PROFILE
Name:
Tracy Griffith
Birth Date:
October 19, 1965
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Sushi Chef

Background:

Daughter of producer Peter Griffith and half-sister of actress Melanie Griffith, Tracy Griffith began her acting career alongside her half-sister in the 1984 film Fear City. Since then, she appeared in films like The Good Mother (1988), Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989), The First Power (1990), The Finest Hour (1991) and Crazy in Alabama (1999). Adding to her TV movie works, Tracy was also spotted as a guest in TV shows like "21 Jump Street," "The Monroes" and "The Division."

A recent graduate of the California Sushi Academy who becomes one of the first certified female sushi chefs in the world, Tracy is now concentrating in her new career as a professional sushi chef. She gives online sushi class, a cooking series for television, and a project based on her experiences as a female sushi chef.


Family of Entertainers

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of producer Peter Griffith (October 23, 1933- May 14, 2001) and actress Nanita Greene, Tracy Griffith was born in New York, New York, on October 19, 1965. She has a brother, set designer Clay Griffith, and one half-sister, actress Melanie Griffith (born on August 9, 1957).

Tracy went to boarding school in Maryland and graduated with a BFA from the University of Tennessee.


From Screen to Restaurant

Career:

Growing up in a family of entertainers, Tracy Griffith began her acting career while studying at the University of Tennessee and appeared in several plays at the Clarence Brown Theatre. In 1984, she joined her half-sister Melanie Griffith in the thriller movie Fear City (also starring also starring Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams and Jack Scalia), playing a minor role as Sandra Cook. The next year in October, she was spotted as a guest on NBC's sitcom starring Michael J. Fox, "Family Ties."

Tracy spent the rest of the 1980s with roles in films like Leonard Nimoy's adaptation of Sue Miller's novel, The Good Mother (1988; starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson), Michael A. Simpson's campus comedy Fast Food (1989; with Clark Brandon and Randal Patrick) and reteamed with Simpson in his horror comedy Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989; alongside Pamela Springsteen and Michael J. Pollard). She also guest starred in an October 1989 episode of Johnny Depp's cop drama "21 Jump Street."

In the new decade, Tracy costarred opposite Lou Diamond Phillips in writer-director Robert Resnikoff's horror-thriller The First Power (1990), with Rob Lowe and Gale Hansen in Shimon Dotan's war drama The Finest Hour (1991) and played the lead in Clark Brandon's horror movie Skeeter (1993). She also teamed with Zach Galligan and Teri Hatcher in John Mark Robinson's comedy All Tied Up (1993; V).

On the small screen, she could be seen in the made-for-TV movies For Love and Glory (1993), an adaptation of Danielle Steel's novel Message from Nam (1993) and the short Hoggs' Heaven (1994). She also appeared in an episode of the brief-lived crime drama series "The Marshal" and on ABC soap opera about a Kennedyesque political family, "The Monroes."

After costarring with David Wysocki and Sean Patrick Brennan in writer-director David Wall's comedy movie Joe & Joe (1996), Tracy returned to TV movies. She appeared in a TV dramatization of the controversial event in 1992, The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996; based on Jess Walter's book; starring Laura Dern, Randy Quaid and Kirsten Dunst), the true-story based romantic drama Their Second Chance (1997; with Lindsay Wagner and Perry King) and the drama-thriller Circle of Deceit (1998; alongside Janine Turner and Esai Morales). She also reunited with her sister Melanie Griffith in a 1999 comedy drama film directed by Melanie's husband Antonio Banderas, Crazy in Alabama, based on Mark Childress' 1993 novel of the same name.

The new millennium saw Tracy in the mystery TV movie Murder in the Mirror, starring Jane Seymour and Robert Desiderio. Three years later in January 2003, she guest starred in popular Lifetime Television cop drama "The Division."

Since "The Division," Tracy has not make any screen appearances as of 2006. A graduate of the California Sushi Academy who becomes one of the first certified female sushi chefs in the world, Tracy is now focusing in her new career as a professional sushi chef. She was featured at Tsunami's restaurant in Beverly Hills. She also gives online sushi class, a cooking series for television, and a project based on her experiences as a female sushi chef.

Tracy also regularly performs at benefits to raise awareness and funds for animal rights and endangered animal preservation. She often works for her friend, actress Tippi Hedren (mother of Melanie Griffith), who operates Shambala, the well-known 80-acre wildlife habitat which Hedren founded in 1983.

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