Gerrit Graham

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Gerrit Graham
Born (1949-11-27) November 27, 1949 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, songwriter
Years active1968–2012

Gerrit Graham (born November 27, 1949) is an American stage, television, and film actor as well as a scriptwriter and songwriter.[1] He is best known for his appearances in multiple films by Brian De Palma as well as appearances in two different Star Trek series.

Biography[edit]

Graham attended but did not graduate from Columbia University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Actor[edit]

Film[edit]

He has appeared in such films as Used Cars, TerrorVision, National Lampoon's Class Reunion, Child's Play 2 and Greetings,[1] where he worked with Brian De Palma for the first time. He would again work with De Palma on Hi, Mom and Home Movies, as well as Phantom of the Paradise, where he played flamboyant glam-rocker Beef. Sylvie Benson of the Los Angeles Times remarked that Graham and Jon Lovitz were the only actors in Last Resort who were "exempt from the bad-accent stigma."[2]

Television[edit]

Graham was the voice of Franklin Sherman in the animated series The Critic as well as a recurring role as Dr. Norman Pankow on the sitcom Parker Lewis Can't Lose.
He has also appeared in two different roles on the Star Trek television series; as the alien hunter of Tosk on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and as a member of the Q Continuum (adopting the name Quinn) in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Death Wish". He had been short listed to play the character of Odo which went to René Auberjonois.[3]

Stage[edit]

Graham is a stage performer whose performances in the 1986 improvisational show Sills & Company[4][5] and the 1987 play The Bouncers by Tom Stoppard[6][7] were positively reviewed by the New York Times. Julio Martinez of Variety.com called Graham "eerily evocative" of Allard Lowenstein in Dreams Die Hard in 1995.[8] Frank Rizzo of Variety.com wrote that Graham had "some of the best lines" in his performance as Father Charles Dunbar in The God Committee in 2004.[9] He also played Julian in Communicating Doors in 1998.[10]

Writer[edit]

Graham wrote the teleplays for the episodes "Still Life" and "Opening Day" of the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.[11] He did not write "Welcome to Winfield", the only episode in which he appeared as a member of the cast.

Musician[edit]

Graham has written songs with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.[12]

Selected TV and filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Fievel's American Tails Cat R. Waul (voice) Recurring role; 10 Episodes
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine The Hunter Episode: "Captive Pursuit"
1993 The Pink Panther (voice) Episode:
1994 Babylon 5 Lord Kiro Episode: "Signs and Portents"
1994-1995 The Critic Franklin Sherman (voice) Recurring role; 23 Episodes
1995 The Tick Milo (voice) Episode: "Armless But Not Harmless"
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Quinn Episode: "Death Wish"
1995-1996 Gargoyles Guardian (voice) 4 Episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The New York Times
  2. ^ SHEILA BENSON (1986-05-09). "Family Vacation Goes Awry In 'Last Resort'". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  3. ^ StarTrek.com: Catching Up with 2X Trek Guest Gerrit Graham
  4. ^ Mel Gussow (1986-07-20). "Stage View; Actors And Audiences Brew Fun From Improvisation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  5. ^ LESLIE BENNETTS (1986-06-08). "If It Works, It'S Theater. If It Doesn't..." The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  6. ^ FRANK RICH (1987-09-18). "The Stage: 'Bouncers,' Drama". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  7. ^ SYLVIE DRAKE (1993-07-08). "Stage Review : 'Bouncers' Rebounds From A Lack Of Substance At Tiffany". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  8. ^ Martinez, Julio. "Dreams Die Hard – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  9. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "The God Committee – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  10. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Communicating Doors – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  11. ^ Jean-Marc Lofficier; Randy Lofficier (April 2003). Into the Twilight Zone: The Rod Serling Programme Guide. iUniverse. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-595-27612-7.
  12. ^ The Crime, and Its Victims by Gerrit Graham

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