Todd Graff

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
The multi-talented Todd Graff began his career as a child performer, voicing the character of Choo Choo Charlie in TV commercials for Good 'N' Plenty candy. He went on to appear as a regular Short Circus on the ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1959 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Bandslam 2009 (Movie)

Screaming Teacher (Actor)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

Skip Kleiman (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

Denny (Actor)

The Nanny 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

Tex Arcana (Actor)

Fly By Night 1994 (Movie)

Naji (Actor)

Summer Stories: The Mall 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Zip (Actor)

Opportunity Knocks 1990 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

An Innocent Man 1989 (Movie)

Robby (Actor)

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

Alain 'Hippy' Carnes (Actor)

The Flamingo Kid 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam War Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

After Midnight 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dominick and Eugene 1988 (Movie)

Larry Higgins (Actor)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Sweet Lorraine 1987 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

It's No Crush, I'm in Love 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Quite Jerusalem 1984 (Movie)

Rothwell T Schwartz (Actor)

P.O.P. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Framed (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (8)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bandslam 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Camp 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fly By Night 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Vanishing 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Used People 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

Camp 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Vanishing 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Director (3)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Bandslam 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Camp 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

The multi-talented Todd Graff began his career as a child performer, voicing the character of Choo Choo Charlie in TV commercials for Good 'N' Plenty candy. He went on to appear as a regular Short Circus on the award-winning PBS educational series "The Electric Company" from 1975-77 before attending college. As an adult, Graff first made his mark on stage coupled with Liz Callaway in the musical "Baby" (1983), for which he netted a Tony Award nomination. Onscreen, he has performed mid-size roles in several features, including "Five Corners" (1987), as Jodie Foster's handicapped boyfriend, "Dominick and Eugene" (1988), as a garbageman co-worker of Tom Hulce, and James Cameron's "The Abyss" (1989), as a paranoid crewman. He scripted "Used People" (1992), adapted from his play "The Grandma Plays" (1989), as well as co-produced and wrote the Geena Davis vehicle, "Angie" (1994), a film resembling his previous effort in its use of sweet-natured--though some critics have charged condescending--ethnic stereotypes and themes of familial strife. These works incorporated Graff's theater origins in their reliance on community-based plots and limited shooting locations.

Relationships

Jerry Graff

Father

Judy Graff

Mother
deceased

Ilene Graff

Sister
co-starred in ABC sitcom "Mr. Belvedere"

Randy Graff

Cousin
won Tony Award as Featured Supporting Actress for "City of Angels"

EDUCATION

State University of New York, Purchase

Purchase , New York

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Wrote and directed the musical comedy "Joyful Noise," starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah

2009

Directed the musical-romantic comedy "Bandslam"; played a teacher in the film

1995

Landed featured role in "Strange Days"

1993

Co-produced and wrote the screenplay for the Hollywood remake of "The Vanishing"

1992

First produced screenplay, "Used People"

1991

First screenplay, "Fly By Night"; developed at the Sundance Institute; film released in 1993

1988

Debut as a playwright with "The Grandma Plays"

1987

Played major supporting role in "Five Corners"

1984

Film acting debut, "Not Quite Jerusalem"

1983

Off-Broadway debut, "American Passion"

1983

Broadway debut, "Baby"; received Tony nomination as Featured Actor in a Musical

1979

Stage debut, "The City Suite"

1975

Appeared regularly as one of the Short Circuits on the PBS series "The Electric Company"

1968

Voiced character of Choo Choo Charlie in TV commercials for Good 'N' Plenty

Raised in the Bellerose section of Queens, NY

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