Thomas Ian Griffith

Actor, Producer, Dancer
The cliched description of tall, dark and handsome can apply to many actors, but in the case of Thomas Ian Griffith it is an appropriate one. With his shoulder-length tresses, sparkling blue eyes and lean, 6'5" muscular ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1960 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Black Point 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

For the Cause 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cold Case 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Tree Hill 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Timecop 2 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

XXX 2002 (Movie)

Agent Jim McGrath (Actor)

Secret of Giving 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

John Carpenter's Vampires 1998 (Movie)

Valek (Actor)

Kull the Conqueror 1997 (Movie)

Taligaro (Actor)

Angel of Death 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Excessive Force 1993 (Movie)

Terry McCain (Actor)

Ulterior Motives 1992 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Avalanche (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Enemy Lines (TV Show)

Actor

Crackerjack (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Grimm 1988 - 1989, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Writer

Black Point 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Troop Mom (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (3)

Excessive Force 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ulterior Motives 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Night of the Warrior 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

The cliched description of tall, dark and handsome can apply to many actors, but in the case of Thomas Ian Griffith it is an appropriate one. With his shoulder-length tresses, sparkling blue eyes and lean, 6'5" muscular physique, the actor cuts an imposing figure. Trained as a musician and a dancer, Griffith spent part of his youth traveling throughout Great Britain and Ireland performing tradition Irish step dancing. He dropped out of college to pursue a stage career, landing his first gig as a dancing football player in the Broadway hit "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in 1979. Several years of chorus work and small roles followed before the handsome player got his first break and his first taste of stardom playing Caitlin Ewing on the NBC daytime drama "Another World". After three years (1983-86) of playing a romantic lead on the soap (cast opposite real-life significant other Mary Page Keller), Griffith headed to the West Coast. He landed his first film role partly because his background fit the character. Griffith holds a black belt in karate so he was more than comfortable cast as a martial arts expert with a sadistic streak who takes on Ralph Macchio in "The Karate Kid III" (1989). In order to prove his versatility, the actor undertook the demanding title role in the NBC biopic "Rock Hudson" (1990), earning generally positive notices for his portrayal of the screen legend.

Relationships

Conner Griffith

Son
born in June 1994

Eamon Griffith

Son
born c. 1996

Mary Keller

Wife
appeared together on NBC's "Another World" together from 1983 married in 1991

EDUCATION

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester , Massachusetts
dropped out when cast in Broadway production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

Milestones

2001

Cast as Thomas Jefferson in the L.A. Reprise! production of "1776"

2000

Appeared in the CBS thriller "A0 Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle"

1998

Made an impression as the Gothic leader of the undead in "John Carpenter's Vampires"

1997

Played the adversary to Kevin Sorbo in "Kull the Conqueror"

1996

Featured in the direct-to-video release "Hollow Point"; aired on HBO

1993

Produced and starred in "Excessive Force"

1991

Provided story, produced and starred in "Ulterior Motives"

1991

Wrote and produced "Night of the Warrior", starring Lorenzo Lamas

1990

Portrayed Rock Hudson in the NBC biopic "Rock Hudson"

1989

Feature film debut, "The Karate Kid III"

1983

Played Catlin Ewing on NBC daytime drama "Another World"

1979

Made Broadway debut in chorus of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

Traveled with mother to Ireland and UK to participate in Irish step-dancing competitions

Raised in Wethersfield, Connecticut

Played piano at mother's dance studio

Wrote and co-starred in "Black Point" (lensed 2001)

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