Arye Gross
Birth Date:
March 17, 1960
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
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American actor of stage, film and television Arye Gross is probably best recognized for his portrayal of the platonic friend and roommate, Adam Green, in the first to third season of the popular ABC comedy series “Ellen” (1994-1996). The highly gifted character actor also starred in the short lived series “Citizen Baines” (2000), had recurring roles on the hit shows like “The Practice” (1997), “Profiler” (1997-1998), “Diagnosis Murder” (1998), “Six Feet Under” (2003), “Wildfire” (2005-2006) and “Castle” (2009-2011) and guest starred in “ER,” “The Mentalist,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The West Wing,” “Grey's Anatomy” and “Touched by an Angel,” among other shows. Gross' film credits include “House II: The Second Story” (1987), “Big Eden” (2000), “Gone in Sixty Seconds” (2000), “Minority Report” (2002) and “Harvest” (2010). He made his feature directorial debut with “The Prince and the Surfer” (1999), in which he also played the supporting role of Vince. On the stage, the stocky, unconventionally good-looking thespian won a Dramalogue Award for his bravura performance in “Screwball” for the South Coast Repertory Theatre.     

Los Angeles Native

Childhood and Family:

Arye Gross was born on March 17, 1960, in Los Angeles, California, to parents Sheri and Joseph Gross. He graduated from University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California (UCI)'s School of the Arts in 1979 and then attended the Professional Conservatory, South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, California.



Arye Gross began as a member of the Conservatory at South Coast Repertory resident company,   where he stayed for three years, and went on to spend a year with El Teatro Campesino under the direction of Luis Valdez. Since then, he has worked with various Los Angeles based companies like Pasadena Playhouse, LATC, MET Theater,  Odyssey Theater Ensemble, and Stages Theater Center. His  lengthy stage credits include “La Bete,” “Room Service,” “Three Sisters” “Taming of the Shrew,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Troillus and Cressida” and “Let's Play Two.” Gross was handed a Dramalogue Award for his role as a mentally retarded adolescent in the play “Screwball,” which he performed when he was a member of  the South Coast Repertory Theater.

Gross entered television in 1982 with a guest spot in the hit television sitcom “Diff'rent Strokes.” Two years later, he made his feature debut in “Exterminator 2,” a 1984 action film written and directed by Mark Buntzman and starring Robert Ginty and Mario Van Peebles. Gross went on to appear in episodes of “Knight Rider” (1985, as Elliott Sykes), “ Remington Steele” (1986, as Albert Wellington), “Heart of the City” (1986, as Otis) and in the pilot of “The Wonder Years” (1988), in which he played the adult voice of the character Kevin Arnold. He made his television film debut in “Into the Homeland” (1987), opposite David Caruso and Powers Boothe.  

Following supporting roles in the comedy films “Just One of the Guys” (1985) and “Soul Man” (1986), which was directed by Lisa Gottlieb and Steve Miner, respectively he got his first leading role as Jesse in Ethan Wiley's fantasy/horror film, “House II: The Second Story” (1987), which was nominated for the Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award for Best Film. Co-stars in the film included Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Bill Maher and John Ratzenberger. It was followed by roles in “The Couch Trip” (1988), “Tequila Sunrise” (1988), “The Experts” (1989), “A Matter of Degrees” (1990), “Coupe de Ville” (1990), “Shaking the Tree” (1990), “For the Boys” (1991), “Boris and Natasha” (1992), “A Midnight Clear” (1992) “The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them” (1992) and “Hexed” (1993).

Gross' big break arrived when he won the main role of Adam Green, the title character's photographer roommate, in the television sitcom “Ellen,” starring Ellen DeGeneres. He was on the ABC show during its first three seasons from 1994 to 1996. During his tenure on the show, Gross also co-starred with Jason Bateman and James Wilder in the NBC television movie “Confessions: Two Faces of Evil” (1994), which was directed by Gilbert Cates, guest starred in “Friends” (1995, as Michael) and appeared in two films, “The Elevator” and “Timelock” (both 1996).

