The Sound of Music
Special encore presentation tomorrow 8/7c. Watch the special online now.
Sean was a promising computer programmer before he became caught in the largest conspiracy to rock the United States.
Sean comes from a working class home in the Chicago area. He has worked hard to put the past behind him and rarely speaks with his sister, Michelle.
Sean found his true "home" when he received a full scholarship to M.I.T. to study computer science. There, he immersed himself in his school work, only surfacing for swim team practice. He was in the pool one day when he noticed a stunning biochem major, who was learning to swim. He introduced himself and offered some tips. It was love at first sight. Sean and Leila moved in together a couple years later.Sean and Leila were on a Caribbean cruise, moments away from Sean proposing marriage, when events conspired to keep them apart. First, they had to help a couple in distress. Then, days later, Leila was kidnapped. Since then, Sean has been on the lam, trying to rescue Leila, stop Michael Buchanan from crashing a plane, and exonerate himself for the murder of a passenger on the cruise ship
Jason Ritter stars as Sean Walker, an unlikely hero who gets entangled in an immense government conspiracy when his would-be fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer) mysteriously disappears during their Caribbean cruise in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller The Event.
Ritter will next be seen in the independent film "The Dry Land," opposite America Ferrera, Ryan O'Nan and Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and recently won the prize for international premiere at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival.
Ritter has just completed production on "The Perfect Family," opposite Emily Deschanel and Kathleen Turner. He also recently finished filming the independent features "A Bag of Hammers," opposite Rebecca Hall, and "Morning" opposite Laura Linney and Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Ritter was last seen starring onscreen in "Peter and Vandy," opposite Jess Weixler. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Ritter also starred in and co-produced "Good Dick," written and directed by Marianna Palka, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2008.
Among Ritter's other film credits are "The Education of Charlie Banks," "Our Very Own," "Happy Endings," "Mumford," and "Raise Your Voice."
Ritter recently guest-starred in a multi-episode arc on NBC's critically acclaimed "Parenthood." His other television credits include series regular roles on "The Class" and "Joan of Arcadia."
Ritter starred as the lead in the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wasserstein's "Third," opposite Dianne Wiest, Charles Durning, Amy Aquino, and Gaby Hoffmann, directed by Daniel Sullivan. His additional theater credits include the off-Broadway production of Tom Donaghy's "The Beginning of August" and the role of Tim in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's play "The Distance from Here" at London's Almeida Theatre (directed by David Leveaux).
Ritter is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.