An endearingly geeky, bespectacled character actor who carved a respectable niche for himself with memorable roles in such popular television series as SeaQuest DSV and Xena: Warrior Princess, Ted Raimi may not have achieved the wild success of his prolific brother Sam (director of the Evil Dead and Spider-Man films), but he has still managed to build a healthy fan base thanks to his likeable personality, versatility, and undeniable screen presence.
Ted Raimi was born the youngest of four siblings in Detroit, MI. His parents were well-respected businesspeople in the suburbs of the Motor City; his father owned a chain of home furnishing stores and his mother a chain of lingerie shops. Despite the temptation to follow in the family businesses, Raimi was inspired by his brother Sam's prowess behind the camera and opted to try his hand at acting instead. Throughout his school years, Raimi would appear in many of his older sibling's Super-8 films, growing increasingly comfortable in front of the camera and gaining a keen perception of comic timing. His personable attitude and easygoing nature also found him gaining a solid reputation as a local DJ. Following high school, Raimi opted to head for Lansing and pursue his higher education at Michigan State University. A transfer to the University of New York followed shortly thereafter, with Raimi ultimately returning to his home state to attend the University of Detroit.