Topher Grace

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Topher Grace
Grace in 2019
Christopher John Grace

(1978-07-12) July 12, 1978 (age 45)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1998–present
(m. 2016)

Christopher John "Topher" Grace (/ˈtfər/ TOH-fər; born July 12, 1978)[1] is an American actor. He is known for portraying Eric Forman in the teen sitcoms That '70s Show and That '90s Show, Eddie Brock / Venom in Sam Raimi's film Spider-Man 3, Pete Monash in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Carter Duryea in In Good Company, Edwin in Predators, Getty in Interstellar, Adrian Yates in American Ultra, and David Duke in Spike Lee's film BlacKkKlansman. His other film roles include Traffic, Mona Lisa Smile, Valentine's Day, Take Me Home Tonight, The Big Wedding, War Machine, Breakthrough, and Irresistible. He also starred as Tom Hayworth in the ABC comedy series Home Economics.

Early life[edit]

Grace was born on July 12, 1978, in New York City,[2][3] the son of Pat, an assistant to the schoolmaster of the New Canaan Country School, and John Grace, a Madison Avenue executive.[4][5] He has a sister, Jenny.[6] His paternal grandmother was from a German-Jewish family, whereas his mother is of Irish descent.[7][8]

Grace grew up in Darien, Connecticut, where actress Kate Bosworth was a middle-school friend, and actress Chloë Sevigny—who later appeared with him in high school stage plays—was sometimes his babysitter.[6]


Grace was cast as Eric Forman on Fox's That '70s Show, which debuted in 1998. He played the role regularly until the show's 7th season, when his character was written out and replaced with a new character named Randy Pearson (Josh Meyers). Grace made a brief guest appearance in the final episode.[9][10]

Grace played a prep school student who introduces his girlfriend to freebasing in director Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film Traffic, as well as having uncredited cameos as himself in Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven and its 2004 sequel, Ocean's Twelve. "The joke is that you're supposed to play the worst version of yourself and I don't think too many people are comfortable with that. I never thought for a second that people were really going to think that's what I was like. I think that people will know that I was faking it in those movies", he told Flaunt magazine in 2007.[citation needed]

He planned to cameo in Ocean's Thirteen. However, due to his role in Spider-Man 3, he had to abandon these plans. As Grace said, "I was doing reshoots on Spider-Man 3. I was bummed. I actually talked to Steven Soderbergh about that and we had a thing and then I couldn't do it."[11] He appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.[12]

Grace at the Spider-Man 3 premiere, April 2007

In 2004, Grace played the leading roles in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and In Good Company. That same year, he starred in P.S., which received only a limited theatrical release. Grace won the National Board of Review's 2004 award for Breakthrough Performance Actor for his work in In Good Company and P.S.[5]

On January 15, 2005, Grace hosted Saturday Night Live.[5][13]

In 2007, Grace portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3, directed by Sam Raimi. Grace himself was a fan of the comics and read the Venom stories as a child.[14] In 2009, Grace became the subject of a recurring column on the entertainment/pop culture site Videogum, entitled "What's Up With Topher Grace?"[15]

In 2010, Grace appeared in the ensemble comedy Valentine's Day and played the character of Edwin in Predators.[16]

In 2011, Grace appeared in the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight.[17] He co-wrote the script and co-produced the film. Grace also starred opposite Richard Gere in the spy thriller The Double.[18]

In 2012, Grace starred alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Matthew Gray Gubler in the social film The Beauty Inside, which won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approach to an Original Daytime Program or Series in 2013. The film was directed by Drake Doremus and written by Richard Greenberg.[19]

In 2014, Grace starred in the indie thriller The Calling, alongside Susan Sarandon,[20] and appeared in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi adventure Interstellar, in a supporting role.[21]

In October 2013, Grace joined HBO comedy pilot People in New Jersey with Sarah Silverman, but in January 2014, the pilot was passed on.[22][23]

Grace co-starred in the comedy film American Ultra (2015), alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, playing a CIA agent.[24] That same year, he co-starred in Truth, with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, and based on the story of CBS's 60 Minutes report that George W. Bush had received preferential treatment to keep him out of the Vietnam War. Grace played Mike Smith, a researcher on the story.[25]

In January 2018, Grace joined the supernatural-thriller Delirium, which centers on a man recently released from a mental institute who inherits a mansion after his parents die. After a series of disturbing events, he comes to believe it is haunted.[26] In August 2018, Grace portrayed David Duke in the biographical crime film BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee, alongside John David Washington and Adam Driver.[27] In 2019, he played Billy Bauer in the 2nd episode of Black Mirror’s 5th season, titled "Smithereens". In 2020, Grace was cast in ABC's Home Economics pilot.[28] On April 30, 2022, it was announced that Grace would have a guest appearance in the follow-up sitcom, That '90s Show.[29]

Editing and "Lou's Cafe"[edit]

Grace has long held an interest in making fan edits of popular films, particularly those involving Star Wars. He has stated that this has become a source of relaxation for him. His edits were shared on his now-defunct pop-culture website Cereal Prize.

In 2012, he edited the Star Wars prequel trilogy into one 85-minute film,[30] titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back[31] and showed it to select audiences. The edit utilized original footage, music from the Clone Wars series, and a portion from Anthony Daniels' audiobook recordings.

In 2014, he created a cut of Boogie Nights that served as a reconstruction of the character Brock Landers' fake movie Angels Live in My Town.[32]

In 2018, he created his own edit of The Hobbit, stating that "I think that maybe The Hobbit should've been one movie, and many people would agree. Money drives a lot of those franchises. It's better when the art leads."[33] He specifically edited this as a way to relax while portraying David Duke in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman.

In 2019, Grace and editor Jeff Yorkes started a Twitter account for "Lou's Cafe", the pseudonym by which the two credit their work. The name comes from the diner featured in the film Back to the Future. Later that year, he and Yorkes were commissioned by Pixar to edit a retrospective for Toy Story 4, which was titled "Toy Story 4 Ever" and released on Pixar's YouTube account.

Personal life[edit]

Grace started dating actress Ashley Hinshaw in January 2014, and the two became engaged in January 2015.[34] On May 29, 2016, Grace and Hinshaw married near Santa Barbara, California.[35] On August 1, 2017, Hinshaw confirmed that she and Grace were expecting their first child.[36] Their daughter was born on November 1, 2017.[37] On January 5, 2020, Hinshaw confirmed that she and Grace were expecting their second child together; their child was born in 2020.[38]

Grace is a supporter of FINCA International, a microfinance organization.[39]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Traffic Seth Abrahams
2001 Ocean's Eleven Himself Uncredited cameo[citation needed]
2002 Pinocchio Leonardo Voice role (English dub)
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Tommy Donegal
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Pete Monash
P.S. F. Scott Feinstadt
Ocean's Twelve Himself Uncredited cameo[citation needed]
In Good Company Carter Duryea
2007 Spider-Man 3 Eddie Brock / Venom
2008 Personal Effects Clay Voice role; uncredited[citation needed]
2010 Valentine's Day Jason Morris
Predators Edwin
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Matt Franklin Also writer and executive producer
The Double Ben Geary
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man Doug
2013 The Big Wedding Jared Griffin
2014 Don Peyote Glavin Culpepper
The Calling Ben Wingate
Playing It Cool Scott
Interstellar Getty
2015 American Ultra Agent Adrian Yates
Truth Mike Smith
2017 The Institute Vincent
War Machine Matt Little
Opening Night Nick Also producer
2018 Delirium Tom
BlacKkKlansman David Duke
Under the Silver Lake Man at Bar
2019 Mississippi Requiem TBA
Breakthrough Pastor Jason Noble
2020 Irresistible Kurt Farlander
2025 Flight Risk Winston Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
That '70s Show Eric Forman Main role (seasons 1–7); Uncredited cameo (season 8)[citation needed]
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Guard 1 Voice role; episode: "Space Ape at the Cape"
2003 King of the Hill Chris Voice role; episode: "Megalo Dale"
2005 Saturday Night Live Himself / Host Episode: "Topher Grace / The Killers"
Stella Older Kevin Episode: "Paper Route"
Robot Chicken Eric Forman Voice role; episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"
2008 The Simpsons Donny Voice role; episode: "The Debarted"
2011 Too Big to Fail Jim Wilkinson Television film
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Cameraman Episode: "Seth Rogen Wears a Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants"
The Beauty Inside Alex 6 episodes
2013 People in New Jersey Carl Levin Unsold TV pilot
2015 The Muppets Himself Episode: Pilot
Drunk History Milton Bradley Episode: "Games"
2016 TripTank Leonard Voice role; episode: "Sick Day"
2017 Workaholics Noel Episode: "Weed the People"
Get Shorty Tyler Mathis 2 episodes
2019 Love, Death & Robots Rob Episode: "Ice Age"
The Hot Zone Dr. Peter Jahrling Miniseries
Black Mirror Billy Bauer Episode: "Smithereens"
2020 The Twilight Zone Mark Episode: "Try, Try"
2021–2023 Home Economics Tom Main role
2023 That '90s Show Eric Forman Episode: "That '90s Pilot"

Music videos[edit]

  • In the Street (1999) by Cheap Trick, as Eric Forman
  • Don't You Want Me Baby (2011) from Atomic Tom, as Himself

Video games[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Nominated work Award Result
2001 Traffic Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast on a Motion Picture Won
Young Artist Award for Breakthrough Performance – Male Won
2004 In Good Company


National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Won
New York Film Critics Circle Online Award for Breakthrough Performance Won
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Hissy Fit Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Lipock (shared with Kate Bosworth) Nominated
2005 In Good Company


International Online Cinema Award for Best Breakthrough Nominated
Premiere New Power Award for Actor Won
2007 Spider-Man 3 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Villain Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Rumble (shared with Tobey Maguire, James Franco & Thomas Haden Church) Nominated
2008 MTV Movie + TV Award for Best Villain Nominated
2018 BlacKkKlansman Cinema Vanguard Award Won
Artist of Distinction Award Won
2019 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast on a Motion Picture Nominated


Year Title Accolade Results
1999 That '70s Show Teen Choice Award for Choice TV – Breakout Performance Nominated
Young Artist Award for Breakthrough Performance in a Television Series – Leading Young Actor Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series – Young Ensemble (shared with Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama, Danny Masterson & Ashton Kutcher) Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Comedy Nominated
2003 Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Comedy Nominated
2013 The Beauty Inside Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches – Original Daytime Program or Series Won


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