Topher Grace

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Topher Grace
Topher Grace Giant Mechanical Man premiere 2 - Copy.jpg
Grace at the Tribeca premiere of The Giant Mechanical Man in 2012
Born Christopher John Grace
(1978-07-12) July 12, 1978 (age 36)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Christopher John "Topher" Grace (/ˈtfər/; born July 12, 1978)[1][2][3] is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of Eric Forman on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, Eddie Brock/Venom in the Sam Raimi film Spider-Man 3, Carter Duryea in the film In Good Company and Edwin in the 2010 film Predators.

Early life[edit]

Grace was born in New York City, New York,[4][5] the son of Pat, an assistant to the schoolmaster of the New Canaan Country School, and John Grace, a Madison Avenue executive.[3][6]

Grace grew up in Darien, Connecticut, where he knew actress Kate Bosworth, as well as Opie & Anthony producer Nathaniel Bryan; the actress Chloë Sevigny - who later appeared with him in high school stage plays - was sometimes his babysitter.[7] Grace chose to use the name Topher because he did not want his full name abbreviated to Chris at school.[8]

Career[edit]

Grace was cast as Eric Forman on Fox's That '70s Show, which debuted in 1998. He played the role until the seventh season. His character was written out and was replaced with a new character named Randy Pearson who was portrayed by Josh Meyers. Grace made a brief guest appearance in the final episode.[9][10]

Grace plays a prep school student who uses cocaine and introduces his girlfriend to freebasing in director Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film Traffic, as well as having uncredited cameos as himself in Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, and its 2004 sequel, Ocean's Twelve. "The joke is that you're supposed to play the worst version of yourself and I don't think too many people are comfortable with that. I never thought for a second that people were really going to think that's what I was like. I think that people will know that I was faking it in those movies," he told Flaunt magazine in 2007.[11] He planned to cameo in Ocean's Thirteen but due to his filming of Spider-Man 3 he had to abandon these plans. As Grace said, "I was doing reshoots on [Spider-Man 3]. I was bummed. I actually talked to Steven Soderbergh about that and we had a thing and then I couldn’t do it."[12] He also appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.[13]

In 2004, Grace played the leading roles in the Robert Luketic-directed Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and the Paul Weitz dramedy, In Good Company, in which he played an ambitious but troubled corporate executive. That same year, Grace also starred in the film P.S., which received only a limited theatrical release. Grace won the National Board of Review's 2004 award for Breakthrough Performance Actor for his work in In Good Company and P.S.[14][15]

On January 15, 2005, Grace hosted Saturday Night Live.[15][16] In 2007, Grace portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3, directed by Sam Raimi. Grace himself was a fan of the comics, and read the Venom stories as a kid.[17] In 2009, Grace became the subject of a recurring column on the entertainment/pop culture site Videogum, entitled "What's Up With Topher Grace?".[18] In 2010, Grace appeared in the ensemble comedy Valentine's Day alongside That '70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher, and also played the character of Edwin in Predators, the newest installment of the science fiction franchise.[19]

In 2011, Grace appeared in the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight.[20] He co-wrote the script and co-produced the film. Grace also starred opposite Richard Gere in the spy thriller, The Double.[21]

In April 2013, it was revealed that Grace had joined indie thriller, The Calling alongside Susan Sarandon.[22] In July 2013, Grace joined Christopher Nolan's Interstellar in a supporting role.[23] In October 2013, Grace joined HBO comedy pilot People In New Jersey with Sarah Silverman, but in January 2014, the pilot was passed on.[24][25]

In January 2014, Grace joined supernatural-thriller Home, which centers on a man, who is recently released from a mental institute, he inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted.[26] In April 2014, Grace joined the comedy film American Ultra alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, where he will play a CIA agent.[27] On October 2, 2014, Grace joined Truth, with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett; a true film based on the story of "CBS’ 60 Minutes" report that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment to keep him out of the Vietnam War. Grace will play Mike Smith, a researcher who helped figure out the truth behind the story.[28]

Personal life[edit]

He dated Ivanka Trump in 2006.[29] He dated his Take Me Home Tonight co-star, Teresa Palmer, in mid- to late 2007.[30][31] They reunited in 2009 after she broke up with Russell Brand, yet later broke up again.[32][33]

