Josh Radnor was born in 1974 in Ohio and was raised as an Orthodox Jew.
He studied acting throughout school and university, and in 2002 made his stage debut in The Graduate
opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. He later starred alongside his future TV co-star Neil Patrick Harris
in the 2004 film The Paris Letters
, before turning to TV in the 2005 comedy How I Met Your Mother.
The CBS comedy ran for nine years, and followed Josh's main character, Ted Mosby, in the year 2030, recounting to his son and daughter his life in Manhattan with his friends, and how he met their mother.
The show, and Josh gained a cult following, and won nine Emmy
awards throughout its run.
On the big screen, the 40-year-old has had two of his films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, including Happythankyoumoreplease
, which he starred in, wrote, and directed, and which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award that year.
Josh studies transcendental meditation, and in 2008 revealed to the Los Angeles Times
: "part of the reason I chose my house is that I thought it would be a great place to meditate."