Birth name: Gregory Phillip Grunberg
Date of birth: 11 July 1966
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)
Spouse: Elizabeth Dawn Wershow (19 December 1992 – present) 3 children
Famous Quote: “There’s a superstition that I share and that is that if I’m in a pilot, there’s a problem. I wasn’t in the pilot of Felicity, and I was a regular for years. I wasn’t in the pilot of Alias, I was a regular for years. I was in the pilot for Lost, and I was eaten in about five minutes. So guess what, I’m not gonna do pilots anymore! I’ll star in your shows, but I gotta start in the second episode.”
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Biography: Gregory Phillip “Greg” Grunberg (born July 11, 1966) is an American television actor. He is currently starring as Matt Parkman on the NBC television series Heroes, ongoing since 2006. Other notable roles included the characters Sean Blumberg on Felicity (1998–2002) and Eric Weiss on Alias (2001–2006), both produced by childhood friend, J. J. Abrams. A familiar face on television screens since the turn of the new millennium, actor Greg Grunberg started out his career in commercials before graduating to supporting roles in both film and television.
Well-known for playing sidekicks and amiable “wing men,” Grunberg’s career began its spike in the early part of the decade, paralleling the career trajectory of his lifelong friend, writer-director-producer, J.J. Abrams of “Alias” (2001-06) and “Lost” (ABC, 2004- )fame. A charter member of Abrams’ informal repertory company of players, Grunberg appeared in several of the director’s earliest projects, beginning in elementary school. This friendship eventually resulted in a professional association that would continue long after both men’s careers had become famously established – with Grunberg’s star-making turn as the telepathic Matt Packman on the monster superhero hit, “Heroes” (NBC, 2006- ).
In 2006, Grunberg’s fortunes took a massive turn when he joined the cast of the fall season’s most anticipated television show, “Heroes.” Introduced in the second episode, “Don’t Look Back,” Grunberg played Matt Parkman, a Los Angeles police detective who gains the power of “clairaudient telepathy” or the ability to hear the thoughts of others. As the season progressed and Parkman’s character became more fleshed out, audiences discovered that the character’s power could not be controlled. Unable to turn off his telepathy at will, Parkman eventually began hearing voices in his mind around the clock. This inability to differentiate thoughts from actual voices not only threatened Parkman’s sanity, but also caused him painful, migraine-like headaches all of which held viewers’ rapt attention, finally putting Greg Grunberg on a non-Abrams map of his own making.
Grunberg has had guest roles in television starting 1990. From 1998-2002 he appeared as Sean Blumberg on Felicity. He appeared from 2001-2006 as Eric Weiss on Alias. He left that series as a regular to star on the NBC sitcom, Grand Union. Since 2003, Abrams had planned a series called The Catch about a bounty hunter, starring Grunberg in the lead role. Suggested for both the 2004–2005 and 2005–2006 seasons, the series was never produced; however, a pilot episode was shot. Abrams also cast Grunberg in a brief role as the pilot for the 2004 series Lost. Grunberg returned for the first-season finale, but his scenes were cut for time, and were instead included on the season 1 DVD set. He also appeared in a small role in Mission: Impossible III, which Abrams directed.
Grunberg has a major role in the NBC TV show Heroes. He plays police officer Matt Parkman, who can hear other people’s thoughts. Grunberg has also guest starred on House. He was offered a part in Star Trek, which Abrams will be directing, but was unable to take it because of a conflict with another project he is working on. Grunberg voices FBI agent Ethan Thomas in the video game Condemned: Criminal Origins.
Grunberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Sandy (née Klein) and Gerry Grunberg, and had a Jewish upbringing. He is married to Elizabeth Dawn Wershow and has three children. Brother of Brad Grunberg. Auditioned for the role of Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000). He has known J.J. Abrams since they were in kindergarten. Greg has gotten parts in almost every project J.J. works on. Acted in several high-profile television commercials early on in his career, including one that was so memorable it landed him on “The Tonight Show.”
Created and ran a successful frozen yogurt delivery service. Was originally set play Detective Wallace MacTee in Hero Wanted (2008) alongside Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding Jr. but was forced to drop out at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts with his role on Heroes (2006). Founder of Band From TV Global Charity Trust. Drummer of Band From TV, comprised of other TV stars including: ABC’s Bob Guiney, actor Hugh Laurie, actor James Denton, and actress Bonnie Sommerville. One of his children has Epilepsy. He is the Chair of the National Walk for Epilepsy “2008″. Has three sons wife his wife: Jake (b. 1996), Ben (b. 1999), and Sam (b. 2003).
Grunberg’s son, Jake, has epilepsy, which has inspired Grunberg to take an active role in raising awareness of the neurological disorder and raising funds for research. He often organizes charity efforts to raise funds for the Pediatric Epilepsy Project in Los Angeles. In the past, this has included events such as an auction of guitars handpainted by celebrities such as Donald Trump, Pink and Grunberg’s “Alias” costars Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan, concerts by the Band From TV that includes Grunberg and Hugh Laurie and an online auction of cartoons drawn of “Heroes” costars such as Santiago Cabrera, Tawny Cypress, Noah Gray-Cabey, Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Leonard Roberts, Milo Ventimiglia, and Hayden Panettiere. In March 2007, Greg served as the chair of the first National Walk for Epilepsy, presented by the Epilepsy Foundation. While appearing on G4′s Holiday Hit List in 2003, Grunberg stated he is the only man in Hollywood with four g’s in his name.Related People: