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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 22, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, musician, playwright, producer, songwriter, singer, ice cream vendor, record salesman

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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2.
  Bandslam (2009)
3.
  Camp (2003) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bandslam (2009)
2.
 Death to Smoochy (2002) Skip Kleiman
3.
4.
 Strange Days (1995) Tex Arcana
5.
 Fly By Night (1993) Naji
6.
 City of Hope (1991) Zip
7.
 Framed (1990) Pete
8.
 Opportunity Knocks (1990) Lou
9.
 Innocent Man, An (1989) Robby
10.
 Abyss, The (1989) Alain 'Hippy' Carnes
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Raised in the Bellerose section of Queens, NY
1968:
Voiced character of Choo Choo Charlie in TV commercials for Good 'N' Plenty
1975:
Appeared regularly as one of the Short Circuits on the PBS series "The Electric Company"
1979:
Stage debut, "The City Suite"
1983:
Off-Broadway debut, "American Passion"
1983:
Broadway debut, "Baby"; received Tony nomination as Featured Actor in a Musical
1984:
Film acting debut, "Not Quite Jerusalem"
1987:
Played major supporting role in "Five Corners"
1988:
Debut as a playwright with "The Grandma Plays"
1991:
First screenplay, "Fly By Night"; developed at the Sundance Institute; film released in 1993
1992:
First produced screenplay, "Used People"
1993:
Co-produced and wrote the screenplay for the Hollywood remake of "The Vanishing"
1995:
Landed featured role in "Strange Days"
2009:
Directed the musical-romantic comedy "Bandslam"; played a teacher in the film
2012:
Wrote and directed the musical comedy "Joyful Noise," starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah
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Education

State University of New York, Purchase: Purchase , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

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father:
Jerry Graff. Musician.
mother:
Judy Graff. Choirmaster, piano teacher. Deceased.
sister:
Ilene Graff. Actor. Co-starred in ABC sitcom "Mr. Belvedere".
cousin:
Randy Graff. Singer, actor. Won Tony Award as Featured Supporting Actress for "City of Angels".
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