Roberts, Eric 1956–

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ROBERTS, Eric 1956–

(Eric A. Roberts)


Full name, Eric Anthony Roberts; born April 18, 1956, in Biloxi, MS; son of Walter (an actor, writer, and founder of Actors and Writers Workshop) and Betty Lou (an acting teacher; maiden name, Motes) Roberts; brother of Julia Roberts (an actress) and Lisa Roberts Gillan (an actress); married Eliza Garrett (an actress and casting director), 1992; children: (with Kelly Cunningham) Emma E. (an actress); stepchildren: Keaton Simons (an actor), Morgan Simons. Education: Trained for the stage at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, 1973–74, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 1974–75.


Agent—Iris Grossman, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Metropolitan Talent Agency, 4526 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010; Cunningham/Escott/Dipene and Associates, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (voice work). Manager—Teitelbaum Artists Group, 8840 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Publicist—Danny Duran, DDPR Marketing and Public Relations, 8225 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046. Web


Actor. Appeared in advertisements.

Awards, Honors:

Golden Globe Award nomination, best male motion picture acting debut, 1979, for King of the Gypsies; Boston Society of Film Critics Award, best actor, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best actor in a motion picture drama, both 1984, for Star 80; Academy Award nomination, best supporting actor, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor in a motion picture, both 1986, for Runaway Train; Theatre World Award, 1988, for Burn This; Golden Satellite Award nomination, International Press Academy, best actor in a television miniseries or movie, 1997, for In Cold Blood; New York Independent Film Festival Award, best actor, 1998, for La Cucaracha; Golden Satellite Award, best supporting actor in a musical or comedy television series, 2003, for Less Than Perfect.


Film Appearances:

Dave Stepanowitz, King of the Gypsies, Paramount, 1978.

Teddy, Raggedy Man, Universal, 1981.

Paul Snider, Star 80, Warner Bros., 1983.

Paulie, The Pope of Greenwich Village (also known as Village Dreams), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1984.

Becker, The Coca–Cola Kid, Cinecom/Film Gallery, 1985.

Buck, Runaway Train, Cannon, 1985.

Riley, Nobody's Fool, Island Pictures, 1986.

Alex Grady, Best of the Best, Taurus Entertainment, 1989.

Fred, Rude Awakening, Orion, 1989.

Matt Salinger/Donald Anderson, Options, Vestron, 1989.

Marco Collogero, Blood Red, Hemdale Releasing, 1990.

Fire Princess, 1990.

Alexander Villard, By the Sword, Hansen Entertainment, 1991.

Frank, Lonely Hearts, LIVE Entertainment, 1992.

Jimmy Evans, Final Analysis, Warner Bros., 1992.

Alex Grady, Best of the Best II, 1993.

Josh Baker, The Ambulance, Triumph Releasing, 1993.

Anthony, Babyfever, Rainbow Releasing, 1994.

Grant Orion, Freefall (also known as Firefall), October Films/Vidmark, 1994.

Jack Hart, Love Is a Gun, Trimark Pictures, 1994.

Tomas Leon, The Specialist (also known as El especialista), Warner Bros., 1994.

Adrian (Dusty), The Nature of the Beast (also known as Bad Company and The Hatchet Man), New Line Home Video, 1995.

Bubba Rocque, Heaven's Prisoners, New Line Cinema, 1996.

Himself, The Cable Guy, Columbia, 1996.

Martin, American Strays, Unapix Films, 1996.

Montrachet, The Glass Cage, Orion Home Video, 1996.

Nick Stark, It's My Party, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1996.

Assistant deputy director Spencer, Most Wanted, New Line Cinema, 1997.

Henry Smovinsky, Dead End (also known as False Pretense and Faux–fuyant), Libra Pictures, 1998.

Julia, Making Sandwiches, 1998.

Michael, The Prophecy II: Ashtown (also known as God's Army II and The Prophecy II), Dimension Home Video, 1998.

Walter Pool, La Cucaracha, White Rose Entertainment, 1998.

Calvin Stasi, Two Shades of Blue, 1998, Cutting Edge Entertainment, 2000.

Mr. Eddie, TripFall, Artist View Entertainment, 1999.

Mr. Venti, BitterSweet, Pioneer Entertainment, 1999.

Robert Woodfield, Restraining Order (also known as Der Todfeind and Der Todfeind—Ein Mann raecht seine Frau), New City Releasing, 1999.

Tony Lazorka/John Dugan, Hitman's Run, Lions Gate Films, 1999.

Augustus Talbert, The King's Guard, Shoreline Entertainment, 2000.

Carlo, Luck of the Draw (also known as Quicksand), VCL Communications, 2000.

Colin Wentworth, Facade (also known as Death Valley), Cinequanon Pictures International, 2000.

Customer, Dirk and Betty, AMCO Entertainment Group, 2000.

