DARIEN, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Darien’s Christopher John "Topher" Grace!
Grace, who grew up in Darien, turns 36 on Saturday. The actor was born July 12, 1978, in New York City.
Grace was cast as Eric Forman on Fox's "That '70s Show," which debuted in 1998. He played the role until the seventh season.
He also appeared in director Mike Newell's 2003 film "Mona Lisa Smile."
In 2004, he played the leading roles in the Robert Luketic-directed "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" and the Paul Weitz dramedy "In Good Company," and also starred in the film "P.S."
Grace won the National Board of Review's 2004 award for Breakthrough Performance Actor for his work in In "Good Company" and "P.S."
On Jan. 15, 2005, Grace hosted "Saturday Night Live."
In 2009, he became the subject of a recurring column on the entertainment/pop culture site Videogum, entitled "What's Up With Topher Grace?".
In 2010, he appeared in the ensemble comedy film "Valentine's Day: alongside That '70s and also played the character of Edwin in "Predators," the newest installment of the science fiction franchise.
In 2011, he appeared in the 1980s retro comedy "Take Me Home Tonight." He co-wrote the script and co-produced the film. Grace also starred opposite Richard Gere in the spy thriller "The Double."