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.

Wilkof most recently played the role of OJ Berman in Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway, at the Cort Theatre.

Wilkof lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, director Connie Grappo. Their daughter Perrie is a pastry chef/baker currently residing in Columbus, Ohio.

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. Brother Todd resides in Oakland California, brother Robert in Scotsdale. [1] He graduated from the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music in 1973, and also studied acting with Austin Pendleton in New York City.

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. Norman Lear was so impressed with Wilkof's performance that he brought him to Los Angeles in 1978. Wilkof 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]


Wilkof's film career enabled him to work with some of the industry's best actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio (This Boy's Life), David Arquette (The Grey Zone) and Edward Norton (Leaves of Grass). He also appeared in several successful independent films. He directed the feature film No Pay, Nudity in July 2014.


Wilkof's best-known television work includes Ally McBeal and Law & Order. He played guest roles on The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Without a Trace, Matlock, What's Happening Now!!, Doogie Howser, MD, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Newhart.

Recurring roles include:

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • OBIE Award and Drama Desk nomination for The Present Tense
  • Drama Desk nomination for Assassins
  • Tony nomination for Kiss Me, Kate
  • Drama Desk nomination for Kiss Me, Kate


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