via press release
Grizz Chapman has a recurring role as actor Tracy Morgan's sidekick named "Grizz" in the seventh and final season of Emmy award-winning television comedy series, "30 Rock, which airs on Thursday nights on NBC.
He's planning on making an appearance at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 13, at booth 658 from noon to close, doing a meet and greet and signing autographs.
Grizz is continuing to grow as an actor who sees entertainment as a career path that has become as important to him as his music. Although his size cannot be ignored (he is seven foot tall), it is not the sum of his talent. Grizz has never been the “stereotypical big dude;” his life has never been one-dimensional, so his roles shouldn‟t be either.
Raised in Brooklyn‟s Linden Projects, Grizz began his career working as club security/bodyguard. Grizz capitalized on this opportunity to use both his size and his ambition to his advantage to pursue his longtime interest in music, hoping to meet and network with musicians and other like minded people by being part of the club scene; while getting paid in the process. Soon his path would change. During a work-out with an aspiring wrestler friend, Grizz was approached by a casting agent and soon appeared on ESPN in a Korean wrestling special, which featured former football players and bodyguards. By this time, Grizz had worked with several entertainers, such as Missy Elliot, WyClef Jean, and Xzibit; NBA‟s Stephen Jackson; and comedian Katt Williams as a personal bodyguard, while continuing private club security during intervals.
Grizz is also an advocate for Kidney Disease and a Spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. In 2010, Grizz was diagnosed with E.S.R.F. (End Stage Renal Failure) and after shedding over 160 lbs, 2 years of dialysis while taping 30 Rock, he underwent a successful kidney transplant. “After my diagnosis, I began a courageous fight for my health and for my life.” Chapman said. “This experience has taught me the importance of organ and tissue donation and how we need to celebrate the heroism of donors and the positive impact they make on the lives of recipients.” Grizz has been on a crusade to raise awareness of kidney disease and the effects it has on the body. Bringing light to the early warning signs and the risk factors can help prevent people from progressing to E.S.R.F. and dialysis. He recently formed Team Grizz, which regularly participates in walkathons in support of the organization, including walks around the country, and works to raise awareness and funds to fight kidney disease.
To pursue his lifelong passion with music, Grizz started Dyman Enterprises in 2008, an entertainment company focused on music production, artist development, and recently launching into model management.