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. He appeared as The Wizard in the San Francisco production of Wicked, a role which he had previously played on the First National Tour of the show.
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. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music in 1972 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. Wilkof moved to Los Angeles and took small film and television roles (Hart to Hart, The Entity). 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.
Wilkof has appeared in numerous television series, includin 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. He directed the film No Pay, Nudity, with a cast that stars Nathan Lane, Ted Lavine, and Laurie Metcalf.
He played the role of OJ Berman in Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 2013.
Wilkof lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, director Connie Grappo. They have one child, a daughter.
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