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In the Limelight: Scott Grimes

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jan 5th 2006 8:31AM
scott grimesScott Grimes is actually one of the few famous people I can say I knew somewhat well at one time. Back sometime around 5th grade or so, Scott was in my class in a small grammar school in Dracut, Massachusetts. I remember his first forays into the acting world, as he sang and performed well beyond a young kid's talents in school plays, then public television talent shows and eventually commercials. I remember at one point, he'd gotten a gig with a popular (at the time) toy car company, and how jealous we were that they gave him a bunch of the cars for doing the commercial. Times sure have changed for Mr. Grimes since those days.

Eventually Scott let us all know that he was packing up and moving on to California, to pursue his singing and acting career. After that, I'd only hear of what he was doing through a mutual friend. Eventually we got to see him break into movies with 'Critters' and its sequel, and the TV movie Frog. Still, I just knew this wasn't the rung he was going to stop on.

In 1994, many years after seeing or hearing anything about Scott, I tune into a new show with a familiar face, Party of Five. Scott made recurring appearances on the show as Bailey Salinger's best friend, Will McCorkle. This is where Grimes showed off his acting chops, eventually allowing his character to appear in some great episodes.

Again, the next time I happened upon Scott was by pure chance. In 1995, Grimes appeared in a small role as Petty Officer Hilaire in the movie 'Crimson Tide'. I had to do a double-take to see that it was him, but sure enough, he was still chugging up that ladder. He was in a scene with Gene Hackman! I mean, come on!

The real stuff came for Grimes when he appeared in the incredible HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, as TSgt. Donald Malarkey. This, I strongly believe, was what has shot this guy into the spotlight. The series was incredibly successful, and all actors in the series were phenomenal. There was no doubt in my mind I wouldn't be seeing the last of Mr. Grimes.

Then, like any other time I happen to see Scott on TV, I happen to switch to ER (a show I don't normally watch), and there he is, as Dr. Archie Morris. I still don't believe this is where it will end for this kid I knew from 20 years ago, but it's certainly no shabby place to call it a day. It's surreal sometimes to have been able to see a young kid make his way to that place in entertainment.

Oh yeah, I hear he seriously dated Alyssa Milano at one point. Not. Too. Shabby.

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Paul Escudero

Regarding Scott Grimes:

Scott is also an incredibly talented singer/songwriter. His new album "Livin' on the Run" hit stores last year and his first single "Sunset Boulevard" reached #17 on Billboards A/C radio (adult contemporary). Scott also won New Music Weekly's "A/C Artist of the Year" and "Single of the Year" for 2005.

Scott's passion is music. He will surely be a huge star in the music industry very, very soon!

January 05 2006 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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