2022 Distinguished Alumni Winner


Alan Ritchson 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 began his modeling career in Abercrombie & Fitch in 2004 after his appearance on American Idol as one of the top 87 contestants. His TV roles began after that which consist of 10 appearances on well-known series such as Black Mirror90210, Smallville, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hunger Games, and CSI: Miami.  His film credits include a role in the 2006 film The Butcher, a minor role in 2009’s Fired Up! In 2018, Alan was announced as the director, co-writer, and producer of Dark Web: Cicada 3301, a comedy-thriller film inspired by the eponymous organization. He also co-starred as an NSA agent. The film will be the first original project of Phreaker Films, a film fund run by Alan.  He currently stars in Amazon Prime’s series, Reacher. He’s portraying Jack Reacher in the eponymous series.  In May 2014, Alan gave a Master Class to current NWFSC Fine Art students. Alan is a major supporter of the “Heart and Armor Foundation for Veterans Health”. He recently moved his family back to Northwest Florida and commutes to California and other production sites.

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