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.
Graynor at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
Ariel Geltman Graynor
April 27, 1983
|Education||Buckingham Browne & Nichols|
|Alma mater||Trinity College|
Her mother is from a Jewish family; her father is from a Polish and Roman Catholic background, and converted to Judaism. Graynor was raised Jewish. Her paternal grandfather's surname was changed from "Gryzna".
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. She played Nina Roth in Allen’s “Honeymoon Motel” segment.
In 2012, Graynor starred in the comedy For a Good Time, Call..., and is also credited as the film's executive producer. 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.
|2003||Mystic River||Eve Pigeon||film debut|
|2004||Book of Love||Naomi|
|2005||Game 6||Laurel Rogan|
|2005||The Great New Wonderful||Lisa Krindel||segment "Emme's Story"|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Young PA|
|2007||An American Crime||Paula Baniszewski|
|2007||Turn the River||Charlotte|
|2008||Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist||Caroline|
|2009||Youth in Revolt||Lacey|
|2009||Whip It||Eva Destruction|
|2010||Holy Rollers||Rachel Apfel|
|2010||Date Night||Young Woman|
|2010||No Deal||Cassie||Short film|
|2011||Lucky||Lucy St. Martin|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Daisy Darling|
|2011||The Sitter||Marisa Lewis|
|2012||Celeste & Jesse Forever||Beth|
|2012||For a Good Time, Call...||Katie Steele||also Executive Producer|
|2012||The Guilt Trip||Joyce Margolis|
|2016||Join the Club||Nina||Short film|
|2017||The Disaster Artist||Juliette/"Lisa"|
|2018||The Front Runner||Ann Devroy|
|2020||Like a Boss||Post-production|
|2001||The Sopranos||Caitlin Rucker||HBO||television debut
recurring role; 4 episodes
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Missy Kurtz||NBC||Episode: "Damaged"|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Jessie Doyle||UPN||Episode: "Diver Ed"|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Elvina||CBS||Episode: "Rush"|
|2007||Numb3rs||Ella Pierce||Episode: "Tabu"|
|2008-2012||American Dad!||Additional voices||FOX||voice role; 5 episodes|
|2009-2010||Fringe||Rachel/Kelsie||recurring role; 10 episodes|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||BigSkeez||Episode: "Our Gang"; voice role|
|2011||Family Guy||Kitty Hawk Woman||Episode: "Amish Guy"; voice role|
|2014||Bad Teacher||Meredith Davis||CBS||series regular; 13 episodes
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Cornish||IFC||Episode: "Third Member"|
|2015||Kroll Show||Proctor||Comedy Central||Episode: "Karaoke Bullies"|
|2017-2018||I'm Dying Up Here||Cassie Feder||Showtime||series regular; 10 episodes|
|TBA||Mrs. America||Brenda Feigen-Fasteau||FX||miniseries, filming|
- "Ari Graynor Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- Blank, Matthew (September 20, 2011). ""Relatively Speaking" star Ari Graynor". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- "Ari Graynor talks about 'Holy Rollers' and 'What's Your Number'". Nypost.com. May 12, 2010. Archived from the original on November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
- "Ari Graynor on Jewish Mothers and Phone Sex – The Arty Semite". Blogs.forward.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- "Ari Graynor: Anatomy of a Sundance 'it' girl". Los Angeles Times. January 25, 2012.
- Yuan, Jada. "Ari Graynor on Moving Beyond Best-Friend Roles". Vulture. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- Lawrence, Vanessa (August 2012). "On the Verge: Ari Graynor". W. Condé Nast: 43. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- Clement, Olivia. " 'Yen', with Oscar Nominee Lucas Hedges, Opens Jan. 31" Playbill, 31 January 2017