Gary Grimes

Gary Grimes (born June 2, 1955) is a former American actor.

Gary Grimes
Born (1955-06-02) June 2, 1955
Years active1967-1983


Gary Grimes' first major role was in the 1971 film Summer of '42, playing a teenager who has an affair with a beautiful older woman, played by Jennifer O'Neill. For that role, Grimes was nominated in 1972 for a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer, as well as the Male and a BAFTA Award as Best Newcomer.

Grimes also starred in the sequel Class of '44 (1973), which followed his character to college.

Grimes' other film credits include Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) alongside John Wayne, The Spikes Gang (1974) with Lee Marvin and Ron Howard and the cult Disney film Gus (1976), about a mule that kicks field goals. He was offered a TV series during that time period, but turned it down.[1]

Grimes appeared in only six films, and largely retired from show business in the late 1970s (except for an episode of Matt Houston in 1983). He still lives in Los Angeles and has remained out of public view since that time, working for a charitable organization. "I got to the point where the work wasn't up to the quality that I wanted," Grimes told American Profile magazine in 2011. "I'm very happy in my decision."[1]


Year Film Role Other notes
1971 Summer of '42 Hermie
1972 The Culpepper Cattle Co. Ben Mockridge
1973 Class of '44 Hermie
Cahill U.S. Marshal Danny Cahill
1974 The Spikes Gang Will Young
1976 Gus Andy Petrovic
Year Title Role Notes
1967 Gunsmoke Bede Roniger Episode: Baker's Dozen
1970 The Brady Bunch Teenage Boy Episode: Tiger! Tiger!
My Three Sons Student Episode: You Can't Go Home
1971 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Episode: The Baby Sitter
1976 Once an Eagle Jack Devlin NBC Miniseries
1983 Matt Houston Episode: The Purrfect Crime

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Series or film
1972 BAFTA Awards Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Summer of '42
Golden Globe Awards Most Promising Male Newcomer


  1. Reznak, Jr., Tony (March 3, 2011). "Ask AP: Gary Grimes What's the actor doing these days?". American Profile. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
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