Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Birth name
Eric Anthony Roberts
Born
April 18, 1956 ( age: 61 )
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
Education

Henry W. Grady High School

Occupation (s)

Actor

Years active

1977–present

Spouse

Eliza Garrett (m. 1992)

Children

Emma Roberts

Parent

Walter Grady Roberts
Betty Lou Bredemus

Relatives

Julia Roberts (sister)
Lisa Roberts Gillan (sister)
Keaton Simons (stepson)

One of Hollywood's edgier, more intriguing characters running around and about for decades, Eric Anthony Roberts started life in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is the son of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights. His siblings are actors Lisa Roberts Gillian and Julia Roberts, and he grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his acting career at age 5 in a local theater company called the "Actors and Writers Workshop", founded by his late father. After his schooling at Grady High, he studied drama at age 17 in London for two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, then returned to the States and continued his studies at the American Academy in New York. He made his NY stage debut in "Rebel Women" in 1976 at age 20 and appeared in regional productions, once playing the newspaper boy in a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Shirley Knight and Glenn Close.

Eric Roberts and "The Expendables"

After appearing in such daytime soaps as Another World (1964) and How to Survive a Marriage (1974), his career began to shift fast forward when he copped a leading role in a major film. In King of the Gypsies (1978), based on Peter Maas' best-seller about a fracturing dynasty of New York City gypsies, he made his debut alongside an intimidating roster of stars including Judd Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, Shelley Winters andSterling Hayden. Young Eric held his own expertly (winning a Golden Globe nomination) while his burning intensity and brooding charm marked sure signs of star potential. After this, he won the lead opposite Milo O'Shea in the 1980 stage production of "Mass Appeal". He suffered serious injuries in a car accident during his nascent film career but lost no fans by the time he returned to co-star with Sissy Spacek as a small-town stranger in Raggedy Man (1981). It was, however, his stark and frightening portrayal of two-bit hustler Paul Snider, the cast-off boyfriend who slays Playmate-turned-movie starlet Dorothy Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway) in Звезда Плейбоя (1983) that really put him on the movie map and earned him a second Golden Globe nomination. A wide range of fascinating, whacked-out roles were immediately offered to him on a silver plate. He played another dangerous streetwise hustler type in Папа Гринвич-Виллидж (1984) opposite fellow rebel Mickey Rourke; a cocky soda pop sales exec in the Australian comedy Парень из фирмы 'Кока-Кола' (1985); appeared with more charm and restraint opposite Rosanna Arquette in the offbeat romantic comedyNobody's Fool (1986) and topped his prolific period off with an Academy Award nomination as a young prison escapee hiding out with Jon Voight aboard an out-of-control train in the ultra-violent, character-driven action adventure Поезд-беглец(1985). Good things continued to happen when he was a replacement lead in the original run of "Burn This" and won a Theatre World Award for his 1988 Broadway debut.

A risky, no-holds-barred actor, he was often guilty of overacting if given half the chance. His film career began to slide in the late 1980s, appearing in more quantity than quality pictures. A series of missteps led to unheralded appearances in such bombs as the karate-themed Лучшие из лучших (1989); the NY urban thriller Скорая помощь (1990); the action western Blood Red (1989), which took three years to release and is the only film Eric and his sister Julia Roberts appeared in together; and Rude Awakening (1989) when he filled in as a burned-out hippie opposite a Chong-lessCheech Marin. More under appreciated "B" filming came with the 1990s (Свободное падение (1994), Sensation (1994), The Nature of the Beast (1995), etc.), while also chewing the scenery with a number of mobster types in TV-movies, including one as "Al Capone". He soon began appearing as flashy secondary villains and creepies that showcased other stars instead, such as Окончательный анализ (1992) starring Richard Gere, Пленники небес (1996) top lining Alec Baldwin, and Тёмный рыцарь (2008), part of the "Batman" series with Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger.

Eric's undeniable, unconventional talent would occasionally mesh with the perfect role. At the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, he received critical applause for his starring role as a man dying of AIDS in the uplifting and emotional film Это моя вечеринка (1996) and earned more honors as a writer marked for murder in the mob-themed story La Cucaracha (1998). He was also perfectly cast as one of the cold-blooded killers in the Emmy-nominated TV adaptation of Truman Capote's chiller In Cold Blood (1996). Eric continued to appear sporadically on TV in such dramatic series as Закон и порядок. Преступное намерение (2001), while sometimes showing a fun side as well in comedy (Король Квинса (1998)). His own series work included Клава, давай! (2002) and, more recently, and in the cult program Герои (2006) where promise for a longer participation ended with his character's death.

