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Scott Grimes
Grimes in 2010
Scott Christopher Grimes

(1971-07-09) July 9, 1971 (age 52)
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1983–present
Dawn Bailey
(m. 1997; div. 2007)
Megan Moore
(m. 2011; div. 2017)
(m. 2019; sep. 2020)
RelativesCamryn Grimes (niece)
Musical career
GenresPop rock, soft rock
LabelsA&M, Velocity, Madjak

Scott Christopher Grimes (born July 9, 1971)[1] is an American actor and singer. Some of his most prominent roles include appearances in the TV series ER as Dr. Archie Morris, Party of Five as Will McCorkle, Band of Brothers as Technical Sergeant Donald Malarkey, and the animated sitcom American Dad!, voicing Steve Smith. He is also well known by cult movie fans for his role as Bradley Brown in the first two Critters films as well as his roles in the 1984 Christmas TV movies The Night They Saved Christmas and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear. From 2017 to 2022, he was a regular on the Fox/Hulu sci-fi comedy drama The Orville as Gordon Malloy.

As a singer, Grimes is best known for co-writing and performing the soft rock single "Sunset Blvd", which peaked at number 18 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in April 2005.[2] He is also known for being one of the four singers in Russell Crowe's band Indoor Garden Party.[3]

Early life[edit]

Grimes was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Pam and Rick Grimes.[1] He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico until he was 10, when he moved to Dracut, Massachusetts and attended Dracut Public Schools. His sister, Heather Grimes, is also an actress. He is the uncle of Camryn Grimes, who is known for her roles as Cassie Newman and Mariah Copeland on The Young and the Restless.[1]


Grimes started acting at an early age. In 1984, at the age of 13, he co-starred with Mickey Rooney in a made-for-TV holiday movie titled It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.[4] In 1985, he appeared in an episode of the Twilight Zone called "Little Boy Lost."

Grimes also began singing in childhood, and in March 1986 appeared on a Bob Hope TV special, singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." The special was taped in Sweden with the King and Queen in attendance. In 1987, he performed as a guest vocalist on the Time album by Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters, where Carpenter thanked the 15-year-old Grimes for his "spirited" performance, commenting in the liner notes, "I believe young Scott to have quite a future in music." Grimes' first music album, Scott Grimes. was released by A&M Records in 1989, with the single "I Don't Even Mind" and produced by Carpenter. In 2005, he released his second album, Livin' on the Run, and in 2010 his third, Drive.

In 1987, Grimes voiced Pinocchio in the dark animated film Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. In 1988, he appeared with Dwayne Hickman, Connie Stevens, and her daughter Tricia Leigh Fisher in the TV movie Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis; Grimes, Hickman, Stevens, and Fisher also appeared on the All-Star Super Password Special with Bert Convy.[5] He had also guest starred on the NBC sitcom Wings. He is also known for his 1987 recurring role on Who's the Boss as Alyssa Milano's character's love interest, Chad McCann and his regular appearances in the 1994–2000 series Party of Five as Will McCorkle.

Grimes starred as Sergeant Donald Malarkey in the HBO mini series Bands of Brothers in 2001.

Grimes starred on the NBC series ER playing Dr. Archie Morris from 2003 until the series' end in 2009. Initially a recurring character on ER, he later was upgraded to a main role in season 12. The character initially provided comic relief, but grew over the years, becoming central to several episodes and story lines in the series' final seasons.[6]

Since 2005, Grimes has voiced Steve Smith in the American animated sitcom American Dad! He has also voiced the recurring characters Midget Assassin and Frat Guy, as well as several additional characters, each of whom appear in only one episode.[7]

Grimes' film credits include the dark comedy Who's Your Monkey and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. On October 11, 2010, Grimes announced on his Twitter that he would voice a character on the animated series Family Guy,[8] which would turn out to be Joe Swanson's previously thought-to-be-dead son, Kevin Swanson. On March 19, 2013, he was cast as Dave Flynn on the NCIS: Los Angeles episode entitled Red, the first episode of a two-part backdoor pilot to another NCIS spin-off which would have been named NCIS: Red, but it was not picked up. Grimes had previously appeared in an NCIS episode entitled "Baltimore" in 2011 as Detective Danny Price, Anthony DiNozzo's former partner at the Baltimore P.D.

