Jonathan Slavin is an American actor best known for his starring sitcom roles as Byron Togler in Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002-2004) and as Phil Myman in Better Off Ted, from 2009-2010.
Slavin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A self-described misfit, he found his voice at 14 when he was cast in his first play.
He left Pennsylvania at 17 and spent the next three years traveling, studying and performing in New England, upstate New York and Oxford.
Landing in New York, he performed in some terrible theatre before being cast in The Best of Schools at Ubu Repertory Theatre.
From there he moved to Lincoln Centre and then Broadway in Wendy Wassestein's The Sisters Rosensweig, went to Dallas to do Six Degrees of Separation and to Los Angeles to star in the West Coast premiere of The Destiny of Me.
After a string of [insert occupation here] guy TV roles (Flower Delivery Guy, Fish and Chips Guy, Computer Tech Guy, etc.), Slavin landed a memorable turn as Ice Cream Guy on Caroline in the City, and has worked in television ever since.
He has appeared as a series regular on Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Union Square, and had recurring roles on My Name is Earl, Summerland, Inconceivable and Wings.
Recent guest starring roles include Life, Grey's Anatomy, CSI, Ugly Betty, Friends and Bones.
He has also appeared in the feature films Hard Pill, A Cinderella Story, Grand Theft Parsons, Race to Witch Mountain and My Mother's Hairdo.
Slavin is a longtime activist, dedicating much of his time to animal rights, and is a confirmed vegan and animal rescuer, sharing his home with four dogs, seven cats, a cockatoo and a pig named Ouisa.
He has marched in more LGBT rights parades than he can count and has twice participated in the California Aids Ride, a nearly 600 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising funds for Aids/HIV services provided by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Centre.
Slavin and his partner since 1995, Michael, live with their motley crew of children in Los Angeles.