Todd Graff

Todd Graff (born October 22, 1959) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his 2003 independent film Camp and his role as Alan "Hippy" Carnes in the 1989 science fiction film The Abyss.

Todd Graff
Keke Palmer and Todd Graff
Born (1959-10-22) October 22, 1959 (age 61)
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Jhon Lafaurie (2014–present)

Early lifeEdit

Graff was born in New York City, the son of Judith Clarice (née Oxhorn), a piano teacher and choirmaster, and Jerome Lawrence Graff, a musician.[1] His sister is actress Ilene Graff. [2]


Graff is an alumnus both as a camper and counselor of the Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp in upstate New York. He sang on the original-cast albums of Sesame Street (1970) and the follow-up Sesame Street 2 (1971). He garnered fame in 1975 when he joined the cast of the PBS children's television series The Electric Company. Playing the role of Jesse, a member of the Short Circus, he remained with the show to the end of its production in 1977 (replacing Stephen Gustafson).[3]

Graff's writing credits include Camp, Used People, The Vanishing, and The Beautician and the Beast. Graff acted in several films including Death to Smoochy, Dominick and Eugene, Strange Days, Not Quite Paradise, and The Abyss.[3]

He was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Danny in Broadway's Baby in 1984. He starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise as Homer. In 2006, Graff directed the stage musical 13 by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish at the Mark Taper Forum.[4] In 2009, he co-wrote and directed the film Bandslam. In 2012 he wrote and directed the film Joyful Noise.



Movie Character Year
It's No Crush, I'm in Love Robby Pols 1982 and 1983
P.O.P. Johnny Gordon 1984
Not Quite Jerusalem Rothwell T Schwartz 1985
Sweet Lorraine Leonard 1987
Five Corners James 1987
Dominick and Eugene Larry Higgins 1988
An Innocent Man Robby 1989
The Abyss Alan 'Hippy' Carnes 1989
After Midnight Tough Kid 1989
Opportunity Knocks Lou Pesquino 1990
Framed Pete 1990
City of Hope Zip 1991
Fly By Night Naji 1993
Strange Days Tex Arcana 1995

TV seriesEdit

Series Character Year
The Electric Company Jesse (seasons 5-6) 1975–1977
ABC Afterschool Specials Trent and Robby Pols 1983 and 1992
Vietnam War Story Richard Muldoon 1987
The Marshall Chronicles Vincent 1990
Chicago Hope Louis Bagley 1995
The Nanny Harvey 1997

Award nominationsEdit


  • Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (2012)
  • Made in Hollywood (2011)
  • Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History – 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (2009)
  • Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History – 1970's (2009)
  • Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss (1993)



  1. ^ Profile,; accessed August 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Counts, Kyle (August 7, 2003). "Writer-director Todd Graff talks about his campy new film, 'Camp'". Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2014.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b Todd Graff at IMDb
  4. ^ Mark Taper Forum website; accessed August 2014.

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