Recovered from a long-standing cocaine problem, Eric wed, for the first time, actress/writer Eliza Roberts (nee Garrett). They have appeared in such films as Killer Weekend (2004) and Junior Pilot (2005). His daughter from a former relationship,Emma Roberts, is a newly popular and fast-rising "tween" actress from the seriesНетакая (2004) and has played youthful super-sleuth Нэнси Дрю (2007) on film. Eric's unpredictable, volatile nature which works so mesmerizing on screen has also led to troubling times off camera; his relationship with younger sis Julia Roberts has been seriously strained for quite some time.

1999 Spawn Petey Voice role
Episode: "The Mindkiller"
1999 Façade Colin Wentworth  
1999 Two Shades of Blue Calvin Stasi  
1999 Heaven's Fire Dean McConnell Television film
1999 Hitman's Run Tony Lazorka/John Dugan  
1999 The Hunger Jean Episode: "The Dream Sentinel"
2000 The Beatnicks Mack Drake  
2000 Sanctimony Lieutenant Television film
2000 No Alibi Victor Haddock/Stanley Joiner  
2000 Luck of the Draw Carlo  
2000 The Alternate The Replacement  
2000 Falcone Raymond "The Madman" Ricci Television series (4 episodes)
2000 Cecil B. Demented Honey's Ex  
2000 Tripfall Mr. Eddie  
2000 Race Against Time James Gabriel Television film
2000 The King's Guard Augustus Talbert  
2000 Mercy Streets Rome  
2001 Strange Frequency Bob Henry  
2001 The King of Queens Strohmeyer Episode: "Paint Misbehavin"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Winfield Episode: "Victims"
2001 Mindstorm David Mendez  
2001 Stiletto Dance Kit Adrian Television film
2001 Fast Sofa Robinson  
2001 Walking Shadow Police Chief DeSpain Television film
2001 Frozen in Fear Sean Television film
2001 Raptor Sheriff Jim Tanner  
2001 Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 First Officer Mike Hogan Television film
2001 Con Games Officer Hopkins  
2002 Roughing It The Foreman Television film
2002 Wrong Number Josh Grey  
2002 Spun The Man  
2002 Breakaway Jimmy Scalzetti  
2002 Wolves of Wall Street Dyson Keller  
2002–05 Less than Perfect Will Butler Television (59 episodes)
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television Series
2002 Justice League and Justice League Unlimited Mongul (voice) Television (3 episodes)
2002 "Down Azz Chick" White Cop Ja Rule music video
2003 Endangered Species Lt. Mike "Sully" Sullivan  
2003 Intoxicating Teddy  
2003 National Security Nash  
2003 The Long Ride Home Sheriff Hank Bowman  
2003 L.A. Confidential Pierce Patchett TV pilot
2004 Killer Weekend Jack Talbot  
2004 Miss Cast Away Maximus Powers  
2004 Six: The Mark Unleashed Dallas  
2004 Border Blues Coyote Larry  
2005 Final Approach Coach Davis  
2005 Confessions of an Action Star Police Chief also known as Sledge: The Untold Story
2005 Break a Leg Michael Richard Lange  
2005 Graves End Tarkington Alexander Graves  
2005 Danny Phantom Dark Danny (voice)  
2005 CSI: Miami Ken Kramer Episode: "Whacked"
2005 The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Arlis  
2006 8 of Diamonds Charlie Klamanski  
2006 Phat Girlz Robert Myer  
2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Older Antonio  
2006 Hollywood Dreams Thomas Kurt  
2006 One Way Nick Swell  
2006 DOA: Dead or Alive Donovan  
2006–07 The L Word Gabriel McCutcheon Television (3 episodes)
2006 Fatal Desire Joe Television film
2006 Aurora Mr. Brown  
2007 Pandemic Mayor Dalesandro Television film
2007 Killer Weekend Mason This is a separate production from the 2004 film, yet it is the second film of the same name starring Roberts.
2007 Heroes Agent Thompson Television (8 episodes)
2008 Light Years Away Dr. Howard Melvin  
2008 Witless Protection Wilford Duvall  
2008 Fear Itself Harry Siegal/Harry Bender Episode: "Spooked"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Roy Hubert Episode: "Betrayed"
