Lee Wilkof

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Lee Wilkof
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Lee Wilkof
Born Lee Wilkof
(1951-06-25) June 25, 1951 (age 65)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978-present
Spouse(s) Connie Grappo (1984-present; 1 child)

Lee Wilkof (born June 25, 1951) is an American actor and veteran of the Broadway stage. He originated the roles of Samuel Byck in Assassins and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, later earning a Tony Award nomination for the 2000 revival of Kiss Me, Kate. He appeared as The Wizard in the San Francisco production of Wicked, a role which he had previously played on the First National Tour of the show.


Wilkof has appeared in numerous television series (Ally McBeal, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hart to Hart) and films (Asylum Seekers, The Grey Zone, This Boy's Life).

He is featured in the 2009 film Leaves of Grass, starring Edward Norton. He most recently played the role of OJ Berman in Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway at the Cort Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Wilkof lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, director Connie Grappo. They have one child, a daughter.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Wilkof hails from Canton, Ohio, a town of approximately 80,000 and home to the Professional Football HOF. His father ran a steel service center. Lee was the middle child of Anne Louise and Darwin Wilkof. He has two brothers, Todd and Robert[1] He graduated from the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music in 1973, and studied acting with Austin Pendleton in New York City.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

After graduating from UC, Wilkof wrote and starred in a comedy revue called The Present Tense for several weeks in New York City. Wilkof moved to Los Angeles took small film and television roles (Hart to Hart, The Entity), but his big break came in 1982 with the leading role of a lifetime: Little Shop of Horrors.


Wilkof starred as Seymour in the original Off-Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, and also recorded the cast album. This was followed by a series of Broadway and Off-Broadway roles.


Off-Broadway, Regional and Tour[edit]

Select filmography[edit]

Selected television[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Lee Wilkof profile, filmreference.com; accessed November 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Lee Wilkof on BroadwayWorld.com". Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Slamdance '10: Which Way to Go? in Official 'YellowBrickRoad' One Sheet". BloodyDisgusting. 
  4. ^ "Lee Wilkof". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 

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