Jon Cryer, also known as Jonathan Niven is an actor from America who has contributed as a television director, screenwriter and has even worked as a movie producer. He is very well known for his roles in “The Famous Teddy Z”, “Partners”, and “The Trouble with Normal”. In 2003, he was seen in the character of Alan Harper in the series “Two and a Half Men”. The series gave him huge recognition and as result he has been awarded twice in 2009 and 2012 by Primetime Emmy Awards. Besides television, he has worked in movies like Hot Shots, Hiding Out,
, Tortured, and Hit by Lightning.
He was born in the
City. His parents, Gretchen Cryer and Donald David Cryer also belonged in the film industry. His mother worked as an actress, singer, songwriter and his father Donald David Cryer is a known singer and actor. Jon went to Bronx High School of Science and was a graduate in 1983. As a teenager, he used to attend Stagedoor Manor's Performing Arts Training Center. He has even attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and learned acting skills.
He started his career in 1983 by replacing ‘
’ in Torch Song Trilogy. In the same year, he made his debut in “No Small Affair” based on the story of a teenage photographer falling in love with an older woman which is played by ‘
’. In 1986, he appeared in the super hit Pretty in Pink by ‘
’. The movie was based on the story of Duckie played by Jon and his best friend played by ‘
’. After that, he had been a part of many movies and television series like Partners, The Fabulous Teddy Z, The Trouble with Normal and Getting Personal.
He got better appreciation and recognition from the 2003 sitcom Two and a Half Men as Alan Harper, a single dad in the series. He received a lot of appreciation and awards for his performance, as Alan Harper. Jon won the Primetime Emmy Awards twice in 2009 for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and his second award he received in 2012 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He signed off the series in 2015 after its twelfth season. In the same year, he published a book named “So That Happened: A Memoir”. The book revolved around many interesting confesses of him like of him being dating Demi Moore before ‘
’. The book even had a mention of him hiring a prostitute for his wife.
Apart from acting, he has even produced and directed for some of the episodes of Two and A Half Men. Jon got married to Sarah Trigger in 1999. The couple had a son named Charlie Austin. In 2004, the two parted their ways. In 2007, in “The Tonight Show” with ‘
’, the actor made an announcement of him getting married to ‘Lisa Joyner’, an entertainment reporter. The same year the couple got married in Mexico. After two years they two adopted a baby girl, named Daisy. He has recently been in television shows The Ranch as a Banker and Lady Dynamite for the episode Pilot.
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Jonathan Niven Cryer, popularly known as Jon Cryer was born to Gretchen Cryer, an American lyricist, actress and playwright and Donald David Cryer, an American actor and singer on April 16, 1965, in New York. Cryer, at the age of four, stepped into the spotlight as a child model for a Vitamin bottle label.
He graduated in 1983 from Bronx High School of Science and as a teenager had attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Centre. Cryer, at the age of twelve, had decided to enter the acting field, although his mother, herself an actress had certain reservations about it. Later, Cryer decided to skip college and went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London to act on his passion for acting. Cryer got his first big break in 1983 when he received the opportunity of replacing Matthew Broderick in a role in the Broadway show ‘Torch Song Trilogy’. In 1984, ‘No Small Affair’, a 1984 romantic comedy film directed by Jerry Schatzberg starred Jon Cryer along with Demi Moore, was Cryer’s debut film at the age of nineteen in a lead role. In Hohn Hughes film ‘Pretty in Pink’, Cryer was able to make his breakthrough as a quirky high school student ‘Duckie’. This movie was successful in making Cryer popular, especially among the teenage girls all over the world.
His performance in the television comedy series ‘The Famous Teddy Z’ gained poor reviews in 1989.The following year saw Jon Cryer starring with in the comedy ‘Hot Shots!’ of Jim Abraham. A few years later he successfully produced a self-written film which was titled ‘Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five’. Cryer had his share of unsuccessful television projects which finally ended on a good note in 2003 when he was cast to play the character of Alan Harper on ‘Two and a Half Men’, one of the most successful sitcoms of the comedy genre. Later, in the second season of a major sitcom, ‘Husbands’, Cryer made a guest appearance. After twelve successful seasons, Two And A Half Men signed off the air in February 2015. That same year saw Cryer publish ‘So That Happened: A Memoir’ including interesting revelations in Cryer's 30-year old and counting career in theater, film, and television. Cryer, in 2009 and 2012 was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor for none other than his portrayal of Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men.
He received nominations for the same five times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011. In 1998; he won the Audience Award for the critically acclaimed film Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five at the Austin Film Festival. In 1999, Cryer married Sarah Trigger and had their first son Charlie Austin together. The couple separated in 2004 and Cryer married Lisa Joyner in 2007. In 2009, Jon and Lisa adopted a baby girl and named her Daisy.
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Born in one of the supreme metropolises in the world called, New York, Jon Cryer is an American actor, screenwriter, television director, and film producer. He belongs to a family of celebrities, given that both of his parents are actors and singers. At the mere age of twelve, Cryer had decided that he wanted to chase his dream of acting and therefore joined the “Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Centre” for several summers in his teenage years. Moreover, he bunked college and flew off to London to study acting at the “Royal Academy of Dramatic Art”, much to his mother’s dismay. His acting debut came with the romantic comedy, “No Small Affair” in the year 1984, where he played the role of a young photographer. Then he also starred in the movie, “Pretty in Pink” in the year 1986, which was sort of a revolutionary role for him in his acting career.
As a producer, in the year 1989, he wrote an independent film called, “Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God…Be Back by Five” and also produced it. It wasn’t as difficult for him to find fame in the film industry. However, when it came to the television industry, none of his shows lasted for more than 22 episodes, some of which were, “Partners”, “The Famous Teddy Z”, and “The Trouble With Normal”. Finally, in the year 2002, he acquired the role of his dreams, as “Alan Harper” in the television comedy series, “Two and a Half Men”, co-starring Charlie Sheen.
For this role, he won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards in the years 2009 and 2012. One of the greatest honors was that he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television in the year 2011. Other film appearances by Jon Cryer are, “Hot Shots”, “Tortured”, “Shorts”, “Hit by Lightning” etc. Talking about personal life, Jon Cryer wedded the British actress, Sarah Trigger in the year 1999 and eventually separated in 2004. He also got married with the reporter, “Lisa Joyner” in Mexico in the year 2007.