Arye Gross

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Arye Gross
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Arye Gross
Born (1960-03-17) March 17, 1960 (age 62)
EducationUniversity of California, Irvine
Years active1982 - present
Lisa Schulz
(m. 1999)

Arye Gross (born March 17, 1960) is an American actor, who has appeared on a variety of television shows in numerous roles, most notably Adam Greene in ABC Sitcom Ellen.

Personal life[edit]

Gross was born on March 17, 1960, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Sheri and Joseph Gross, who was an aerospace engineer and later worked in business.[1]

He and Lisa Schulz, married in 1999, have one daughter, Sophia, born in 2006. [2]

Education and training[edit]

Gross attended public school and in 1977 was accepted to the University of California Irvine to study theater. Robert Cohen, then head of UCI's Drama Department later said, "I remember him as an undergrad student actor and knew he was quite good." The following summer he was accepted in the Professional Conservatory program at South Coast Repertory (SCR) in neighboring Costa Mesa, where Lee Shallat-Chemel was then the program director. She remembered how he handled Edgar's "nonsensical" passages in King Lear during scene study. "Arye found a visceral reality and the scene became filled with pathos and meaning. And it just blew me away. I had never seen, really, any actor do that."[2]



Gross was part of SCR's acting company for three years, which culminated in his role in the world premiere of L.J. Schneiderman's Screwball. Director Frank Condon invited Gross to work with Teatro Campesino under the direction of Luis Valdez, which he did for a year.[2]

Gross appeared in a number of stage productions with a variety of companies in the Los Angeles area, including LATC, Pasadena Playhouse, Odyssey Theater Ensemble, MET Theater and Stages Theater Center. Gross' stage credits include La Bete for the Stages Theatre Center, Room Service for the Pasadena Playhouse, Three Sisters for the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing for the Grove Shakespeare Festival, Troillus and Cressida for the Globe Playhouse. He performed in Georges Feydeau's Sleep, I Want You to Sleep at the Stages Theatre Company,[3] where he served as Managing Director.[3]

He is a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company,[4] where he appeared in Mrs. Warren's Profession and as the title character in Uncle Vanya. His South Coast Repertory credits also include the world premieres of Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair, and Donald Margulies' Brooklyn Boy, which marked Gross' Broadway debut when it moved to New York. He also was in the 2016 world premiere of Eliza Clark's Future Thinking.[2]


Gross's best-known television role was on the ABC series Ellen as Adam Green for the program's first three seasons. Gross also starred in the short-lived series Citizen Baines with James Cromwell. Arye has made numerous guest appearances on a wide variety of television series, such as Diff'rent Strokes, Knight Rider, The Outer Limits, Six Feet Under, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Diagnosis: Murder, Friends and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also had a recurring role as Dr. Sidney Perlmutter on Castle.

Gross also played the adult voice of Kevin Arnold on the pilot episode of The Wonder Years when it first aired after Super Bowl XXII. However, the narration was re-recorded using Daniel Stern's voice for the pilot when it subsequently re-aired, and Stern remained the narrator through the entire run of the series.


In 1999, Gross acted in and directed The Prince and the Surfer; this was his film directorial debut.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Exterminator 2 Turbo film debut
1985 Just One of the Guys Willie
1986 Soul Man Gordon Bloomfeld
1987 House II: The Second Story Jesse
1988 The Couch Trip Perry Kovin
1988 Tequila Sunrise Andy Leonard
1989 The Experts Wendell
1990 A Matter of Degrees Maxwell Glass
1990 Coupe de Ville Buddy Libner
1990 Shaking the Tree Barry
1991 For the Boys Jeff Brooks
1992 A Midnight Clear Stan Shutzer
1992 The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them David Crown
1993 Hexed Matthew Welsh
1994 Two Over Easy David Short Film
1996 Mother Night Dr. Abraham Epstein
1996 Brittle Glory Lewis Rosen
1996 Timelock Riley
1996 The Elevator Moshe
1997 Tinseltown Max
1997 Big City Blues Babs
1998 Spoiler The Attendant
1998 Chow Bella David Felder
1999 Seven Girlfriends Roman
1999 The Prince and the Surfer Vince also Director
2000 Big Eden Henry Hart
2000 Gone in Sixty Seconds James Lakewood
2001 Burning Down the House Bob Washington
2001 Accidents Don't Happen Tommy
2002 Minority Report Howard Marks
2008 Jim and Jung Carl Short Film
2010 Midlife Sam Short Film
2010 Harvest Benny Monopoli
2011 The Healer Dr. Williams Short Film
2011 Lone Pops Short Film
2011 In Mexico Jason Short Film
2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II Ken Danagger
2012 Commencement Nate
2016 Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Clovis
2017 The Lady Killers Dan Casey
2018 Nostalgia Riley O'Bryan
2018 Health to the King Doctor Short Film
2019 First Love Richard Crest
TBA The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg Red Leghorn pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Diff'rent Strokes Marko television debut

Episode: "The Peacemaker"

1983 American Playhouse Congregation Episode: "Miss Lonelyhearts"
1985 Knight Rider Elliott Skyes Episode: "Knight & Knerd"
1986 Remington Steele Albert Wellington Episode: "Steele at Your Service"
1986 Heart of the City Otis Episode: "Cold Steal and Neon"
1987 Into the Homeland Joel Bessman Television Movie
1988 The Wonder Years Kevin Arnold (The Narrator) voice; uncredited

