Todd Graff

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Todd Graff
Keke Palmer and Graff
Born (1959-10-22) October 22, 1959 (age 63)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, director
Years active1970–
SpouseJhon Lafaurie (m.2014)

Todd Graff (born October 22, 1959) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his 2003 independent film Camp and his role as Alan "Hippy" Carnes in the 1989 science fiction film The Abyss .


Early life

Graff was born in New York City, the son of Judith Clarice (née Oxhorn), a piano teacher and choirmaster, and Jerome Lawrence Graff, a musician. [1] His sister is actress Ilene Graff. [2]


Graff is an alumnus both as a camper and counselor of the Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp in upstate New York. He sang on the original-cast albums of Sesame Street (1970) and the follow-up Sesame Street 2 (1971). He garnered fame in 1975 when he joined the cast of the PBS children's television series The Electric Company . Playing the role of Jesse, a member of the Short Circus, he remained with the show to the end of its production in 1977 (replacing Stephen Gustafson). [3]

Graff's writing credits include Camp , Used People , The Vanishing , and The Beautician and the Beast . Graff acted in several films including Death to Smoochy , Dominick and Eugene , Strange Days , Not Quite Paradise , and The Abyss . [3]

He was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Danny in Broadway's Baby in 1984. He starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise as Homer. In 2006, Graff directed the stage musical 13 by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish at the Mark Taper Forum. [4] In 2009, he co-wrote and directed the film Bandslam . In 2012 he wrote and directed the film Joyful Noise . He developed Apple TV's miniseries The Crowded Room (2023).



It's No Crush, I'm in LoveRobby Pols1982-1983
P.O.P.Johnny Gordon1984
Not Quite Paradise Rothwell T. Schwartz1985
Sweet Lorraine [5] Leonard1987
Five Corners James1987
Dominick and Eugene Larry Higgins1988
An Innocent Man Robby1989
The Abyss Alan 'Hippy' Carnes1989
After Midnight Tough Kid1989
Opportunity Knocks Lou Pesquino1990
Framed Pete1990
City of Hope 'Zip'1991
Fly by NightNaji1993
Strange Days 'Tex' Arcana1995

TV series

The Electric Company Jesse (seasons 5–6)1975–1977
ABC Afterschool Specials Trent Pols / Robby Pols1983-1992
Vietnam War StoryRichard Muldoon1987
The Marshall ChroniclesVincent1990
Chicago Hope Louis Bagley1995
The Nanny Harvey1997

Award nominations



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