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Also Known As: Troy O'Donovan Hayden Died:
Born: July 7, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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If acting is indeed genetic, then Troy Garity should have no worries: He is the grandson of screen legend Henry Fonda and the son of two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda. When his mother gave birth to him in 1973, she and then-husband Tom Hayden opted not to saddle their son with either well-known surname, thus allowing him to develop his own individuality. Clearly, acting was in his blood, though, and Garity began by spending his childhood summers at the Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara. In 1993, he moved to NYC to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and three years later headed back to Southern California to pursue a career. Almost immediately, he landed a small role in the HBO original "The Cherokee Kid" (1996) and secured his first big screen gig, a tiny part in "Conspiracy Theory" (1997). Garity's first major film role seemed like a natural; he was tapped to portray his own father in the Abbie Hoffman biopic "Steal This Movie!" (2000) and while he acquitted himself, the film barely registered with the public. Following an appearance in the ensemble of the Sundance-screened improvised film "Perfume" (2001), the good-looking, dark-haired actor landed what promised to...

If acting is indeed genetic, then Troy Garity should have no worries: He is the grandson of screen legend Henry Fonda and the son of two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda. When his mother gave birth to him in 1973, she and then-husband Tom Hayden opted not to saddle their son with either well-known surname, thus allowing him to develop his own individuality. Clearly, acting was in his blood, though, and Garity began by spending his childhood summers at the Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara. In 1993, he moved to NYC to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and three years later headed back to Southern California to pursue a career. Almost immediately, he landed a small role in the HBO original "The Cherokee Kid" (1996) and secured his first big screen gig, a tiny part in "Conspiracy Theory" (1997). Garity's first major film role seemed like a natural; he was tapped to portray his own father in the Abbie Hoffman biopic "Steal This Movie!" (2000) and while he acquitted himself, the film barely registered with the public. Following an appearance in the ensemble of the Sundance-screened improvised film "Perfume" (2001), the good-looking, dark-haired actor landed what promised to be his breakthrough role in the crime comedy "Bandits" (2001) when he was cast as Harvey Pollard, a sweet-natured but excessively dim wannabe stuntman and movie special effects technician who doubles as a getaway driver for two bank robbers. Continuing to demonstrate his versatility, Garity was next cast as a mentally handicapped person in the cable telepic "A Soldier's Girl" (2003), playing a real-life soldier beaten to death for falling in love with a transgendered nightclub performer, and "Milwaukee, Minnesota" (2003) and saw his stock rise when he played Isaac Rosenberg in the hit comedy "Barbershop" (2002), a role he reprised in the 2004 sequel.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Barbershop 3 (2016)
3.
 Gangster Squad (2013)
4.
 Good Doctor, The (2011)
5.
 Eichmann (2010)
6.
 Mercy (2009)
7.
 My One and Only (2009)
8.
 Fragments (2008)
9.
 Lake City (2008)
10.
 Sunshine (2007)
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2007:
Co-starred in Danny Boyle's science-fiction thriller "Sunshine"
2002:
Had breakthrough role playing Isaac Rosenberg in the comedy feature "Barbershop"
1996:
Made his acting debut in the HBO film "The Cherokee Kid"
:
Attended Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara as a child
1997:
First film role, "Conspiracy Theory"
1993:
Moved to NYC to attend drama school
2003:
Portrayed soldier Barry Winchell, who was murdered due to his relationship with a transgendered showgirl in "A Soldier's Girl"; earned Independent Spirit and Golden Globe nominations for Supporting Actor
2004:
Re-teamed with Queen Latifah and Ice Cube for "Barbershop 2: Back in Business"
2010:
Co-starred in Scott Caan's writing and producing debut "Mercy"
2001:
Joined the ensemble cast of Michael Rymer's "Perfume"; screened at Sundance
2008:
Played a psychologist who is assigned to counsel the survivors of a random shooting in "Winged Creatures"
2000:
Portrayed his father, Tom Hayden, in the Abbie Hoffman biopic "Steal This Movie!"
2005:
Starred in "Milwaukee, Minnesota" with Randy Quaid and Bruce Dern
2004:
Appeared in "After the Sunset" with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek
2001:
Cast as the dim-witted driver for bank robbers Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton in "Bandits"
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica, California - 1987
University of Colorado: Boulder, Colorado - 1991
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York, New York - 1993

Notes

On playing his father in "Steal This Movie!", Troy Garrity was quoted as saying: "I'm very proud to be playing my father. He literally risked his life to make the world a better place for me to grow up in."

"Acting was not the easiest choice in the world, but for me it was the most honest. There's a feeling I get when I'm involved in a production and collaboration that has me sprung. It's that feeling I want to maintain.

"There are other ways to get it - marching in the streets or with a group of people sharing intimate dialogue or inspirational actions - but oftentimes they don't pay the bills." --Garity quoted in Daily News, October 11, 2001.

"My greatest ability is that I can go anywhere and get down and be accepted, I can go to El Salvador and kick it with gang members, or go to HBO and convince them I have an idea that's worth their money"---Garity to Premiere January 2004

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companion:
Laura Bridge. Fashion designer.

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grandfather:
Henry Fonda. Actor.
mother:
Jane Fonda. Actor, activist, businesswoman.
father:
Tom Hayden. Politician, activist.
step-father:
Ted Turner. Executive, businessman. Married to Jane Fonda from 1991 to 2001.
half-sister:
Vanessa Vadim. Born in 1968.
sister:
Mary Williams. Born in 1967; adopted by Fonda and then husband Tom Hayden; attended a children's camp run by by Fonda and Hayden.
uncle:
Peter Fonda. Actor.
cousin:
Bridget Fonda. Actor.
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