February 22. 2013 9:13PM
Topher Grace's connection to the Granite State is the acclaimed Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, where the young actor was discovered by the producers of "That 70's Show." The producers, Bonnie and Terry Turner, whose daughter attended the school, were drawn to Topher by his performance of Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
Topher (short for Christopher), went on to play the part of Eric Forman on That 70's Show for seven years. Grace was born on July 19, 1978 in New York City. He grew up in Darien, Connecticut and attended the Fay School in Massachusetts where his interest in acting developed.
Grace attended the University of Southern California, but he left during his freshman year to further pursue his acting career.
Topher began to appear in films after the second season of That 70's Show. His first Silver Screen role was that of Seth Abrahams, a prep-school kid who turns his girlfriend on to drugs, in the movie Traffic, which also starred Michael Douglas. His work on the film received critical acclaim and Topher's legitimacy as a true actor was cemented. He had a cameo in Ocean's Eleven in 2001 and played a supporting role as Tommy Donegal in Mona Lisa Smile in 2002.
Grace's first leading role was that of Pete Monash in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, a romantic comedy starring Kate Bosworth. He also appeared in Ocean's Twelve, P.S., and In Good Company in 2004 while continuing to play Eric on television.
After leaving That 70's Show, Grace took a break and moved to New York. He hosted Saturday Night Live in 2005.
Topher was back to work in 2006, taking on several roles including that of the villain "Venom" in the feature film Spiderman 3. The film became one of the best box-office sellers of all-time. In 2010, Topher graced the big screen in several films, including Young Americans, which he also co-wrote and helped to produce, and Valentine's Day. He also appeared in Predators and has two other films, Take Me Home Tonight and The Double, both slated for release in 2011.