his tours with Newton-John ended, Griparis performed in several Joliet
Guild productions, and then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater
at Lewis University. He has acted in everything from professional world-premier
productions to classic Shakespeare. His
film and TV appearances include the role of Monte the colorman in the blockbuster
hit movies Major League I and II.
Always looking for a new challenge, Skip combined his sense of humor with his music and acting skills to produce a satiric musical comedy act. In addition to performing numerous times at the Rialto Theater, he has headlined Dangerfield's in New York, Zanies in Chicago, and the Ice House in Los Angeles. A Chicago Tribune poll recognized Griparis as one of the top five comics in the country.
And now, coming full circle, Skip relinquishes the satire and returns to his first love--performing his own music--lyrical, romantic, heartfelt and witty original songs featured in his solo CD, Love in Lincoln Park. Co-lyricist is former Jolietan and Trilogy member, Bob Wilson. You may soon be able to enjoy Skip's new, intimate theatrical play of the same name, which features all the music from the CD.
Skip Griparis has flourished in many of the performing arts. After first studying piano and saxophone as a boy, he began his professional career while at Joliet West High School as a singer/guitarist in the first of a succession of top-rated pop/rock bands. Skip also found the time to work as an announcer at WJRC-AM Radio. Following high school, he continued his music studies at Joliet Junior College.
Soon Skip released his first album on Mercury Records as a member of Trilogy, a Joliet- based band that opened for such artists as Count Basie and Buddy Rich. Griparis also became a staff writer for United Artists Publishing, where he penned songs that have sold worldwide. Next, he joined Chicago's MCA recording artists New Colony Six. After a two-year stint, he left to sing and play in the Olivia Newton-John band, a position he held for four years. Skip performed with Olivia in a wide range of venues, including the Bu-Do Kan in Tokyo, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, and on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.