‘The Orville’ – Don’t ask Scott Grimes for spoilers

Grimes and boss go way back

Scott Grimes

No one likes to incur the wrath of the boss.

So when Scott Grimes, who plays the cocky Lt. Gordon Malloy on “The Orville,” finds himself approached by fans of the Thursday Fox space comedy for spoilers, he is understandably circumspect, lest he anger his co-star and the show’s creator Seth MacFarlane. On some shows, that’s a good way to get killed off.

“I’m not that person to kind of tweet stuff and all that,” the 47-year-old Massachusetts native explains. “But we’ve had some people on the show tweet some things and they get a call from Fox immediately – or Seth. Well, Seth probably calls Fox and says, ‘Call this son of a b… .’ ”

In his 30-plus years as a working actor, Grimes has assembled a long list of TV and film credits, working with everyone from Bob Hope and Merv Griffin to Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe.

But arguably his most fruitful working relationship has been with MacFarlane, his current boss and co-star not only on “The Orville,” but also on the long-running animated series “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” on which he does voice work. He appreciates how MacFarlane gives him input and latitude when it comes to portraying his character.

“I think Seth is the perfect boss,” Grimes says. “I think he gives you the freedom to do what you want; that’s why he hired you in the first place. He also gives you his mind and his ideas, which far exceed mine as far as comedy (goes). I think I have a little bit of his wit because I’ve been doing ‘American Dad’ with him for so long.

“But he’s also a good supporter,” he continues. ” … As an actor he listens so if he finds something funny or sad, he’ll laugh or cry even though his character’s not supposed to. He’s a good actor to be acting across from and he’s the most intelligent (actor or producer) I’ve ever worked with.”

Full name: Scott Richard Grimes

Birth date: July 7, 1971

Birthplace: Lowell, Mass.

Family ties: Has a son and a daughter with his first wife; niece is “The Young and the Restless” actress Camryn Grimes; engaged to his “The Orville” co-star Adrianne Palicki

TV credits include: “Hotel,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Who’s the Boss?” “Charles in Charge,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “My Two Dads,” “21 Jump Street,” “Wings,” “Party of Five,” “Band of Brothers,” “Dexter,” “NCIS,” “Suits,” “Criminal Minds,” “Shameless,” “Republic of Doyle,” “Justified,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “NCIS: Los Angeles”

Movie credits include: “Critters” (1986), “Critters 2” (1988), “Crimson Tide” (1995), “Mystery, Alaska” (1999), “Robin Hood” (2010), “Winter’s Tale” (2014), “Santa Con” (2014), “The Lost Tree” (2016)

Did you know: Grimes is also a singer with three albums and the hit single “Sunset Blvd” to his credit

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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