Who is Griffin Santopietro?
Griffin Santopietro is an American actor, probably best known to the world as Anthony LaRusso in the TV series “Cobra Kai” (2018-2022), and as Jeddy in the film “The Week Of” (2018), in addition to several other notable roles he’s already secured in his young career.
Griffin Santopietro Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Griffin Santopietro was born on 5 January 2005 in Portland, Maine, USA, the son of Kathy and John Santopietro. He has an older brother Max, who is also involved in the show business, but has pursued a career in music instead of acting.
He spent the first 10 years of his life in Connecticut before the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. There he became interested in acting, and began appearing in school plays. He eventually participated in the nationwide talent search based in Orlando, Florida – “Talent Inc” – and won the Best Overall Child Actor Award. After this, he began pursuing a professional career in acting while still in the local Charlotte Preparatory School, and is currently attending high school, and studying acting at Stella Adler Studio.
Griffin made his debut at just 11 years old when he appeared in the true-crime documentary series “Homicide Hunter”. The series starred Joe Kenda, once an extremely successful Homicide Detective for the Colorado Springs, CO Police Dept, now retired, as he explores his old cases through reenactment, giving insight into his thought process along the way. The series received high praise for its originality, and the effort to bring the work of a police detective closer to the public.
Rise to Stardom
After his debut, Griffin waited for the next on-screen appearance for two years, however, the wait paid off, as he was chosen for the part of Anthony LaRusso in the TV martial arts comedy-drama series “Cobra Kai”, the sequel to the original “The Karate Kid” films by Robert Mark Karmen. The series premiered on YouTube Red/YouTube Premium, and aired for two seasons before it moved to Netflix onwards with the third season.
Both film stars, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka return to portray now aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. While Lawrence is a deadbeat alcoholic, LaRusso is a successful businessman with a wife and two sons – one, Anthony, portrayed by Griffin. Spoiled, demanding, and playing video games, Anthony is not a karate fan and doesn’t want to learn martial arts from his father. He gets in all kinds of trouble in school, starting a rivalry with the opposing Cobra Kai gang. The sixth season of the popular series has been announced, and Griffin is hoping that his character will be seen more and be a bigger part of the final season. So far, he’s appeared in 26 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series, which has only increased his popularity, although he is yet to win an award for his work on the show; the role has launched Griffin to prominence.
In addition to his long-term project with “Cobra Kai”, Griffin has made several other appearances through the years.
2018 was his breakthrough year – he portrayed Jeddy in the comedy film “The Week Of” (2018), about two fathers who have to spend a week together for the wedding of their children, starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Steve Buscemi, and written by Sandler and Robert Smigel, who also directed the film.
The same year, Griffin portrayed Tommy in the coming-of-age story about military brats who find a treasure map, but have to embark on a rescue mission to save one dad from kidnappers, naming their close-neat rescue group “The Rack Pack”. The film starred C. Thomas Howell, Nico Ford and Hunter Lee Manning, while it was directed by Thomas J. Churchill.
Griffin Santopietro on working on Season 3 of Cobra Kai
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In 2019 he was Young Fran in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, starring Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess, about a woman rescued from a doomsday cult, starting a new love affair in New York City.
Then he had a one-time appearance in the TV comedy crime-drama series “Bull”, with Michael Weatherly in the lead role of brilliant Dr. Jason Bull, a psychologist and trial science expert, head and founder of the Trial Analysis Corporation (TAC).
To speak further of his accomplishments, Griffin appeared in the TV medical-drama series “New Amsterdam” (2021) as Linus Wilding, then in 2022 portrayed Carey in the film “I’m Not Gay”. The same year, Griffin played Eric in the horror film “Terrifier 2”, about a sinister entity, Art the Clown, who targets a teenage girl and her younger brother for Halloween, written and directed by Damien Leone, with Lauren LaVera, David Howard Thornton and Jenna Kanell in the lead roles.
Moreover, Griffin is now working on the drama film “A Paracosm”, written and directed by Marco Baratta, in which he will co-star with Will Hochman and Marianne Rendon.
According to authoritative sources, Griffin Santopietro’s net worth is estimated at $200,000, as of early 2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single?
Griffin has won many hearts with his looks and talents, however, he seems to remain single for the time being. According to reports, he isn’t dating anyone, being fully focused on his rising career.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Griffin Santopietro has black hair and brown eyes. He’s 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, weighs approximately 130lbs (60kgs), and his vital statistics are 36-29-12.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
Griffin is not much of an outdoor activities guy – he prefers to stay inside, play video games, listen to music, and is interested enough to so far release one song, “The Best of Me” in September 2019.
He also loves to travel, and other than around the US, he’s been to several European countries, including France, of which he speaks as his favorite travel destination.