Eric Close

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Teddy Conrad on Nashville


5/24/1967, Staten Island, NY

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  • Eric Close was born in Staten Island, New York on May 24th, 1967. Before settling down in San Diego at the age of seven, his family had moved to Indiana and Michigan. Eric's father is an orthopedic surgeon. He is the eldest of three brothers. In fact, one of the brothers (Chris) had a part in The Magnificent Seven episode "Wagon Train". Eric graduated with a B.A. in communications at the University of Southern California in 1989.

    He married Keri in 1995 and has two daughters, Katie (born in October 1998) and Ella (born in April 2001). Eric is a very reserved person who likes to keep his private life separate from his work. He loves traveling the world. He's a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as mountain climbing/free climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing and surfing. He mentioned in one of his many interviews that he liked fly-fishing.

    Having always been a passionate reader of historical books, when the part of John Loengard (Dark Skies – television series based in the '60's) was proposed to him in an interview he declared, "Perfect. I now have the opportunity to live the moments that I could only have heard by what people said. Taking part in a project like this, it's like having a time machine at your disposal. Kennedy's new frontiers, which for my generation are stories told long ago, sometimes faded and incomplete. It would be wonderful to breathe filling your lungs with the air of that era."

    Eric had been interested in acting from a very early age. His first stage experiences he had was when he was in elementary school, already demonstrating his outstanding talent. It seemed as though his acting career was just a beautiful dream and would never come true. In 1989, he appeared in a small film made by some college students. Eric had become determined to start his career as an actor. He also had the ambition to become a film director. After his graduation, he had attended various auditions and done some publicity spots.

    His first role was in the theater production Rat Songs in L.A. He was then offered a part in the film American Me and Safe House, directed by Elena Mannus. Eric returned to the theater with Thanksgiving Cries.

    He appeared as a guest star in many television series: Santa Barbara (Sawyer Walker), MacGyver (security guard), and Major Dad (private tutor). He starred in McKenna (Brick McKenna), Sisters (police officer), Dark Skies (John Loengard), the television western The Magnificent Seven (Vin Tanner), and Now and Again (Michael Wiseman).

    At this moment Eric is filming a series called Without a Trace. This television series is based on a group of FBI agents who investigate cases of missing persons. He is also co-starring in Steven Spielberg's mini television series, Taken. His role is an alien.

    Eric has also played part in Keeping Secrets, Without Constant, A Stranger Beside Me, Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, Long Island Fever, and N.T.S.B./Everything That Rises.

    Birth Name:

    Eric Randolph Close



    Birth Place:

    Staten Island, NY

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    • (When asked if he has more confidence now, as opposed to when he was younger) Eric Close: Oh absolutely, but I think this business is an insecure business. If you want a couple things, I think I would have also told myself to try harder in school. To make more of an effort in school and take advantage of opportunities that life offers. There were times when I was in USC and there were opportunities I didn't take advantage of -- like say trying out for the sailing team as opposed to partying and hanging out all the time and being a bum.

    • (Remembering his first celebrity sighting) Eric Close: Oh, absolutely. I still get that. Clint Eastwood is shooting a new movie, and I got to see him -- that was cool. I'm a big fan of his directing. And way back when--13 years ago--I got the chance to meet Tom Cruise. He is a great guy. I feel a little bad for him. He is getting clobbered. The person I met was very humble and very kind. I've always been a fan of his.

    • Eric Close: When my wife and I were in England I took her to where the movie of Pride and Prejudice, her favorite novel, was filmed, and I recited Mr. Darcy's speech when he tells Elizabeth that he loves her and wants her to be his wife.

    • Eric Close: One thing I would say is to not worry what other people say about you. I admire people who know who they are at a young age. It can go too far though and they become too self-centered and arrogant, so I don't mean that. There was a recent article in 'USA Today' about saying no and how we have become a culture of yes people. To avoid conflict, we say yes. I would like to go back and say to myself that it is OK to say no--it doesn't mean you are not a good person.

    • Eric Close: I grew up in a household with a lot of encouragement. We were expected to do well though. I'm more of an artistic sort of person, so school wasn't my strong suit, and my dad is a surgeon. So that was challenging. There was pressure to excel academically, so dad would be happy. My parents have always been supportive in whatever I wanted to try. This is a guy who went to school for 14 years to become a surgeon. Sometimes I think he looks at what I do and says, "Here he is running around and pretending, and he makes a nice living. My son never grew up and he is getting paid for it."

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    • Eric made an appearance on the 2004 Academy of Country Music Awards show with his co-star of Follow the Stars Home, Kimberly Williams-Paisley. They introduced Sara Evans before her performance.

    • In 2003, Eric was a presenter for the Academy of Country Music Awards. Along with the music group Trick Pony, they presented the award for the best Vocal Duo/Group.

    • Eric is 5'11".

    • Eric's favorite television shows are Curb Your Enthusiasm and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

    • In 1993, Eric was nominated for the award of "Outstanding Male Newcomer" for the soap Santa Barbara in the Soap Opera Digest.

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