From 2017 to 2022, he played cocky helmsman Gordon Malloy, the best friend of Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) on the Fox/Hulu sci-fi comedy drama The Orville, created by executive producer MacFarlane.

Personal life[edit]

Grimes has a son and a daughter with his first wife, Dawn Bailey-Grimes, whom he married on May 5, 1997.[6] In December 2011, he married Megan Moore. She filed for divorce in October 2017.[9] At the San Diego Comic-Con in 2018, it was revealed that he was dating his Orville co-star Adrianne Palicki. The two announced their engagement in January 2019,[10] and married in Austin, Texas, on May 19, 2019.[11][12] Two months later, in July 2019, Palicki filed for divorce, but had it dismissed in November.[13][14] The couple separated again in June 2020, with Palicki again filing for divorce in July.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Critters Brad Brown
1987 Frog Arlo Anderson
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Pinocchio Voice role
1988 Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis Georgie Gillis
Critters 2: The Main Course Brad Brown
1989 Night Life Archie Melville
1991 Letters from the Heart Schroder
1995 Crimson Tide Petty Officer Hilaire
1999 Mystery, Alaska Brian "Birdie" Burns
2002 Couples Owen
2003 Dreamkeeper Tehan / Red-Headed Stranger
2004 To Kill a Mockumentary Jerry
2005 Inside the CIA Steve Smith Short film
2007 Who's Your Monkey (aka: Throwing Stars) Mark
2010 Robin Hood Will Scarlet
2014 Winter's Tale Carriage Driver
2015 Pearly Gates Richard Weiner
2023 Oppenheimer Counsel


Year Title Role Notes
1984 A Doctor's Story Charles Wickes Television film
The Night They Saved Christmas David Baldwin
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Robbie Westin
1985 The Twilight Zone Kenny Episode: "Little Boy Lost"
1986–1987 Who's the Boss? Chad McCann 2 episodes
Together We Stand Jack Randall 19 episodes
1987 Foofur Additional voices 13 episodes
Popeye and Son Episode: "There Goes the Neighborhood/Prince of a Fellow"
1988 Charles in Charge Gary Marlin Episode: "Sarah Steps Out"
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Eric Episode: "Evolution"
1990 My Two Dads Jordan Episode: "Power Struggle"
21 Jump Street Christopher Episode: "Buddy System"
1991 Frogs! Arlo Anderson Television film
1992 Wings Marty Episode: "Noses Off"
1994 Birdland Scott McKenzie Premiere episode
1994–2000 Party of Five Will McCorkle 70 episodes
1995 McDonalds Himself Double Cheeseburger Commercial
1996–1997 Goode Behavior Garth 22 episodes
2001 First Years Seth Kolatch Episode: "...And Then You Die"
Band of Brothers Sergeant 1st Class Donald Malarkey 10 episodes
2003–2009 ER Dr. Archie Morris 112 episodes
2005–present American Dad! Steve Smith, various voices Main role
2010 Dexter Alex Tilden Episode: "In the Beginning"
2011 NCIS Detective Danny Price Episode: "Baltimore"
Harry's Law ADA Ben Episode: "Purple Hearts"
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Larry the Donut (voice) Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
Republic of Doyle Jimmy O'Rourke 4 episodes
2011–present Family Guy Kevin Swanson, various voices Recurring role
2012 Suits Thomas Walsh Episode: "All In"
2013 Criminal Minds Donnie Bidwell Episode: "Carbon Copy"
2013–2017 NCIS: Los Angeles Special Agent Dave Flynn 3 episodes
2014 Shameless Doctor Zabel Episode: "Iron City"
2015 Justified Seabass 6 episodes
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Thomas Zimmerman Episode: "Sheltered Outcasts"
2017–2022 The Orville Lieutenant Gordon Malloy Main role
2024 Ted Matty Bennett Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Warped Kart Racers Steve Smith Archival Recording




