Lee Wilkof
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Lee Wilkof
Lee Wilkof
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Lee Wilkof
Born (1951-06-25) June 25, 1951 (age 68)
Years active1978-present
Connie Grappo (1984-present; 1 child)

Lee Wilkof (born June 25, 1951) is an American actor and veteran of the Broadway stage. He originated the roles of Samuel Byck in Assassins and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, later earning a Tony Award nomination for the 2000 revival of Kiss Me, Kate.


Early life

Wilkof is from Canton, Ohio, a town of approximately 80,000. His father ran a steel service center. Wilkof was the middle child of Anne Louise and Darwin Wilkof. He has two brothers, Todd and Robert.[1] He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1972[2] and studied acting with Austin Pendleton in New York City.[]


After graduating from UC, Wilkof wrote and starred in a comedy revue called The Present Tense in 1977 at the Park Royal Theatre in New York City.[3] Wilkof moved to Los Angeles and took small film and television roles. His big break came in 1982 with the leading role as Seymour in the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, and he also recorded the cast album.[4]

Wilkof has appeared in numerous television series, and films. He directed the film No Pay, Nudity with a cast that stars Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, and Frances Conroy.[5]

He is the recipient of an Obie Award, a SAG Award, and has been nominated for a Tony Award and three Drama Desk Awards.

Personal life

Wilkof lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, painter Connie Grappo. They have one child, a daughter.[6]



Off-Broadway, Regional and Tour

Select filmography

Selected television

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "Lee Wilkof Profile", filmreference.com; accessed November 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "50 Communication Alumni Champions: Lee Wilkof (BA, 1972)", ucfriendsofcommunication.wordpress.com, July 23, 2014.
  3. ^ The Present Tense, lortel.org, retrieved January 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Little Shop of Horrors, lortel.org, retrieved January 3, 2017
  5. ^ Patches, Matt. "Is Kickstarter a Young Person's Game?", Hollywood Reporter, September 12, 2013
  6. ^ Schelle, Crystal. "Actor Lee Wilkof to star in Totem Pole Playhouse's "The Sunshine Boys" ", heraldmailmedia.com, July 5, 2013
  7. ^ "Lee Wilkof on BroadwayWorld.com". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Slamdance '10: Which Way to Go? in Official 'YellowBrickRoad' One Sheet". BloodyDisgusting.
  9. ^ "Lee Wilkof". IMDB. Retrieved .

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