Jon Cryer

Jon Cryer

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1965-04-16 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

28 Movies · 40 TV shows

Also Known As: Jonathan Niven Cryer · Τζον Κράιερ

Biography

Jonathan Niven Cryer (born April 16, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. 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, 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 as none of his star vehicles, including The Famous Teddy Z, Partners, and The Trouble with Normal, lasted more than 22 episodes. In 2003, Cryer was cast in a co-leading role as Alan Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, a major hit for twelve seasons for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards (2009 and 2012). Cryer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television in 2011.Cryer's other film appearances include Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), Hiding Out (1987), Hot Shots (1991), Holy Man (1998), Tortured (2008), Shorts (2009), and Hit by Lightning (2014). He also has a recurring role in the CBS drama series NCIS, playing Dr. Cyril Taft.After appearing on the podcast Crime Writers On... it was announced Cryer is joining the team at the Undisclosed podcast for their second season.

Personal Life

Cryer married British actress Sarah Trigger in 1999, with whom he has a son, Charlie Austin. In 2004, the couple divorced. On a February 2007 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 rebuffed the claims 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 because "he never kissed me." Cryer was asked in 2014 if he was "mistaken for gay"; he called himself "an effeminate heterosexual dork" and made a tongue-in-cheek remark about never being propositioned: "Fellas, you're dropping the ball."

Early Life

Cryer was born in New York City, New York. His mother, Gretchen Kiger, is a playwright, songwriter, actress and singer. His father, Donald David Cryer, is an actor and singer who originally studied to be a minister. Cryer's paternal grandfather, the Rev. Donald W. Cryer, was a well-known Methodist minister. He has two sisters, Robin and Shelly.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. To his mother's "great disappointment," Cryer skipped college and went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, for a summer short course in Shakespeare.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie
Big Time Adolescence

Big Time Adolescence

8.5
2020
A seemingly bright and mostly innocent 16-year-old named Mo attempts to navigate high school under the guidance of his best friend Zeke, an unmotivated-yet-charismatic college dropout. Although Zeke c...

2019.

2 TV shows
TV
Crisis Aftermath

Crisis Aftermath

7.6
2019
Kevin Smith will take you into one of the greatest television events of all time.
TV
Batwoman

Batwoman

6.42
2019
Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a penchant for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff ...

2018.

1 TV show
TV
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

6
2018
Trending news, pop culture, social media, original videos and more come together in host Joel McHale's weekly comedy commentary show.

2017.

3 TV shows
TV
Will & Grace

Will & Grace

9
2017
A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy's most fabulous quartet is back.
TV
Drop the Mic

Drop the Mic

2017
Celebrity rap battles mix comedy and music.
TV
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television

2017
The Los Angeles Police Department thinks it's a good idea to form a task force with actors and detectives. The show within a show is as much about Hollywood as it is an action-comedy procedural. The s...

2016.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Justice League Action

Justice League Action

3.5
2016
The DC Super Heroes are Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
TV
DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

6.17
2016
When heroes are not enough. People who are legends are what the world needs. Having seen the future, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and vill...
Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows

Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows

2016
The stars of America's greatest comedies get together to honor their director. There is a tribute to James.

2015.

2 TV shows
TV
The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Late Late Show with James Corden

9
2015
Craig Ferguson will not be on The Late Late Show. The show interviews people. James Corden is the host.
TV
Supergirl

Supergirl

6.33
2015
After hiding her powers, Kara Zor-El must learn to embrace them. She was told to be careful with her powers.

2014.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Flash

The Flash

6.37
2014
Barry Allen fell into a coma after being struck by lightning. After he awakened with the power of super speed, he was given the ability to move through Central City like a guardian angel. Though initi...
And the Oscar Goes To...

And the Oscar Goes To...

2014
The Oscar goes to the story of the gold- plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize. The Academy's history began in 1927 with the birth of Louis B. The head of MGM formed a pr...
Hit by Lightning

Hit by Lightning

3.5
2014
When Ricky Miller, a single, quiet 40-year old aspiring writer and manager of Debbie's (think Denny's) and probably the last person you'd notice in a crowd is 'hit by lightning' and meets the love of ...