Honey's ex, Cecil B. DeMented, Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Mack Drake, The Beat Nicks, Atmosphere Entertainment, 2000.

Rome, Mercy Streets, Providence Entertainment, 2000.

First officer Mike Hogan, Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534, 2001.

Mike Neff, Sol Goode, Cutting Edge Entertainment, 2001.

Officer Hopkins, Con Games, MTI Home Video, 2001.

Robinson, Fast Sofa, Studio Home Entertainment, 2001.

Sean, The Flying Dutchman (also known as Frozen in Fear), Hannibal Pictures, 2001.

Sheriff Jim Tanner, Raptor, New Concorde, 2001.

Wrong Number, Tsunami Entertainment, 2001.

Boris, Fool Proof (also known as Murder by Numbers), Slipnot! Productions, 2002.

Dyson Keller, Wolves of Wall Street, Regent Worldwide Sales, 2002.

Police lieutenant Mike "Sully" Sullivan, Endangered Species, ThinkFilm, 2002.

Arlis, The Civilization of Maxwell Bright, Sneak Preview Entertainment, 2003.

The man, Spun, Newmarket Film Group, 2003.

Michael Richard Lange, Break a Leg, Catchlight Films, 2003.

Nash, National Security, Columbia, 2003.

Sheriff Hank Bowman, The Long Ride Home, Amazing Movies, 2003.

Coach Davis, Junior Pilot, Green Communications, 2004.

Dallas, Six: The Mark Unleashed,, 2004.

Jack Talbot, Killer Weekend, Film Experiment, 2004.

Maximus "Max" Powers, Miss Cast Away (also known as Miss Castaway and the Island Girls), Showcase Entertainment, 2004.

Tarkington Alexander "Tag" Graves, Graves End, Marlowe/Pugnetti, 2004.

Teddy Fields, Intoxicating, Rogue Arts, 2004.

(Uncredited) The Last Shot, Buena Vista, 2004.

Police chief, Sledge: The Story of Frank Sledge, Smashcut Films/Double Edge Entertainment, 2005.

Sheriff, Comedy Hell, Monster Productions, 2005.

Voice of Jack Hammer, Geppetto's Secret (animated), DVX Entertainment, 2005.

Forbidden, Swashbuckler Films, 2005.

Some sources cite appearances in Whitechapel, 1999, and Whitechapel 2: Fear.

Television Appearances; Series:

How to Survive a Marriage, NBC, c. 1974–75.

(As Eric A. Roberts) Ted Bancroft, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, 1976–77.

John Olansky, C–16: FBI (also known as C–16), ABC, 1997–98.

Voice of Peter, Spawn (animated; also known as Spawn: The Animated Series, Spawn 2, Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle, and Todd McFarlane's "Spawn"), HBO, 1997–99.

Dark Realm, beginning 2000.

Will Butler, Less Than Perfect, ABC, 2002–2005.

Larry Maklovski, Russkiye v Gorode Angelov (also known as Border Blues, A Force of One, and Russians in the City of Angels), Channel One (Russia), Ren–TV (Russia), and ORT Network (Russia), beginning 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Sean MacGinnis, Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (also known as Bride of Violence, A Family Matter, and Donna d'onore), syndicated, 1991.

Bill Bonnano, Love, Honor, & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage, CBS, 1993.

Perry Smith, In Cold Blood, CBS, 1996.

Eurymachus, The Odyssey (also known as Homer's "Odyssey," Die Abenteuer des Odysseus, and Odissea), NBC, 1997.

The foreman, Roughing It (also known as Mark Twain's "Roughing It"), The Hallmark Channel, 2002.

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee, Fox, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jacob Asch, Slow Burn, Showtime, 1986.

Jan Scruggs, To Heal a Nation, NBC, 1988.

Al Capone, The Lost Capone, TNT, 1990.

Michael Rossi, Descending Angel, HBO, 1990.

Cal Harper, Fugitive among Us, CBS, 1992.

Gil Freeland, Voyage (also known as Cruise of Fear), USA Network, 1993.

Reno Adams, Love, Cheat & Steal, Showtime, 1993.

Dr. Chandler Etheridge, The Hard Truth, 1994.

Dr. Ian Burton, Sensation, HBO, 1994.

Dannion Brinkley, Saved by the Light, 1995.

Jack, The Immortals, HBO, 1995.

Arthur Dunlop, Public Enemies (also known as Public Enemy #1), HBO, 1996.

Cass, The Grave, HBO, 1996.

Detective Walter D'Arcangelo, Dark Angel, Fox, 1996.

Karlin Pickett, Power 98, HBO, 1996.

The Master (Bruce), Doctor Who (also known as Doctor Who: Enemy Within and Doctor Who: The Movie), Fox, 1996.

Bob Wilson, The Shadow Men, HBO, 1997.

Russo, TNT, HBO, 1997.

Dylan Cooper, Past Perfect, HBO, 1998.

Ben "Bugsy" Siegel at the age of forty, Lansky, HBO, 1999.

Blackjack Britton, Purgatory, TNT, 1999.

Dean McConnell, Heaven's Fire (also known as Inferno der Flammen), Fox Family Channel, 1999.

Jacob, Windflowers, Romance Classics, 1999.

The replacement, The Alternate (also known as Agent of Death), Cinemax, 1999.

James "Jim" Gabriel, Race against Time, TNT, 2000.

Vic Haddock/Stanley Joiner, No Alibi, HBO, 2000.

David Mendez, Mindstorm (also known as Le projet mindstorm), Sci–Fi Channel, 2001.

Kit Adrian, Stiletto Dance, HBO, 2001.

Lieutenant P. Mann, Sanctimony, Cinemax, 2001.

Police chief DeSpain, Walking Shadow, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Scalzetti, Christmas Rush (also known as Breakaway), TBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Little Pioneers, c. 1961.

Paul, "Paul's Case," American Short Story, PBS, 1980.

Adam White (Miss Lonelyhearts), "Miss Lonelyhearts," American Playhouse, PBS, 1983.

Narrator, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (also known as Dear America), HBO, 1988.

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), NBC, 1990.

A Merry Mickey Celebration, ABC, 2003.

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Himself, Forever in Our Hearts: The Making of Documentary (documentary), 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 15th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1994.

"Hot New Trends," The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards, VH1, 1998.

Presenter, The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1988.

Guest, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1994, 1997.

Steven, "Drew's the Other Guy," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1996.

Richard L'Italien, "Capital P," Oz, HBO, 1997.

Voice of Chet, "Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstern Are Dead," Frasier, NBC, 1997.

Jean, "The Dream Sentinel," The Hunger, Showtime, 1999.

Nick Stratton, "Made in the U.S.A.," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1999.

Raymond "The Madman" Ricci, "But Not Forgotten," Falcone, CBS, 2000.

Raymond "The Madman" Ricci, "Paying the Piper," Falcone, CBS, 2000.

Raymond "The Madman" Ricci, "Tightrope," Falcone, CBS, 2000.

Sam Winfield, "Victims," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2001.

Strohmeyer, "Paint Misbehavin'," The King of Queens, CBS, 2001.

Himself, Dorothy Stratten: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Nancy McKeon, Lifetime, 2001.

Guest, The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 2001.

Lupo, "Parabolic," Witchblade, TNT, 2002.

Voice of Mongul, "War World: Parts 1 & 2," Justice League (animated; also known as JL, JLA, Justice League of America, and The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure), Cartoon Network, 2002.

Guest, Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2003.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2003.

Guest, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Himself, Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 2003, 2004.

Guest host, "Special 'Less than Perfect' Edition," Coming Attractions, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Voice of Mongul, "For the Man Who Has Everything," Justice League (animated; also known as JL, JLA, Justice League of America, and The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure), Cartoon Network, 2004.

Himself, Balderdash, PAX TV, 2004.

Guest, ALF's Hit Talk Show, TV Land, 2004.

Guest, On–Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Guest, Pyramid, syndicated, 2004.

Guest, The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2004.

Tournament player, Celebrity Blackjack, 2004.

Also appeared in The Andy Dick Show, MTV; The Test, FX Channel; and Walking after Midnight.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

John Olansky, C–16: FBI (also known as C–16), ABC, 1997.

Raymond "The Madman" Ricci, Falcone, CBS, 2000.

Bob Henry, "My Generation," Strange Frequency, VH1, 2001.

Will Butler, Less Than Perfect, ABC, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

First soldier, Rebel Women, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1976.

A Streetcar Named Desire, McCarter Theatre Company, Princeton, NJ, 1976.

Mark Dolson, Mass Appeal, Manhattan Theatre Club, Stage 73, New York City, 1980.

The Glass Menagerie, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1983.

Pale, Burn This, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, c. 1988.

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), New York City, 1990.

The Exonerated, Forty–Five Bleecker Street Theatre, New York City, between 2002 and 2004.

Also appeared in Charley's Aunt, The Member of the Wedding, and The Taming of the Shrew, all Actors and Writers Workshop, Atlanta, GA; and Alms for the Middle Class, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, Howard Stern, 1994, 1997.



The Making of "Mercy Streets," Signal Hill Pictures, 2001.

The Making of "Six," Signal Hill Pictures, 2004.

Music Videos:

Ja Rule, "Down Ass Bitch," 2002.



Entertainment Weekly, November 22, 1996, p. 85.

People Weekly, December 27, 2004, p. 28.

Premiere, May, 1996, pp. 60–69.

TV Guide, November 30, 2002, p. 12.


Eric Roberts Official Site,, January 6, 2005.

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