Ari Graynor

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Ari Graynor
Graynor at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
Ariel Geltman Graynor

(1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 41)
Alma materTrinity College
Years active2001–present

Ariel Geltman Graynor (born April 27, 1983) is an American actress, known for her roles in TV series such as I'm Dying Up Here, The Sopranos and Fringe, in stage productions such as Brooklyn Boy and The Little Dog Laughed, and in films such as Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and For a Good Time, Call... She also starred as Meredith Davis on the short-lived CBS television sitcom Bad Teacher in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Graynor was born April 27, 1983, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joani Geltman, a parenting expert, and Greg Graynor, a contractor.[1][2]

Her mother is from a Jewish family; her father is from a Polish and Roman Catholic background, and converted to Judaism. Graynor was raised Jewish.[3][4] Her paternal grandfather's surname was changed from "Gryzna".[5]

She attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Class of 2001), and Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.[citation needed]

During a June 29, 2017, CBS late-night interview with Stephen Colbert, promoting I'm Dying Up Here, she mentioned she went to a prom with future congressman Joseph Kennedy III.


Graynor first came to prominence as Caitlin Rucker on HBO's The Sopranos. Her film credits include An American Crime (2007), which premiered in January 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival. She also appeared early in the second season of UPN's Veronica Mars as the daughter of a bus driver. She made her Broadway debut as 'Alison' in 2005's Brooklyn Boy after appearing in the world premiere at South Coast Repertory. She also appeared in The Little Dog Laughed.

Graynor played Elvina, a pop star, in CSI: Miami, and was a recurring guest star on the Fox series Fringe, playing Agent Olivia Dunham's younger sister, Rachel. In 2008, Graynor appeared in the film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and in October 2009, she also was in Whip It, a comedy film directed by Drew Barrymore and written by Shauna Cross, based on Cross' young adult novel Derby Girl.

In 2010, she appeared in the play Trust at the off-Broadway Second Stage theatre company with Sutton Foster, Zach Braff, and Bobby Cannavale. In the fall of 2011, she appeared on Broadway in the Woody Allen-written segment of three one-act comedies collectively called Relatively Speaking.[6][7] She played Nina Roth in Allen's “Honeymoon Motel” segment.

Graynor in January 2012

In 2012, Graynor starred in the comedy For a Good Time, Call..., and is also credited as the film's executive producer.[8] Graynor starred on Broadway opposite Cheyenne Jackson, Henry Winkler, and Alicia Silverstone in David West Read's play The Performers, which opened November 2012 at the Longacre Theatre.

She appeared in Yen, a play by Anna Jordan. Yen opened off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on January 31, 2017, directed by Trip Cullman.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mystic River Eve Pigeon Film debut
2004 Book of Love Naomi
Imaginary Heroes Jenny
Bereft Louise
2005 Game 6 Laurel Rogan
The Great New Wonderful Lisa Krindel Segment "Emme's Story"
2006 For Your Consideration Young PA
2007 An American Crime Paula Baniszewski
Turn the River Charlotte
2008 Blues Tara
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Caroline
2009 Youth in Revolt Lacey
Whip It Eva Destruction
2010 Holy Rollers Rachel Apfel
Date Night Young Woman
Conviction Mandy Marsh
No Deal Cassie Short film
2011 Lucky Lucy St. Martin
10 Years Sam
What's Your Number? Daisy Darling
The Sitter Marisa Lewis
2012 Celeste & Jesse Forever Beth
For a Good Time, Call... Katie Steele Also executive producer
The Guilt Trip Joyce Margolis
2016 Wiener-Dog Carol Steinhart
Join the Club Nina Short film
2017 The Disaster Artist Juliette Danielle
2018 The Front Runner Ann Devroy
2020 Like a Boss Angela
2023 The Anne Frank Gift Shop Amy Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Sopranos Caitlin Rucker television debut

recurring role; 4 episodes

2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Missy Kurtz Episode: "Damaged"
2005 Veronica Mars Jessie Doyle Episode: "Driver Ed"
2007 CSI: Miami Elvina Episode: "Rush"
Numbers Ella Pierce Episode: "Tabu"
2008–2012 American Dad! Additional voices voice role; 5 episodes
2009–2010 Fringe Rachel/Kelsie recurring role; 10 episodes
2010 The Cleveland Show BigSkeez Episode: "Our Gang"; voice role
2011 Family Guy Kitty Hawk Woman Episode: "Amish Guy"; voice role
2014 Bad Teacher Meredith Davis series regular; 13 episodes
also Producer
Garfunkel and Oates Cornish Episode: "Third Member"
2015 Kroll Show Proctor Episode: "Karaoke Bullies"
2017–2018 I'm Dying Up Here Cassie Feder series regular; 20 episodes
2019 SMILF Emma Episode: "So Maybe I Look Feminine"
2020 Mrs. America Brenda Feigen-Fasteau miniseries
Home Movie: The Princess Bride[10] Valerie Episode: "Chapter Nine: Have Fun Storming the Castle!"
2022 Surface Caroline Main role
2023 Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Honey Kaplan Recurring role


  1. ^ "Ari Graynor Biography". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Blank, Matthew (September 20, 2011). ""Relatively Speaking" star Ari Graynor". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Hollywood Now: Chris Pine, Rachel Weisz & Ari Graynor, Plus So Many Babies!". InterfaithFamily. May 30, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Ari Graynor talks about 'Holy Rollers' and 'What's Your Number'". May 12, 2010. Archived from the original on November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Ari Graynor on Jewish Mothers and Phone Sex – The Arty Semite". August 31, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ari Graynor: Anatomy of a Sundance 'it' girl". Los Angeles Times. January 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Yuan, Jada. "Ari Graynor on Moving Beyond Best-Friend Roles". Vulture. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Lawrence, Vanessa (August 2012). "On the Verge: Ari Graynor". W. Condé Nast: 43. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Clement, Olivia. " 'Yen', with Oscar Nominee Lucas Hedges, Opens Jan. 31" Playbill, January 31, 2017
  10. ^ Breznican, Anthony (June 26, 2020). "Watch the Celebrity-Filled Fan-Film Version of The Princess Bride". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 26, 2020.

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