Jon Cryer: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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Jon Cryer, the Emmy-winning actor and director, 47, gets personal with Us. You can catch him on Two and a Half Men on CBS Thursdays at 8:30 P.M.

1. My middle name is Niven, derived from my grandmother's maiden name.

2. I'm an avid — though constantly injured — ultimate Frisbee player.

3. I have two rescue dogs.

4. I did not name my son, Charlie, after Charlie Sheen.

5. I graduated Bronx High School of Science with noted director Boaz Yakin, a year before noted director Jon Favreau.

6. I've never appeared in a Yakin or Favreau film.

7. I played Lex Luthor's nephew, Lenny Luthor in Superman IV.

8. I've competed in several triathlons.

9. I collect Russian space memorabilia.

10. I speak fluent Cantonese. (This one is not true at all.)

11. I got beat up by a girl named Vanessa in fifth grade.

12. I'm co-producing Ann, a Broadway show staring my TV mom Holland Taylor, about the former Texas governor.

13. After I used the term scary-skinny in a 1998 TV interview, it became a popular way to describe disturbingly thin starlets.

14. I studied film directing at the University of Southern California.

15. I won an Emmy for a Two and a Half Men show I directed.

16. I'm a Marvel comics geek.

17. I'm not on Facebook.

18. But I am on Twitter, @mrjoncryer.

19. I'm neither Jewish nor Republican, no matter what my Wikipedia entry says.

20. My first film was Robert Altman's O.C. and Stiggs.

21. I'm a huge New York Giants fan.

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22. My first job on Broadway was as Matthew Broderick's understudy in Brighton Beach Memoirs.

23. My second Broadway job was replacing Matthew in Torch Song Trilogy.

24. I got offered my third Broadway job replacing Matthew in Biloxi Blues.

25. I've never actually worked with Matthew Broderick.

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