Christopher John Grace
July 12, 1978
New York City, U.S.
Christopher John Grace (// TOE-fur; born July 12, 1978) 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, 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. In 2021, he starred in the comedy series Home Economics.
Grace was born in New York City, the son of Pat, an assistant to the schoolmaster of the New Canaan Country School, and John Grace, a Madison Avenue executive. He has a sister, Jenny. His paternal grandmother was from a German-Jewish family, and his mother is of Irish descent.
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.
Grace was cast as Eric Forman on Fox's That '70s Show, which debuted in 1998. He played the role until the show's 8th and final season. 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.
Grace played a prep school student who used marijuana and introduced 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.
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." He appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.
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.
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. In 2009, Grace became the subject of a recurring column on the entertainment/pop culture site Videogum, entitled "What's Up With Topher Grace?"
In 2011, Grace appeared in the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight. He co-wrote the script and co-produced the film. Grace also starred opposite Richard Gere in the spy thriller The Double.
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.
Grace co-starred in the comedy film American Ultra (2015), alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, playing a CIA agent. 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.
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.
Editing and "Lou's Cafe"
Grace has long held an interest in making his own 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, titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back 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 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”. 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.
Grace started dating actress Ashley Hinshaw in January 2014, and the two became engaged in January 2015. On May 29, 2016, Grace and Hinshaw married near Santa Barbara, California. On August 1, 2017, Hinshaw confirmed that she and Grace were expecting their first child. Their daughter, Mabel Jane Grace, was born on November 1, 2017. On January 5, 2020, Hinshaw confirmed that she and Grace were expecting their second child together; their child was born in 2020.
|2001||Ocean's Eleven||Himself||Uncredited cameo|
|2002||Pinocchio||Leonardo (voice)||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|
|In Good Company||Carter Duryea|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Eddie Brock / Venom|
|2008||Personal Effects||Clay (voice)||Uncredited|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Jason Morris|
|Death Bed Subtext||Ben||Short film|
|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|
|2015||American Ultra||Agent Adrian Yates|
|War Machine||Matt Little|
|Opening Night||Nick||Also producer|
|Under the Silver Lake||Man at Bar|
|Breakthrough||Pastor Jason Noble|
|1999||In the Street||Eric Forman||Cheap Trick|
|2011||Don't You Want Me Baby||Himself||Atomic Tom|
|1998–2006||That '70s Show||Eric Forman||Main role, 179 episodes|
|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"|
|Stella||Older Kevin||Episode: "Paper Route"|
|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"|
|The Beauty Inside||Alex||6 episodes|
|2013||People in New Jersey||Carl Levin||Unsold pilot|
|2015||The Muppets||Himself||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Drunk History||Milton Bradley||Episode: "Games"|
|2016||TripTank||Leonard (voice)||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||6 episodes|
|Black Mirror||Billy Bauer||Episode: "Smithereens"|
|2020||The Twilight Zone||Mark||Episode: "Try, Try"|
|2021–present||Home Economics||Tom||Main role|
|2012||Lonely, I'm Not||Porter||Second Stage Theatre|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Eddie Brock / Venom|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|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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