Eric is good friends with actor Tate Donovan. The two have worked together on three movies - Memphis Belle, Jesus & Hutch and The Lather Effect. They also appeared together in Homicide: Life on the Street and Partners on television and were both cast in the plays, The American Plan and The Glass Menagerie, off-Broadway.
While he was editing the second Grey's Anatomy that he directed, Shonda Rhimes asked him to portray the serial killer William Dunn in a special three part arc.
Eric's first major screen credit was for his role as Danny Hicks in the 1983 movie Running Hot.
It took 20 weeks to develop Eric's role in Chicago Hope as Dr. Robert Yeats.
Eric is the only member of his family to have red hair.
Eric has a 100 CD multi-disc music player and his favorite music genres range from classical, jazz, rock, alternative and world music.
Eric would not have accepted the role of Howard Thomas in the mini-series The Triangle if it was going to be a on-going show, as he would not like to work on the same project for a prolonged amount of years.
Eric's favorite movie directors are John Ford, Howard Hawks and Billy Wilder.
It took three and a half hours to apply the make-up that transformed Eric into the character Rocky Dennis in the movie Mask.
Eric directed and composed the music for a short film called The Bulls which was released in 2005.
Eric accepted the role of Father Michael Sweeney in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season 3, Episode 23) because it focused on abuse, and Eric is strongly against abuse as he personally knew people when growing up who were abused.
Eric's awards nominations: (Award - Category)
Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special (2002)
Indie Supporter Award - For supporting indie filmmakers (1998)
Independent Spirit Award - Best Supporting Male (1995)
Gold Special Jury Award - Best Actor (1992)
Golden Globe - Best supporting role (1986)
ShoWest Award - Male star of tomorrow (1985)
He doesn't have a TV, but he has a monitor on which he watch movies.
Eric says that his grandfather had the greatest influence in his life.
Eric appeared as Lance in the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction.
His zodiac sign is Libra.
His height is 6' (1m83).
Eric starred in, as Uncle Charlie and also directed the 2001 movie My Horrible Year, for which he was nominated for a daytime Emmy.
He moved to New York in 1981.
He was raised in both American Samoa and Santa Barbara.
Eric starred in the 2005 movie The Honeymooners as William Davis.
He lived with Bridget Fonda from 1990-1998.
Eric guest starred in the 2005 season finale of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace as Tom Cassidy.
Eric produced the movies Bodies, Rest & Motion in 1993, Sleep with Me in 1994, and Mr. Jealousy in 1997.
His mother, Evelyn, died in 1994. She suffered from cancer.
In 1988, he made his Broadway debut in Our Town. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.
The first film he played in was Fast Times at Ridgemont High as Stoner Bud in 1982.
Eric attended the University of Southern California, but dropped out in his Junior year.
When he was 14 years old, he was earning money by playing piano for the local musical theater productions.
He dated actress Ally Sheedy from 1980 to 1983.
Eric is not, as many believe a collector of antique guns, this is a fake fact that has spread around the internet.
He once dated actress Lili Taylor.
He dated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh from 1985 to 1989.
Eric's sister, Catherine Stoltz, is a professional opera singer.
Director Cameron Crowe promised Eric a role, no matter the size, in every one of his films.
He once dated actress Laura Linney.
Eric is a vegetarian.
He was originally cast as Marty McFly in the 1985 movie Back to the Future, but was ultimately dismissed because he "didn't act enough like a teenager." He was subsequently replaced by Michael J. Fox.
Eric: (On his feelings when acting) I don't know, the feeling that I get in my stomach. I guess it's that butterflies in your stomach kind of feeling. It's like what I would imagine going on a tightrope would be. You feel a little bit scared, a little bit high and a little bit excited. It's a fun life.
Eric: (On his nude scene in Haunted Summer) I love onscreen nudity, especially if it is someone else that is nude. If it is integral to the story, and to the character then, to me, it is a litmus test of an actor's commitment to a role and ability to rise above his or her or society's hangups about the human body. In Haunted Summer I was playing the poet Shelley, who loved to bathe and swim in the nude. It wouldn't have made much sense for me to be frolicking about under a waterfall in Italy in a waistcoat and boots. Although, I must say, I do enjoy gratuitous nudity as long as it's purely exploitative.
Eric: (On independent films) There's a strange sense of accomplishment in making an independent film. Everything's against you; there's no time, and even less money- you bring a bottle of glue, chip in twenty bucks, and hope you all make it through the day. If you manage to finish it and it actually turns out to be pretty good, it's thrilling.
Eric: (On acting with Cher) Wow...It was great working with Cher. Actually, I get asked that question a lot because Cher is a much wondered about icon. And I gotta say, she was a delight to work with. An absolute delight. I mean, when you see Cher, that's what she's like. She says what she thinks. She's honest, she's straightforward, and she's talented. And I think people respond to that. I certainly did.
Eric: (On what movies he gets recognised from) Well, it depends. You know, the sort of dissolute teenagers and the hipper crowd, it's usually Pulp Fiction they peg me from. For little girls it's Little Women. For a certain-aged woman, it's from Some Kind of Wonderful. It's something different each time.
Eric: (On his perfect day) My perfect day is constantly changing. Right now, it would be to lie around in a hammock reading with a portable phone and a table of food next to it. I would spend all day there. And that's all that I can possibly come up with on the spur of the moment.
Eric: (On the film Mr. Jealousy) Well, I read the script, and it made me laugh. And it's so rare to not only want to finish reading a script - because most scripts are dreadful - but that I actually laughed out loud, to the point where I was disturbing the people around me. So I thought to do this film would be fun.
Eric: Yoko [Ono] was the sweetest woman I have ever had the privilege of hanging around on a video set with.
Eric: (On what role he always wanted but never got) I was up for Michael Corleone in The Godfather, but, as I was only 10 at the time, I think Mr. Coppola made the right choice. The Julia Roberts role in Pretty Woman held a bizarre allure for me. But, it's silly to look back with regret...
Eric: (On his pets) I have several dogs and several cats who aren't really mine. In fact, they think that I am theirs. I'd like to have some goats and chickens, but I travel around too much.