2013.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Mom

Mom

6
2013
It is possible to love a family. A newly sober mother of two struggles to raise her children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls. Her mother wants to learn from her mistakes.
Ass Backwards

Ass Backwards

2013
Two best friends embark on a cross country trip back to their hometown to try to win a competition that they didn't win as children.

2012.

1 TV show
TV
Arrow

Arrow

6.1
2012
Oliver Queen is presumed dead after his yacht is lost at sea. A changed man returns five years later, determined to clean up the city as a hooded avenger armed with a bow.

2011.

2 Movies
Company

Company

2011
Bobby is a confirmed bachelor who is celebrating his 35th birthday with ten of his closest friends.
Stay Cool

Stay Cool

2011
The film centers on a successful author who is forced to confront his high school crush when he returns home to deliver his graduation address. A sexy high school senior invites the author to the prom...

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
O'Brien hosted the show.
Due Date

Due Date

6.25
2010
To be present for the birth of his first child, Peter Highman must travel across the US in five days. He was put on the no-fly list after his wallet and luggage were stolen. An actor rides with Peter....

2009.

2 Movies
Shorts

Shorts

2009
A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburb of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike try to get their hands on it.
Weather Girl

Weather Girl

2009
After learning her boyfriend cheated on her with his co-host, a Seattle morning show weather girl freaks out on-air and is fired. Forced to move in with her little brother and deal with his best frie...

2008.

1 Movie
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby

Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby

6.67
2008
The three pigs decided to raise the little wolf as their own when they found him on their doorstep, unaware that they'd played a part in the plan of a special-ops team of wolves. As the newest additio...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana

5.84
2006
At home and school, she's a typical teenager, but when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, she's Hannah Montana. Having the "Best of Both Worlds" is a complicated proposition, and keeping her ...
Danny Phantom: Reality Trip

Danny Phantom: Reality Trip

2006
Danny, Tucker, and Sam are getting ready for summer vacation, but when Freakshow arrives and kidnaps their parents, they must find the Reality Gems for the Reality Gauntlet in order to save them! And ...

2005.

3 TV shows
TV
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

6.08
2005
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who is the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. It follow...
TV
American Dad!

American Dad!

6.34
2005
The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their colleg...
TV
The Reichen Show

The Reichen Show

2005
There is a list of celebrity interviews.

2004.

3 TV shows
TV
The Tony Danza Show

The Tony Danza Show

2004
The Tony Danza Show was a daytime variety talk show that premiered on September 13, 2004 in syndication and was distributed by Buena Vista Television.
TV
Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom

6.02
2004
Danny Phantom became a ghost-hunting superhero after blowing up his parents' laboratory. Danny's half-ghost, but only his sister, Jazz, and best friends,Samantha and Tucker, know his secret. Danny hid...

2003.

4 TV shows
TV
NCIS

NCIS

6.24
2003
Any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel is investigated by a team of special agents.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
Ellen is the host.
TV
Two and a Half Men

Two and a Half Men

6.24
2003
A jingle writer's hedonistic life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and nephew move into his beach-front house.

2000.

2 TV shows
TV
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

6.83
2000
A team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.
TV
The Trouble with Normal

The Trouble with Normal

2000
An American comedy series that originally aired on ABC in October 2000. The show starred David Krumholtz, Brad Raider, Jon Cryer, Larry Joe Campbell, and Paget Brewster. The show was described as "the...

1999.

1 TV show
TV
Family Guy

Family Guy

6.07
1999
The adventures of the family are the subject of an animated series. Peter and Lois have three children. Meg is the most unpopular girl in town, and the middle kid is not very bright, but he has a pass...

