70’s:Topher Grace

Topher Grace made an impressive film debut with his role in Traffic (2000), Steven Soderbergh’s epic and widely acclaimed look at the American war on drugs. Grace received positive notices for his work in the film, which cast him as a cocky prep-school boy who turns his girlfriend (Erika Christensen) on to heroin and cocaine. The role marked a drastic departure from the young actor’s regular job on the popular Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, where he portrayed Eric Forman, a level-headed and predominantly wholesome high school student coming of age in “Me Decade” Wisconsin. He began acting in school plays and was a student at New Hampshire’s Brewster Academy when his performance in a school production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum effectively secured him his first professional job. For his first big-screen starring role, Grace played opposite Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel in the 2004 love-triangle comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, which was mostly well received by critics and audiences. Any concerns that his onscreen momentum may have been slowing would soon be addressed in short order, however, when the grandiose trailers for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 offered the first glimpse of Grace as symbiotically infected web-slinger nemesis Eddie Brock — aka Venom.

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