Todd Graff along with Danny DeVito in 2003
October 22, 1959 |
Manhattan, New York CIty
|Alma mater||State University of New York at Purchase|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer and screenwriter|
Todd Graff (born October 22, 1959) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his 2003 independent film Camp and his role as Alan "Hippy" Carnes in the 1989 science fiction film The Abyss.
Graff was born in New York City, the son of Judith Clarice (née Oxhorn), a piano teacher and choirmaster, and Jerome Lawrence Graff, a musician. His sister is actress Ilene Graff (of Mr. Belvedere fame).
Graff sang on the original-cast albums of Sesame Street (1970) and the follow-up Sesame Street 2 (1971), but he rose to fame in 1975 when he joined the cast of the PBS children's television series The Electric Company. Playing the role of Jesse, a member of the Short Circus, he remained with the show to the end of its production in 1977 (he replaced Stephen Gustafson, who outgrew the show after four seasons).
Graff's writing credits include Camp, Used People, The Vanishing, and The Beautician and the Beast. Graff acted in several films including Death to Smoochy, Dominick and Eugene, Strange Days, Not Quite Paradise, and The Abyss. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Danny in Broadway's Baby in 1984. He starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise as Homer.
In 2006, Graff directed the stage musical 13 by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2009, he co-wrote and directed the film Bandslam. In 2012 he wrote and directed the film Joyful Noise.
|Fly By Night||Naji||1993|
|Not Quite Jerusalem||Rothwell T Schwartz||1985|
|It's No Crush, I'm in Love||Robby Pols||1982 and 1983|
|Dominick and Eugene||Larry Higgins||1988|
|An Innocent Man||Robby||1989|
|The Abyss||Alain 'Hippy' Carnes||1989|
|After Midnight||Tough Kid||19?? (1993?)|
|Strange Days||Tex Arcana||1995|
|City of Hope||Zip||1991|
|The Nanny (La niñera,La nanny,La nany)||Harvey||1997|
|Chicago Hope||Louis Bagley||1995|
|ABC Afterschool Specials||Trent and Robby Pols||1983 and 1992|
|The Marshall Chronicles||Vincent||1990|
|Vietnam War Story||Richard Muldoon||1987|
|The Electric Company||Jesse||1975–1977|
- 1984 Tony Award nominee as Featured Actor in a Musical for Baby
- 1984 Drama Desk Award Won Theatre World Award for Baby (musical)
- 2003 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee for Camp
- Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (2012)
- Made in Hollywood (2011)
- Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History – 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (2009)
- Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History – 1970's (2009)
- Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss (1993)
- Joyful Noise (2012)
- Bandslam (2009)
- Camp (2003)
- The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
- Angie (1994)
- The Vanishing (1993)
- Fly by Night (1993)
- Used People (1992)