Born on 9th July 1971, in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, Scott Christopher Grimes is a singer and actor, known for prominent roles in “American Dad!”, “Party of Five”, “The Night They Saved Christmas”, and other shows and movies. More recently, he’s played Gordon Malloy in the sci-fi comedy drama show “The Orville”, joining the cast in 2017.
On the music side of things, Scott is part of Russell Crowe’s band, Indoor Garden Party, and was the co-writer of “Sunset Blvd”, a soft rock single that remained on the Billboard charts for weeks.
Scott was born to Pam and Rick Grimes and lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until he was ten. In 1981, the family moved to Dracut, with the Grimes children attending local public schools. Scott’s sister, Heather Grimes, is also an actress, whereas his niece, Camryn, is known for playing Mariah Copeland and Cassie Newman on “The Young and the Restless”.
Aged 13 years old in 1984, Scott kickstarted his acting career with roles in three TV films: “A Doctor’s Story”, “The Night They Saved Christmas”, and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”. The following year, he guest starred in an episode of “The Twilight Zone”.
Scott was also a talented singer from his childhood, and sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” in a Bob Hope TV special that aired in March 1986 and was taped in Sweden. In the same year, he made his film debut as Brad Brown in “Critters”, and was cast as Jack Randall in “Together We Stand” and Chad McCann in “Who’s the Boss?”, making sporadic appearances in both series through 1987.
In 1987, Scott was a guest vocalist on Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters’ album “Time”. Richard himself thanked the talented adolescent for his performance, adding: “I believe young Scott to have quite a future in music.” His debut album, “Scott Grimes”, was produced by Richard, and released by A&M Records just two years later; his second and third albums, “Livin’ on the Run” and “Drive”, were released in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
Other projects of Scott’s in the late 1980s include voicing Pinocchio in “Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night”, working alongside Connie Stevens and Dwayne Hickman in the TV movie “Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis”, and guest starring in the series “Charles in Charge” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. In 1988, he reprised his role as Brad Brown in “Critters 2: The Main Course”, and a year later, he played Archie Melville in the zombie comedy production “Night Life”.
The 1990s got off to a slow start for Scott, as he guest-starred in “My Two Dads” and “21 Jump Street” and played Schroder in “Letters from the Heart”. In the same decade, he had just two other film roles – playing Petty Officer Hilaire in the 1995 action thriller “Crimson Tide”, and portraying Brian Burns in the critically acclaimed sports comedy “Mystery, Alaska”.
However, there’s a good explanation for this, as in 1994 Scott was cast as Will McCorkle in “Party of Five”, a role that lasted until 2000. Will appeared in every season of the show, as Bailey Salinger’s best friend from high school. Despite being aimed towards a teenage and young adult demographic, “Party of Five” explored mature themes including – but not limited to – cancer, domestic abuse, parental loss, and teen pregnancy.
Concurrently, Scott was also cast as Garth in the UPN sitcom “Goode Behavior”, but which was cancelled after just one season that lasted 22 episodes. His next starring role would be playing Sergeant 1st Class Donald Malarkey in ten episodes of the 2001 war miniseries “Band of Brothers”; in the same year, he guest starred as Seth Kolatch in an episode of “First Years”.
Sometimes influence goes both ways. Scott Grimes talks about the lasting impact Band of Brothers had on both himself and the real Tech Sergeant Donald Malarkey. Listen here: https://t.co/S5PCbIJT5b pic.twitter.com/bQMaq2HObA
— HBO (@HBO) October 28, 2021
In 2002, Scott finally returned to film by playing Owen in the romcom “Couples”. Over the next few years, he would play Tehan in “Dreamkeeper”, Jerry in “To Kill a Mockumentary”, and Steve Smith in “Inside the CIA”. Unfortunately for the actor, his film career has been rather hit-and-miss, as most of the projects he’s appeared in in have been commercial flops.
From 2003 to 2009, Scott played Dr. Archie Morris in the NBC series “ER”. At first, Dr. Morris was intended to provide viewers some much-needed comic relief; however, he was upgraded to a main role in season 12 and became central to many storylines and episodes in the last seasons of the show. Viewers were pleased with Dr. Morris’s character development, as he transitioned from a brash and belligerent individual with a penchant for marijuana, to a well-rounded medical professional in a healthy relationship.
Since 2005, Scott has also voiced Steve Smith in “American Dad!”. Other characters he’s voiced in the sitcom include Frat Guy and Midget Assassin.
Since 2017, Scott has been playing Lieutenant Gordon Malloy in “The Orville”. After an eight-year hiatus from the big screen, the actor spent much of 2022 and 2023 filming for an undisclosed role in “Oppenheimer”, a thriller film written and produced by Christopher Nolan, and which has been enormously hyped up thanks to the popularity of its leading star, Cillian Murphy.
Despite being a household name for millions of Americans, most fans of Scott’s have no clue about what’s going on in his personal life. The musician married his long-time girlfriend, Dawn Bailey-Grimes in May 1997; they welcomed a son and a daughter before divorcing in 2007. Four years later, Scott walked down the aisle for a second time with Megan Moore. Although Scott and Megan’s union was a largely uneventful one, fans were surprised when she filed for divorce in October 2017.
Mere months later, Scott was revealed to be dating his glamorous “Orville” co-star Adrianne Palicki. Although there was no proof of the actor being unfaithful to Megan with Adrianne, the proximity of the two relationships came as a shock to netizens. When Scott and Adrianne announced their engagement in January 2019 and married in Texas just four months later, “Orville” fans rejoiced at their favorite actors’ seemingly happy ending – but the worst was yet to come.
Adrianne filed for divorce from Scott in July 2019, a mere two months after tying the knot. Even though the couple appeared to have patched things up when they dismissed the divorce proceedings in November of the same year, they separated permanently in June 2020, with Adrianne filing for divorce the following month.