Topher Grace is an actor who sacrificed a lot to have the career he’s known for today. He dropped out of college when he landed a role in That 70s Show where he featured as Eric Forman for 7 seasons from 1998 to 2006, appearing in 179 episodes. Topher practically grew up on the show and has gone ahead to have a robust acting career in Hollywood. He is a recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award, Daytime Emmy Award, New York Film Critics Circle Online Award for Breakthrough Performance, Young Artist Award, Artist of Distinction Award, Cinema Vanguard Award and several other prestigious awards and nominations.
Who is Topher Grace From That ’70s Show? What’s His Age?
His full name is Christopher John Grace and he was born on the 12th of July 1978 in New York City, United States. Topher was raised alongside his sister – Jenny in Darien Connecticut by their parents – John and Pat Grace. While in school, he hated being called Chris which prompted him to change his name to Topher later on. He attended a boarding school for 2 years at New Hampshire where he first began to act.
He appeared in musicals such as The Pirates of Penzance and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Around this time, he tried his hands at directing. His first movie starring his classmates was a choose-your-own-adventure-style. His major education took place at New Hampshire Brewster Academy and the University of Southern California.
Not the type to let any opportunity pass him by, especially when it involves his acting career, he dropped out of the university after the first year when he was twenty years old to feature in the TV series That ’70s Show in 1998. Prior to landing his big role on the show, Topher had no professional acting experience asides being in school plays. The creators of the show (Bonnie and Terry Turner) whose daughter attended the same high school with Topher saw him act in a school play and thought he would be perfect for the role. Although he decided not to return for the last season of the show, instead he bought an apartment in New York to focus on his film career and be closer to his parents, his appearances on That ’70s Show served as a springboard that launched his career in Hollywood.
Topher has shown that he has what it takes to be a great actor. He exudes a willingness to go through any process no matter how rigorous to give a sterling performance. In preparation for the role of Venom which he portrayed in Spider-Man 3 (2007), he worked out for 6 months and gained 24 pounds of muscle. Moreover, while in the venom costume, he couldn’t drink water during breaks as he couldn’t use the bathroom in the costume.
Topher has gone ahead to feature in movies like In Good Company (2004) and P.S. (2004) for which he won the 2004 Breakthrough Performance Actor of the National Board of Review. He also featured in Traffic (2001) which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding cast performance. His other works include Pinocchio (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (2004), Valentine’s Day, Predators (2010).
He is the writer and executive producer of Take Me Home Tonight (2011). He also featured in The Beauty Inside which earned him a Daytime Emmy Award for the category of Outstanding New Approaches on Original Daytime Program or Series in 2013. Other projects he has worked on include Comedy Bang Bang (2012), The Big Wedding (2013), The Calling, Interstellar (2014), Truth, American Ultra (2015), Workaholics, War Machine, Opening Night, Get Shorty (2017), BlacKKKlansman (2018) for which he won several awards. He has featured in two movies and some TV series in 2019, including Mississippi Requiem, Breakthrough, Love, Death & Robots, The Hot Zone, Black Mirror.
Topher Grace has a fascination in editing popular TV series and movies. He has revealed that it is a form of relaxation for him. One of his edits includes the Star Wars trilogy – into an 85 minutes film. He also created an edit of The Hobbit in 2018. He stated that he thinks The Hobbit should have been one movie and that most film franchises are driven by money instead of art. In 2019, Topher and editor Jeff Yorkes were commissioned to edit a retrospective for Toy Story 4 called ‘Toy Story 4 Ever’ by Pixar which was released on YouTube.
Topher married fellow actress- Ashley Hinshaw in 2016 and welcomed their first child on the 1st of November 2017.
What is Topher Grace’s Height?
Topher has impressive body stats. He is 1.80m tall and has a commensurate weight of 71 kg which gives him a slim appearance. His chest, biceps, and waist measure 42, 14 and 32 inches respectively. Topher Grace has dark brown hair and green eyes.