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Date Of BirthApril 27, 1983
MarkBlonde hair
FactCurrently a freshman at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. [September 2001]

Ari Graynor is an American actress, best known for her work in television and film. She has appeared in such films as Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, For a Good Time, Call…, and The Front Runner. She also starred in the CBS sitcom Bad Teacher, and has had recurring roles on the Showtime series Masters of Sex and I’m Dying Up Here.

Graynor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jeanne (née Salo), a community health worker, and Greg Graynor, a TV and film lighting technician. She has two older sisters, Lauren and Meredith. Graynor was raised in a Jewish household. She attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She later studied acting at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Graynor’s first film role was in the 2004 independent film Mystic River. She went on to appear in such films as The Great New Wonderful (2005), For Your Consideration (2006), Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008), and Whip It (2009). In 2012, she starred in the film For a Good Time, Call…, which she also produced. The following year, she starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom Bad Teacher.

Graynor has had recurring roles on the Showtime series Masters of Sex and I’m Dying Up Here. She also starred in the 2018 film The Front Runner, opposite Hugh Jackman.

Graynor is married to actor Griffin Dunne. They have one child together, a daughter named Lily Dunne, born in 2016.

General Info

Full NameAri Graynor
Date Of BirthApril 27, 1983
Height1.65 m
ProfessionPhotographer, Film producer, Voice Actor
EducationBuckingham Browne & Nichols, Trinity College


ParentsJoani Geltman, Greg Graynor


AwardsYoung Hollywood Award for Comedy
MoviesFor a Good Time, Call . . ., Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Sitter, What's Your Number?, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Whip It, An American Crime, Holy Rollers, Mystic River, Conviction, The Guilt Trip, For Your Consideration, Book of Love, Turn the River, Game 6, Lucky, Bereft, 10 Years, Audrey...
TV ShowsBad Teacher, Fringe

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#Marks / Signs
1Blonde hair


1Twitter's a lot of work! That's the first thing I would say. There's so much pressure to be funny.
2I did babysit a little bit when I was young. I prefer babysitting for babies. I always loved babies. I was not as great with kids that wanted to be entertained and that wanted to talk.
3Regardless of what kind of film, the number one rule of comedy is to never take yourself too seriously and then the next rule is you can't have any self-consciousness, otherwise it kills the laugh, and that will never change.
4There's pressure to come up with something genius every time. I feel like I keep letting myself down with my Twitter posts. I have to start keeping a journal of rough drafts of prophetic ideas about the world.
5Working with David Gordon Green, and Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera, and Drew Barrymore, and all of those people - those are the best people in comedy to work with. Anna Faris. You know, that's my goal, to keep learning and to just keep working with the best people I can. And yeah, we do all hang out, and we all kind of know each other.
6I was more of the kind of babysitter that liked holding the baby, sort of playing Mom, and then putting the baby to bed and watching TV while eating everything in their kitchen.
7I was a precocious only child, and then I went through a fat, awkward stage for several years, so I learned to fall back on my humor and personality when I was growing up. It's how you survive, so I think it was more of a natural progression for me, developing into comedy.
8I would love to be in 'Downton Abbey.' That's the thing I thing many people would have a good laugh with me saying anything like that. I feel like that's the next phase of my career. To reprove to everyone that I can do things besides the crazy characters.
9The only thing that I'm not willing to do is really stupid, horribly written sitcoms. It can be tempting during pilot season time, but I realized this a while ago when I almost signed my life away to a stupid pilot.
10I think the world of comedy is a relatively small community, and especially for women in comedy, there just aren't that many people involved.


1Playing "Marcy" in the Off-Broadway play, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead", at the Century Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY). [December 2005]
2Currently a freshman at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. [September 2001]
3Ari's mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while Ari's father is of Polish descent. Ari's paternal grandfather, born Andrew Gryzna, changed his name to Andrew Graynor.
4Attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.
5Talented photographer.




I'm Dying Up Here2017TV Series filmingCassie Feder
The Masterpiece2017/IIpost-productionJuliette Danielle
Join the Club2016Short completedNina
Wiener-Dog2016Carol Steinhart
Kroll Show2015TV SeriesProctor
Garfunkel and Oates2014TV SeriesCornish
Bad Teacher2014TV SeriesMeredith Davis
The Guilt Trip2012Joyce Margolis
American Dad!2008-2012TV SeriesStripper / Girl / Drunk Girl / ...
For a Good Time, Call...2012Katie Steele
Celeste & Jesse Forever2012Beth
The Sitter2011Marisa Lewis
Family Guy2011TV SeriesKitty Hawk Woman
What's Your Number?2011Daisy Darling
10 Years2011Sam
Lucky2011/IIILucy St. Martin
No Deal2010Video shortCassie
Conviction2010/IIMandy Marsh
Fringe2009-2010TV SeriesRachel / Kelsie
Date Night2010Young Woman
The Cleveland Show2010TV SeriesBigSkeez
Holy Rollers2010Rachel Apfel
Whip It2009Eva Destruction
Youth in Revolt2009Lacey
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist2008Caroline
Numb3rs2007TV SeriesElla Pierce
Turn the River2007Charlotte
CSI: Miami2007TV SeriesElvina
An American Crime2007Paula Baniszewski
For Your Consideration2006Young PA
Veronica Mars2005TV SeriesJessie Doyle
The Great New Wonderful2005Lisa Krindel (segment "Emme's Story")
Game 62005Laurel Rogan
Imaginary Heroes2004Jenny
Book of Love2004Naomi
Mystic River2003Eve Pigeon
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2003TV SeriesMissy Kurtz
The Sopranos2001TV SeriesCaitlin Rucker


Bad Teacher2014TV Series producer - 13 episodes
For a Good Time, Call...2012executive producer


Fringe2010TV Series 1 episode
The Sopranos2001TV Series performer - 1 episode


The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV Special special thanks
Joshua2007special thanks


The Talk2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2012-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Celeste & Jesse Forever: On the Red Carpet - Premiere and Q&A2013Video shortHerself / 'Beth'
Big Morning Buzz Live2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Reel Junkie2012TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Crashing the Fest2011TV SeriesHerself
Secret's Out2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Making 'Game 6'2006Video shortHerself


Won Awards

2009Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsComedian

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