Episode: "Pilot"

1992 Boris and Natasha Bellhop Television Movie
1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Jay Jaffe Television Movie
1994–1996 Ellen Adam Green series regular; 42 episodes
1995 Santo Bugito Tad/Venus Fly Trap voice

Episode: "My Name Is Revenge"

1995 Friends Michael Episode: "The One Where Ross Finds Out"
1996 The Single Guy Tony Episode: "Best Man"
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Matthees/Pilot voice

Episode: "DNA Doomsday"

1997 Duckman: Private Duck/Family Man Bobby voice

Episode: "With Friends Like These"

1997 The Player unknown role Television Movie
1997–1998 Profiler Greg Hayes 2 episodes
1997–2002 The Practice Rabbi Daniel Warner/Walter Beck's Attorney 5 episodes
1998 Michael Hayes Lane Episode: "Arise and Fall"
1998 Cybill Director Episode: "Fine Is Not a Feeling"
1998 The Outer Limits Bernard Selden Episode: "Fear Itself"
1998 Rugrats Attendant/Bear Episode: "Uneasy Rider/Where's Grandpa?"
1998 Diagnosis Murder Carter Sweeney recurring role; 4 episodes
1998 Millennium Ed Episode: "Skull and Bones"
1999 Fantasy Island Jeremy Slater Episode: "Heroes"
1999 Arthur's Quest Merlin Television Movie
1999 Get Real Dr. Larry Keehan 2 episodes
1999 In the Company of Spies Todd Simar Television Movie
2000 Martial Law Agent Randall Wicke Episode: "Freefall"
2000 Just Shoot Me! Ben Episode: "With Thee I Swing"
2000 Good vs Evil Orson Williamson Episode: "Wonderful Life"
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul Adam Episode: "The Final Show"
2000 Once and Again Todd Monroe Episode: "Ozymandias 2.0"
2000 Citizen Baines Shel Eidenberg unknown episode
2000–2004 Judging Amy Attorney Zahmber/Scott Zomber 2 episodes
2001 The X-Files Dr. Tom Puvogel Episode: "Salvage"
2001 Touched by an Angel John Baker Episode: "Bringer of Light"
2001 ER Kevin Episode: "April Showers"
2002 Strong Medicine Gene Withers Episode: "Outcomes"
2002 John Doe Dr. Jansen Episode: "Doe Re: Me"
2003 Six Feet Under Frank Muehler 3 episodes
2003 The West Wing Obstrician Episode: "Commencement"
2003 The Lyon's Den Edgar Haight Episode: "The Fifth"
2003–2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Vincent Demarcus/Paul Winston 2 episodes
2004 The Guardian Mr. Tilden Episode: "All Is Mended"
2004 Without a Trace Charles Potter Episode: "Lost and Found"
2005–2006 Wildfire Charlie Hewitt series regular; 12 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hubert Skoller Episode: "No Exit"
2005 Three Wise Guys Leo Television Movie
2006 Grey's Anatomy Adam Morris Episode: "Oh, the Guilt"
2007–2008 The Riches Pete Mincey 4 episodes
2007 Mystery Woman: In the Shadows Jonathan Stansfield Television Movie
2007 Numb3rs Professor Stanley Novich Episode: "Contenders"
2007 Medium Cooper Conroy 3 episodes
2007 Burn Notice Perry Clark Episode: "Hard Bargain"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Saul Picard Episode: "Blinded"
2008 CSI: NY Wallace Carver/Frank Moore Episode: "Admissions"
2008 Cold Case Oscar Anderson '81 Episode: "The Dealer"
2009 The Ghost Whisperer Edwin Hathaway Episode: "Body of Water"
2009 Grey Gardens Albert Maysles Television Movie
2009 Dollhouse Professor Gossen Episode: "Belle Chose"
2009–2016 Castle M.E. Sidney Perlmutter recurring role; 17 episodes
2010–2011 The Defenders Bennie B. Hapwood 2 episodes
2010 Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment Dr. Ilan Meyer Television Documentary
2010 Leverage Larry Duberman Episode: "The Reunion Job"
2010 The Mentalist Dr. Saban Episode: "Pink Chanel Suit"
2010 Lie to Me Dr. Hamill Episode: "Veronica"
2011 Second City This Week Celebrity Guest unknown
2011 The Protector Dr. Nolan Miller Episode: "Revisions"
2011 Fringe Malcolm Truss Episode: "Novation"
2015 Criminal Minds Donnie Mallick Episode: "Nelson's Sparrow"
2017 Designated Survivor Elias Grandi Episode: "One Year In"
2018 MacGyver Dr. Isaac Herman Episode: "UFO + Area 51"


  1. ^ "Arye Gross Biography (1960-)". Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  2. ^ a b c d "Building Character". February 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  3. ^ a b "Ellen"'s Arye Gross Is Managing Artistic Director of L.A.'s Stages Theatre". Playbill. 12 December 2000. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21.
  4. ^ Landa, Jeff (28 February 2017). "Antaeus Theatre Co. has a new home in downtown Glendale". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Deming, Mark The Prince and the Surfer review. (All Movie Guide).

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