Alan Ritchson

Alan Ritchson

Country: United States
Nationality: American
Date of birth: November 28, 1982
Birthplace: Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.

Alan Michael Ritchson is an American actor, model, producer, and director. He made his acting debut as Aquaman / Arthur Curry on The CW superhero series Smallville (2005–2010), where he appeared as a guest star between the fifth and tenth seasons. Ritchson had a starring role in the Spike TV sitcom Blue Mountain State (2010–2012), a role he reprised in the 2016 film sequel. He also headlined the SyFy action series Blood Drive (2017) and returned to superhero television as Hank Hall / Hawk on the DC Universe / HBO Max series Titans from 2018 to 2021. He gained wider recognition for portraying the title character in the Amazon Prime Video action thriller series Reacher since 2022.

Outside television, Ritchson played Raphael in the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and its 2016 sequel, along with appearances in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Fast X (2023). He made his directorial debut and co-starred in the action-comedy Dark Web: Cicada 3301 (2021).

Alan Ritchson Details:

Full NameAlan Michael Ritchson
Date of BirthNovember 28, 1982
BirthplaceGrand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.
Current ResidenceFlorida, U.S.
BirthdayNovember 28
Height6′ 3″ (1.91 m)
Weight192 pounds (approx)
Hair ColorBrown
Eyes ColorBrown
EducationOkaloosa Walton Community College (AA)
ParentsVickie Ritchson
David Ritchson
Spouse(s) Catherine RitchsonMay 12, 2006 – present
Children3 (Son)
Years active Years active 2003–present

Alan Ritchson Early Life and Education:

Alan Michael Ritchson was born on November 28, 1982, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is the son of Vickie Ritchson, a high school teacher, and David Ritchson, a retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant. He is the second of three sons. During his childhood, his family moved to Rantoul, Illinois. At age 10, Ritchson’s family settled in Niceville, Florida. He attended Niceville High School and graduated in 2001.

He was granted a full music scholarship for singing, and started to attend college but dropped out “because he didn’t feel fulfilled”. He then went to Los Angeles, where he worked as a model for a few years.

From 1999 to 2003 he attended as a dual-enrollment student and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree at Okaloosa Walton Community College, now Northwest Florida State College. He was a member of the Fine Arts Division’s Soundsations and Madrigal Singers.

Alan Ritchson Career:


He began his modeling career in the Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue.


Alan Ritchson rose to prominence in 2004 after appearing on American Idol’s third season, showcasing his talents as one of the top 87 contestants. Although he was eventually cut from the show, his memorable striptease performance aimed at wooing judge Paula Abdul garnered attention.

Alan Ritchson appearing on American Idol’s third season

His television career includes notable roles such as Arthur Curry, also known as Aquaman, in the series Smallville. Ritchson’s portrayal marked the first time Aquaman appeared in an officially licensed live-action production. He reprised this role in the show’s final season. Additionally, he played Thad Castle, the captain of a college football team, in Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State from 2010 to 2012.

Ritchson has made appearances in various television shows, including CSI: Miami and Hawaii Five-0, showcasing his versatility as an actor. He also became a regular on the NBC variety show I Can Do That in 2015. In 2016, he appeared in an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.

In 2017, Ritchson took on the main role in the Syfy series Blood Drive, followed by a recurring role as Hank Hall / Hawk in the DC Universe series Titans in 2018. Although initially signed for only two episodes, he was promoted to a series regular for the second season. However, he was ultimately written out of the series due to producer decisions to reduce the number of characters.

In 2020, Ritchson was portrayed as Jack Reacher in a Reacher series on Amazon Prime, announced in 2020. His diverse roles across television platforms highlight his versatility and growing presence in the entertainment industry.


Alan Ritchson’s film credits encompass a diverse range of roles. He appeared in the 2006 film The Butcher and had a minor role in 2009’s Fired Up!. Notably, director Robert Zemeckis utilized Ritchson’s facial image, physique, and movement for actor Ray Winstone’s character in Beowulf.

