Thomas Ian Griffith

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Thomas Ian Griffith
Born (1962-03-18) March 18, 1962 (age 53)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer, martial artist
Years active 1964–2007
Spouse(s) Mary Page Keller (m. 1991)
Children 2

Thomas Ian Griffith (born March 18, 1962) is an American actor, writer and martial artist who has starred in films and on television.

Early life[edit]

Griffith was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Mary Ann (née O'Neil), who worked at a dance studio, and Thomas Joseph Griffith.[1] He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.[citation needed]


Griffith's first feature film was the 1989 sequel The Karate Kid, Part III, in which he played Terry Silver, a rival martial arts expert who influences Daniel LaRusso against his friend and mentor, Mr. Miyagi. In 1996, Griffith starred in the film Hollow Point alongside Tia Carrere, as DEA agent Max Parish and FBI agent Diane Norwood respectively. In the film, they try to find a money launderer who hired a hitman (Donald Sutherland) to kill Diane's FBI partner in revenge for a wedding gone wrong, which resulted in the death of a Russian mobster's son. He also appeared in the 1998 John Carpenter film Vampires as head vampire Jan Valek, and in the 2002 film xXx, in which he portrayed Agent Jim McGrath.

His first TV role was on the soap opera Another World, as Catlin Ewing, whom he played from 1984 to 1987. In 1999, he starred in the TV movie Secret of Giving with Reba McEntire; earlier in 1999, he had appeared in Reba's video for the song "What Do You Say". He also starred as Rock Hudson in a 1990 TV movie about Hudson's life for which he received critical acclaim. He has made guest appearances on a number of television shows, including In the Heat of the Night, Wiseguy, and One Tree Hill.

Since 2013, Griffith has periodically written for the NBC television series Grimm.

Superman The New Movie[edit]

In 1990 Christopher Reeve worked closely with Superman Movie Producer Ilya Salkind to find an Actor to whom he could pass the torch to and coach in getting the right physique and practice on the high wires. Reeve was mightily impressed by Thomas's performance in the Rock Hudson TV Movie Biopic - and so Griffith was offered the role which he accepted - this was big news in the UK & Europe but very little interest was raised in the US. Eventually The Salkind's lost their rights to the character which slipped back to Warner Brothers in 1993.

Personal life[edit]

Griffith is married to his former Another World costar Mary Page Keller since 1991, and they have two children together. He holds black belts in kenpo karate and tae kwon do.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1989 The Karate Kid, Part III Terry Silver
1990 Rock Hudson Rock Hudson TV Movie
1992 Ulterior Motives Jack Blaylock
1993 Excessive Force Terry McCain
1994 Crackerjack Jack Wild
1994 Blood of the Innocent Frank Wusharsky
1996 Hollow Point Max Parrish
1997 Behind Enemy Lines Mike Weston
1997 Kull the Conqueror General Taligaro
1997 The Guardian "The Guardian" TV Movie
1998 John Carpenter's Vampires Jan Valek
1999 The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax Jack Farrell TV Movie
1999 Avalanche Neal Meekin
1999 The Secret of Giving Harry Withers TV Movie
2000 A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle Doug Brister TV Movie
2000 For the Cause Evans
2001 High Adventure Chris Quatermain
2001 Black Point Gus Travis
2002 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Cornelius Loudermilk TV Movie
2002 xXx Jim McGrath
2003 Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision Brandon Miller
2005 The Pirate's Curse Jeffrey Thorpe
2007 The Kidnapping Cash


Year Show Role Notes
1984 Another World Catlin Ewing 1984-1987
1988 In the Heat of the Night Luke Potter 2 episodes
1989 Wiseguy Roger Totland 2 episodes
2004 One Tree Hill Larry Sawyer 5 episodes
2005 The Closer Thomas Yates 1 episode
2006 Cold Case Mitch 1 episode
2013-present Grimm writer, 8 episodes


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