Greg Grunberg

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Greg Grunberg
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Grunberg at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
Gregory Phillip Grunberg

(1966-07-11) July 11, 1966 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California
Years active1990–present
Elizabeth Dawn Wershow
(m. 1992)

Gregory Phillip Grunberg (born July 11, 1966) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for starring as Eric Weiss in the ABC series Alias, Matt Parkman in the NBC series Heroes, Temmin "Snap" Wexley in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and Phil in A Star Is Born. He has often appeared in works produced and directed by his childhood friend J. J. Abrams like Felicity as Sean Blumberg. He was a recurring cast member in the first two seasons of the Showtime American television drama series Masters of Sex.

Early life[edit]

Grunberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Sandy (née Klein) and Gerry Grunberg,[1][2] and had a Jewish upbringing.[3] He attended University High School in West Los Angeles.


Grunberg got his first credited role in Matt Stone and Trey Parker's 1998 film BASEketball. From 1998 to 2002 he appeared as Sean Blumberg on Felicity. He appeared from 2001 to 2006 as Eric Weiss on Alias. He left that series as a regular to star on the NBC sitcom, Grand Union. Since 2003, Abrams had planned a series called The Catch about a bounty hunter, starring Grunberg in the lead role.[4] Suggested for both the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, the series was never produced; however, a pilot episode was shot.

Abrams also cast Grunberg in a brief role as the pilot for the 2004 series Lost. Grunberg returned for the first-season finale, but his scenes were cut for time, and were instead included on the season 1 DVD set. He also appeared in a small role in Mission: Impossible III, which Abrams directed.

Grunberg had a major role in the NBC TV show Heroes. He played police officer Matt Parkman, who has the power of telepathy. Grunberg guest-starred on House. He was offered a part in Star Trek, which Abrams directed, but was unable to take it because of a conflict with another project he was working on (although he provided the voice for Kirk's stepfather in the opening sequence).[5] Grunberg voices FBI agent Ethan Thomas in the video game Condemned: Criminal Origins.

Outside of acting, Grunberg is known as one of the creators of the Yowza!! Android and iPhone application, a GPS-aware coupon-referring program.[6]

He also voices Ant-Man in the animated series The Super Hero Squad Show. Grunberg was featured on the May/June 2009 cover of Making Music magazine.[7] On May 17, 2010, Grunberg announced that he would be joining the cast of Love Bites.[8]

He took up a minor role in the 2011 neo-noir detective videogame L.A. Noire, in which he provided both voice and facial motion capture as murder suspect Hugo Moller. On November 7, 2011, he appeared as a guest star on an episode of the TV series Hawaii Five-0 with former Heroes co-star Masi Oka. He also appeared as a special guest star on the March 14, 2012, episode of the TV series Psych.[9]

In 2013 Grunberg appeared in one episode during the first season of the TV series Masters of Sex as the character Gene Moretti, a rich business man. The part was expanded in 2014 to 4 episodes during the second season.[10]

In February 2016, it was revealed that Grunberg will co-host a late night talk show with Kevin Smith titled Geeking Out on AMC.[11]

Since 2019, Grunberg has been a recurring guest star on the syndicated game show 25 Words or Less.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Grunberg married Elizabeth Dawn Wershow. They have three children: Jake, Ben, and Sam.[13][14] Jake has epilepsy, which has inspired Grunberg to take an active role in raising awareness of the neurological disorder and raising funds for research.[15]

He often organizes charity efforts to raise funds for the Pediatric Epilepsy Project in Los Angeles.[16] In the past, this has included events such as an auction of guitars handpainted by celebrities such as Donald Trump, Pink and Grunberg's Alias co-stars Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan[16] as well as concerts by the Band From TV that includes Grunberg and Hugh Laurie and an online auction of cartoons drawn of his Heroes costars.[citation needed]

In March 2007, Greg served as the chair of the first National Walk for Epilepsy, presented by the Epilepsy Foundation.[17]

In 2009, Grunberg launched Talk About It, a website dedicated to epilepsy education and awareness, featuring many of Greg's co-stars and celebrity friends,[15] including Garner, Larter, Pasdar, Ramamurthy, Ventimiglia, Panettiere, as well as Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Ron Rifkin, and John Mayer. The site features Grunberg interviewing top epilepsy experts on the need to talk more about epilepsy, and includes a section for people all over the world to talk about it.[18]

Grunberg was a participant in the first-ever national television advertising campaign supporting donations to Jewish federations. The program featured "film and television personalities celebrating their Jewish heritage and promoting charitable giving to the Jewish community" and included Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, Kevin Weisman, and Jonathan Silverman. [3] He made a tongue-in-cheek promotional video for Temple JudeaReligious School lambasting boring Hebrew Religious schools.[19]

Grunberg is one of the hosts of Social Tron Live, a Twitch channel, in a segment called Greg Grunberg live where he plays video games with fellow celebrities, comedians, and popular Twitch streamers.


