Jon Cryer

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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The son of Broadway performers David and Gretchen Cryer, Jon Cryer was indoctrinated into showbiz at a young age as a child model and stage performer. Although his early success as Molly Ringwald's manic buddy Duckie in Pretty in Pink seemed to imply a wonderful future, his career stalled after a series of forgettable films. In the '90s Cryer wisely focused almost solely on television. Although four of his sitcoms flopped, he remained undaunted, and in 2003 he finally scored a hit as a pent-up single father on Two and a Half Men. That role earned him Emmy nominations four years in a row, and he finally won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009.

Fast Facts

  • Began acting in junior high school.
  • Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, before his senior year of high school.
  • Frequently mistaken for Matthew Broderick, whom he understudied and succeeded in the off-Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy and the Broadway play Brighton Beach Memoirs.
  • Another Broderick connection occured when Cryer made his film acting debut in No Small Affair, playing a role originally intended for Broderick.
  • Cowrote, produced and starred in the independent films The Pompatus of Love and Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back in Five.
  • Formed a company of mail-order home-cooked food in 1995 with his mother, Gretchen Cryer.


  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner


  • Daisy — Daughter
  • Lisa Joyner — Wife
  • Robin Cryer — Sister
  • Charles Austin Cryer — Son
  • Gretchen Cryer — Mother
  • David Cryer — Father
  • Sarah Trigger — Ex-wife
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