Jon Cryer

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  • Jon Cryer: (on why he thinks John Hughes' movies have endured) John had a real need to believe in teenage icons and create teenage iconography - that's what he was doing with Breakfast Club. I think he was really tortured in his high school, and [movies] were a way of him psychologically coming to terms with his youth and sort of reordering it in his mind as a storyteller. I think kids will always latch on to people saying, 'Your experience is important. What you're going through right now is not trivial. We care about it, and we're right there with ya.'

  • Jon Cryer: (asked if he kept any of Duckie's wardrobe) I kept a couple of jackets that didn't even make it into the movie. I kept those bolo string ties. And I had the Duckie shoes for the longest time, and then in the mid-'90s, I lent them to Planet Hollywood, which has decided that I wasn't lending them, I was giving them - despite signed documents to the contrary. They're probably in the last remaining Planet Hollywood in, you know, Singapore or something. Isn't that ridiculous? The Duckie shoes should be mine!

  • Jon Cryer: You can't do television shows caring whether or not the network picks you up. You can only do them enjoying the work, because if you're always on pins and needles about whether you'll be picked up, you'll lose your mind. I learned that the hard way.

  • Jon Cryer: (ssked about working on Getting Personal) It is actually really fun. By the end of the last season we realized that we wanted to do a sex farce more than we wanted to do the workplace comedy thing. So we sort of turned it into this very randy, very adult show. And it's fun. It's really fun to do a show that I actually laugh at.

  • Jon Cryer: (on why he got into screenwriting) It never occurred to me to write until (film partner) Richard Schenkman suggested it. I had always wanted to, but never really thought I could and he was like, "If you can write a sentence, just a lot of those, you can do it." I didn't think I could do it because I thought writing was this rarefied thing that brilliant people sit in a room and do, and I realized that it's really a process and if you trust the process and if you understand the conventions then you too can be a good writer.

  • Jon Cryer: It's nice that people remember the character ["Duckie" from Pretty In Pink]. It's a little silly, but it's nice to know that you've done a character that people enjoy and remember, so it doesn't bother me.

  • Jon Cryer: (On the difference between acting on stage and acting in movies) On the stage you develop a character that's different from yourself. In a film they're always saying, 'Walk over here. Say this line. Be you.'

  • Jon Cryer: (on his co-star Charlie Sheen) Our relationship happened the second we auditioned together. We didn't even need to talk about it. It was right there and was very easy and very natural. We both had the same sensibility about things. It didn't even feel like work.

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  • In 2012, Jon won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series playing Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men.

  • In 2009, Jon won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series playing Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men.


  • Jon is a friend of Paget Brewster.

  • In 2006, was ranked #72 in the countdown 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

  • Jon used to date Issy van Randwyck, a Dutch, and a member of the cabaret act Fascinating Aida.

  • Jon studied acting at Stagedoor Manor, a summer acting camp, before his acceptance at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

  • Jon did his first commercial at the age 4, alongside his mother.

  • Jon is active in the independent film industry and together with his business partner, Richard Schenkman, an independent film director, they created Went To Coney Island On a Mission From God .. Be Back By Five (1998) which script was based on Jon's and Schenkman's real-life experiences with troubled souls.

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