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.

Ari Graynor
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Graynor at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
Ariel Geltman Graynor

(1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 36)
EducationBuckingham Browne & Nichols
Alma materTrinity College
Years active2001–present

Early lifeEdit

Graynor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joani Geltman, a parenting expert, and Greg Graynor, a contractor.[1][2]

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.[3][4] Her paternal grandfather's surname was changed from "Gryzna".[5]

She attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.[citation needed]


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.[6][7] She played Nina Roth in Allen’s “Honeymoon Motel” segment.

Graynor in January 2012

In 2012, Graynor starred in the comedy For a Good Time, Call..., and is also credited as the film's executive producer.[8] 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.

She appears in Yen, a play by Anna Jordan. Yen opened off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on January 31, 2017, directed by Trip Cullman.[9]

During a June 29, 2017, CBS late-night interview with Stephen Colbert, promoting I'm Dying Up Here, she mentioned she went to a prom with future congressman Joseph Kennedy III.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mystic River Eve Pigeon film debut
2004 Book of Love Naomi
2004 Imaginary Heroes Jenny
2004 Bereft Louise
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 Blues Tara
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 Conviction Mandy Marsh
2010 No Deal Cassie Short film
2011 Lucky Lucy St. Martin
2011 10 Years Sam
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 Wiener-Dog Carol Steinhart
2016 Join the Club Nina Short film
2017 The Disaster Artist Juliette/"Lisa"
2018 The Front Runner Ann Devroy
2020 Like a Boss Angela


Year Title Role Network Notes
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

also Producer

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


  1. ^ "Ari Graynor Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  2. ^ Blank, Matthew (September 20, 2011). ""Relatively Speaking" star Ari Graynor". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Hollywood Now: Chris Pine, Rachel Weisz & Ari Graynor, Plus So Many Babies!". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved Sep 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Ari Graynor talks about 'Holy Rollers' and 'What's Your Number'". May 12, 2010. Archived from the original on November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Ari Graynor on Jewish Mothers and Phone Sex – The Arty Semite". 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  6. ^ "Ari Graynor: Anatomy of a Sundance 'it' girl". Los Angeles Times. January 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Yuan, Jada. "Ari Graynor on Moving Beyond Best-Friend Roles". Vulture. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Clement, Olivia. " 'Yen', with Oscar Nominee Lucas Hedges, Opens Jan. 31" Playbill, 31 January 2017

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