Year Single Chart Positions Album
1989 "I Don't Even Mind" 34 Scott Grimes
"Show Me the Way to Your Heart"
2005 "Sunset Blvd" 18 Livin' on the Run
"Livin' on the Run" 34

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1985 Young Artist Award Exceptional Performance By a Young Actor in a Television Special or Mini-Series It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Nominated [16]
1986 Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Feature Film – Comedy or Drama Critters Nominated [17]
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a New Television Comedy or Drama Series Together We Stand Nominated
1987 Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series Nothing Is Easy Nominated [18]
Outstanding Young Actor/Actress/Ensemble in Animation Voice-Over[a] Potato Head Kids Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Critters Nominated [19]
1989 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Guest-Starring in a Syndicated Family Comedy, Drama, or Special Frog Nominated [20]
Most Promising Young Vocal Recording Artist: Actor Nominated
1991 Outstanding Hosts for a Youth Variety or Game Show[b] Wide World of Kids Nominated [21]


  1. ^ Young Artist Award nomaination shared with Ian Fried, Susie Garbo, Christina Lange, Scott Menville, Kellie Martin, Anne Marie McEvoy, David Mendenhall, Breckin Meyer and Laura Moone.
  2. ^ Young Artist Award nomination shared with Jason Hervey.


  1. ^ a b c "Grimes, Scott 1971-". Encyclopedia.com. Cengage. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Adult Contemporary". Billboard. April 23, 2005.
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Russell Crowe's Slow Sunday, 2019". Bbc.co.uk. October 27, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Jason Ankeny (2009). "Movies: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1984)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 28, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
  5. ^ ""Super Password" episode guide? – GSN Buzz". Gsn.com. February 14, 2014. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Mason, Dave (November 19, 2007). "One shot 'ER' role became steady job for Scott Grimes". Ventura County Star. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Scott Grimes". IMDb. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Grimes, Scott [@ScottGrimes] (November 4, 2010). "@SethMacFarlane gave me a character on "family guy"!!! How stoked am i!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "THE ORVILLE' STAR NEXT VOYAGE ...SPLITSVILLE". TMZ. October 30, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  10. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (January 18, 2019). "The Orville Co-Stars Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki Are Engaged". E!. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ming-Na Wen on Instagram: "True love. Eternal joy. Husband and wife. These two special lovebirds exchanged their vows yesterday. It was…"". Instagram. Retrieved May 20, 2019. Non-loginwalled link at bibliogram.pussthecat.org
  12. ^ "Ming-Na Wen on Instagram: "What a magical night in Austin, Texas yesterday. Not only have I had the great fortune to have worked with Adrianne and Scott, but I also…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 23, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Goldstein, Joelle (July 23, 2019). "Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes Divorcing After 2 Months Of Marriage". People. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  14. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (November 26, 2019). "'The Orville' stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes call off divorce". Wonderwall. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  15. ^ Stone, Natalie (July 23, 2020). "The Orville's Adrianne Palicki Files for Divorce from Scott Grimes for the Second Time". People. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "Seventh Annual Youth in Film Awards". youngartistawards.org. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  17. ^ "Eighth Annual Youth in Film Awards". youngartistawards.org. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  18. ^ "Ninth Annual Youth in Film Awards". youngartistawards.org. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  19. ^ "Saturn Awards (Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films)". filmaffinity.com. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  20. ^ "Tenth Annual Youth in Film Awards". youngartistawards.org. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  21. ^ "Thirteenth Annual Youth in Film Awards". youngartistawards.org. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2023.

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