Topher Grace is an American TV and film actor who is best known for his role as Eric Forman in the sitcom ‘That ’70s Show.’ He has also starred in ‘Spider-Man 3,’ Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, ‘Interstellar’ and ‘BlacKkKlansman.’
Who Is Topher Grace?
Born in 1978, Topher Grace is an American TV and film actor who found success playing the character Eric Forman in Fox’s hit comedy That ’70s Show from 1998 to 2004. While on the series, Grace also took supporting roles in big Hollywood films like Traffic (2000), Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and Ocean’s Twelve (2004). After playing lead roles in the rom-com Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004) and the comedy In Good Company (2004), Grace portrayed Eddie Brock (Venom) in Spider-Man 3 (2007). Other notable films include Interstellar (2014), Truth (2015) and playing former Klansman David Duke in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (2018).
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Topher Grace attends the Premiere Of Focus Features ‘BlackkKlansman’ at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Grace stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall.
Movies and TV Shows
‘That ’70s Show’
Grace didn’t have to suffer through years of trying to “make it” as an actor in Hollywood. In fact, he virtually had no acting experience when he decided to drop out of college at the age of 20 to star in Fox’s sitcom That ’70s Show.
In the series, which would eventually become a ratings boon, Grace played the socially awkward gawky teen Eric Forman whose comedic depictions about life growing up in Point Place, Wisconsin, would play out at his home with his colorful pals, played by Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis and Danny Masterson.
Grace stayed on That ’70s Show from 1998 to 2004 and was later replaced by the character Randy Pearson, who was played by Josh Meyers, for the final season.
Asked in 2018 if he’d be interested in a reboot of the show, Grace was open to the idea but expressed doubts that it would happen.
“I would do it for sure because that was a very wonderful time for us. We were all very close, having that experience every single day with each other,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was great to broadcast it out once a week, but, like, I’m still great friends with those guys. So the fact that someone would pay us to go [hang] out together. If someone said to you, ‘What if I got your whole high school class back together and you hung out for a year?’ Yeah, I don’t think it will happen. It would be so hard to bring that crew together. For me, I’d do it if no one ever saw it. Just ’cause it would be great to hang out with them for a week or something.”
‘Traffic,’ ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ Ocean’s Twelve’
Grace also experimented with edgier roles in film. In 2000 he took a supporting role as a prep school boyfriend who introduces hard drugs to his girlfriend (Erika Christensen) in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic.
Collaborating with Soderbergh again, Grace returned to lighter fare with cameos in the comedy heist films Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and Ocean’s Twelve (2004), in which he plays himself. He also had a supporting role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003) and turned to leading man status in the comedies Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004) as well as In Good Company (2004).
‘Spider-Man 3,’ ‘Interstellar,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Turning to Hollywood superhero material, Grace nabbed the role of Eddie Brock (Venom) in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 (2007) before turning to Gary Marshall’s rom-com Valentine’s Day (2010) and the sci-fi flick Predators (2010).
Grace continued working in a variety of film genres throughout the years before starring in more notable projects like Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (2014), the political drama Truth (2015) — opposite Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford — and Netflix’s satire War Machine (2017) with Brad Pitt. In 2018 he starred as the infamous white supremacist David Duke in Spike Lee’s biographical drama BlacKkKlansman, based on former police officer Ron Stallworth’s novel of the same name.
When asked what inspired him to play the controversial racist, Grace said it was Spike Lee’s message about racism — not the real man himself that made him want to pursue the role.
“I understood [David Duke’s] function, totally knew that character, and thought that was really important,” he told Collider. “Something that Spike teased out more, as we went into rehearsals and production, is the idea that racism in America in the ‘70s was just redneck, beer belly guys. As they talk about in the film, David not only wore three-piece suits, but he was well-educated. He was far more successful, in his reach, and far more dangerous. I saw what Spike was trying to do, in the sense that the film begins with a shot of the Civil War and ends with a shot from 2017, to show that straight line to how we got there, and David played a big part in how we got there.”
Born as Christopher John Grace on July 12, 1978 in New York City, Grace grew up in Darien, Connecticut. His father was a corporate executive and his mother served as a schoolmaster’s assistant.
Grace attended a New Hampshire boarding school for a couple years where he began acting in school plays and became friends with future actors Kate Bosworth and Chlöe Sevigny.
He matriculated to the University of Southern California before dropping out when the co-creators of That ’70s Show offered him an opportunity that’d put him on the map to stardom.