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Ari Graynor

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Ari Graynor
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Graynor at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
Born Ariel Geltman Graynor
(1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 34)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–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; her father is of Polish Catholic background, and converted to Judaism. Graynor was raised Jewish.[3][4] Her paternal grandfather’s surname was changed from “Gryzna”.[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.

Graynor in January 2012

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.

She appears in Yen, a play by Anna Jordan. Yen opened Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on January 31, 2017, directed by Trip Cullman.[9]

During a June 29, 2017, CBS late night interview with Stephen Colbert, promoting I’m Dying Up Here, she mentioned she went to a prom with future congressman Joseph Kennedy III.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Caitlin Rucker 4 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Missy Kurtz Episode: “Damaged
2003 Mystic River Eve Pigeon
2004 Book of Love Naomi
2004 Imaginary Heroes Jenny
2004 Bereft Louise TV movie
2005 Game 6 Laurel Rogan
2005 Veronica Mars Jessie Doyle Episode: “Driver Ed
2006 For Your Consideration Young PA
2007 An American Crime Paula Baniszewski
2007 CSI: Miami Elvina Episode: “Rush
2007 Turn the River Charlotte
2007 Numb3rs Ella Pierce Episode: “Tabu
2008 Blues Tara
2008 Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Caroline
2008–09 American Dad! (voice) Episode: “Spring Breakup
Episode: “Chimdale
Episode: “G-String Circus
2009 Youth in Revolt Lacey
2009 Whip It Eva Destruction
2009–10 Fringe Rachel Dunham 10 episodes
2010 No Deal Cassie Video short
2010 Holy Rollers Rachel Apfel
2010 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show BigSkeez (voice) Episode: “Our Gang
2010 Date Night Young Woman
2010 Conviction Mandy Marsh
2011 Lucky Lucy
2011 What’s Your Number? Daisy Anne Darling
2011 Sitter, TheThe Sitter Marisa Lewis
2011 10 Years Sam
2012 For a Good Time, Call… Katie Steel Executive producer
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Beth
2012 The Guilt Trip Joyce Margolis
2014 Bad Teacher Meredith Davis Lead role
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Cornish Episode: “Third Member”
2015 Kroll Show Bartender Examiner Episode: “Karaoke Bullies”
2017 The Disaster Artist Juliette Danielle
2017–present I’m Dying Up Here Cassie Main role
2018 The Front Runner Ann Devroy Post-production

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