Ari Graynor

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Ari Graynor
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Graynor at the premiere of Ten Year, Toronto Film Festival 2011
BornAriel Geltman Graynor
(1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 31)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2001–present
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Ari Graynor
Ari Graynor.jpg
Graynor at the premiere of Ten Year, Toronto Film Festival 2011
BornAriel Geltman Graynor
(1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 31)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2001–present

Ariel Geltman "Ari" Graynor (born April 27, 1983) is an American actress, known for her roles in TV series such as The Sopranos and Fringe, in stage productions such as Brooklyn Boy and The Little Dog Laughed, and in films such as Whip It and For a Good Time, Call.... She also starred as Meredith Davis on the short-lived CBS television sitcom Bad Teacher, which was cancelled on May 10, 2014.

Early life[edit]

Graynor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joani Geltman, a parenting expert, and Greg Graynor, a contractor.[1][2] Her mother is from a Jewish family and her father is of Polish Catholic background (her paternal grandfather's surname was changed from "Gryzna"); Graynor was raised Jewish.[3][4][5] She attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


Graynor first came to prominence as Caitlin Rucker on HBO's The Sopranos. Her film credits include An American Crime (2007), which premiered in January 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival. She also appeared early in the second season of UPN's Veronica Mars as the daughter of a bus driver. She made her Broadway debut as 'Alison' in 2005's Brooklyn Boy after appearing in the world premiere at South Coast Repertory. She also appeared in The Little Dog Laughed.

Graynor played Elvina, a pop star, in CSI: Miami, and was a recurring guest star on the Fox series Fringe, playing Agent Olivia Dunham's younger sister, Rachel. In 2008, Graynor appeared in the film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and in October 2009, she also was in Whip It, a comedy film directed by Drew Barrymore and written by Shauna Cross, based on Cross' young adult novel Derby Girl. In 2010 she appeared in the play Trust at the off-Broadway Second Stage theatre company with Sutton Foster, Zach Braff and Bobby Cannavale. In the fall of 2011, she appeared on Broadway in the Woody Allen-written segment of three one-act comedies collectively called Relatively Speaking.[6][7] She played Nina Roth in Allen’s “Honeymoon Motel” segment.

In 2012, Graynor starred in the comedy For a Good Time, Call..., and is also credited as the film's executive producer.[8] Graynor starred on Broadway opposite Cheyenne Jackson, Henry Winkler, and Alicia Silverstone in David West Read's play The Performers, which opened November 2012 at the Longacre Theatre.


2001Sopranos, TheThe SopranosCaitlin Rucker4 episodes
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMissy KurtzEpisode: "Damaged"
2003Mystic RiverEve Pigeon
2004Book of LoveNaomi
2004Imaginary HeroesJenny
2004BereftLouiseTV movie
2005Game 6Laurel Rogan
2005Veronica MarsJessie DoyleEpisode: "Driver Ed"
2006For Your ConsiderationYoung PA
2007An American CrimePaula Baniszewski
2007CSI: MiamiElvinaEpisode: "Rush"
2007Turn the RiverCharlotte
2007Numb3rsElla PierceEpisode: "Tabu"
2008Nick and Norah's Infinite PlaylistCaroline
2008–2009American Dad!(voice)Episode: "Spring Breakup"
Episode: "Chimdale"
Episode: "G-String Circus"
2009Youth in RevoltLacey
2009Whip ItEva Destruction
2009–2010FringeRachel Dunham10 episodes
2010No DealCassieVideo short
2010Holy RollersRachel Apfel
2010Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowBigSkeez (voice)Episode: "Our Gang"
2010Date NightYoung Woman
2010ConvictionMandy Marsh
2011What's Your Number?Daisy Anne Darling
2011Sitter, TheThe SitterMarisa Lewis
201210 YearsSam
2012For a Good Time, Call...Katie SteelExecutive producer
2012Celeste and Jesse ForeverBeth
2012The Guilt TripJoyce Margolis
2014Bad TeacherMeredith Davis


  1. ^ "Ari Graynor Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  2. ^ Blank, Matthew (20 September 2011). ""Relatively Speaking" star Ari Graynor". Playbill. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ari Graynor talks about 'Holy Rollers' and 'What's Your Number' – PopWrap". May 12, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ari Graynor on Jewish Mothers and Phone Sex – The Arty Semite –". 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Ari Graynor — EthniCelebs - Celebrity Ethnicity |What Nationality Background Ancestry Race". 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Ari Graynor: Anatomy of a Sundance 'it' girl". Los Angeles Times. January 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Yuan, Jada. "Ari Graynor on Moving Beyond Best-Friend Roles". Vulture. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  8. ^ Lawrence, Vanessa (August 2012). "On the Verge: Ari Graynor". W (Condé Nast): 43. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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