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 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ashley Hinshaw (m. 2016)

Christopher John "Topher" Grace (/ˈtfər/; born July 12, 1978)[1] 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,[2][3] the son of Pat, an assistant to the schoolmaster of the New Canaan Country School, and John Grace, a Madison Avenue executive.[4][5] He has a sister, Jenny.[6]

Grace grew up in Darien, Connecticut, where actress Kate Bosworth was a middle-school friend; and actress Chloë Sevigny—who later appeared with him in high school stage plays—was sometimes his babysitter.[6]


Grace was cast as Eric Forman on Fox's That '70s Show, which debuted in 1998. He played the role until season 7. His character was written out and replaced with a new character named Randy Pearson (Josh Meyers). Grace made a brief guest appearance in the final episode.[7][8]

Grace plays a prep school student who uses marijuana 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.[9] He planned to cameo in Ocean's Thirteen; but, because of his role in 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."[10] He also appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.[11]

Grace at the Spider-Man 3 premiere, April 2007

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.[12]

On January 15, 2005, Grace hosted Saturday Night Live.[12][13] 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.[14] In 2009, Grace became the subject of a recurring column on the entertainment/pop culture site Videogum, entitled "What's Up With Topher Grace?".[15] In 2010, Grace appeared in the ensemble comedy Valentine's Day, alongside That '70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher, and played the character of Edwin in Predators, the newest installment of the science fiction franchise.[16]

In 2011, Grace appeared in the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight.[17] He co-wrote the script and co-produced the film. Grace also starred opposite Richard Gere in the spy thriller The Double.[18]

In 2014, Grace starred in the indie thriller The Calling, alongside Susan Sarandon,[19] and appeared in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi adventure Interstellar, in a supporting role.[20] In October 2013, Grace joined HBO comedy pilot People In New Jersey with Sarah Silverman, but in January 2014, the pilot was passed on.[21][22]

Grace co-starred in the comedy film American Ultra (2015), alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, playing a CIA agent.[23] Also that year, Grace co-starred in Truth, with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, and based on the story of CBS's 60 Minutes report that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment to keep him out of the Vietnam War. Grace played Mike Smith, a researcher on the story.[24]

In January 2014, Grace joined the upcoming supernatural-thriller Delirium, 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.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Grace started dating actress Ashley Hinshaw in January 2014, and the two were engaged in January 2015.[26] On May 29, 2016, Grace and Hinshaw married near Santa Barbara, California.[27]

He is a supporter of FINCA International, a microfinance organization.[28]



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
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
2008 Personal Effects[29] Clay Uncredited 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 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 Getty
2015 American Ultra Agent Adrian Yates
2015 Truth Mike Smith
2016 Opening Night Nick
2017 Delirium Post-production
2017 War Machine Post-production
2017 Under the Silver Lake Post-production


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"
2011 Too Big to Fail Jim Wilkinson Television Film
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 People in New Jersey Carl Levin Pilot
2015 The Muppets Himself Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Drunk History Milton Bradley Episode: "Games"

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 '70s Show
2011 Atomic Tom – "Don't You Want Me Baby" As himself With cast of Take Me Home Tonight


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Lonely, I'm Not[30] Porter Second Stage Theatre


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  12. ^ a b Hill, Logan (May 21, 2005). "Deadpan Alley". New York. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Topher Grace". The SNL Archives. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  14. ^ Rebecca Murray. "Topher Grace Talks About Venom and Spiderman 3". Entertainment. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "What's Up With Topher Grace?". Videogum. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  16. ^ "The Mystery of What the Hell Topher Grace Is Doing in Predators Deepens". Topless Robot. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Faris, Fogler "Kids" again in comedy film Reuters, February 8, 2007.
  18. ^ Browne, Niall (2011). "Richard Gere & Topher Grace See 'Double'". Screen Rant.
  19. ^ "Susan Sarandon and Topher Grace Join Indie Thriller The Calling". Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  20. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Topher Grace In 'Interstellar' — Supporting Role In Chris Nolan Movie". Deadline. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  21. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Topher Grace & Sarah Silverman: 'People In New Jersey' — HBO Comedy Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Halle Kiefer. "HBO Passes on People in New Jersey". Vulture. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  23. ^ The Deadline Team. "Topher Grace Joins 'American Ultra'". Deadline. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  24. ^ Anita Busch. "Topher Grace Cast In 'Truth' Movie About Dan Rather-George W Bush Scandal". Deadline. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Topher Grace to Star in Supernatural Thriller 'Home' for Blumhouse". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  26. ^ McRady, Rachel (January 11, 2015). "Topher Grace Engaged to Actress Ashley Hinshaw: See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  27. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth; Quinn, Dave (May 30, 2016). "That '70s Show Star Topher Grace Ties the Knot with Ashley Hinshaw". People. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  28. ^ Topher Grace about FINCA on Jimmy Fallon "FINCA International website," March 20, 2011.
  29. ^ "Interview: Personal Effects Director David Hollander". Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  30. ^ "'Lonely, I'm Not', With Topher Grace as a Post-Meltdown Corporate Star, Opens in NYC". Yahoo News. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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