1998.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Becker

Becker

1998
Becker is a dedicated, outspoken and talented doctor with a tough exterior. He is very dedicated to his medical practice in the Bronx, N.Y., where he always goes the extra mile to help those in need, ...
TV
Two Guys and a Girl

Two Guys and a Girl

6
1998
The lives of three teenagers, Berg, Pete and Sharon, are interwoven in this story. They share bonds with each other.
Glam

Glam

1998
A writer travels from the backwoods to Los Angeles to visit his cousin and discovers a world of sex, drugs, crime and violence revolving around a beautiful young woman and her mobster boyfriend.
Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five

Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five

1998
Two young men are going on a trip to find a third friend who has been missing for a long time. The friend has been seen in an incoherent state at Coney Island, according to stories they have heard. Th...
Holy Man

Holy Man

1998
Eddie Murphy is an over-the-top television Evangelist who finds a way to turn television home shopping into a religious experience and takes America by storm.

1997.

3 TV shows
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
TV
The Practice

The Practice

1997
Young associates at a bare-bones Boston firm are the focus of a provocative legal drama. People who walk a moral tightrope are the focus of the show.
TV
Dharma & Greg

Dharma & Greg

6
1997
The sitcom is about a couple who got married on their first date despite being completely opposite of one another. The series is co-produced by Chuck Lorre Production, More-Medavoy Production, and 4 t...

1996.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...
Cannes Man

Cannes Man

1996
The film producer made a bet with a film executive that he could turn anyone into a star at the festival. A New York cab driver who is visiting the festival is chosen as the test subject to settle the...
TV
E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures are the subjects of a documentary series on E! salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders a...
The Pompatus of Love

The Pompatus of Love

1996
Four guys sit around drinking beer and talking, trying to figure out the meaning of "the pompatus of love" (from the Steve Miller song "Joker") and analyzing their relationships with women.

1995.

2 TV shows
TV
Partners

Partners

1995
Partners was a sitcom that aired on Fox from 1995 to 1996.
TV
The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits

6
1995
Sometimes with a plot twist at the end, The Outer Limits is an anthology series of distinct story episodes. Unlike the original incarnation of the series, which was a pure anthology with each episode ...

1994.

1 Movie
Heads

Heads

1994
A proofreader at a small-town newspaper decides to try to solve a series of murders, but reluctantly gets involved with the daughter of his editor. He was the prime suspect in the murders.

1992.

1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...

1991.

1 Movie
Hot Shots!

Hot Shots!

6.8
1991
A pilot who was recruited to join a top-secret mission for the Air Force has to deal with an incompetent admiral and a carefully selected squadron of flyers.

1989.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Famous Teddy Z

The Famous Teddy Z

1989
The Famous Teddy Z is an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the fall of 1989. The series was created by Hugh Wilson and inspired by the true story of Jay Kantor, who was a mailroom clerk at MCA ...
Penn & Teller Get Killed

Penn & Teller Get Killed

1989
Penn and Teller like to play jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he had someone threatening his life so that he wouldn't sweat the small stuff, each of them begins ...

1987.

4 Movies
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

6.08
1987
With global superpowers engaged in an increasingly hostile arms race, Superman leads a crusade to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The man who was sprung from jail declared a war on the Man of Steel ...
Dudes

Dudes

6.5
1987
Two punks from the big city, travelling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in this light...
Hiding Out

Hiding Out

1987
A very successful stock broker is called to court to testify against a mob boss who was into some inside trading. Andrew Morenski must become Max Hauser and go back to high school for protection from ...
Morgan Stewart's Coming Home

Morgan Stewart's Coming Home

6
1987
After seven years in boarding school, Morgan Stewart is finally coming home. He discovers it's not the same happy home it used to be....

1986.

1 Movie
Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

6.57
1986
Duckie hangs out with Andie at the record store. It seems too good to be true when a kid asks Andie out. It's hard to date someone from a different social sphere.

1985.

1 Movie
O.C. and Stiggs

O.C. and Stiggs

6
1985
O.C. They are not like your average teenagers. They dislike their suburban surroundings. They hate the middle class.

1984.

1 Movie
No Small Affair

No Small Affair

1984
Charles fell in love with Laura when he accidentally took a photo of her. She is about to lose her job as a singer in a bar. He started an ad campaign to help her. Unexpected results.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
18½

18½

There was only one copy of the 18 1/2 minute gap in Nixon's tapes.
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