skip navigation
Jon Cryer

Jon Cryer

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Hiding Out DVD In this action-comedy romance, a Wall Street broker finds himself hiding out... more info $9.98was $9.98 Buy Now

Shorts DVD Wishes do come true, but you better be careful what you wish for. Director... more info $12.98was $12.98 Buy Now

Morgan Stewart's Coming Home... "Two And A Half Men" star Jon Cryer delivers a charming performance in teen... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Shorts Blu-ray MORE > $14.98 Regularly $14.98 Buy Now blu-ray



Also Known As: Jonathan Niven Cryer Died:
Born: April 16, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, theater usher, mail-order entrepreneur

Biography CLOSE THE FULL 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...

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."

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Planes (2013)
2.
 Ass Backwards (2013)
3.
 Due Date (2010)
4.
 Stay Cool (2009)
5.
 Weather Girl (2009)
6.
 Shorts (2009)
7.
 Tortured (2008)
8.
 Totally Awesome (2006)
9.
 Holy Man (1998) Barry
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1969:
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"
1983:
Broadway debut, "Torch Song Trilogy"; also appeared in the Broadway production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
1984:
Feature acting debut, playing the lead role in "No Small Affair"; first collaboration with Jennifer Tilly and Tate Donovan
1985:
Made TV acting debut in "Noon Wine" (PBS)
1986:
Breakthrough role as Phil 'Duckie' Dale in the John Hughes film "Pretty in Pink"
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"
1989:
TV series debut, playing the lead role on the CBS sitcom "The Famous Teddy Z"
1991:
Cast opposite Charlie Sheen in the Jim Abrahams comedy "Hot Shots"
1993:
Again cast opposite Tilly in the comic caper "Heads"
1995:
Cast on the Fox sitcom "Partners"; also starred Tate Donovan
1995:
Screenwritting debut with "The Pompatus of Love"; also co-starred with Tilly
1998:
Made producing debut (also wrote and starred) with "Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God... Be Back by Five"
1998:
Lent his voice to ABC's "Hercules: The Animated Series"; title role was voiced by Donovan
1998:
Cast on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Getting Personal"; also produced
1999:
Headlined the stage production of "900 Oneonta"
2000:
Cast on the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Trouble with Normal"
2003:
Re-teamed with Charlie Sheen for the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"; Sheen was replaced by Ashton Kutcher in 2011
2009:
Cast in the family comedy feature "Shorts"
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"
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center: Loch Sheldrake , New York -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
Bronx High School of Science: Bronx , New York - 1983

Notes

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

"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." --Jon Cryer to People, September 23, 1991.

"After he did 'Pretty in Pink', 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, September 17, 1995.

"You know, plumbing is a very good career." --what Cryer's mom said to him upon hearing that he wanted to be an actor, quoted in the Daily News. Gretchen Cryer was reportedly very supportive of her son's dream, but wanted him to have a backup plan.

"People still say to me: 'The end of ['Pretty in Pink'] is really wrong, man; you should have gotten her ...'" says Cryer about the movie's bittersweet conclusion in which Andie (Molly Ringwald) chooses the fickle, skeet-shooting Blane (Andrew McCarthy) over the loyal, but asexual Duckie. "[It's still regarded as] this ancient injustice. It's like they shouldn't have killed Thomas a Becket, and you should have gotten her at the end of "Pretty in Pink". Obviously it's still striking a chord." --to Time Out New York, March 27, 1996.

"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. In fact, we live in the same neighborhood now, and we still get mistaken for each other." --Cryer to Time Out New York, March 27, 1996.

"Hey, every show I'm in goes down. Think about this: George Clooney was in 28 pilots, or something. It means nothing". --Jon Cryer to Time Out New York, April 2-9, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Issy van Randwyck. Actor, singer. Dutch; member of cabaret act Fascinating Aida; no longer together.
wife:
Sarah Trigger. Actor. Filed for divorce April 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
David Cryer. Actor. Divorced from Cryer's mother c. 1969.
mother:
Gretchen Cryer. Actor, singer writer, songwriter. Divorced from Cryer's father c. 1969; co-author and star of the stage muscial "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road".
sister:
Robin Cryer. Born c. 1963.
son:
Charles Austin Cryer. Born on June 27, 2000.
VIEW COMPLETE FAMILY LISTING

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute