Topher Grace

Topher Grace
Topher Grace Giant Mechanical Man premiere 2 - Copy.jpg
Grace at the Tribeca premiere of The Giant Mechanical Man in 2012
Born Christopher John Grace
(1978-07-12) July 12, 1978 (age 40)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ashley Hinshaw (m. 2016)
Children 1

Christopher John "Topher" Grace (/ˈtfər/; born July 12, 1978)[1] is an American actor. He is known for playing Eric Forman in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, Eddie Brock/Venom in Sam Raimi's film Spider-Man 3, Carter Duryea in the film In Good Company, and Edwin in the 2010 film Predators.

Early life[]

Grace was born 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]

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]

Career[]

Grace was cast as Eric Forman on Fox's That '70s Show, which debuted in 1998. He played the role until season 7. 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.[7][8]

Grace played a prep school student who uses marijuana and introduces his girlfriend to freebasing in director Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film Traffic, as well as having uncred 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."[9] He appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.[10]

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][11]

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 kid.[12] In 2009, Grace became the subject of a recurring column on the entertainment/pop culture site Videogum, entitled "What's Up With Topher Grace?".[13]

In 2010, Grace appeared in the ensemble comedy Valentine's Day and played the character of Edwin in Predators, the newest installment of the science fiction franchise.[14]

In 2011, Grace appeared in the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight.[15] He co-wrote the script and co-produced the film. Grace also starred opposite Richard Gere in the spy thriller The Double.[16]

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.[17]

In 2014, Grace starred in the indie thriller The Calling, alongside Susan Sarandon,[18] and appeared in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi adventure Interstellar, in a supporting role.[19]

In October 2013, Grace joined HBO comedy pilot People In New Jersey with Sarah Silverman, but in January 2014, the pilot was passed on.[20][21]

Grace co-starred in the comedy film American Ultra (2015), alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, playing a CIA agent.[22] 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.[23]

In January 2014, Grace joined the upcoming 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.[24]

Personal life[]

Grace started dating actress Ashley Hinshaw in January 2014, and the two were engaged in January 2015.[25] On May 29, 2016, Grace and Hinshaw married near Santa Barbara, California.[26] On August 1, 2017, Hinshaw confirmed that she and Grace are expecting their first child.[27] Their daughter, Mabel Jane Grace, was born in November 2017.[28]

Other[]

Grace is a supporter of FINCA International, a microfinance organization.[29]

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Traffic Seth Abrahams Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Male
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Ocean's Eleven Himself Uncred cameo
2002 Pinocchio Leonardo (voice)
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Tommy Donegal
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Pete Monash Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Kate Bosworth)
2004 P.S. F. Scott Feinstadt National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Breakthrough
Nominated – International Online Cinema Award for Best Breakthrough
2004 Ocean's Twelve Himself Uncred cameo
2004 In Good Company Carter Duryea National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Breakthrough
Nominated – International Online Cinema Award for Best Breakthrough
2007 Spider-Man 3 Eddie Brock/Venom Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (with Tobey Maguire, James Franco, and Thomas Haden Church)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2008 Personal Effects Clay (voice) Uncred
2010 Valentine's Day Jason Morris
2010 Death Bed Subtext Ben Short film
2010 Predators Edwin
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Matt Franklin Also writer and executive producer
2011 The Double Ben Geary
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man Doug
2013 The Big Wedding Jared Griffin
2014 Don Peyote Glavin Culpepper
2014 The Calling Ben Wingate
2014 Playing It Cool Scott
2014 Interstellar Getty
2015 American Ultra Agent Adrian Yates
2015 Truth Mike Smith
2017 The Institute Vincent
2017 War Machine Matt Little
2017 Opening Night Nick Also producer
2018 Delirium Tom
2018 BlacKkKlansman David Duke Completed
2018 Under the Silver Lake Man at Bar Completed
2018 Mississippi Requiem Post-production
2018 Breakthrough Pastor Jason Noble Filming

