Topher Grace is a successful American actor, best known for starring as Eric Forman in the sitcom That ‘70s Show. Born on July 12, 1978 in New York City, he knew actress Kate Bosworth when they were young and was babysat by future Academy Award-winning actress Chloe Sevigny. He was educated at the Fay School in Massachusetts and the Neighborhood Playhouse actor training school in New York. While acting in a play, he got the attention of a producer when he was at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, and was subsequently cast in That ‘70s Show. He chose the nickname Topher for himself as he didn’t want his full name being abbreviated as Chris.
The successful sitcom debuted in 1998 on Fox, and Topher Grace became well-known among television audiences. He portrayed the nice but cowardly Eric on That ‘70s Show, who is plagued by zits, klutziness and taunts about acting like a girl. Since that big breakthrough, Topher Grace was chosen to act on several films. In 2000, he landed the role of Seth Abrahms in the Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller Traffic. He followed this up by lending his voice to 2002’s English version of Pinocchio, and to an episode of the animated series King of the Hill.
Grace had a role in the drama Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kirsten Dunst. In 2004, he was cast in the romantic comedy Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! , co-starring his friend Kate Bosworth. That year, he was also in P.S. and in the dramedy In Good Company with Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson. He soon hosted Saturday Night Live in 2005, and continued to play Eric in That ‘70s Show until 2006. The next year, he gained more fame playing the villain, Venom/Eddie Brock, in the Sam Raimi-directed film, Spider-Man 3. Grace admitted to being a fan of the comics himself, and immediately agreed to be cast opposite Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco in the film. His next project became voicework for an episode of The Simpsons, as well as a 2008 retro comedy he co-wrote, Kids in America.