Grace at The Giant Mechanical Man premiere
|Born||Christopher John Grace
July 12, 1978
New York City, New York
Christopher John "Topher" Grace (//; born July 12, 1978) is an American actor. He is best 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.
Grace grew up in Darien, Connecticut, where he knew actress Kate Bosworth, as well as Opie & Anthony producer Nathaniel Bryan, and was sometimes babysat by actress Chloë Sevigny, who later appeared with him in high school stage plays. Grace chose the name Topher because he did not want his full name abbreviated to Chris at school.
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.
Grace plays a prep school student who uses cocaine and introduces his girlfriend to freebase cocaine 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. He planned to cameo in Ocean's Thirteen but due to his filming Spider-Man 3 he had to drop out. 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." He also appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.
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.
On January 15, 2005, Grace hosted Saturday Night Live. 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. In 2009, Grace became the subject of a recurring column on the entertainment/pop culture site Videogum, entitled "What's Up With Topher Grace?". 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.
In 2011, Grace appeared in the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight. He co-wrote the script and co-produced the film. Grace also starred opposite Richard Gere in the spy thriller, The Double.
|2000||Traffic||Seth Abrahams||Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance – Male
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2001||Ocean's Eleven||Himself||Uncredited role|
|2002||Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio||Lucignolo – Leonardo||Voice role|
|2003||Mona Lisa Smile||Tommy Donegal|
|2004||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Pete Monash||Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor – Comedy
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock (shared w/Kate Bosworth)
|P.S.||F. Scott Feinstadt||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor|
|Ocean's Twelve||Himself||Uncredited role|
|In Good Company||Carter Duryea||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Eddie Brock/Venom||Nominated - MTV Movie Awards Best Villain
Nominated - Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Scream Awards Most Vile Villian
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Rumble (Shared w/Tobey Maguire, James Franco, and Thomas Haden Church)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain
|2009||Personal Effects||Clay||Voice role|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Jason Morris|
|Death Bed Subtext||Ben||Short Film|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Matt Franklin||Also writer|
|Crocodile Tears||Short Film|
|The Double||Ben Geary|
|2012||The Giant Mechanical Man||Doug|
|2013||The Big Wedding||Jared Griffin|
|The Calling||Ben Wingate||Post-production|
|A Many Splintered Thing||Post-production|
|1998–2006||That '70s Show||Eric Forman||Main role;
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Comedy (2004)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Comedy (2003)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Comedy (2002)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor (2001)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor (2000)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards TV Breakout Performance (1999)
Nominated - Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series Young Ensemble (shared w/cast 1999)
|2002||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Guard 1||Voice Role (uncredited)|
|2003||King of the Hill||Chris||Voice role
Episode: Megalo Dale
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Host|
|Stella||Older Kevin||Episode: Paper Route|
|Robot Chicken||Eric Forman||Episode: Gold Dust Gasoline|
|2008||The Simpsons||Donny||Voice role
Episode: The Debarted
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Jim Wilkinson||Main Role|
|2012||Comedy Bang Bang||Cameraman||Episode: Seth Rogen Wears a Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants|
|The Beauty Inside||Alex||Main Role; 6 episodes
Pending - Daytime Emmy New Approaches Original Daytime Program or Series
|2013||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Sexy Leprechaun||Episode: After the Oscars|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Eddie Brock/Venom||Voice role|
|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|
|2012||Lonely, I'm Not||Porter||First Broadway Theatre performance|
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- Topher Grace's Plan for Crossover Success
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- Flaunt Magazine – Youth Issue 2007
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- "Topher Grace". The SNL Archives. Retrieved December 27, 2010.
- "What's Up With Topher Grace?". Videogum. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- Faris, Fogler "Kids" again in comedy film Reuters, February 8, 2007.
- Browne, Niall (2011). "Richard Gere & Topher Grace See ‘Double’". Screen Rant.
- "People.com". Ivanka Trump & Topher Grace Cozy Up. Retrieved October 12, 2007.
- Teresa Palmer caught with hand in Topher Grace's pocket News.com.au, August 1, 2007.
- New Couple Alert: Minka Kelly & Topher Grace Okmagazine.com, May 16, 2008.
- Teresa Palmer and Topher Grace hit Adelaide The Daily Telegraph, January 25, 2009.
- Topher Grace about FINCA on Jimmy Fallon "FINCA International website," March 20, 2011.
- Interview: Personal Effects Director David Hollander – CinemaBlend.com
- Topher Grace at the Internet Movie Database
- IGN Films interview (December 22, 2004)
- About.com interview (January 2004)