Lee Wilkof

Lee Wilkof (born June 25, 1951) is an American actor and veteran of the Broadway stage. He originated the roles of Sam Byck in Assassins and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, later earning a Tony Award nomination for the 2000 revival of Kiss Me, Kate. He appeared as The Wizard in the San Francisco production of Wicked, a role in which he previously played on the First National Tour of the show. Wilkof has appeared in numerous television series (Ally McBeal, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hart to Hart) and films (Asylum Seekers, The Grey Zone, This Boy's Life). He is featured in the 2009 film Leaves of Grass, starring Edward Norton. Wilkof lives in New York City with his wife, director Connie Grappo, and their daughter Perrie. Wilkof hails from Canton, Ohio, a town of approximately 80,000 and home to the Professional Football HOF. His father ran a steel scrap and iron business. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music in 1973, and also 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 for several weeks in New York City.


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