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Jon Cryer biography

Date of birth : 1965-04-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : New York City, New York, US
Nationality : American
Category : Arhitecture and Engineering
Last modified : 2011-03-23
Credited as : Actor and film producer, screenwriter, Two and a Half Men

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Jon Cryer is an American actor, screenwriter and film producer. He is the son of actress–singer Gretchen Cryer. He made his motion picture debut by starring in the 1984 romantic comedy No Small Affair, but gained greater fame by starring as "Duckie" in the 1986 John Hughes-scripted film Pretty in Pink. In 1998 he finished writing and producing the independent film Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five, which was well received. In 2003 he was cast to portray Alan Harper on the CBS hit comedy series Two and a Half Men, opposite Charlie Sheen, for which Cryer won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2009. He received three earlier Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the show.

Born Jonathan Niven Cryer in New York City, NY on April 16, 1965, Cryer's parents were actors Gretchen Cryer, a stage actress and co-author of the popular musical "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road" (1975), and David Cryer, whom she divorced in 1968. Cryer made his earliest on-camera appearance a year later as a child model for a vitamin bottle label, but did not pursue an acting career in earnest until after graduation from the Bronx High School of Science in 1983. Cryer's mother was reportedly supportive but cautious of her son's decision, but he soon allayed her fears by landing on Broadway in "Torch Song Trilogy" in the role of David, the adopted son of a single gay man. The role was originally played by Matthew Broderick, whom Cryer resembled closely. In fact, Cryer would later understudy for and eventually replace Broderick in the Broadway run of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in 1989.

Cryer made his theatrical feature debut in the 1984 coming-of-age comedy, "No Small Affair," in which he played a teenaged photographer (a role originally intended again for Broderick) who becomes infatuated with an older woman (Demi Moore). He followed this with a supporting turn as Fred Ward's son in an impressive PBS production of Katherine Porter's "Noon Wine" (1985), as well as a supporting role as the nerdy son of a middle-class family targeted by teen pranksters in Robert Altman's much-loathed "O.C. and Stiggs" (1987).

The following year, he caught the attention of audiences and critics alike as Duckie, the hopelessly romantic best friend of Molly Ringwald's waifish heroine in John Hughes' "Pretty in Pink." Cryer's animated performance - highlighted by a show-stopping lip-sync to an Otis Redding tune in Annie Potts' record store - captured the hearts of many of the film's teenage fans, who adamantly wished that Ringwald end up with Duckie at the film's conclusion, rather than Andrew McCarthy's wan pretty-boy hero (which was the original conclusion in Hughes's shooting script, but was changed by request of the producers). Cryer's association with the character was an amicable one, and he even repeated the role for an episode of "Mr. Show" (HBO, 1995-98).

Cryer's post-Duckie film career was a spotty one; attempts to fashion him into a teen heartthrob in "Morgan Stewart's Coming Home" (1987) and "Hiding Out" (1987) were largely ignored, and roles that broke that mold - such as a punk stuck in the Midwest in Penelope Spheeris' "Dudes" (1987) and as the villainous son of Lex Luthor in "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987) - went unseen by large audiences. He scored with critics as a young Greek baker who becomes the agent to a major Hollywood star in "The Famous Teddy Z," a sitcom created by Hugh Wilson of "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS, 1978-1982), but the show unfortunately never caught on with viewers.

Like many of the young actors who came to prominence in the mid-'1980s, Cryer settled into a string of lower profile projects for most of the 1990s. He scored a hit alongside his future "Two and a Half Men" co-star Charlie Sheen in the broad comedy "Hot Shots!" but was more frequently seen in offbeat projects like "Heads" (1993), a dark comedy about a nebbish newspaper proof reader who becomes involved in a string of decapitation murders. Cryer also returned to television work with "Partners" (Fox, 1995), a short-lived romantic comedy about architects vying for the affection of the same girl. Cryer was reportedly asked to audition for the role of Chandler on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), but due to a commitment to a play in London, was unable to submit his video audition in time - much to the relief of then unknown actor, Matthew Perry.

Cryer went behind the camera as co-scripter of the independent comedy "The Pompatus of Love" (1996), which performed moderately well on the art house and festival circuits; more roles in obscure indies followed ("Plan B," 1997), as well as a second screenplay (with Richard Schenkman) for the little-seen "Went To Coney Island on a Mission from God Be Back by Five" (2000), for which he took top billing and co-produced. The picture took home the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival in 1998. Meanwhile, he returned to sitcoms in the workplace comedy "Getting Personal" (Fox, 1998), which, despite a cast that included Vivica A. Fox and Elliot Gould, folded after just 17 episodes. He also tread the boards again in New York and Los Angeles productions of "900 Oneonta" in 1999. That same year, he married actress Sarah Trigger, with whom he had a son, Charlie Austin, in 2000.

With "The Trouble With Normal" (ABC, 2000-01), Cryer was one of four deeply paranoid young men who sought help in a therapy group run by Paget Brewster (Cryer's close friend in real life). He also began lending his voice to several animated projects, including "Hey J l" (VH1, 2003), an animated talk show created by writer J l Stein (who expressed considerable embarrassment over the project) and "American Dad" (Fox, 2005- ). In 2003, Cryer was cast alongside Charlie Sheen as brothers and polar opposites in the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men." The premise, which had Cryer's anxiety-prone chiropractor move in with his young son (Angus T. Jones) into unrepentant bachelor Sheen's house, caught on with audiences, thanks to an unbeatable time slot on Monday night, its unabashedly bawdy humor, and the interplay between its three male leads. The show provided a shot in the arm for both Sheen and Cryer's careers; both received Emmy nods for their work (Cryer was nominated twice in 2006 and 2007). The actor even stepped behind the cameras to direct an episode of the series in 2007.

In 2004, Cryer and Trigger divorced, which ironically left him the single father of a male son like his "Men" character, Alan Harper. The status did not last long. He announced his engagement to actress and television reporter Lisa Joyner on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC, 1992-2009 ) in January of 2007. The couple went on to wed in June of that same year. Meanwhile, Cryer received more Emmy nods for "Two and a Half Men;" one in 2008 and the next the following year, bringing his grand total to four by 2009. Somewhat surisingly, he finally won for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series that year.

Films:
1984 No Small Affair
1985 Noon Wine ; O.C. and Stiggs
1986 Pretty in Pink ; Morgan Stewart's Coming Home ; Superman IV: The Quest for Peace ; Dudes ; Hiding Out
1988 Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card
1989 Penn & Teller Get Killed
1991 Hot Shots!
1993 Waiter, TheThe Waiter ; Heads
1996 Pompatus of Love ; Cannes Man
1997 Plan B
1998 Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five
1998 Holy Man
2000 Clayton
2001 Glam
2003 Metro Chase, TheThe Metro Chase
2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby ; Tortured
2009 Weather Girl ; Shorts ; Stay Cool
2010 Due Date

Television:

1986 Amazing Stories
1989–1990 Famous Teddy Z, TheThe Famous Teddy Z
1995–1996 Partners
1996 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits
1997 It's Good to Be King ; Dharma & Greg
1998 Getting Personal ; Hercules: The Animated Series ; Mr. Show with Bob & David ; Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place
2000, 2010 Family Guy
2000–2001 Trouble With Normal, TheThe Trouble With Normal
2002 Andy Richter Controls the Universe ; Practice, TheThe Practice
2003 Becker ; Hey Joel ; Stripperella
2003–present Two and a Half Men
2005, 2006 Danny Phantom
2006 American Dad!
2010, 2011 Hannah Montana


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