A favorite on the independent film circuit for over a decade, actress Ari Graynor gave expert portrayals of young women under duress in "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008) and "For a Good Ti...
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
|An American Crime||2007||Actor||Paula Baniszewski||20077|
|Bad Teacher||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||Meredith Davis||20137|
|For a Good Time, Call...||2012||Actor||Katie Steele||20127|
|What's Your Number?||2011||Actor||Daisy Darling||20117|
|The Sitter||2011||Actor||Marisa Lewis||20117|
|American Dad||2014 2003 - 2014||Voice||n/a||20146|
|Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist||2008||Actor||Caroline||20087|
|Celeste and Jesse Forever||2012||Actor||Beth||20127|
|Game 6||2006||Actor||Laurel Rogan||20067|
|Turn the River||2008||Actor||Charlotte||20087|
|Holy Rollers||2010||Actor||Rachel Apfel||20107|
|Book of Love||2003||Actor||Naomi||20037|
|Veronica Mars||2006 2003 - 2006||Actor||Jessie Doyle||20067|
|Numb3rs||2009 2003 - 2009||Actor||Ella Pierce||20097|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2013 1998 - 2013||Actor||Missy Kurtz||20137|
|Youth in Revolt||2010||Actor||Lacey||20107|
|Whip It||2009||Actor||Eva Destruction||20097|
|CSI: Miami||2011 2001 - 2011||Actor||Elvina||20117|
|The Cleveland Show||2012 2008 - 2012||Voice||BigSkeez||20126|
|The Great New Wonderful||2006||Actor||Lisa Krindel||20067|
|Date Night||2010||Actor||Young Woman||20107|
|Mystic River||2003||Actor||Eve Pigeon||20037|
|For Your Consideration||2006||Actor||Young PA||20067|
|The Guilt Trip||2012||Actor||Joyce Margolis||20127|
|For a Good Time, Call...||2012||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Co-starred with Jonah Hill in "The Sitter"|
|Re-teamed with Cera in "Youth in Revolt"|
|Acted in off-Broadway play "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" at the Century Center for the Performing Arts|
|Co-starred with Lauren Miller as phone sex operators in the comedy "For a Good Time, Call..."; also co-produced|
|Played Anna Torv's sister in Fox sci-fi drama "Fringe"|
|Broadway Debut, Donald Margulies' "Brooklyn Boy"|
|Cast as a young PA in Christopher Guest comedy "For Your Consideration"|
|Feature film debut, Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River"|
|Acted in "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," starring Michael Cera|
|First leading role, Gil Cates Jr's indie comedy "Lucky"|
|Television debut, "The Sopranos"|
A favorite on the independent film circuit for over a decade, actress Ari Graynor gave expert portrayals of young women under duress in "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008) and "For a Good Time, Call " (2012). She made an auspicious debut as Meadow Soprano's manic-depressive roommate on "The Sopranos" (HBO 1999-2007) before essaying variations on that role in numerous independent projects. Network television soon took note of her abilities, allowing Graynor to add appearances on "Veronica Mars" (UPN 2004-2007) to her growing c.v., which also included roles on Broadway in "Relatively Speaking" (2011). By the mid-2000s, Graynor was appearing in mainstream features like "Conviction" (2010), which eventually led to leading roles and producer duties in her own project, the raunchy comedy "For a Good Time, Call " Graynor's effortless turns in difficult roles, as well as her inherent versatility, minted her as an in-demand character actress in a wide variety of media.
Born Ari Geltman Graynor on April 27, 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Joani Geltman, a parenting expert and amateur actress. Graynor caught the acting bug after seeing her mother perform in various productions, and soon followed suit in school plays. Her own professional career launched shortly after graduation from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut: Graynor was cast as the hopelessly needy Caitlin on "The Sopranos." She followed this with a brief appearance in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning "Mystic River" (2003) before settling into supporting turns in a string of independent features, including "Game 6" (2005) as tormented playwright Michael Keaton's daughter. Graynor also made her Broadway debut in 2005 in Donald Margulies' drama "Brooklyn Boy" opposite Alan Arkin before moving Off-Broadway for "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenaged Blockhead" (2005).
Graynor soon came to the attention of casting agents for series like "Veronica Mars," and by the mid-2000s, she was alternating appearances on episodic television with film work in Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration" (2006). In 2008, she captured critics' attention as Kat Dennings' alcoholic best friend in "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist," and enjoyed supporting roles in "Youth in Revolt" (2010) and Drew Barrymore's "Whip It" (2009) while also logging a recurring role as Anna Torv's sister on the cult science fiction series "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013). After nearly a decade in independent film, Graynor finally broke into studio features with the Steve Carell-Tina Fey comedy "Date Night" (2010) and as Sam Rockwell's estranged daughter in "Conviction" (2010).
She was soon back on the Broadway stage, co-starring in the Woody Allen-penned segment of "Relatively Speaking" (2011). That same year, Graynor graduated to lead actress in the black comedy "Lucky" (2011), though it, the broad sex comedy "What's Your Number?" (2011) and David Gordon Green's "The Sitter" (2011) found few interested viewers. She then made her debut as producer on writer/producer Lauren Miller's "For a Good Time, Call " playing a writer who moonlights as a phone sex operator, and the Rashida Jones/Andy Samberg comedy "Celeste and Jesse Forever" (2012). The following year, she starred in a CBS pilot for a sitcom based on the hit comedy "Bad Teacher" (2011).
|Buckingham Browne & Nichols|
|First stage appearance came at the age of seven in a production of "The Miracle Worker" with the Wellesley Players in Massachusetts|
|Appeared as an orphan in a production of "Annie" in South Korea|
|Accompanied a grandson of Ethel Kennedy to his senior prom|
|Counts the female leads in Tennessee Williams' plays and Hamlet as the roles she would most like to play|
|"You come here and it's this hilarious dichotomy of independent filmmaking - blood, sweat and tears, no money, and then you show up to places where it's like all this free stuff, and this world of junior publicists." Ari Graynor on the Sundance Film Festival (Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2012)|
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