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Thomas Ian Griffith (born March 18, 1962)[1][2] is an American actor, producer, writer and martial artist who has starred in films and on television.

Thomas Ian Griffith
Born (1962-03-18) March 18, 1962 (age 57)
OccupationActor, writer, martial artist
Years active1984–present
Mary Page Keller (m. 1991)

Early lifeEdit

Griffith was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Mary Ann (née O'Neil), who worked at a dance studio, and Thomas Joseph Griffith.[1]


Griffith's first feature film was 1989's The Karate Kid Part III, in which he played Terry Silver, a rival martial arts expert who influences Daniel LaRusso against his friend and mentor, Mr. Miyagi.

In 1996, Griffith starred in the film Hollow Point alongside Tia Carrere, as DEA agent Max Parish and FBI agent Diane Norwood respectively. In the film, they try to find a money launderer who hired a hitman (Donald Sutherland) to kill Diane's FBI partner in revenge for a wedding gone wrong, which resulted in the death of a Russian mobster's son. He also appeared in the 1998 John Carpenter film Vampires as head vampire Jan Valek, and in the 2002 film XXX, in which he portrayed Agent Jim McGrath.

His first TV role was on the soap opera Another World, as Catlin Ewing, whom he played from 1984 to 1987. In 1999, he starred in the TV movie Secret of Giving with Reba McEntire; earlier in 1999, he had appeared in Reba's video for the song "What Do You Say". He also starred as Rock Hudson in a 1990 TV movie Rock Hudson about Hudson's life for which he received critical acclaim. He has made guest appearances on a number of television shows, including In the Heat of the Night, Wiseguy, and One Tree Hill.

Since 2013, Griffith periodically wrote and worked as a story editor for the NBC television series Grimm and became a co-producer in 2015.

Personal lifeEdit

Griffith is married to his former Another World costar Mary Page Keller since 1991, and has two sons.[1] He holds black belts in kenpo karate and tae kwon do.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1989 The Karate Kid Part III Terry Silver
1990 Rock Hudson Rock Hudson TV Movie
1992 Ulterior Motives Jack Blaylock
1993 Excessive Force Terry McCain
1994 Crackerjack Jack Wild
1994 Blood of the Innocent Frank Wusharsky
1996 Hollow Point Max Parrish
1997 Behind Enemy Lines Mike Weston
1997 Kull the Conqueror General Taligaro
1997 The Guardian
1998 John Carpenter's Vampires Jan Valek
1999 The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax Jack Farrell TV Movie
1999 Avalanche Neal Meekin
1999 The Secret of Giving Harry Withers TV Movie
2000 A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle Doug Brister TV Movie
2000 For the Cause Evans
2001 High Adventure Chris Quatermain
2001 Black Point Gus Travis
2002 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Cornelius Loudermilk TV Movie
2002 XXX Jim McGrath
2003 Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision Brandon Miller
2005 The Pirate's Curse Jeffrey Thorpe
2007 The Kidnapping Cash



  1. ^ a b c "Thomas Ian Griffith Biography (1962?-)". Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2017. some sources cite 1962...
  2. ^ a b Clary, David W. (March 1993). "Meet the Karate Kid's Worst Enemy". Black Belt. p. 18. Griffith, 32... [interview necessarily conducted prior to March 1993 publication date]

External linksEdit

Year Show Character Notes
1984 Another World Catlin Ewing 1984–1987
1985 Miami Vice (Phil The Shill) Extra (guy in pool, next to guy on raft in clothes)
1988 In the Heat of the Night Luke Potter 2 episodes
1989 Wiseguy Roger Tot
2004 One Tree Hill Larry Sawyer 5 episodes
2005 The Closer Thomas Yates 1 episode
2006 Cold Case Mitch 1 episode
2013–2017 Grimm writer (8 episodes), story editor, co-producer