Eric Close

Eric Close


5/24/1967, Staten Island, NY

Birth Name

Eric Randolph Close



Also Known As

  • Eric Close on Nashville Season 1.
  • Eric Close on Nashville Season 1.
  • The cast of Nashville.
  • Eric Close on Nashville.
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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…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (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."

    • (On "Without a Trace")
      Eric Close: The audience responds to a sense of hope. On our show, there's hope that someone is going to be found.

    • (On life after the TV series 'Now and Again')
      Eric Close: I started looking and going, 'Man, where did that six-pack go?' You realize how much work it takes to be in phenomenal shape.

    • (On getting the role in "Now and Again")
      Eric Close: I read the script and went, 'Wow!' I was blown away by it. I'd done a few series before where everything's sort of neatly tied together at the end of every episode, and the villain's usually killed. I was accustomed to that. Here I get to the end and ask, 'What happens?' So when I met with Glenn, I asked him that question. Glenn went on and on and basically came full circle to say to me, 'To be honest, I have no idea where it's going to go and I'm going to leave it at that.'

  • Pretty good actor.

    Liked on "Without a trace" and "Suits".
  • forced to play second

    Eric was brilliant when he stared in "Now and Again" as Michael Wiseman. It’s a real shame that he is forced to play second and sometimes third fiddle to all the other people on "Without a Trace." At least, he occasionally gets his own sub storyline plot. Hopefully, that will change.