2008 Dark Honeymoon L.A. Guy  
2008 The Dark Knight Sal Maroni  
2008 Depth Charge Commander Krieg Television film
2008 The Cleaner Ray Crin Episode: "Here Comes the Boom"
2008 Entourage Himself Episode: "Tree Trippers"
2008 Cyclops Emperor Tiberius Television film
2009 In the Blink of an Eye Captain Jones  
2009 The Steam Experiment Grant  
2009 Rock Slyde Jake the Deliveryman  
2009 Royal Kill Dad  
2009 Shannon's Rainbow Mitchell Prescott  
2009 Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia Vaslov  
2009 The Whole Truth Yaro Maroslav  
2009 The Butcher Merle Hench  
2009 Project Solitude John Sola  
2009 Crash Seth Blanchard Television (13 episodes)
2009 Crimes of the Past Robert Byrne  
2010 Westbrick Murders John  
2010 Enemies Among Us Cobbs  
2010 Groupie Angus  
2010 The Expendables James Munroe  
2010 Class Benjamin Sheffield Television film
2010 Reality Star Frank  
2010 Sharktopus Dr. Nathan Sands Television film
2010 Hunt to Kill Lee Davis  
2010 Chuck Packard Episode: "Chuck Versus the Couch Lock"
2010 First Dog President of the United States  
2010 Bed & Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident Mr. Hopewell  
2010 Kingshighway Frank Monviano  
2011 The Wayshower Parley Hinkins  
2011 The Young and the Restless Vance Abrams Television series
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Andy Armus Episode: "The Time Is Now"
2011 Chillerama General Bukkake Segment "Wadzilla"[5]
2011 Burned Captain Holloway Television film
2011 Silver Case Senator  
2011 Burn Notice Reed Perkins Episode: "Fail Safe"
2011 Jesse Chris  
2011 Grace Michael Grace Television film
2011 Vegan 101 Dr. Eaton Wright Season 3
2012 obSETHed Eric Television series
2012 Deadline Ronnie Bullock  
2012 Heal Thyself Dr. Cash Short film
2012 Snow White: A Deadly Summer Grant  
2012 The Dead Want Women Sonny Barnes  
2012 Bloodwork N/A  
2012 The Finder Uncle Shad  
2012 The Whipping Club Priest Cinematic Book Trailer
2012 Femme Fatales David Bannion Television series (1 episode)
2012 The Night Never Sleeps Hector  
2012 Mirror Image Captain Fanning  
2012 Bullet in the Face Racken Television series
2012 Stealing Las Vegas Alex Stratholme  
2012 Beyond the Trophy Sgt. Bachman  
2012 A Halloween Puppy Ted Television film
2012 L'onore e il rispetto 3 Tom Di Maggio Italian television series
2012 The Mark Cooper  
2012 Das Kind Robert Stern  
2012 Worth: The Testimony of Johnny St. James Hickey  
2012 Christmas in Compton Tommy Maxell  
2012 Mary Doctor Marley Short film
2012 23 Minutes to Sunrise Daniel  
2012 This Shining Night Marc  
2012 The Unbreakable Sword Captain Lockwood  
2012 iVOTE McAllum Short film
2013 Eric's Place Eric Television series (1 episode)
2013 Lovelace Nat Laurendi  
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft Mr. Sebastian  
2013 The Devil's Dozen N/A  
2013 A Talking Cat!?! Duffy the Cat Voice role
2013 Betrayal Tony  
2013 High Heels, Low Standards Senator Starling Television series (1 episode)
2013 Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End Sheriff Jensen  
2013 This Is Our Time Bob  
2013 Sink Hole Cutter  
2013 Paranormal Movie Dr. Lipschitz  
2013 Lip Service Mr. Esposito  
2013 Cool Cat Finds a Gun Celebrity PSA Short film
2013 Potter's Filed Peter Short film
2013 Scavenger Killers Agent Guthro  
2013 Tainted Love Fred Lucas Television series (4 episodes)
2013 The Cloth Father Tollman  
2013 The Hot Flashes Lawrence Humphrey  
2013 Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire Sheriff Jensen  
2013 The Perfect Summer Lou  
2013 A New York Heartbeat Casket Mike  
2013 Assault on Wall Street Lawyer Patterson  
2013 Run Jeremiah  
2013 Abstraction Angelo Moretti  
2013 Self Storage Walter  
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Brother Daniel Larson Episodes: "Skin in the Game"
