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.
Eric Close was nominated for "Best Actor on Television" for the series Now and Again.
He sang "Jingle Bells" with Bridgette Wilson, Nina Arvensen, Sydney Penny, and Michael Brainard in 1993.
Eric was featured in a karaoke video for the Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin duet called "Separate Lives".
Eric was in a commercial for the American Dairy Association in 1993.
Eric was featured on the cover of "Tv Guide" in 1999 and in 2004.
He appeared in many local theatrical productions while growing up in San Diego.
In 1991, Eric made his TV debut in an episode of MacGyver.
Eric was nominated for a Saturn award in the "Best Genre TV Actor" category in 2000.
He is a passionate reader of historical books.
He is a devout Christian.
Eric Close was in a 10-part mini-series called Taken, where he worked with Steven Spielberg and received a Golden Globe nomination.
He volunteered for "Literacy Site" (June 26-30, 2006).
Eric has blue eyes.
His first role was in a theater production called Rat Songs in Los Angeles where he caught the eye of an agent.
Eric's father is an orthopedic surgeon.
He graduated from Valhalla High School in 1985.
He has two younger brothers Randy and Christopher.
Eric often includes "Phillipians 4:13" on his autographs. The verse reads, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
(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.'