Giroday, Francois 1952–

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GIRODAY, Francois 1952–

(Francois de la Giroday)


Born March 18, 1952, in Oxford, England; immigrated to the U.S., 1958; became U.S. citizen, 1978. Education: Attended Queens College of the City University of New York; Marymount Manhattan College, B.A.; studied voice with Joy Kane, fencing with Chris Martin, mime with Lewis Gilbert, speech with Majorie Phillips, acting with Bertram Joseph, and movement with Fred Kurchak.

Career: Actor. CSC Repertory, company member, 1973–76; Mirror Repertory Company, New York City, member of company, 1983–86; Interact Theatre Company, Los Angeles, founding member, member of the board of directors, treasurer, and secretary, 1991–97. Also known as Francois de la Giroday.

Awards, Honors: Helen Hayes Award, Washington Theatre Awards Society, best lead actor, 1985, for Man and Superman; Theatre L.A. Ovation Award, best ensemble, 1994, for Counsellor–at–Law; BackStage West Award, outstanding performance—lead in a comedy, DramaLogue Award, Critics Award, and Robby Award, best actor in a comedy, all for Design for Living.


Stage Appearances:

Andre, Woyzeck, CSC Repertory Company, New York City, between 1973 and 1976.

Caliban, The Tempest, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

Denis, Loot, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

Haeman, Antigone, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

Len, The Dwarfs, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

The medium, Roshomon, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

Queequeq, Moby Dick, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

Sebastian, Twelfth Night, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 an 1976.

Spencer and Spencer, Jr., Edward II, CSC Repertory Company, between 1973 and 1976.

Jack Manningham, Gas Light, Theatre West Virginia, 1976–77.

Supervacuo, Androcles and the Lion, Theatre West Virginia, 1976–77.

Jack Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dorset Summer Theatre, Dorset, VT, 1977.

Michael, Rats, Impossible Ragtime Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Renfield, Dracula, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Tillie, He Who Gets Slapped, 53rd Street Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Wally, Out to Lunch, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Ariel, The Tempest, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1981.

Austin, True West, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1981–82.

Lelie, Sganarelle, American Repertory Theatre, 1981–82.

Rubin and Captain Narvinsky, Journey of the Fifth Horse, American Repertory Theatre, 1981–82.

Understudy for John Macy and Pete, Monday after the Miracle, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Feste, Twelfth Night, Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA, 1983.

Felix, Paradise Lost, Mirror Repertory Company, New York City, 1983–84.

Kiwi, The Hasty Heart, Mirror Repertory Company, 1984.

Petruchio, Taming of the Shrew, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1984.

The son, Six Characters in Search of an Author, American Repertory Theatre, 1984.

Valere, Tartuffe, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1984.

Jack Tanner, Man and Superman, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1984–85.

Tartuffe, Arena Stage, 1984–85.

Orsino, Twelfth Night, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1985.

Teddy Luton, The Circle, Mirror Repertory Company, 1985–86.

Tom, The Time of Your Life, Mirror Repertory Company, 1985–86.

Alfredo, Neapolitan Ghosts, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1986.

Fernando, Stella, New York Theatre Workshop, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Joseph Percival, Misalliance, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1987.

Woodrow, The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Duncan McFee, Double Double, Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA, 1988.

John McDermont, Ourselves Alone, Tiffany Theater, Los Angeles, 1989.

Peter and John, The Way We Live Now, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1989.

Henry, The Real Thing, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Berkshire, MA, 1991.

Trigorin, The Seagull, Alliance Theatre Company, then Arena Stage, 1991.

Mirabell, The Way of the World, Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA, 1992.

Sordo and man in cell, Scenes from an Execution, Mark Taper Forum, 1993.

Roy Darwin, Counsellor–at–Law, Interact Theatre Company, Los Angeles, 1994.

Lovborg, Hedda Gabler, Arena Stage, 1994–95.

Caliban, The Tempest, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, UT, 1995.

Wolsey, Henry VIII, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 1995.

Cardinal Richelieu, The Three Musketeers, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 1996.

MacDuff, Macbeth, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 1996.

Otto, Design for Living, A Noise Within, Glendale, CA, 1997.

Victor, Private Lives, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA, 1998.

Chrysalde, The School for Wives, South Coast Repertory, 2002.

Francois, Wintertime, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, 2002.

Major Tours:

Austin, True West, American Repertory, European cities, 1982.

Film Appearances:

Raging Bull, United Artists, 1981.

Alex Betancourt, Wall Street, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1987.

Jean–Jacques Baudelaire, 100 Percent (also known as 100% Percent), 1987.

Peter, Permanent Midnight, Artisan Entertainment, 1987.

Jean Phillipe, Godzilla, TriStar/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998.

Henri, Passport to Paris, Warner Home Video, 1999.

Croupier, Alex & Emma, Warner Bros., 2003.

Nuffaut, Catch That Kid (also known as Mission without Permission), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

Mr. Cornet, Carpool Guy, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Robert Hartman, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1986–87.

Fabian, The Lot, American Movie Classics, 1999–2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Dracula, The Phantom Eye (also known as Roger Corman's "The Phantom Eye"), American Movie Classics, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Bob McLaren, Call Me Anna, ABC, 1990.

Kirby Lyons, Framed, HBO, 1990.

Leonard Ripken, Single White Female 2, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Waiter, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, NBC, 1979.

Alexander Hamilton, Empire of Reason, PBS, 1987.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jimmy Deroux, "All This and a Gold Card Too," Legwork (also known as Leg Work), CBS, 1988.

Warren Brancton, "The Hollow Men," Beauty and the Beast, CBS, 1989.

Frank Benjamin, "Money Walks," Gabriel's Fire, ABC, 1990.

Larry Delson, "It's My Party and You'll Die If I Want You to," Freddy's Nightmares (also known as Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series), syndicated, 1990.

Doctor, "The Bitch Is Back," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990.

Bob Drexell, Capital News, ABC, 1990.

Frank Zimmer, The New Dragnet, syndicated, c. 1990.

Senator Fueller, FM, NBC, c. 1990.

Dr. Taylor Cartwright, "Sight Unseen," The Flash, NBC, 1991.

Male executive, "The Pick," Seinfeld, NBC, 1992.

Jor–El, "Big Girls Don't Fly," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1996.

Virini, "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place," Babylon 5 (also known as B5), syndicated, 1996.

Robert, "The Perfect Guy," Frasier, NBC, 1998.

Dr. Downey, "Murder, My Suite," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999.

Mr. Payson, "Final Conflict: Parts 1 & 2," Martial Law, CBS, 2000.

Wallace T. Gilliam, "Bad Chi," The Invisible Man, Sci–Fi Channel, 2001.

Robert, "Roe to Perdition," Frasier, NBC, 2003.

Captain Verlot, "Facade," Alias, ABC, 2004.

Appeared as Dr. Wallace, As the World Turns, CBS; as a stuffy announcer, Family Matters, ABC and CBS; and as Tustin Merrit, Profiler, NBC. Appeared in Guiding Light, Love of Life, and Search for Tomorrow, all CBS.