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Tracy Lee Griffith[1] (born October 19, 1965)[2][3] is an American actress and professional sushi chef.

Tracy Griffith
Born Tracy Lee Griffith
(1965-10-19) October 19, 1965 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, chef
Years active 1984–present
Mark Daley
(m. 2011)
Parent(s) Peter Griffith
Nanita Greene
Relatives Melanie Griffith (half-sister)
Dakota Johnson (half-niece)


Early lifeEdit

Griffith was raised in Bedford, New York,[3] the daughter of actor/producer Peter Griffith[3][1] and model/actress Nanita Greene.[3] Her younger brother is Clay Griffith,[3] who became a production designer[4] and set decorator.[3] She is the half-sister of actress Melanie Griffith, daughter of their father's first wife.[1] In the early 1970s, she moved with her family to Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Her parents separated in 1976. Griffith attended a boarding school in Maryland, graduating in 1979, and went on to spend two years at the University of Tennessee where she became interested in acting and dropped out in 1987.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Griffith married Mark Daley on September 17, 2011. He is the president of Ralph Lauren's Asia Division.[5]

Acting careerEdit

Tracy Griffith played supporting roles in some films in which her half-sister Melanie starred, such as Fear City (1985) and Crazy in Alabama (1999).

After college, Griffith worked in Hollywood and New York for the next 12 years. Her acting credits include The Guiding Light, The Good Mother (1988); Fast Food (1989); The First Power (1990); The Finest Hour (1991); All Tied Up (1993); 21 Jump Street; Lifetime's Their Second Chance, and the miniseries Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy. She was also a regular on the ABC drama series The Monroes (1995).

Sushi chefEdit

Griffith was the first female graduate of the California Sushi Academy and one of the world’s first certified female sushi chefs.[6] She worked as the featured sushi chef at Tsunami’s in Beverly Hills. She also was a partner and chef at Rika’s on Sunset, a sushi restaurant on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.[7] Griffith developed a style of sushi without raw fish. This led to a publishing deal for her cookbook Sushi American Style, which was published by Clarkson Potter in August 2004.[citation needed]

Griffith starred as the chef/host on the recurring Cooking with D.I.Y. series and Celebrity Hobbies on the D.I.Y. Network.[8]


In 2006, Griffith released a CD titled Red, on the Miura label,[6][9] that features Western dance tunes.[citation needed] The title Red is her nickname, in honor of her maternal grandfather, James "Red" Greene.[citation needed]

A landscape painter of the Napa Valley area, she had her first gallery show in San Francisco in 2011.[1][8]


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Fear City Sandra Cook
1988 The Good Mother Babe
1989 Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland Marcia Holland
1989 Fast Food Samantha Brooks
1990 The First Power Tess Seaton aka Possessed
1991 The Finest Hour Barbara
1993 All Tied Up Sharon Stevens
1993 Skeeter Sarah Crosby
1996 Joe & Joe
1998 Brina's Problem
1999 Crazy in Alabama Samantha's Stand-in
Year Film Role Notes
1989 Family Ties Holly Parker Episode: "The Freshman and the Senior"
1989 21 Jump Street Linda McHugh Episode: "Eternal Flame"
1993 Message from Nam Gabrielle 'Gabby' Wilson
1993 For Love and Glory Rebecca Morgan
1994 Hoggs' Heaven Hogg Sister #1
1995 The Marshal Natural Law
1995 The Monroes Ruby Monroe
1996 The Siege at Ruby Ridge Gwen Coulter
1998 Their Second Chance Laurie
1998 Circle of Deceit Donna Avedon
2000 Murder in the Mirror Dona
2003 The Division Ruth Episode: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"


  1. ^ a b c d Zinko, Carolyn (April 16, 2011). "The Buzz: The Week That Was". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Tracy Griffith". Fandango. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Gliatto, Tom (January 26, 1998). "Working Girl: After Years in Limbo, Tracy Griffith, Melanie's Flame-Haired Half Sister, Sees Her Career Heat Up". People. 49 (3). Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015. Tracy Griffith, 32...
  4. ^ Sciretta, Peter (14 May 2010). "Cameron Crowe Will Direct We Bought A Zoo Next". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
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  6. ^ a b "Tracy Griffith | Red | CD Baby Music Store". Archived from the original on 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  7. ^ "Sushi". Tracy Griffith official site. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Actress". Tracy Griffith official site. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Tracy Griffith". CMT. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2015. Click on album title for label and date information.

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