Christopher John Grace, better known as Topher Grace, is a popular American actor. He first came to prominence with his role of ‘Eric Forman’ in the comedy series 'That '70s Show.' He gained international recognition after his portrayal of ‘Eddie Brock/Venom’ in the hit superhero film 'Spider-Man 3.' The film, which is one of the most significant works in his career, earned him a lot of appreciation as well as multiple award nominations. Topher began his acting career with a significant role in the comedy series 'That '70s Show.' He made his film debut with a supporting role in the American crime drama film 'Traffic.' He played his first lead role in the romantic comedy 'Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!' He continued playing significant roles in several hit films, such as 'In Good Company,' 'Spider-Man 3,' and 'Predators.' Topher has won several awards and nominations in his career so far, including an ‘Emmy’ for his performance in the social film 'The Beauty Inside.' In 2017, he became a producer when he co-produced the film ‘Opening Night’ in which he also played a character named ‘Nick.’
Childhood & Early Life
Topher Grace was born Christopher John Grace on 12 July 1978, in New York City, New York, USA. His father John Grace worked at Madison Avenue. His mother Pat worked at ‘New Canaan Country School’ where she served as an assistant to the schoolmaster. Topher also has a sister named Jenny.
He grew up in Darien, Connecticut. He began acting in his school days, taking part in musicals like ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘The Pirates of Penzance.’ He disliked his nickname Chris, and preferred to be called Topher.
After graduating from high school, he attended the ‘University of Southern California’ in order to pursue his higher studies. After he was offered a role in the TV series 'That '70s Show,' he quit college in order to pursue a full-time career in acting.
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Topher Grace began his acting career with an important role in the comedy TV series 'That '70s Show' in 1998. His portrayal of ‘Eric Forman’ got him nominated for many ‘Teen Choice Awards.’
In 2000, he made his film debut with a supporting role in the American crime drama film 'Traffic.' Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film starred him as a drug addict; a role which won him two significant awards. The film was also a commercial success.
He next starred in the 2003 drama film 'Mona Lisa Smile' where he played a supporting role. The film was directed by Mike Newell, and it had Hollywood star Julia Roberts in the lead. Even though the film was a commercial success, it met with negative reviews from critics.
He played his first lead role in the romantic comedy film 'Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!' in 2004. Directed by Robert Luketic, the film was inspired by the 1995 hit Bollywood movie 'Rangeela.' Topher was nominated for three 'Teen Choice Awards' for his performance. However, the film was a commercial failure.
The same year, he played the lead role in the drama film 'P.S.' His performance got him nominated for three awards, out of which he won two. The film received mixed reviews. The same year, he also played a main role in 'In Good Company.' The film was a commercial success and earned Topher two more awards.
He gained international fame after his role as ‘Eddie Brock/Venom’ in the 2007 American superhero film 'Spider-Man 3.' Directed by Sam Raimi, the film was based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. It was a huge success and won multiple awards. Topher was also nominated for several awards for his performance.
Over the next few years, he continued to appear in several hit films, some of them being 'Predators' (2010), 'Take Me Home Tonight' (2011), 'The Big Wedding' (2013), 'Playing It Cool' (2014) and 'Interstellar' (2014).
After his starring role in the film ‘Opening Night’ in 2016, he appeared as the lead in the physiological horror movie ‘Delirium’ (2018). The film wasn’t successful at the box office.
He has since performed in several movies. He played supporting roles in films like ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (2018), ‘Under the Silver Lake’ (2018), and ‘Breakthrough’ (2019).
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In 2019, he was part of the ‘National Geographic’ mini-series ‘The Hot Zone’ in which he played ‘Dr. Peter Jahrling.’ In April 2019, he was cast to play a supporting role in Jon Stewart's political comedy film ‘Irresistible.’
Throughout his career, Topher has appeared in several TV shows, mostly in guest roles. Some of these shows include 'Drunk History' and ‘Trip Tank.’
'In Good Company,' a 2004 American comedy drama film, is among the most significant works of Topher Grace. The film revolves around a middle-aged advertising executive whose life gets complicated after his company is bought by a huge international corporation. Directed by Paul Weitz, the film was a huge commercial success. It also received positive reviews. Topher's performance earned him nominations for three awards, out of which he won two.
Topher Grace gained international fame after his portrayal of ‘Eddie Brock/Venom’ in the hit superhero film 'Spider-Man 3.' Directed by Sam Raimi, the film follows the adventures of the popular Marvel Comics Superhero Spider-man. Topher portrayed a photographer named Eddie Brock who gets superpowers and turns into the antagonist ‘Venom.’ He was nominated for two ‘Teen Choice Awards.’ The film was a huge commercial success.
He played a supporting role in the 2014 sci-fi movie 'Interstellar.' The film was written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. The story takes place in the future where humanity is struggling and astronauts are looking for a new planet. The film was a huge commercial success, grossing more than four times its budget. The movie was also nominated for five ‘Oscars,’ out of which it won one.
Awards & Achievements
For his performance in his first film ‘Traffic,’ Topher Grace won the ‘Young Hollywood Award’ for ‘Breakthrough Performance – Male.’ He also won the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.’
He won a ‘National Board of Review Award’ as well as ‘New York Film Critics Online Award’ for his performance in the film ‘P.S.’ He won another ‘National Board of Review Award’ and a ‘New York Film Critics Award’ for his role in ‘In Good Company.’
He won an ‘Emmy’ for his work in the TV miniseries ‘The Beauty Inside’ in 2013.
In 2016, Topher Grace married actress Ashley Hinshaw. The two were dating since 2014. Their daughter Mabel Jane Grace was born in November 2017.