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes
1998–2006 That '70s Show Eric Forman 179 episodes;
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for TV Breakout Performance (1999)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor (2000–2001)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor Comedy (2002–2004)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actor (1999)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series Young Ensemble (1999)
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Guard 1 (voice) Episode: "Space Ape at the Cape"
2003 King of the Hill Chris (voice) Episode: "Megalo Dale"
2005 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Topher Grace/The Killers"
2005 Stella Older Kevin Episode: "Paper Route"
2005 Robot Chicken Eric Forman (voice) Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"
2008 The Simpsons Donny (voice) 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"
2012 The Beauty Inside Alex 6 episodes;
Daytime Emmy New Approaches Original Daytime Program or Series
2013 People in New Jersey Carl Levin Pilot
2015 The Muppets Himself Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Drunk History Milton Bradley Episode: "Games"
2016 TripTank Leonard (voice) Episode: "Sick Day"
2017 Workaholics Noel Episode: "Weed the People"
2017 Get Shorty Tyler Mathis 2 episodes

Music videos[]

Year Song Role Artist
1999 In The Street Eric Forman Cheap Trick
2011 Don't You Want Me Baby Himself Atomic Tom
Video Games
Year Title Role
2007 Spider-Man 3 Eddie Brock/Venom (voice)

Theatre[]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Lonely, I'm Not[30] Porter Second Stage Theatre

References[]

  1. ^ "Topher Grace". New Hampshire Union Leader. February 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brunner, Borgna (2005). Time Almanac 2006: With Information Please. Time Inc. p. 295. ISBN 1-932994-41-6. 
  3. ^ "Topher Grace Profile". E!. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2007. 
  4. ^ "About". Yahoo!. Retrieved September 9, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Hill, Logan (May 24, 2005). "Deadpan Alley". New York. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Keck, William (December 21, 2004). "The personification of Grace". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace to Return to That '70s Show?". Hollywood.com. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "10 Sitcoms that Lost Their Lead Actors and Kept Going". Splitsider. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Topel, Fred (April 22, 2007). "No Topher Grace Cameo in "Oceans 13". Rotten Tomatoes; accessed September 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Topher Grace". TV Guide. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Topher Grace profile". The SNL Archives. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ Rebecca Murray. "Topher Grace Talks About Venom and Spiderman 3". About.com Entertainment. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "What's Up With Topher Grace?", Videogum; retrieved April 15, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Mystery of What the Hell Topher Grace Is Doing in Predators Deepens". Topless Robot. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ Faris, Fogler "Kids" again in comedy film Archived 2007-02-23 at the Wayback Machine., Reuters, February 8, 2007.
  16. ^ Browne, Niall (2011). "Richard Gere & Topher Grace See 'Double'", Screen Rant; accessed September 26, 2017.
  17. ^ "A shape-shifting lead played by fans shows inner beauty". Creativity Online. July 24, 2012. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  18. ^ Venable, Nick. "Susan Sarandon and Topher Grace Join Indie Thriller The Calling". cinemablend.com. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike. "Topher Grace In 'Interstellar' — Supporting Role In Chris Nolan Movie". Deadline. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Topher Grace & Sarah Silverman Topline HBO Comedy Pilot 'People In New Jersey'". Deadline. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  21. ^ Kiefer, Halle. "HBO Passes on People in New Jersey". Vulture. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Topher Grace Joins 'American Ultra'". Deadline. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  23. ^ Busch, Anita. "Topher Grace Cast In 'Truth' Movie About Dan Rather-George W Bush Scandal". Deadline. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Topher Grace to Star in Supernatural Thriller 'Home' for Blumhouse". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  25. ^ McRady, Rachel (January 11, 2015). "Topher Grace Engaged to Actress Ashley Hinshaw: See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  26. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth; Quinn, Dave (May 30, 2016). "That '70s Show Star Topher Grace Ties the Knot with Ashley Hinshaw". People. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  27. ^ Rodriguez, Karla (August 1, 2017). "Ashley Hinshaw Confirms She Is Expecting First Child With Husband Topher Grace". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on August 12, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Topher Grace and His Wife Ashley Hinshaw Welcome a Daughter". 
  29. ^ Topher Grace about FINCA on Jimmy Fallon Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine., finca.org, March 20, 2011.
  30. ^ "'Lonely, I'm Not', With Topher Grace as a Post-Meltdown Corporate Star, Opens in NYC". Yahoo News. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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