"The Devil and D.B. Russell"
2013 So This Is Christmas Bill  
2013 The Mark: Redemption Cooper  
2013 Assumed Killer Taxi Driver Television film
2013 Before I Sleep David  
2013 Deadtime Stories N/A Television series (1 episode)
2013 The Ten: Vain N/A  
2013 All American Christmas Carol N/A  
2013 Bonnie & Clyde: Justified Frank  
2013 Day of the Gun Abraham Tanner  
2013 Dante's Inferno Animated Dante Voice role
2013 White T Ricardo  
2013 The Wicked Within Dr. Woods  
2013 Jet Set Dr. Brix  
2013 The House Across the Street Officer Peterson  
2013 Janie Charismanic Max  
2013 Family on Board Prosecutor Short film
2013 Rumors of Wars Zurn  
2013 Garden of Eden Earl Wild  
2013 Las Vegas Story Walter  
2013 Before It's Too Late Jack Short film
2013 Wrong Cops    
2014 Good Mourning, Lucille Ristori  
2014 Chicks Dig Gay Guys Mr. Wagner  
2014 Love Me True Father Anthony  
2014 BlackJacks Mr. Cromwell  
2014 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Dr. Philip Tenenbaum  
2014 Justified Agent Miller Television series (1 episode)
2014–15 Suits Charles Forstman Recurring role, Seasons 4-5
2014 Inherent Vice Michael Z. "Mickey" Wolfmann  
2014 Eternity: The Movie Gene Weiner  
2014 Road to the Open Tim Gollant  
2014 Six Gun Savior The Devil  
2014 Sebastien Jonathan  
2014 Fractured Dr. Jason Ballard  
2014 Camp Dread Julian Barrett  
2014 The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) Governor Hughes  
2014 Zombie Dream Eric  
2014 Rock Story Andy Granite  
2014 Stranded William  
2014 Les Wolf N/A  
2014 Miracle Underground Chilean President  
2014 Down Angel Warren Knox  
2014 Story of Eva Detective Wood  
2014 Dante's Hell Documented Dante (voice)  
2014 Job's Daughter Detective McQueen  
2014 The Beautiful Ones Carl  
2014 Moments of Clarity Hal Spreadum  
2014 Intent Detective Gordon  
2014 Spreading Darkness Stu Undercoffler  
2014 All American Horror Jim Blackwell  
2014 Taco Shop Old School Eddie  
2014 The Fix N/A  
2014 A Remarkable Life Jack  
2014 Buddha Eyes Greg Morrison  
2014 Santa's Boot Camp Mall Santa  
2014 Golden Shoes Frank  
2014 Relentless Justice Lanzetta  
2014 Doctor Me Dr. McMillan  
2014 Jake's Road Keith  
2014 RockLand Michael Rossi  
2014 L.A. Slasher The Mayor  
2014 A Bet's a Bet Mr. Campbell  
2014 Let the Lion Roar Augustine of Hippo Documentary
2014 Dead Ringer Peter Bengston  
2014 The Rally 2: Breaking the Curse Santiago  
2014 The Best Thanksgiving Ever Rod  
2014 Sector 4 Shadow Man  
2014 Starcrossed Rommel Lazarus  
2014 Project 12: The Bunker Henderson  
2014 Wild Things in Europe 3D Detective Novak  
2014 It's Not a Date Dad  
2014 Monsters of Mulberry Street Joseph Coletti  
2014 A Fatal Obsession Michael Ryan  
2014 Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs Trent Walker  
2014 Lazarus Rising James Connelly  
2014 The Reel Deal Himself  
2015 Skin Traffik The Executive Action
2015 The Confidence Game David  
2015 West End Victor Trevi  
2015 Kowel's Voice Kempf  
2015 School's Out Eric Roberts  
2015 American Sharia Officer Richardson  
2015 The Unwanted Dr. Glen Bennett Pre-production
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Richard Sheridan Episode: "Wawahi moe'uhane"
2015 Osprey Apollos Post-production
2015 Lost Girl Jake/Hades  
2015 Sicilian Vampire Detective Louis Marshall  
2015 The Condemned 2 Frank Tanner  
2015 Stalked by my Doctor Dr. Albert Beck Television Film
2015 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart Prisoner Chris Cornell music video
2016 Compadres Dalton  
2016 Black Wake Dr. Frank  
2016 The Wind Walker Mr. Jacobsen  
2016 Father Dr. Eric Owens  
2016 The Wrong Roommate Prof. Floyd Mezner Television Film
2017 The Mob: A Woman's Revenge Johnny Racan  
2017 The Immortal Wars Dominion Harvey