Interesting Facts To Know About Ari Graynor, Who Is The Jewish Actress?

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Profile summary of Ari Graynor
  • Name: Ariel Geltman “Ari” Graynor
  • Date of birth: April 27, 1983
  • Age: 41 years old
  • Place of birth: Boston Massachusetts, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Trinity College
  • Parents: Greg Graynor (father), Joani Geltman (mother)
  • Ethnicity: Jewish
  • Marital status: Single
  • Weight: 54 kg (119 lbs)
  • Height: 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm or 1.63 m)
  • Body measurement in inches: 36-24-36
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 2001-present
  • Net worth: Est. $1 million
  • Instagram: @arigraynor
  • Twitter: @AGraynor

Ari Graynor (real name: Ariel Geltman “Ari” Graynor, born April 27, 1983) is a 41-year-old, Jewish-American actress. The veteran actress, who has been on the Hollywood stage for over two decades now, is well known for her appearances in movies, TV series, and stage productions such as Whip It, For a Good Time, Call…, The Sopranos, I’m Dying Up Here, Fringe, Brooklyn Boy, and The Little Dog Laughed. 

Almost every facet of this talented actress’ life has been covered by numerous media outlets but we want to share some more interesting facts about the actress with you.

Ari Graynor was born in Boston

Ari Graynor was born Ariel Geltman Graynor on April 27, 1983, in Boston Massachusetts, United States of America. Her birth sign is Taurus and she is the only child of Greg Graynor and Joani Veltman. Technically, the 41-year-old could come off as being simply Caucasian but the fact that she was raised under Judaism makes her a Jew.

Ari Graynor’s father, Greg is a Polish contractor who was a Catholic Christian but later converted to Judaism. He had Ari with his wife, Joani Geltman, who was a Jewish parenting expert. Ari Graynor spent most of her formative years in Massachusetts. She is an alumna of Buckingham Browne & Nichols High School, a private high school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The actress left her place of birth for the first time to attend college at Trinity College located in Hartford, Connecticut. There is no information on the course of study she pursued while she was a student at that college.

The actress began her career in the early 2000s

Ari Graynor has always loved acting and her love for the profession was heavily influenced and supported by parents who were also fans of the profession. Just after college, the actress ventured into the acting world and landed her first-ever role as Caitlin Rucker in the popular TV series known as The Sopranos. Her four-episode-cameo was the perfect launching pad she needed for her acting career.

A couple of years later, in 2003 to be precise, Ari Graynor appeared in a solitary episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit before landing a role as Eve Pigeon in her first feature film titled Mystic River. A role in Book of Love followed in 2004 and the actress has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Her IMDb page shows that she is credited with over 40 TV series and movie appearances. Below is a comprehensive list of her filmography.

Ari Graynor’s movies and TV shows

TV series

  • 2001 – The Sopranos as Caitlin Rucker (4 Eps)
  • 2003 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Missy Kurtz (1 Ep)
  • 2005 – Veronica Mars as Jessie Doyle (1 Ep)
  • 2007 – CSI: Miami as Elvina (1 Ep)
  • 2007 – Numb3rs as Ella Pierce (1 Ep)
  • 2010 – The Cleveland Show as BigSkeez (1 Ep)
  • 2009-2010 – Fringe as Rachel/Kelsie (10 Eps)
  • 2011 – Family Guy as Kitty Hawk Woman (1 Ep)
  • 2008-2012 – American Dad as Stripper/Girl/Drunk Girl/Sorority Girl (5 Eps)
  • 2014 – Bad Teacher as Meredith Davis (13 Eps)
  • 2014 – Garfunkel and Oates as Comish (1 Ep)
  • 2015 – Kroll Show as Proctor (1 Ep)
  • 2017-2018 – I’m Dying Up Here as Casie Feder (20 Eps)
  • 2019 – SMILF as Emma (1 Ep)


  • 2010 – No Deal as Cassie

TV movie

  • 2020 – Untitled Paul Simms Pilot as Rachel Burson

TV mini-series

  • 2020 – Mrs. America as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau (9 Eps)
  • 2020 – Home Movie: The Princess Bride as Valerie (1 Ep)

Short movie

  • 2016 – Join the Club as Nina

Feature length movies

  • 2003 – Mystic River as Eve Pigeon
  • 2004 – Book of Love as Naomi
  • 2004 – Imaginary Heroes as Jenny
  • 2004 – Bereft as Louise
  • 2005 – Game 6 as Laurel Rogan
  • 2005 – The Great New Wonderful as Lisa Kindel
  • 2006 – For Your Consideration as Young PA
  • 2007 – An American Crime as Paula Baniszweski
  • 2007 – Turn the River as Charlotte
  • 2008 – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist as Caroline
  • 2008 – Blues as Tara
  • 2009 – Youth in Revolt as Lacey
  • 2009 – Whip It as Eva Destruction
  • 2010 – Holy Rollers as Rachel Apfel
  • 2010 – Date Night as Young Woman
  • 2010 – Conviction as Mandy Marsh
  • 2011 – Lucky as Lucy St, Martin
  • 2011 – 10 Years as Sam
  • 2011 – What’s Your Number? as Daisy Darling
  • 2011 – The Sitter as Marisa Lewis
  • 2012 – Celeste & Jesse Forever as Beth
  • 2012 – For a Good Time, Call… as Katie Steele
  • 2012 – The Guilt Trip as Joyce Margolis
  • 2016 – Wiener-Dog as Carol Steinhart
  • 2017 – Avenues as Brooke
  • 2017 – The Disaster Artist as Juliette/’Lisa’
  • 2018 – The Front Runner as Ann Devroy
  • 2020 – Like a Boss as Angela

Ari Graynor has appeared in Broadway productions

The actress made her debut on Broadway in 2005 when she appeared as Alison in Brooklyn Boy. The stage performance premiered at South Coast Repertory. She made yet another broadway appearance in The Little Boy Laughed before appearing in an off-Broadway Second stage Theatre company alongside other stage actors like Bobby Cannavale, Sutton Foster, and Zach Braff.

Her other stage performances include Relatively Speaking (2011), The Performers (2012), and Yen (2017).

She is also a producer

It has become a trend for many actors and actresses to diversify their career paths. Some expand their horizons by becoming directors and some become producers. Ari Graynor belongs to the latter category and the actress already has 2 production projects under her belt.

She is the executive producer of the 2012 movie, For a Good Time, Call…, and also she brought her skills as a producer to bear on all 13 episodes of the 2014 TV series titled Bad Teacher.

Ari Graynor is not yet married

The beautiful actress has not tied the proverbial knot yet. She also appears to be very much single at the moment. Her dating history includes a steamy relationship with The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki in 2006 which ended sometime in 2008. Afterward, she became romantically attached to stage actor and comedian, Eddie Kaye Thomas from 2008 to 2010.

The actress revealed in a 2019 interview that her date to her high school prom was a younger Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. Since her breakup with Kaye in 2010, not much has been heard or written about Ari Graynor’s private life. It would appear that the actress has chosen to keep such personal details from the public and the media view and point every focus toward her career as an actress.

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