Born Ariel Geltman Graynor on the 27th April 1983, in Boston, Massachusetts USA, Ari is a stage, television and film actress, probably best known to the world as Caitlin Rucker in the TV drama series “The Sopranos” (2001), then as Katie Steele in the comedy film “For a Good Time, Call…” (2012), and as Cassie Feder in the TV comedy drama series “I’m Dying Up Here” (2017).
Have you ever wondered how rich Ari Graynor is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Graynor’s net worth is as high as $1 million, an amount earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry as an actress, which began in 2001.
Ari Graynor Net Worth $1 Million
Ari is the daughter of a Jewish mother and Polish Catholic father, who converted to Judaism upon marrying Ari’s mother. Her original last name was Gryzna, but her grandfather changed it to Graynor once he settled in the USA. Ari went to Buckingham Browne & Nichols, which is a private school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after which she enrolled at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Ari’s career started in 2001 when she was chosen for the role of Caitlin Rucker in the Golden Globe Award- winning TV drama series “The Sopranos”. After that, she played Eve Pigeon in the drama mystery film “Mystic River” (2003), starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon, and the following year she appeared in several productions, including the comedy drama “Imaginary Heroes” next to Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels and Emile Hirsch, and “Book of Love”, starring Frances O’Connor, Simon Baker and Gregory Smith. Her net worth was well set.
Three years later, Ari featured in the crime drama film “An American Crime”, based on a true story about a housewife, Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in her basement and put her through horrific agony of torture.
Despite appearing in numerous screenings, Ari just couldn’t make a break as an actress, and continued to appear in second league roles, such as Lacey in the romantic comedy film “Youth in Revolt” in 2009, and as Eva Destruction in the sports drama “Whip It”, the same year.
It was in 2011 that she had her first starring role, as she portrayed Lucy St. Martin in the comedy “Lucky”, and then also starred in the romantic comedy “What’s Your Number?” in the same year. In 2012 she portrayed Katie Steele in the comedy “For a Good Time, Call…”, with Lauren Miller and Justin Long; also in 2012 she was in one of the lead roles in the romantic drama “Celeste & Jesse Forever”, which only further increased her net worth.
Two years later she portrayed Meredith Davis in the sitcom “Bad Teacher”, however, the series was cancelled after 13 episodes. In recent years, Ari appeared in the comedy “Wiener-Dog” (2016), and the comedy drama “The Disaster Artist” (2017), while she has also started portraying Cassie Feder in the comedy drama “I’m Dying Up Here”, further increasing her wealth.
Aside from on screens, Ari has also had success in the theater; she made her debut on Broadway in “Brooklyn Boy” (2005), and continued with “The Little Dog Laughed”, while in 2010 appeared in “Trust”, but this was off-Broadway. Two years later she starred in the play “The Performers”, next to Henry Winkler, Alicia Silverstone and Cheyenne Jackson, while most recently she appeared in “Yen” at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2017.
Playing "Marcy" in the Off-Broadway play, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead", at the Century Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY). [December 2005]
Currently a freshman at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. [September 2001]
Ari's mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while Ari's father is of Polish descent. Ari's paternal grandfather, born Andrew Gryzna, changed his name to Andrew Graynor.
Attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Twitter's a lot of work! That's the first thing I would say. There's so much pressure to be funny.
I did babysit a little bit when I was young. I prefer babysitting for babies. I always loved babies. I was not as great with kids that wanted to be entertained and that wanted to talk.
Regardless of what kind of film, the number one rule of comedy is to never take yourself too seriously and then the next rule is you can't have any self-consciousness, otherwise it kills the laugh, and that will never change.
There's pressure to come up with something genius every time. I feel like I keep letting myself down with my Twitter posts. I have to start keeping a journal of rough drafts of prophetic ideas about the world.
Working with David Gordon Green, and Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera, and Drew Barrymore, and all of those people - those are the best people in comedy to work with. Anna Faris. You know, that's my goal, to keep learning and to just keep working with the best people I can. And yeah, we do all hang out, and we all kind of know each other.
I was more of the kind of babysitter that liked holding the baby, sort of playing Mom, and then putting the baby to bed and watching TV while eating everything in their kitchen.
I was a precocious only child, and then I went through a fat, awkward stage for several years, so I learned to fall back on my humor and personality when I was growing up. It's how you survive, so I think it was more of a natural progression for me, developing into comedy.
I would love to be in 'Downton Abbey.' That's the thing I thing many people would have a good laugh with me saying anything like that. I feel like that's the next phase of my career. To reprove to everyone that I can do things besides the crazy characters.
The only thing that I'm not willing to do is really stupid, horribly written sitcoms. It can be tempting during pilot season time, but I realized this a while ago when I almost signed my life away to a stupid pilot.
I think the world of comedy is a relatively small community, and especially for women in comedy, there just aren't that many people involved.