An American performer who has notched up countless small roles on film and
television, Greg Grunberg became famous to television viewers through his
recurring-turned-regular role, Sean Blumberg, in The WB’s “Felicity”
(1998-2002). He boosted up his new-found popularity with the recurring role of
CIA agent Eric Weiss in “Alias (2001-2006). Currently, he co-stars with Jason
Bateman and Leslie Grossman in the comedy serial “The Jake Effect” (2006-?).
On the silver screen, 6’ 2” tall, dark-haired Grunberg is probably best known
for his work in Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man (2000). He has played supporting
parts in many features, including The Trigger Effect (1996), BASEketball (1998),
Albert Brooks’ comedy The Muse (1999), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), the
Coen brother’s The Ladykillers (2004) and the J.J Abrams-helmed Mission:
Impossible III (2006). His admirers should not miss his imposing performance in
the upcoming family film Magic (2006), opposite Tanya Allen, Bob Bancroft and
Off camera, Grunberg formed and managed a successful frozen yogurt delivery
service, and served as a co-writer for a computer animated pilot where he also
provided the voice of the lead character. He has been married to Elizabeth
Wershow since 1992. He becomes the father of three children.
Childhood and Family:
Greg Grunberg was born on July 11, 1966, in Los Angeles, California. He
graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles, and studied business
at San Diego State University and UCLA. He is the younger brother of actor
Bradley Grunberg (born on November 6, 1964).
On December 19, 1992, Greg was married to Elizabeth Wershow. The two have three
children. Greg and his family currently reside outside Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Southern California, Greg Grunberg performed in many plays
throughout elementary and junior high school. With a business degree under his
belt, he started working as an assistant to flourishing Hollywood
director-producer Joel Silver and quickly made the leap into acting. His first
professional gig is portraying the best man in the CBS TV film Stolen: One
Husband (1990). After another small part in the Fox TV movie comedy
Frankenstein: The College Years, the next year, Grunberg debuted on series TV as
a guest star in the network’s drama “Melrose Place” (1992) , in an early episode
that featured many “Beverly Hills, 90210” crossover characters. A guest spot in
Fox’s Flying Blind followed that same year. By 1993, Grunberg had added film
acting to his endeavors by making his debut in the horror installment Witchcraft
V: Dance with the Devil, appearing as a manager.
The following years, Grunberg continued to transport his often stylish aleck
typical guy characterizations to guest shots in episodes of such series as
“Baywatch” (1994), “Murphy Brown” (1996) and “Relativity” (1996). He also had
small roles in movies like the comedy The Pallbearer (1996), The Trigger Effect
(1996), the independent comedy Dinner and Driving (1997), Picture Perfect
(1997), Senseless (1998, starred Marlon Wayans, Davis Spade and Matthew Lilard),
BASEketball (1998), With Friends Like These... (1998) and At Sachem Farm (1998).
In the meantime, the actor cemented his “Hey, it’s that guy!” identification on
the small screen with more TV guest stints, including on The WB’s “Alright
Already,” “Mike Hammer, Private Eye,”the ABC “Vengeance Unlimited” and CBS’s
“Diagnosis Murder.” However, Grunberg did not receive a big breakthrough until
he landed the recurring role of Sean Blumberg, the older, creator roommate of
Ben (Scott Speedman) on “Felicity” in 1998. Delivering an impressive
performance, Grunberg’s part was upgraded to a regular in the next year, and he
stayed with the drama until it came to an end in 2002.
While co-starring on “Felicity,” Grunberg went on to pursue other projects. In
addition to making guest appearance in such shows as “Pacific Blue,” “Profiler,”
“V.I.P,” “Silk Stalkings,” he also took on recurring roles on “NYPD Blue” (2001,
as Joey Schulman) and the ABC “Alias” (2001-2006, as CIA agent Eric Weiss).
Moreover, he landed a cameo role as Four Seasons Hotel Security in the Albert
Brooks-directed comedy The Muse (1999), starring Albert Brooks and Sharon Stone,
and had his most famous film role to date playing Carter Abbey, one of the staff
of a government-sanctioned research to turn mammals invisible in the horror/
sci-fi Hollow Man (2000), directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Kevin Bacon.
He continued with appearance in the comedies The Medicine Show (2001) and Austin
Powers in Goldmember (2002).
After “Felicity,” Grunberg could be seen in the Jamie Kennedy and Taye Diggs
starring vehicle Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003), the Coen brother’s film The
Ladykillers (2004, as a TV Commercial Director) and the comedy Connie and Carla
(2004, starred David Duchovny). On the small screen, Grunberg rejoined the
“Felicity and “Alias” producer J.J Abrams to make a cameo in the pilot episode
of Abram’s 2004 series “Lost.”
Grunberg has recently starred on the NBC sit-com “Grand Union” (2006), playing a
Long Island grocer with an eccentric family, appeared on the horror film The
Darkroom (2006) as well as reunited with J.J Abrams in Mission: Impossible III
(2006, starred Tom Cruise). He now stars as Nick Case in the comedy series “The
Jake Effect” (2006-?), opposite Jason Bateman and Leslie Grossman.
The 40-year-old actor is scheduled to play Detective Davis in writer/director
John Penney’s Magic (2006). The forthcoming family film will star Tanya Allen,
Bob Bancroft and Robert Davi.