Sunday, April 3, 2011
Ritchson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota to David, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant father, and Vickie, a high school teacher mother. He is the middle of three brothers; Eric, the oldest and Brian, the youngest. During his childhood, his family moved to Rantoul, Illinois. At age 10, Ritchson's family finally settled in Niceville, Florida. He attended Niceville High School and graduated in 2001. He began his modeling career in the Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue; he also modeled underwear for the men's online underwear store internationaljock.com. In 2008, he was signed to L.A. agency Vision Model Management and appeared on N2N Bodywear. By early 2009, Ritchson made his final appearance in his modelling career for Abercrombie and Fitch.
He appeared on American Idol, where he was one of the top 87 contestants in the third seasonHollywood. He was remembered primarily for his striptease in one episode in which he wooed judge Paula Abdul. before being cut in
His television acting credits include a recurring guest star role on the TV series Smallville as Arthur Curry, a.k.a Aquaman, a small role as an army officer in the 2006 Hallmark Channel movie Though None Go with Me alongside Cheryl Ladd, and the role of Lucian Manet in the 2009 Lifetime Original Movie, Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou. His role in Smallville marked the first time that an actor portrayed Aquaman in an officially licensed live-action production. His Smallville co-star, Justin Hartley, has since portrayed Aquaman in an unaired pilot. He reprised his role as Aquaman for a cameo appearance in the animated film: Justice League: The New Frontier. He is set to reprise the role of Aquaman in the upcoming Season 10 of Smallville.
Movie credits include a role in the 2006 movie The Butcher, as well as in 2008's Spring Break '83 and a minor role in 2009's Fired Up! In 2007, director Robert Zemeckis used Ritchson for his facial image, physique and movement for actor Ray Winstone of the title character of Beowulf.
Other projects include an independent album called This is Next Time, released in late 2005 and appearing in a Russian commercial for Orbit gum. In 2009, he appeared on a third season episode of Starz's Head Case whom he played a male stripper. He currently plays Thad Castle in Spike TV's Blue Mountain State as a junior on a college football team. Ritchson also made an appearance on CSI:Miami, in which he played a dead victim in S8E19.