Since breaking into showbiz more than two decades ago, Topher Grace’s career has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. The actor’s breakout moment came in 1998 via a coveted starring role on Fox’s hit sitcom “That ’70s Show.” He’d go on to appear in 178 episodes of “That ’70s Show” before unexpectedly exiting the series after its seventh season on the air, only returning for its 2006 finale. As with many actors who’ve walked away from small-screen hits, Grace left “That ’70s Show” in part to focus on his big-screen prospects, as he admitted to IndieWire, achieving varying degrees of success over the years.
At the time, the move hardly seemed like a gamble, as Grace had already carved out a solid cinematic resume with standout supporting turns in “Traffic,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” and “Mona Lisa Smile.” He’d also proven himself a capable enough leading man on the strength of modest hits like “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!,” “P.S.,” and “In Good Company.” Circa 2007, Grace scored what no doubt seemed his biggest gig yet when Sam Raimi tabbed him for a key role in a superhero blockbuster straight from the hallowed halls of Marvel Comics. Unfortunately, the tentpole project very nearly became a career killer for Topher Grace.