A Soldier's Girl
Son of Jane Fonda and her political activist husband Tom Hayden, Troy Garity first appeared on screen at age 8 alongside his legendary actor grandfather Henry Fonda in the Oscar-winning film version of "On Golden Pond" (1981) before eventually making his own name with the Golden Globe-nominated role of an Army private brutally murdered by a fellow soldier for falling in love with a trans-gendered nightclub entertainer in Showtime's dramatic fact-based film, "A Soldier's Girl" (2003).
Meanwhile, he has appeared in films like "Conspiracy Theory" (1997), "Steal This Movie" (2000), "Perfume" (2001; aka "Dress to Kill"), "Bandits" (2001), and "Milwaukee, Minnesota" (2003). He played Isaac Rosenberg, the only Caucasian in the shop and Jimmy's (Sean Patrick Thomas) nemesis, in the Barbershop films (2002 & 2004), and recently co-starred in "After the Sunset" (2004), "Sunshine" (2007) and "Eichmann" (2007). He will next be seen in the upcoming films "Lake City," alongside Sissy Spacek and Rebecca Romijn, and "Winged Creatures," with Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning and Kate Beckinsale.
More personally, Garity, who picked his paternal grandmother's surname for the sake of anonymity, was romantically linked to Laura Bridge before marrying African-American actress Simone Bent in September 2007. The 6' 1¼" good-looking, dark-haired actor was one of People Magazine's ''50 Most Beautiful People'' in 1998.
Childhood and Family:
Son of two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda and her political activist husband Tom Hayden, Troy O'Donovan Garity was born on July 7, 1973, in Los Angeles, California. His parents gave the surname Garity from his paternal grandmother's side for the sake of anonymity. It is mentioned in his father's autobiography, ''Naming my son Troy O'Donovan Garity was an act of nostalgia. My wife and I did not want to choose between our public last names, so we selected 'Garity' to keep alive my mother's plainly Irish one. 'Troy' was an Americanization of the name of a young Vietnamese man accused of conspiring to kill US officials. Though I regret the association, if indeed it was true, at that time all I knew of the Vietnamese Troi was that his death was unusually brave, a gesture of sacrifice against overwhelming odds. [...] 'O'Donovan' was for a militant nineteenth century Irishman, O'Donovan Rossa.''
Garity is grandson of screen legend Henry Fonda and nephew of actor Peter Fonda and Susan Brewer. His cousins are Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda. He is half brother of independent producer and cinematographer Vanessa Vadim (born in 1968) and Mary Williams (born in 1967), who was adopted by Fonda and then husband Tom Hayden, and attended a children's camp run by by Fonda and Hayden. His step-mother is Canadian-born actress Barbara Williams and his step-father is Ted Turner, who was married to Jane Fonda from 1991 to 2001.
Raised in California, Garity attended Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara, California, as a child. When he was 16, he left school and ran off to follow a circus performer he had a crush on around the country. From 1991 to 1993, he went to University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, and then moved to NYC to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Three years later headed back to Southern California to start a film career.
Garity worked with African-American actress Simone Bent, who also managed the Mercer Bar in NYC, in the Rising Sun Theater Company in NYC and made a short film called ''Escape from Eden'' with her. The two became engaged in 2006 and exchanged wedding vows on September 1, 2007.
Just like his activist mother, Garity is also involved with the Peace Process Network, a worldwide anti-gang violence coalition.
Born into family of actors, Troy Garity has honed his craft very early at the Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara, California. At age 8, he appeared in his grandfather Henry Fonda's film "On Golden Pond" (1981), Mark Rydell's Oscar-winning adaptation of the Ernest Thompson's play. As an adult, Garity attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, and in 1996, the California-born headed back to his homeland to start a film career.
Soon afterwards, the newcomer landed his acting debut with a bit part as a bartender in the HBO western/comedy film "The Cherokee Kid" (1996), starring Sinbad, James Coburn and Gregory Hines. In the following year, he scored feature film debut with a small role as an intern in Richard Donner's thriller starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, "Conspiracy Theory" (1997). The 6' 1¼" good-looking, dark-haired actor was selected as one of People Magazine's ''50 Most Beautiful People'' in 1998.
The new millennium saw Garity portrayed his father, political activist Tom Hayden, in Robert Greenwald's biographical film of 1960s radical figure Abbie Hoffman, "Steal This Movie!" (2000; starring Vincent D'Onofrio as the radical activist and Janeane Garofalo as his second wife), which is based on a number of books, including "To America with Love: Letters From the Underground" by Anita and Abbie Hoffman and "Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel" by Marty Jezer. That same year, he also starred as the title character of a young tormented artist in Sandy Collora's 20-minute film "Solomon Bernstein's Bathroom" and guest-starred in an episode of Showtime sitcom "Rude Awakening." Additionally, he could be seen in the medical-themed video /computer game "Code Blue."
After appearing in the ensemble of the Sundance-screened "Perfume" (2001; aka "Dress to Kill"), Michael Rymer and Hunter Carson's improvised feature about the fashion industry, Garity landed his breakout role, as Harvey Pollard, the dim-witted would-be stunt man who becomes the getaway driver and lookout for Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton's bank robber characters, in Barry Levinson's comedy/crime/drama/romance movie "Bandits" (2001; also starring Cate Blanchett). He subsequently co-starred with Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Anthony Anderson in Tim Story's hit comedy feature "Barbershop" (2002), playing Isaac Rosenberg, the only Caucasian in the shop and Jimmy's (Sean Patrick Thomas) nemesis, a role he would reprise in the 2004 sequel, "Barbershop 2: Back in Business." He also appeared in Matthew Martin's 14-minute film called "Lather. Rinse. Repeat." (2002), alongside Jeff Statzer and Victoria Profeta.
Garity showed off his versatility in Showtime's dramatic fact-based film "A Soldier's Girl" (2003), and his performance as Barry Winchell, an infantry soldier brutally murdered by a fellow soldier (portrayed by Philip Eddolls) for falling in love with a trans-gendered nightclub entertainer (played by Lee Pace), earned him nominations at the Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Male, and the Satellite Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television. That same year, he also starred as Albert Burroughs, a champion ice fisherman who has the ability to can hear the fish talking under the ice, in Allan Mindel's drama/comedy film "Milwaukee, Minnesota" (2003; with Randy Quaid and Bruce Dern).
In 2004, Garity supported Pierce Brosnan, Woody Harrelson and Salma Hayek in Brett Ratner's comedy/action movie "After the Sunset," and two years later, he starred as a curious young indoor cat who escapes from his home and learns to grow up and finds true love, in the partly live-action video movie "A Cat's Tale" (2006). More recently, in 2007, he joined the ensemble cast of Danny Boyle's science-fiction thriller "Sunshine," playing communications officer Harvey, and portrayed Captain Avner Less, a young Israeli police officer who broke down Eichmann (played by Thomas Kretschmann), the world's most wanted man, in the historical drama film helmed by Robert Young, "Eichmann." He also appeared in Sticky Fingaz's musical/drama/thriller "A Day in the Life," alongside Omar Epps and Mekhi Phifer.
Garity has completed his upcoming film, a searing Southern drama written and directed by Hunter Hill and Perry Moore titled "Lake City," in which he will star opposite Sissy Spacek, Dave Matthews, Rebecca Romijn and Keith Carradine. He will soon wrap Rowan Woods' film version of Roy Freirich's novel, "Winged Creatures," starring Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Jackie Earle Haley and Kate Beckinsale. In the film, he will portray a psychologist who is assigned to counsel the survivors of a gruesome murder at a Los Angeles restaurant.
Young Hollywood: Standout Performance, 2003