Lee Grinner Pace

Today’s post is one of those that started in the “drafts” folder with exclamation marks and attempts at sentences and not much else. But this wasn’t writers block, kittens. Oh, no. Blame for the lack of my usual loquaciousness belongs squarely at the feet of the subject of today’s post, one of the few gentlemen in my life who can make me get all, like, non-verbal and stuff.

Everyone, say hello to Lee Grinner Pace.



If you’d rather skip reading the rest of this post and stare at those mesmerizing eye-crinkles instead, I understand.

Lee and I were destined to be together – here at The Blog of Funny Names, I mean – since the momentous occasion of his birth in the town of Chickasha, Oklahoma. A fellow drama geek, Lee temporarily dropped out of high school to join a theatre company, but returned to complete his degree and get accepted to the acting department of a little institution called The Julliard School. As if my little theatre-loving soul wasn’t his already, Lee cemented his status as one of the most important men in my life – here at The Blog of Funny Names, I mean – by earning nominations for not one, but two, Lucille Lortel Awards for his work off-Broadway.

Lee’s film work is as varied as my taste in men, and he’s had roles in everything from the “Twilight” franchise to “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”, but I love him the most for what he did for me in my living room.

Ahem. On television, kittens.

From 2007 to 2009, Lee was the star of “Pushing Daisies” which is maybe one of my most favourite television shows ever in the history of television, which is saying something. The series received 17 Primetime Emmy nominations and seven wins over the course of its two seasons, and the fact that it was cancelled keeps me up at night. Lee plays Ned, a quiet baker who spends his days quietly baking at The Pie Hole. Ned has an ordinary name and an extraordinary gift – his touch can bring people back from the dead. But this gift comes with strings, as gifts like this often do – if he brings a person back to life for more than 60 seconds, someone else has to die in their place. And if he touches someone he brought back to life again, they’ll die again, and irreversibly this time. Sound dark? It is, sort of. I say “sort of” partly because the show is shot like this:


and partly because it’s also busting at the seams with wit and charm and wonderful-ness. My friend Kelly, who understands my love of fictional characters perfectly because she blogs about her own, can describe it better than I can:

The pilot episode of Pushing Daisies is named “Pie-Lette,” so let no one say they don’t know exactly what they’re getting into when they start this show. Pushing Daisies is cute. But it’s cute as seen through the eyes of the man who created Hannibal, so it’s also morbid and self-aware and different from anything else out there. ‘Pushing Daisies’ recap: Does he touch you? from the EW.com Community

But I saved the best thing about “Pushing Daisies” for last. The three most important people in Ned’s life are named: Charlotte “Chuck” Charles, Emerson Cod, and Olive Snook. And they are in Every. Single. Episode.



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Would rather spend time in TV land than Corporate World. Writes at wordsbecomesuperfluous.com and wishes she was more like Ingrid Bergman.
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25 Responses to Lee Grinner Pace

  1. ksbeth says:

    while i have never seen this show, i easily see how it would all be worthwhile just to see the eye crinkles and friends with stunning names.

  2. kerbey says:

    I also have never heard of this man, who is easy on the eyes. Who can blame you for appreciating his name? I want to call him Lee Inner Peace. If you’ve never died, is he allowed to touch you repeatedly?

    I’m with you–it turns my brain into exclamation marks.

    • amb says:

      I know. I’m getting no work done today whatsoever, and I’m totally fine with that.

      Ooh, I know this one! ME! ME!! HE CAN TOUCH MEEEE !!!

      Next question …

  4. Dave says:

    I only watched a few episodes of Pushing Daisies but I’d like to get more into it! P.S. I never knew eye-crinkles was a thing that women cared about. Good to know!

    • amb says:

      Remind me again if you watched “Wonderfalls”? If you didn’t, you should get into that one too. It has the same kind of quirk. It also has the same creator and oh, yeah, the same wonderful eye-crinkling Lee ❤

      PS They are totally a thing.

    • Liz says:

      first the hoodie zipping thing and now the eye crinkles. Dave, Dave, Dave. So much to learn! And I don’t think they’ll cover this in med school. Amb’s pretty busy right now, but maybe if you ask her really sweetly she’ll teach you a bit more about what girls like?

  5. Bonnie says:

    Oh, a definite yes to the eye crinkles. Yes, Dave, good thing to know! 😉

  6. Cassandra says:

    LOVED Pushing Daisies. Even have it on DVD. Can’t believe that’s the same guy!

    • amb says:

      Wasn’t it just the best?!? I miss it all the time. Meanwhile, our boy Ned is going to be playing Ronan the Accuser in the next Avengers movie!

  7. wdydfae says:

    That must be Nicholas Cage’s boy!

    They grow up so fast.

    That show sounds good! Now I keep thinking about how much experimentation it must have taken to work out all the conditions of the “resurrection touch”:

    “What?!” “Wow!” “Cool!” “Huhn?” “Whoops.” “Uh-oh.” “Uh . . .” “OK, I think I’m getting it . . .” “Dang!” “OK, I’m good.” “Wait, maybe not . . .”

  8. unfetteredbs says:

    That was a good show… Shame it was cancelled! Eye-crinkles.. Love that

  9. Liz says:

    because I really need a new show to watch… sigh… another for the list

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