 11, 2009; adopted with Lisa Joyner

David Cryer Actor

Father
Born March 8, 1936; divorced from Jon's mother c. 1969

Charles Cryer

Son
Born June 27, 2000; mother, Sarah Trigger

Gretchen Cryer Actor

Mother
Born Oct. 17, 1935; divorced from Jon's father c. 1969; co-author and star of stage muscial "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road" (1978)

Robin Cryer

Sister

Shelley Cryer

Sister

Lisa Joyner Actor

Wife
Began dating 2005 Married June 16, 2007

Sarah Trigger Actor

Wife
Married 1999 Divorced 2004

Issy Van Randwyck Actor

Companion
No longer together

EDUCATION

Bronx High School of Science

Bronx , New York 1983

Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center

Loch Sheldrake , New York
Attended for several summers as a teenager

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Attended before his senior year of high school

Milestones

2010

Acted opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in "Due Date"

2010

Guest starred as Lilly Truscott's (Emily Osment) father on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana"

2009

Cast in the family comedy feature "Shorts"

2003

Re-teamed with Charlie Sheen for the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"; Sheen was replaced by Ashton Kutcher in 2011

2000

Cast on the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Trouble with Normal"

1999

Headlined the stage production of "900 Oneonta"

1998

Made producing debut (also wrote and starred) with "Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God... Be Back by Five"

1998

Cast on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Getting Personal"; also produced

1998

Lent his voice to ABC's "Hercules: The Animated Series"; title role was voiced by Donovan

1995

Cast on the Fox sitcom "Partners"; also starred Tate Donovan

1995

Screenwritting debut with "The Pompatus of Love"; also co-starred with Tilly

1993

Again cast opposite Tilly in the comic caper "Heads"

1991

Cast opposite Charlie Sheen in the Jim Abrahams comedy "Hot Shots"

1989

TV series debut, playing the lead role on the CBS sitcom "The Famous Teddy Z"

1987

Played Superman villain Lenny Luthor in "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"

1987

Played a Wall Street broker masquerading as a high-school student in the comedy "Hiding Out"

1986

Breakthrough role as Phil 'Duckie' Dale in the John Hughes film "Pretty in Pink"

1985

Made TV acting debut in "Noon Wine" (PBS)

1984

Feature acting debut, playing the lead role in "No Small Affair"; first collaboration with Jennifer Tilly and Tate Donovan

1983

Broadway debut, "Torch Song Trilogy"; also appeared in the Broadway production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

1968

Made professional debut as a model on a vitamin bottle label at age four

Replaced Matthew Broderick in the off-Broadway production of "Torch Song Trilogy"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1995, Cryer and his mother formed a company that mail-ordered frozen, home cooked food.

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"I've never been in rehab or had any kind of drug or alcohol problem. I sometimes wish I had, so I could have something to discuss on the talk shows." – Cryer quoted in People Magazine, Sept. 23, 1991

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"After he did 'Pretty in Pink' (1986), I started getting calls from teenage girls from all over the world. They would leave these hysterical, giggling messages on my answering machine." – Cryer's mother Gretchen to the Daily News, Sept. 17, 1995

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"Even when I was an usher [at the Equity Library Theater], people were already mistaking me for Matthew Broderick. It was very strange. I would hand them programs and show them to their seats and they'd say, 'We loved you in 'Torch Song Trilogy.'' And I'd be like, 'I'm here giving you programs. Like I left my lucrative career off Broadway in a great show to come hand you programs.' At the time, I was confused by it – until I saw him. We do look shockingly similar." – Cryer to Time Out New York, March 27, 1996

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