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Also Known As: Gerritt Graham Died:
Born: November 27, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, journalist, songwriter, critic

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A hawk-nosed, light-haired character player with large hooded eyes, Gerrit Graham started his film acting career as a teenager in the early experimental anti-Establishment comedies of Brian De Palma (1968's "Greetings" and its sequel "Hi, Mom!" 1969) co-starring with the then unknown Robert De Niro. The NYC-born actor snared the role of a countercultural figure even more thoroughly obsessed with the assassination of JFK than with the pleasures of Free Love while a sophomore at Columbia University where he served as general manager of the Columbia Players--a post previously held by De Palma. Graham dropped out of college to act with Chicago's Second City comedy troupe before collaborating with De Palma again on "Hi, Mom!." He went on to amass of number of stage credits including several productions with Paul Sills' original Story Theater, a lead in the L.A. production of Sam Shepard's "Chicago" and some off-off-Broadway shows. Graham delivered a memorably outlandish performance in De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise" (1974) as Beef, a knowing lampoon of several rock legends of the day, who gets fried on stage. In 1974 he moved to L.A. and began alternating assignments between theater, films and TV....

A hawk-nosed, light-haired character player with large hooded eyes, Gerrit Graham started his film acting career as a teenager in the early experimental anti-Establishment comedies of Brian De Palma (1968's "Greetings" and its sequel "Hi, Mom!" 1969) co-starring with the then unknown Robert De Niro. The NYC-born actor snared the role of a countercultural figure even more thoroughly obsessed with the assassination of JFK than with the pleasures of Free Love while a sophomore at Columbia University where he served as general manager of the Columbia Players--a post previously held by De Palma. Graham dropped out of college to act with Chicago's Second City comedy troupe before collaborating with De Palma again on "Hi, Mom!." He went on to amass of number of stage credits including several productions with Paul Sills' original Story Theater, a lead in the L.A. production of Sam Shepard's "Chicago" and some off-off-Broadway shows.

Graham delivered a memorably outlandish performance in De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise" (1974) as Beef, a knowing lampoon of several rock legends of the day, who gets fried on stage. In 1974 he moved to L.A. and began alternating assignments between theater, films and TV. His somewhat stylized features worked well in cultish genre assignments like playing an earnest young scientist who tries to protect Julie Christie from a lusty computer in "Demon Seed" (1977), a wild-eyed and arrogant health nut in De Palma's somewhat nostalgic "Home Movies" (1979), an enthusiastic seller of "pre-owned vehicles" in Robert Zemeckis' "Used Cars" (1980) and the maniacally mugging title character in the straight-to-video horror-comedy sequel "Chud II: Bud the Chud" (1989). He has also proven effective in more mainstream works such as "This Boy's Life" (1993), playing a prep school recruiter and "One True Thing" (1999) as a well-known writer and former mentor to William Hurt.

On the small screen, Graham has proved effective in zany characterizations like his strange neighbor in "Stockard Channing in Just Friends" (CBS, 1979) and the anal retentive school principal in "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (Fox, 1990-91). Additionally, he has found a secondary careers as both a voice actor (e.g., "The Critic") and as a screenwriter for TV episodics (the 80s revival of "The Twilight Zone") and animated features (Disney's "The Prince and the Pauper" 1990). Graham returned to series work in the fall of 1999 co-starring in the sci-fi themed "Now and Again" (CBS), playing the co-worker of a man who has been given a new body--one 20 years younger--in a secret government experiment.

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 Chaotic Ana (2007)
3.
 One True Thing (1998) Oliver Most
4.
 Love Letter, The (1998) Warren Whitcomb
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 Break, The (1995) Bill Cowens
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 National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) Lucifer ("Anger")
8.
 Wasp Woman (1995) Arthur
9.
 Shake, Rattle and Rock (1994) Lipsky
10.
 My Girl 2 (1994) Dr Sam Helburn
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1949:
Born in New York City
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Grew up in St Louis, Missouri, Grosse Pointe, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois
1957:
Made acting debut at age eight in a Detroit Art Institute production of "Winnie the Pooh" (date approximate)
1958:
Performed in Moliere's "Le Medecin malgre lui/Doctor Inspite of Himself" with his French class (date approximate)
1962:
Attended The Groton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the USA; served as president of the dramatic association (dates approximate)
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Attended Columbia University; became the general manager of the Columbia Players
1967:
While a college sophomore, cast by writer-director Brian De Palma (himself a former general manager of the Columbia Players) to co-star in "Greetings" (date approximate)
1968:
Feature debut, "Greetings"; first collaboration with writer-director De Palma
1968:
Left Columbia to act with Chicago's Second City (date approximate)
1969:
Played the lead in Sam Shepard's "Chicago" in a Los Angeles production (date approximate)
1970:
Co-starred in De Palma's follow-up feature "Hi, Mom!"
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Performed another season with Chicago's Second City
1971:
Joined Paul Sills' original Story Theater company; played in the initial productions of "Story Theatre" and "Metamorphosis" (date approximate)
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Worked on the NYC stage and did two more shows with Sills (date approximate)
1974:
Portrayed Beef, a glitter rocker parody, in De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise"
1974:
Moved to Los Angeles
1974:
TV debut in the NBC movie "Strange Homecoming"
1979:
Reteamed with De Palma for "Home Movies"
1979:
Had recurring role of a kooky neighbor in the short-lived TV sitcom "Stockard Channing in Just Friends" (CBS)
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Wrote several teleplays for the revival of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS)
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Played a recurring role on "Sidekicks" (ABC), a martial arts-flavored cop show
1988:
Provided additional story material for "Oliver & Company", a Disney animated feature
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Played the recurring role of Hughes on the hit primetime soap "Dallas" (CBS)
1989:
Had title role in the horror spoof "Chud II: Bud the Chud"
1989:
Contributed additional dialogue to Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
1990:
Was a series regular on "Sugar and Spice", a blue-collar CBS sitcom
1990:
Co-wrote the animation screenplay for Disney's animated "The Prince and the Pauper", which featured Mickey Mouse
1990:
Provided the story for an episode of "The Young Riders" (ABC)
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Played the recurring role of Dr. Norman Pankow, a dreaded school principal on "Parker Lewis Can't Lose!"
1991:
Had regular role as a doctor in the medical comedy "STAT" (ABC)
1992:
Performed the voice of Cat R Waul for "Fievel's American Tails", an animated children's series
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Voiced the character of Franklin Sherman for "The Critic", a primetime animated series aired on ABC and later on Fox
1998:
Appeared as a renowned author and William Hurt's mentor in "One True Thing"
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Returned to series TV as a regular in the CBS drama series "Now & Again"
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York -
The Groton School: Groton , Connecticut - 1966

Notes

A rock music expert, Graham has regularly written about artists and recordings for such publications as ROLLING STONE, CREEM, FUSION and THE BOSTON PHOENIX.

Graham also wrote the song "Victim of Crime" and has penned lyrics for Bob Weir's band Ratdog

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