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Born: March 18, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hartford, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, producer, dancer, pianist, screenwriter

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The cliched description of tall, dark and handsome can apply to many actors, but in the case of Thomas Ian Griffith it is an appropriate one. With his shoulder-length tresses, sparkling blue eyes and lean, 6'5" muscular physique, the actor cuts an imposing figure. Trained as a musician and a dancer, Griffith spent part of his youth traveling throughout Great Britain and Ireland performing tradition Irish step dancing. He dropped out of college to pursue a stage career, landing his first gig as a dancing football player in the Broadway hit "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in 1979. Several years of chorus work and small roles followed before the handsome player got his first break and his first taste of stardom playing Caitlin Ewing on the NBC daytime drama "Another World". After three years (1983-86) of playing a romantic lead on the soap (cast opposite real-life significant other Mary Page Keller), Griffith headed to the West Coast. He landed his first film role partly because his background fit the character. Griffith holds a black belt in karate so he was more than comfortable cast as a martial arts expert with a sadistic streak who takes on Ralph Macchio in "The Karate Kid III" (1989). In...

The cliched description of tall, dark and handsome can apply to many actors, but in the case of Thomas Ian Griffith it is an appropriate one. With his shoulder-length tresses, sparkling blue eyes and lean, 6'5" muscular physique, the actor cuts an imposing figure. Trained as a musician and a dancer, Griffith spent part of his youth traveling throughout Great Britain and Ireland performing tradition Irish step dancing. He dropped out of college to pursue a stage career, landing his first gig as a dancing football player in the Broadway hit "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in 1979. Several years of chorus work and small roles followed before the handsome player got his first break and his first taste of stardom playing Caitlin Ewing on the NBC daytime drama "Another World". After three years (1983-86) of playing a romantic lead on the soap (cast opposite real-life significant other Mary Page Keller), Griffith headed to the West Coast. He landed his first film role partly because his background fit the character. Griffith holds a black belt in karate so he was more than comfortable cast as a martial arts expert with a sadistic streak who takes on Ralph Macchio in "The Karate Kid III" (1989). In order to prove his versatility, the actor undertook the demanding title role in the NBC biopic "Rock Hudson" (1990), earning generally positive notices for his portrayal of the screen legend.

In a bid for more control over his career, Griffith branched out into producing and scriptwriting starting with the martial arts-themed "Night of the Warrior" (1991). He continued to appear, write and produce genre fare like that over the next several years, although the films tended to received limited release or were consigned to the video shelves. In 1997, Griffith landed another villainous role as the nemesis to Kevin Sorbo's "Kull the Conqueror". While he proved a suitable foil in that sword and sorcery epic, the film itself tanked at the box-office. But the actor appeared to have found his mettle; his next role was Valek, the 600-year old leader of a band of the undead, in "John Carpenter's Vampires". With his dancer's training and sexy charisma, Griffith cut a memorable figure of evil and proved a worthy opponent to James Woods' vampire hunter.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Kidnapping, The (2007)
3.
 XXX (2002) Agent Jim Mcgrath
5.
 Secret of Giving (1999) Harry Withers
6.
 Avalanche (1999) Neal Morgan
7.
8.
 John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) Valek
9.
 Kull the Conqueror (1997) Taligaro
10.
 Behind Enemy Lines (1997) Mike Weston
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Raised in Wethersfield, Connecticut
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Traveled with mother to Ireland and UK to participate in Irish step-dancing competitions
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Played piano at mother's dance studio
1979:
Made Broadway debut in chorus of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
1983:
Played Catlin Ewing on NBC daytime drama "Another World"
1989:
Feature film debut, "The Karate Kid III"
1990:
Portrayed Rock Hudson in the NBC biopic "Rock Hudson"
1991:
Wrote and produced "Night of the Warrior", starring Lorenzo Lamas
1991:
Provided story, produced and starred in "Ulterior Motives"
1993:
Produced and starred in "Excessive Force"
1996:
Featured in the direct-to-video release "Hollow Point"; aired on HBO
1997:
Played the adversary to Kevin Sorbo in "Kull the Conqueror"
1998:
Made an impression as the Gothic leader of the undead in "John Carpenter's Vampires"
2000:
Appeared in the CBS thriller "A0 Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle"
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Wrote and co-starred in "Black Point" (lensed 2001)
2001:
Cast as Thomas Jefferson in the L.A. Reprise! production of "1776"
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Education

College of the Holy Cross: Worcester , Massachusetts -

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wife:
Mary Page Keller. Actor, producer. Appeared together on NBC's "Another World"; together from 1983; married in 1991.

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son:
Conner 0'Neil Griffith. Born in June 1994.
son:
Eamon Griffith. Born c. 1996.

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