Film, video games, and television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Witchcraft V: Dance with the Devil Bartender (uncredited) Film
1996 The Pallbearer Bobby (uncredited) Film
1997 Picture Perfect Date #1 (uncredited) Film
1998 BASEketball Wilke Film
1998 Senseless Steve Film
1998 Diagnosis: Murder - "The Last Resort" Brad Carver TV series - Season 6, Episode 9
1998–2002 Felicity Sean Blumberg Recurring (Season 1)
Main Cast (Season 2–4): 66 episodes
2000 Hollow Man Carter Abbey Film
2001 NYPD Blue Joey Schulman Season 8, episodes 18,19,20
2001–2006 Alias Eric Weiss TV series
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Shirtless Fan T Film
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Brett Film
2004 The Dead Zone Frankie Cantrell TV series
2004 The Ladykillers TV commercial director Film
2004 Connie and Carla Studio tour guide Film
2004, 2010 Lost Seth Norris (pilot) TV series
2005 Condemned: Criminal Origins Ethan Thomas Video game
2006 Monk Jack Leverett Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Actor"
2006 The Jake Effect Nick Case TV series
The Darkroom Bob Film
Mission: Impossible III Kevin Film
House Ronald Neuberger TV series
2006–2010 Heroes Matt Parkman TV series
2007 TimeShift Commander Mason Cooke Video game
2008–2009 Head Case Himself TV series
2009 Star Trek James T. Kirk's stepfather/Uncle Frank Brad William Henke originally played Uncle Frank until his scenes were cut for time and Grunberg then redubbed his lines via voice only
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Ant-Man (voice) Recurring role
2010 Bond of Silence Detective Paul Jackson TV film
Halo: Reach Trooper 2 Video game
Kill Speed Chief of Police Film
Group Sex Jerry Film
2011 Love Bites Judd Rousher TV series
L.A. Noire Hugo Moller Video game
ISSUES The Dark Kodiak Television/webseries
Hawaii Five-0 Agent Jeff Morrison Guest on season 2, episode 8
2012 Psych Jay Guest on season 6, episode 12
2012 Ultimate Spider-Man Ben Parker (voice) Guest on season 1, episode 13[20]
2012–2013 The Client List Dale Recurring
2012 Baby Daddy Ray Wheeler TV series
2013 End of the World Owen Stokes TV movie[21]
2013 Big Ass Spider! Alex Film
2013–2014 Masters of Sex Gene Moretti TV series
2014 Let's Kill Ward's Wife Bruce Film
2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself Dining room guest in "18 Chefs Compete"
2015 The Haunting of...Greg Grunberg Himself Documentary TV series
Season 5, episode 1
2015 Criminal Minds Chris Callahan TV series, 2 episodes
2015–2016 Heroes Reborn Matt Parkman TV series/miniseries
2015 Underdog Kids Announcer Film
2015 Tales of Halloween Alex Mathis Film
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Temmin "Snap" Wexley Film
2016–2017 Life in Pieces Mikey 2 episodes
2016 Geeking Out Himself Co-host; TV series
2016 Star Trek Beyond Commander Finnegan Film
2016–2017 The Flash Tom Patterson Recurring; 2 episodes
2018 The Cloverfield Paradox Joe Film; voice only
Paterno Scott Paterno TV film
Have It All – Jason Mraz Principal (uncredited) Music Video
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Steel Maxim / Doctor Fate Direct-to-Video Animated Film
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure William (voice) Episode: "Vigor the Visionary"
A Star Is Born Phil (Jackson's Driver) Film
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Temmin "Snap" Wexley Film
2020 Max Reload and the Nether Blasters Eugene Wylder / MMO Wizard Film
2020 The Boys Himself 1 episode
2021 The Simpsons Bad Robot's Head of Security (voice) Episode: "Do Pizza Bots Dream of Electric Guitars"
2021 911: Lone Star George Episode: "One Day"


  1. ^ Greg Grunberg Biography Archived May 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Yahoo!. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Greg Grunberg profile, Retrieved November 2, 2013
  3. ^ a b "Film and Television Celebrities Promote Jewish Federations in First-Ever National Television Advertising Campaign – Jewish Stars Promote Federations' Initiatives and Mission". Jewish Federations of North America. August 2, 2004. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Catch (TV Movie 2005)". IMDb. January 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Abrams + Trek Team Chat Starts HERE 1 PM (Pacific)". Retrieved January 25, 2008.
  6. ^ "Greg Grunberg: Heroes star, Yowza iPhone app maven". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Beat Man". Making Music. Archived from the original on December 18, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  8. ^ "Greg Grunberg on Twitter". Retrieved March 2, 2016 – via Twitter.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ "Greg Grunberg". IMDb. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  10. ^ Eyerly, Alan. "Masters of Sex recap". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "AMC ORDERS NEW LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW, "GEEKING OUT" (Working Title)". AMC Networks. February 11, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Fishman, Scott. "Meredith Vieira on Hosting '25 Words or Less' From Home, & the Game Show Boom". NTVB Media, Inc. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Parent Dish: "Greg Grunberg is a Hero for Epilepsy" by Susan Wagner April 1, 2009
  14. ^ Premier Magazine: "La biographie de Greg Grunberg" Archived June 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine retrieved November 2, 2013 |(in French)
  15. ^ a b People: "Greg Grunberg's Son 90 Percent Better after Brain Surgery" By Lisa Ingrassia April 1, 2009
  16. ^ a b Look To the Stars: "Greg Grunberg" retrieved November 2, 2013
  17. ^ Epilepsy Foundation: "Hollywood Movie Premiere Highlights National Epilepsy Awareness Month". Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Talk About It!". Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  19. ^ You Tube Temple Judea: "Save the Children – Stop Hebrew School Suffering". Retrieved November 2, 2013
  20. ^ "Strange". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 1. Episode 13. July 8, 2012. Disney XD.
  21. ^ "End of the World (2013) (TV)". IMDb.

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