The smiling American actress Ariel Geltman Graynor (popularly known as Ari Graynor), is one personality anyone would be glad to meet. The aura she exudes is that of confidence, joy, mirth and effulgence. As one might expect, Ari’s great attitude has also made ways for her especially in her career as an actress.
Often featuring in comedy TV series and films, Ari Graynor has one of the most audacious profiles you will find in the industry. Since 2001 when her screen career debuted, Ari has been part of no less than 13 TV projects across 9 networks. She has also been on the set of at least 28 feature films.
If you’ve been needing info on her life, read on as we unearth all the details you need, with a particular emphasis on her many movies and TV shows.
When Was Ari Graynor Born?
Her birth took place on April 27, 1983, in the bustling city of Boston Massachusetts. Her mother Joani Geltman is Jewish while her father, although he was a Polish Catholic, converted to Judaism by the influence of Ari’s Jewish mother. So, ultimately, Ari Graynor received a strong Jewish upbringing.
For her early formal education, she was at the high-brow Buckingham Brown & Nichol School in Massachusetts from kindergarten through twelfth grade. After that, she proceeded to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, graduating in 2001
Ari Graynor’s first documented screen appearance was in 2001. She started with a recurring role as Caitlin Rucker in HBO’s crime-drama TV series, The Sopranos. She was at the debut of the series and eventually appeared in four of its episodes.
In spite of the above-mentioned feat, Ari experienced a two-year break in her career. But, from 2003, she began to appear more frequently on both feature films and TV. For TV, her next appearance was on another crime-drama series Law And Order: Special Victims Unit which aired on the NBC Network in 2003. There, she filled a minor role as Missy Kurtz, appearing only in one episode. In 2005, she appeared in one episode of UPN’s teen mystery drama TV series, Veronica Mars. Again, it was as a minor character named Jessie Doyle who appeared only in one episode. In 2007, Ari was on the set of two CBS TV projects CSI: Miami and Numb3rs. It was a minor role in each case. In CSI: Miami, as Ella Pierce. Both roles featured in only one episode in each case.
The dawn of Ari Graynor’s breakthrough in the industry happened between 2008 and 2012 when she featured in five episodes of Fox Broadcasting Network’s animated sitcom, American Dad in a voice role only. Ari’s performance in American Dad, however, encouraged Fox to sign a deal with her for a recurring role in their proposed science fiction TV series, Fringe. Thus, between 2009 and 2010, Ari Graynor’s double roles Rachel and Kelsie featured in ten episodes of Fringe airing on FOX TV.
Another important TV role filled by Ari Graynor is as Meredith Davis in CBS single-camera sitcom Bad Teacher. There, she featured as a series regular, appearing in 13 episodes. It is also widely reported that Ari doubled as the executive producer of that sitcom. She then went ahead to fill a minor role as Cornish in the IFC comedy series, Garfunkel And Oates (2014). In 2015, Ari was Proctor, a minor role in Comedy Central’s sketch comedy TV series, Kroll Show. Finally, between 2017 and 2018, she was cast as a series regular in Showtime’s comedy-drama, I’m Dying Up Here. She acted as Cassie Feder, appearing in ten episodes.
Besides TV projects, Ari Graynor has acted in no less than 28 feature films since her first appearance in the 2003 film Mystic River where she acted as Eve Pigeon. In 2004, she was Naomi in Book Of Love. Other roles are as Jenny in Imaginary Heroes (2004), Louise in Bereft (2004), Laurel Rogan in Game 6 (2005) and Young PA in For Your Consideration (2006).
Still more, Ari was Paula Baniszewski in An American Crime (2007), Tara in Blues (2008), Caroline in Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008), Lacey in Youth In Revolt (2009) and Eva Destruction in Whip It (2009).
At the turn of the decade, Ari Graynor’s regularity on the movie screens skyrocketed. In 2010 alone, she was on the set of four movies, Holy Rollers, Date Night, Conviction and No Deal. She repeated the streak in 2011, appearing on four films again; Lucky, Ten Years, What’s Your Number? and The Sitter.
In 2012, Ari was on the set of Celeste And Jesse Forever, For A Good Time, Call…, and The Guilt Trip. She was the executive producer of For A Good Time, Call…. Her next appearance on a feature film was in 2016 when she featured on Wiener Dog and Join The Club. In 2017, Ari played the double roles of Juliette and Lisa in The Disaster Artist and most recently in 2018, she was Ann Devroy in The Front Runner.