John Griffin was born and raised on Long Island, the son of two educators. He graduated from Stanford University, studied at Oxford University, then decided to forgo Columbia Law School, opting for a career in Hollywood instead. After many commercials and several guest star appearances, he was nominated for Los Angeles' version of the Tony
The Ovation Award - in the category of Best Lead Actor for his
performance as "Jason" in the pop-opera "Bare." For that performance, he was also nominated for the Robby Award. He later reprized his role in a workshop off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop. Also off-Broadway, John starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Eli Wallach in a workshop of "The Secret Order" at the John Houseman Theatre. A formerly ranked tennis player and an accomplished singer, he is also a writer and producer. A Slamdance Semi-Finalist, John signed his first production deal with SVP at Fremantle Media to develop a documentary sitcom he created with two partners. That same team then partnered with Beacon Films on a scripted drama. Most recently, a spec pilot he wrote was developed for NBC by Steve Stark Productions (The Event, Fairly Legal.) While continuing to act and write, John became an Executive Producer at Varuna Entertainment in 2012.