Jun. 25th, 1951
Canton, Ohio, USA
5' 6 1/2
Lee Wilkof's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Asylum Seekers
2008 - Route 30
2008 - Afterschool
2007 - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
2003 - School of Rock
2001 - The Grey Zone
1997 - Private Parts
1997 - Addicted to Love
1996 - The Associate
1993 - This Boy's Life
1989 - Kill Me Again
1981 - The Entity
1980 - Serial
1980 - Wholly Moses
Guest TV Roles
District Attorney Nixon
Dr. Walter Freeman (Voiced)
Lee Wilkof (born June 25, 1951) is an American actor and veteran of the Broadway stage. He originated the roles of Sam Byck in Assassins and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, later earning a Tony Award nomination for the 2000 revival of Kiss Me, Kate. He appeared as The Wizard in the San Francisco production of Wicked, a role in which he previously played on the First National Tour of the show.
Wilkof has appeared in numerous television series (Ally McBeal, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hart to Hart) and films (Asylum Seekers, The Grey Zone, This Boy's Life). He is featured in the 2009 film Leaves of Grass, starring Edward Norton.
Wilkof lives in New York City with his wife, director Connie Grappo, and their daughter Perrie.
Early life Wilkof hails from Canton, Ohio, a town of approximately 80,000 and home to the Professional Football HOF. His father ran a steel scrap and iron business. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music in 1973, and also studied acting with Austin Pendleton in New York City.
Early career After graduating from UC, Wilkof wrote and starred in a comedy revue called The Present Tense for several weeks in New York City. Norman Lear was so impressed with Wilkof's performance that he brought him to Los Angeles in 1978. Wilkof took small film and television roles (Hart to Hart, The Entity), but his big break came in 1982 with the leading role of a lifetime: Little Shop of Horrors.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 2000 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for a revival of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate."
- Drama Desk Nomination for "Assassins"
- OBIE Award and Drama Desk nomination for "The Present Tense"
- Played Seymour Krelborne in the original 1983 Off-Broadway production of "Little Shop of Horrors." This holds the record as the longest running Off-Broadway show.
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