Christopher John "Topher" Grace (born July 12, 1978) is an American actor, best known for playing the lead role of Eric Forman on the long-running Fox live-action sitcom That '70s Show, and the villain Eddie Brock, Jr./Venom in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.
Grace attended the Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts, The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire--where he was noticed by the producer of That '70s Show (whose daughter also attended the school) while playing the leading role of Pseudolus in a local stage production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Grace briefly attended college at the University of Southern California, but left during his freshman year to concentrate on his television work and to pursue a career in film. He played a prep school student who uses cocaine and introduces his girlfriend to heroin in director Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film Traffic, as well as having uncredited cameos as himself in Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, and its 2004 sequel, Ocean's Twelve. "The joke is that you’re supposed to play the worst version of yourself and I don’t think too many people are comfortable with that. I never thought for a second that people were really going to think that’s what I was like. I think that people will know that I was faking it in those movies," he told Flaunt magazine in 2007. He planned to cameo in Ocean's Thirteen but due to his filming Spider-Man 3 he had to drop out. He also appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile.
In 2004, Grace had the starring role in two major feature films; he played the leading roles in the Robert Luketic-directed Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and the Paul Weitz dramedy, In Good Company, in which he played an ambitious but troubled corporate executive. That same year, Grace also starred in the film P.S., which received only a limited theatrical release. Grace's work in P.S. and In Good Company was recognized by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures in the category of "Breakthrough Performance by an Actor".
In 2005, Grace hosted Saturday Night Live.
In 2007, Grace portrayed Eddie Brock / Venom in Spider-Man 3, directed by Sam Raimi. It is unknown if he will reprise the role in the possible Venom movie spin-off. Grace himself was a fan of the comics, and read the Venom stories as a kid. Grace is set to appear in the 1980s retro comedy Kids in America. Grace co-wrote the script and will be co-producing the film. In addition, he will soon star in The Crusaders, a drama about the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, playing real-life civil rights lawyer Jack Greenberg, opposite Terrence Howard, who will play Thurgood Marshall.
|2000||Traffic||Seth Abrahams||SAG Award (won)|
|2001||Ocean's Eleven||Himself||Uncredited Role|
|2002||Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio||Lucignolo - Leonardo||(English voice)|
|2003||Mona Lisa Smile||Tommy Donegal|
|2004||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Pete Monash||Teen Choice Awards (nominated-3)|
|P.S.||F. Scott Feinstadt||NBR Award (won)|
|Ocean's Twelve||Himself||Uncredited Role|
|In Good Company||Carter Duryea||NBR Award (won)|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Edward Brock Junior / Venom||Teen Choice Awards (nominated-2)|
|2008||Kids in America||Matt Franklin||Also executive producer|
|The Crusaders||Jack Greenberg|
|2003||King of the Hill||Chris|| Voice Role |
Episode: Mega Dale
|2005||Stella||Older Kevin||Episode: Paper Route|
|1998-2006||That 70's Show||Eric Forman|| Teen Choice Awards (nominated-6) |
Young Artist Award (nominated)
Young Hollywood Award (won)
|2008||The Simpsons||Donny|| Voice Role |
Episode: The Debarted
National Board of Review, USA
Young Hollywood Awards