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Topher Grace

Highest Rated:   92% Traffic (2000)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Institute (2017)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York
Lanky, personable, and looking for all the world like Alan Alda's long-lost son, Topher Grace made an impressive film debut with his role in Traffic (2000), Steven Soderbergh's epic and widely acclaimed look at the American war on drugs. Grace received positive notices for his work in the film, which cast him as a cocky prep-school boy who turns his girlfriend (Erika Christensen) on to heroin and cocaine. The role marked a drastic departure from the young actor's regular job on the popular Fox sitcom That '70s Show, where he portrayed Eric Forman, a level-headed and predominantly wholesome high school student coming of age in "Me Decade" Wisconsin.A native New Yorker, Grace was born in the city on July 12, 1978. Raised in Connecticut and Massachusetts, he began acting in school plays and was a student at New Hampshire's Brewster Academy when his performance in a school production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum effectively secured him his first professional job. Among those to see the play were Bonnie and Terry Turner, parents of one of Grace's classmates and the would-be producers of That '70s Show. Impressed with the young actor's work in the play, they tapped him for the role of Eric Forman during his freshman year at the University of Southern California. Grace, who had studied acting at the Groundlings Improvisation School and the Neighborhood Playhouse, made his television debut in 1998, winning over both new fans and critical approval. His acclaimed work in Traffic two years later saw the actor's popularity further increase, acting as another testament to the beginnings of a promising career.While continuing to appear on That '70s Show, Grace remained selective of his film roles. Aside from showing up in a cameo as himself in Traffic director Steven Soderbergh's 2001 remake of Ocean's 11, he didn't appear in a film for three years. However, with his supporting turn in the Julia Roberts drama Mona Lisa Smile, it appeared Grace's film career was building steam.For his first big-screen starring role, Grace played opposite Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel in the 2004 love-triangle comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, which was mostly well received by critics and audiences. Later in 2004, the young actor could be seen in the ensemble film sophomore effort from Roger Dodger director Dylan Kidd, entitled P.S. Cast as a twentysomething student who appears to be the reincarnation of an older woman's deceased high-school sweetheart, Grace offered a sense of soulful gravity to the under-seen romantic fantasy before rounding out his breakthrough year with a powerful performance as an ambitious young executive whose sense of synergy sets the boardroom ablaze in In Good Company. In the short span of just one year, Grace had proven himself capable of believably playing both a lovelorn Piggly Wiggly manager who can't muster the courage to express his love to the woman of his dreams, and an overambitious white-collar powerhouse who discovers something called a soul after casually assuming the position coveted by an experienced ad man twice his age. Whereas most actors of his generation would have been happy doing teen comedies and cashing in on the success of That '70s Show, it was obvious that Grace was opting for quality over quantity in making his transition to the big screen. After wrapping up his impressive run on That '70s Show in 2006, Grace henceforth chose his roles selectively, speaking often about having little hunger for fame, but a big appetite for interesting, fun, or challenging projects. He would appear in a number of feature films over the coming years, ranging form big budge action adventure fare, like Spiderman 3, to lighthearted comedies like Take Me Home Tonight, to offbeat, independent projects, like The Giant Mechanical Man. In 2014, he had a supporting role in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film Interstellar.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Delirium
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Opening Night
  • Nick
  • Producer
2017
54% War Machine
  • Actor
2017
0% The Institute
  • Vincent
2017
62% Truth
  • Mike Smith
$1.6M 2015
43% American Ultra
  • Adrian Yates
2015
16% Playing It Cool
  • Scott
2015
71% Interstellar
  • Getty
$158.8M 2014
51% The Calling
  • Ben Wingate
2014
7% Don Peyote
  • Glavin Culpepper
2014
7% The Big Wedding
  • Jared
$21.6M 2013
73% The Giant Mechanical Man
  • Doug
$5.9k 2012
20% The Double
  • Ben Geary
$0.2M 2011
28% Take Me Home Tonight
  • Matt Franklin
  • Executive Producer
$7M 2011
No Score Yet Too Big to Fail
  • Jim Wilkinson
2011
64% Predators
  • Edwin
$52.1M 2010
18% Valentine's Day
  • Jason
$110.5M 2010
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Eddie Brock/Venom
$336.6M 2007
83% In Good Company
  • Carter Duryea
$45.5M 2004
55% P.S.
  • F. Scott Feinstadt
$0.2M 2004
52% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
  • Pete
$16.9M 2004
35% Mona Lisa Smile
  • Tommy Donegal
$63.7M 2003
0% Pinocchio
  • Lucignolo [U.S. Version]
$3.7M 2002
82% Ocean's Eleven
  • Himself (uncredited)
$183.4M 2001
92% Traffic
  • Seth
$123.9M 2000
No Score Yet The Crusaders
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2016
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Host
  • 2005

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