Throughout his career Jon Cryer has turned in outstanding, eclectic performances in film, television and on stage. Cryer earned two Emmy Awards for his work as ‘Alan Harper’ on the CBS hit comedy "Two and a Half Men;" most recently in the Lead Actor category and previously winning in the Supporting category. This puts him on a very short list of actors to win awards in both categories for the same character. He was also recently nominated for his first Screen Actors Guild Award. The show won The People’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy Series in its debut year as well as Favorite TV Comedy from the group. After making his directorial debut on an episode of "Men" during its fourth season, Cryer continued to direct episodes of the show.
Cryer’s first foray into television was playing the title role in CBS’s critically acclaimed "The Famous Teddy Z." Additionally he starred in two shows for FOX, "Getting Personal" and "Partners" and was also seen on ABC’s "The Trouble with Normal."
Cryer initially gained attention on the big screen opposite Demi Moore in "No Small Affair," followed by his iconic performance as an endearing misfit in John Hughes’ "Pretty in Pink." Other film credits include "Hot Shots," "Hiding Out," "Shorts," and the indie features "Weather Girl" and "Hit by Lightning."
Cryer’s talent is not limited to acting—he’s a gifted filmmaker as well. He co-wrote, produced, and starred in two well-received independent films with director Richard Schenkman. The first, "The Pompatus of Love," explores the romantic floundering of four friends in their thirties. Cryer based his second film, "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God…Be Back by Five," on the true story of a childhood friend who was homeless and living in Central Park. The film garnered awards in film festivals both in the US and abroad.
On stage, Cryer has hit the boards on both sides of the Atlantic. He most recently appeared in the New York Philharmonic Broadway revival of "Company" which marked his first foray into musicals. He played ‘David’ in Harvey Fierstein’s "Torch Song Trilogy," bringing the role from Broadway to Los Angeles; starred as ‘Eugene Jerome’ on Broadway in Neil Simon’s "Brighton Beach Memoirs;" and played ‘Jack’ in the Los Angeles premiere of "Boys Life." His performance in the London production of "900 Oneonta" inspired the Daily Mail to proclaim Cryer’s work "…undoubtedly one of the funniest performances on the West End stage."
A native New Yorker, Cryer is the son of actor David Cryer and writer and actress Gretchen Cryer. Alongside his mother, he did his first commercial at the age of four and was so excited that he broke out in hives, halting production. He studied acting at Stage-door Manor, a summer acting camp featured in Todd Graff’s Sundance favorite "Camp," before being accepted to the London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In the fall of 2011 coinciding with the 9th season of "Two and a Half Men," Cryer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The sitcom wrapped its run after 12 seasons, putting it in the record books as the longest running multi camera sitcom in television history.
Shortly after the show ended, Cryer released his first book; a memoir entitled So That Happened chronicling the ups and downs of his career over the last 30 years. He can now add best-selling author to his resume as the book made the NY Times best seller list in its first week of release.