In 2013, Ritchson portrayed Gloss, a tribute in the 75th Hunger Games, in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He also took on the role of Raphael in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, with later criticisms towards producers regarding the mistreatment of actors during and after filming. Ritchson reprised his role as Thad Castle in the Blue Mountain State movie, Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland. Additionally, he starred in Rooster Teeth Production’s Lazer Team in 2016 and played a significant role in The Wedding Ringer.

In 2018, Ritchson expanded his involvement in the film industry by directing, co-writing, and producing Dark Web: Cicada 3301, a comedy-thriller film. Lionsgate acquired the rights for the film, which was digitally released in 2021. In 2022, Ritchson joined the cast of Fast X. Looking ahead, Ritchson is set to appear in Jon Gunn’s drama movie Ordinary Angels, showcasing his continued versatility and contribution to the cinematic landscape.

Alan Ritchson Personal Life:

Alan Ritchson lived for years in his native Florida with his wife Catherine and their three sons. In 2023 the couple decided to sell their home and live on the road, to allow Ritchson to spend the utmost time with and be a caretaker for his family, even while he is filming. The family stays in Airbnbs and hotels; his wife, a financial analyst, homeschools their sons.

Ritchson has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has spoken openly about his struggles with the condition.

Ritchson is a professing Christian and frequently discusses the significance of his Christian faith. He started the YouTube channel InstaChurch, in January 2022, where he discusses his Christian convictions.

Alan Ritchson Filmography:

Alan Ritchson Movies:

2024The Ministry of Ungentlemanly WarfareAnders LassenPost-production
2024Ordinary AngelsEd Schmitt
2023Fast XAgent Aimes
2021Dark Web: Cicada 3301Agent CarverDirectorial debut, producer, writer
2020Ghosts of WarButchie
2019The Turkey BowlRonnie BestAlso executive producer
2019Above the ShadowsShayne
2018Office UprisingBob
2016Blue Mountain State: The Rise of ThadlandThad CastleAlso producer and writer
2016Lazer TeamAdam
2015Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the ShadowsRaphael
2015The Wedding RingerKip Loyola / Carew
2014Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesRaphael
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireGloss
2009Fired Up!Bruce
2006The ButcherMark

Alan Ritchson TV Series / Web Series:

2022–presentReacherJack ReacherMain role
2020Legends of TomorrowHank Hall / HawkEpisode: “Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 5”
2019SupergirlHank Hall / HawkEpisode: “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One”
2019Brooklyn Nine-NineYoung Norm ScullyEpisode: “Hitchcock & Scully”
2018–2021TitansHank Hall / HawkRecurring role (season 1); main role (seasons 2–3)
2018Alexa & KatieRobbieEpisode: “Thanksgiving”
2017Blood DriveArthur BaileyMain role
2016Black MirrorPaulEpisode: “Nosedive”
2015WorkaholicsTroy TorpeyEpisode: “Speedo Racer”
2015I Can Do ThatHimselfContestant
2014New GirlMattEpisode: “Micro”
2014InfomercialsKent RossEpisode: “Alpha Chow”
2014The RebelsTyler StokleyEpisode: “Pilot”
2013Hawaii Five-0Freddie HartEpisode: “Olelo Paʻa”
2012Fred: The ShowExpired CowEpisode: “Expired Cow”
201190210Tripp WilsonEpisode: “The Enchanted Donkey”
2010CSI: MiamiPaul ArnettEpisode: “Spring Breakdown”
2010–2011Blue Mountain StateKevin Devlin “Thad” CastleMain role
2009Midnight BayouLucian ManetTelevision film
2009Head CaseN/AEpisode: “Tying the… Not”
2006Though None Go with MeArmy officerTelevision film
2005–2010SmallvilleArthur Curry / Aquaman4 episodes
2004American IdolHimselfEpisode 3.1

Alan Ritchson Video Games:

  • Beowulf: The Game (2007), as Beowulf (character model)

Alan Ritchson Discography:

  • Albums
    • This Is Next Time (2006)

Alan Ritchson Photos:

Alan Ritchson Filmography:

Fast X Movie (2023) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review
May 19, 2023
Ordinary Angels Movie Poster
February 23, 2024


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