He is also a celebrity supporter of FINCA International, a microfinance organization.[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Traffic Seth Abrahams Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Male
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Ocean's Eleven Himself Uncredited
2002 Pinocchio Leonardo (voice) English dub
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Tommy Donegal
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Pete Monash Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock (with Kate Bosworth)
2004 P.S. F. Scott Feinstadt National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
2004 Ocean's Twelve Himself Uncredited
2004 In Good Company Carter Duryea National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
2007 Spider-Man 3 Eddie Brock/Venom Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (with Tobey Maguire, James Franco and Thomas Haden Church)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2009 Personal Effects[35] Clay (voice)
2010 Valentine's Day Jason Morris
2010 Death Bed Subtext Ben Short film
2010 Predators Edwin
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Matt Franklin Also writer and executive producer
2011 Too Big to Fail Jim Wilkinson Television Film;
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble In A Motion Picture Or Miniseries
2011 Crocodile Tears Short film
2011 The Double Ben Geary
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man Doug
2013 The Big Wedding Jared Griffin
2014 Don Peyote Glavin Culpepper
2014 The Calling Ben Wingate
2014 Playing It Cool Scott
2014 Interstellar
2015 American Ultra Agent Adrian Yates Post-production
2015 Home Filming
2015 Truth Mike Smith Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998–2006 That '70s Show Eric Forman 180 episodes
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series Young Ensemble (1999)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for TV Breakout Performance (1999)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor (2000–2001)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor Comedy (2002–2004)
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Guard 1 (voice) Episode: "Space Ape at the Cape"
2003 King of the Hill Chris (voice) Episode: "Megalo Dale"
2005 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Topher Grace/The Killers"
2005 Stella Older Kevin Episode: "Paper Route"
2005 Robot Chicken Eric Forman (voice) Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"
2008 The Simpsons Donny (voice) Episode: "The Debarted"
2012 Comedy Bang Bang Cameraman Episode: "Seth Rogen Wears a Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants"
2012 The Beauty Inside Alex 6 episodes
Daytime Emmy New Approaches Original Daytime Program or Series
2013 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Sexy Leprechaun Episode: "After the Oscars"
2013 People in New Jersey Carl Levin Episode: "Pilot"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Spider-Man 3 Eddie Brock/Venom (voice)

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Cheap Trick - In The Street Eric Forman With cast of That 70's Show
2011 Atomic Tom - "Don't You Want Me Baby" As himself With cast of Take Me Home Tonight

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Lonely, I'm Not[36] Porter First Broadway Theatre performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Topher Grace:Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved October 10, 2007 
  2. ^ Flint, Rebecca. "Topher Grace:Biography". Retrieved October 10, 2007 
  3. ^ a b "Topher Grace". Yahoo!. Retrieved October 10, 2007 
  4. ^ Brunner, Borgna (2005). Time Almanac 2006: With Information Please. Time Inc. p. 295. ISBN 1-932994-41-6 
  5. ^ "Topher Grace Profile". E!. Retrieved October 10, 2007 
  6. ^ Topher Grace's Plan for Crossover Success
  7. ^ Keck, William (December 21, 2004). "The personification of Grace". USA Today. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ Axmaker, Sean (January 14, 2005). "'In Good Company' pays dividends in its rich relationships". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.hollywood.com/news/tv/3467005/ashton-kutcher-and-topher-grace-to-return-to-that-70s-show?page=all
  10. ^ http://splitsider.com/2011/03/10-sitcoms-that-lost-their-lead-actors-and-kept-going/
  11. ^ Flaunt Magazine – Youth Issue 2007
  12. ^ Topel, Fred (April 22, 2007). "No Topher Grace Cameo in "Oceans 13". Rotten Tomatoes.
  13. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/topher-grace/credits/177487
  14. ^ http://tophergracedaily.net/?page_id=20
  15. ^ a b Hill, Logan (May 21, 2005). "Deadpan Alley". New York. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Topher Grace". The SNL Archives. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ http://movies.about.com/od/spiderman3/a/spidertg042307.htm
  18. ^ "What's Up With Topher Grace?". Videogum. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  19. ^ http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/04/the_mystery_of_what_the_hell_topher_grace_is_doing.php
  20. ^ Faris, Fogler "Kids" again in comedy film Reuters, February 8, 2007.
  21. ^ Browne, Niall (2011). "Richard Gere & Topher Grace See ‘Double’". Screen Rant.
  22. ^ http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Susan-Sarandon-Topher-Grace-Join-Indie-Thriller-Calling-36807.html
  23. ^ http://deadline.com/2013/07/topher-grace-tapped-for-chris-nolans-interstellar-547271/
  24. ^ http://deadline.com/2013/10/topher-grace-sarah-silverman-topline-hbo-comedy-pilot-people-in-new-jersey-603512/
  25. ^ http://www.vulture.com/2014/01/hbo-passes-on-people-in-new-jersey.html
  26. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/topher-grace-star-supernatural-thriller-675463
  27. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/04/topher-grace-american-ultra-movie-707814/
  28. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/10/topher-grace-truth-casting-dan-rather-george-w-bush-movie-844866/
  29. ^ "People.com". Ivanka Trump & Topher Grace Cozy Up. Retrieved October 12, 2007. 
  30. ^ Teresa Palmer caught with hand in Topher Grace's pocket News.com.au, August 1, 2007.
  31. ^ New Couple Alert: Minka Kelly & Topher Grace Okmagazine.com, May 16, 2008.
  32. ^ Teresa Palmer and Topher Grace hit Adelaide The Daily Telegraph, January 25, 2009.
  33. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2551503/Pregnant-bride-Teresa-Palmer-thanks-bridesmaids-wedding-snap.html
  34. ^ Topher Grace about FINCA on Jimmy Fallon "FINCA International website," March 20, 2011.
  35. ^ Interview: Personal Effects Director David Hollander – CinemaBlend.com
  36. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/lonely-im-not-topher-grace-post-meltdown-corporate-221532317.html

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