Gross kept on an hectic schedule after leaving “Ellen.” He appeared with Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee and Alan Arkin in the film adaptation of “Mother Night” (1996), helmed by Keith Gordon, played Lewis Rosen in Stewart Schill's comedy film, “Brittle Glory” (1997), opposite Tony Curtis and Ally Walker, starred in the drama “Tinseltown” (1997), along with Joe Pantoliano and Ron Perlman, and had a supporting role in “Big City Blues” (1997), starring Burt Reynolds, William Forsythe and Giancarlo Esposito. He also acted in the films “Spoiler” (1998), “Chow Bella” (1998), “Seven Girlfriends” (1999) and “The Prince and the Surfer” (1999), which also marked his directorial debut.

Meanwhile, on the small screen, Gross had recurring roles on the ABC legal drama “The Practice” (1997; as Rabbi Daniel Warner), “Profiler” (1997-1998; as Greg Hayes) and “Diagnosis Murder” (1998, as Carter Sweeney) as well as one episodic arc in such series as “Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man” (1997, the voice of Bobby), “Cybill” (1998), “The Outer Limits” (1998), “Rugrats” (1998, as the voice of Attendant/Bear), “Millennium” (1998) and “Fantasy Island” (1999). He also acted in the made for television films “The Player” (1997), “Arthur's Quest” (1999) and “In the Company of Spies” (1999).   

Entering the new millennium,Gross was cast in the lead role of Henry Hart, a NYC artist who returns to him hometown in Montana to care for his ailing grandfather, in the acclaimed indie drama  “Big Eden” (2000), which was directed and written by Thomas Bezucha. He appeared in the film “Rubbernecking” (2000), with Corbin Bernsen, Astrid Devi and Renée O'Connor, played the role of James Lakewood in the Dominic Sena directed action movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds” (2000), starring  Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones and Will Patton, had a small role in Philippe Mora's comedy, “Burning Down the House” (2001), starring John Savage, James Wilder and Joanne Baron, and appeared with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's box office hit, “Minority Report” (2002), which became Gross' last feature in eight years.

The actor starred in the short lived television series “Citizen Baines” (2000), with James Cromwell. He made guest appearances in a number of television series such as “Martial Law” (2000), “Just Shoot Me!” (2000), “Good vs Evil” (2000), “Once and Again” (2000), “Judging Amy” (2000, 2004), “The X-Files” (2001), “Touched by an Angel” (2001), “ER” (2001), “Strong Medicine” (2002), “John Doe” (2002), “The West Wing” (2003), “The Lyon's Den” (2003), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2003), “The Guardian” (2004), “Without a Trace” (2004) and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2005). He played Dr. Larry Keehn in two episodes of the Fox short lived series “Get Real” (2000-2002) and Frank Muehler in three episodes of “Six Feet Under” (2003). He also appeared with Eddie McClintock, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Judd Nelson in the 2005 TV film “Three Wise Guys” (2005). 2005 saw Gross appear on the New York stage production of Donald Margulies' “Brooklyn Boy” at the Biltmore Theatre. He essayed the role of Ira Zimmer.    

From 2005 to 2006, Gross had the recurring role of Charlie Hewitt in the teen series “Wildfire,” which ran on the ABC Family for four seasons from June 2005 until May 2008. He went on to guest star in the television shows “Grey's Anatomy” (2006),  “Numb3rs” (2007), “Medium” (2007), “Burn Notice” (2007), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2007), “CSI: NY” (2008), “Cold Case” (2008), “Ghost Whisperer” (2009) and “Dollhouse” (2009). He portrayed Pete Mincey in four episodes of the     Eddie Izzard/Minnie Driver FX series “The Riches” between 2007 and 2008, and in 2009, he started his recurring role of medical examiner M.E. Sidney Perlmutter on the ABC police procedural series “Castle,” starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic.

After many years absence, Gross returned to the big screen with the supporting role of Benny Monopoli on the award winning indie drama “Harvest” (2010), which was directed and penned by Marc Meyers and starred Robert Loggia, Jack Carpenter and Victoria Clark. The same year, he guest starred in “ Leverage,” “The Mentalist,” “Lie to Me” and “The Defenders.” In 2011, Gross appeared in the short films “In Mexico,” “The Healer” and  “Lone.” He also appeared in episodes of the TV shows “The Protector” and “Fringe.”          


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