Eric Roberts Biography

Birthday: 1956-04-18
Place of Birth: Biloxi, Mississippi USA
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: One of Hollywood's edgier, more intriguing characters running around and about for decades, Eric Anthony Roberts started life in Biloxi, Mississippi, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his acting career at age 5 in a local theater company called the "Actors and Writers Workshop", founded by his late father, Walter Roberts. After his schooling at Grady High, he studied drama at age 17 in London for two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, then returned to the States and continued his studies at the American Academy in New York. He made his NY stage debut in "Rebel Women" in 1976 at age 20 and appeared in regional productions, once playing the newspaper boy in a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Shirley Knight and Glenn Close. After appearing in such daytime soaps as "Another World" (1964) and "How to Survive a Marriage" (1974), his career began to shift fast forward when he copped a leading role in a major film. In King of the Gypsies (1978), based on Peter Maas' best-seller about a fracturing dynasty of New York City gypsies, he made his debut alongside an intimidating roster of stars including Judd Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, Shelley Winters and Sterling Hayden. Young Eric held his own expertly (winning a Golden Globe nom) while his burning intensity and brooding charm marked sure signs of star potential. After this, he won the lead opposite Milo O'Shea in the 1980 stage production of "Mass Appeal". He suffered serious injuries in a car accident during his nascent film career but lost no fans by the time he returned to co-star with Sissy Spacek as a small-town stranger in Raggedy Man (1981). It was, however, his stark and frightening portrayal of two-bit hustler "Paul Snider", the cast-off boyfriend who slays Playmate-turned-movie starlet Dorothy Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway) in Star 80 (1983) that really put him on the movie map and earned him a second Golden Globe nomination. A wide range of fascinating, whacked-out roles were immediately offered to him on a silver plate. He played another dangerous streetwise hustler type in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) opposite fellow rebel Mickey Rourke; a cocky soda pop sales exec in the Australian comedy The Coca-Cola Kid (1985); appeared with more charm and restraint opposite Rosanna Arquette in the offbeat romantic comedy Nobody's Fool (1986) and topped his prolific period off with an Academy Award nomination as a young prison escapee hiding out with Jon Voight aboard an out-of-control train in the ultra-violent, character-driven action adventure Runaway Train (1985). Good things continued to happen when he was a replacement lead in the original run of "Burn This" and won a Theatre World Award for his 1988 Broadway debut. A risky, no-holds-barred actor, he was often guilty of overacting if given half the chance. His film career began to slide in the late 1980s, appearing in more quantity than quality pictures. A series of missteps led to unheralded appearances in such bombs as the karate-themed Best of the Best (1989); the NY urban thriller The Ambulance (1990); the action western Blood Red (1989), which took three years to release and is now solely remembered for being the only film Eric and superstar sister Julia Roberts appeared in together; and Rude Awakening (1989) when he filled in as a burned-out hippie opposite a Chong-less Cheech Marin. More underappreciated "B" filming came with the 1990s (Freefall (1994), Sensation (1994), The Nature of the Beast (1995), etc.), while also chewing the scenery with a number of mobster types in TV-movies, including one as "Al Capone". He soon began appearing as flashy secondary villains and creepies that showcased other stars instead, such as Final Analysis (1992) starring Richard Gere, Heaven's Prisoners (1996) toplining Alec Baldwin, and The Dark Knight (2008), part of the "Batman" series with Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger. Eric's undeniable, unconventional talent would occasionally mesh with the perfect role. At the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, he received critical applause for his starring role as a man dying of AIDS in the uplifting and emotional film It's My Party (1996) and earned more honors as a writer marked for murder in the mob-themed story La Cucaracha (1998). He was also perfectly cast as one of the cold-blooded killers in the Emmy-nominated TV adaptation of Truman Capote's chiller "In Cold Blood" (1996). Eric continued to appear sporadically on TV in such dramatic series as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001), while sometimes showing a fun side as well in comedy ("The King of Queens" (1998)). His own series work included "Less Than Perfect" (2002) and, more recently, and in the cult program "Heroes" (2006/II) where promise for a longer participation ended with his character's death. Recovered from a long-standing cocaine problem, Eric wed, for the first time, actress/writer Eliza Roberts (nee Garrett). They have appeared in such films as Killer Weekend (2004) and Final Approach (2005) (V). His daughter from a former relationship, Emma Roberts, is a newly popular and fast-rising "tween" actress from the series "Unfabulous" (2004) and has played youthful supersleuth Nancy Drew (2007) on film. Eric's unpredictable, volatile nature which works so mesmerizing on screen has also led to troubling times off camera; his relationship with younger sis Julia Roberts has been seriously strained for quite some time.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Most Wanted 1976 - 1977
Nature of the Beast Adrian (Dusty) 1995 Thriller
C-16: FBI John Olansky 1997 Action
C 16: FBI John Olansky 1997 Action
The Odyssey Eurymachus 1997 Adventure
Dark Knight Maroni 2001 - 2002 Action
Less Than Perfect Will Butler 2002 - 2006 Comedy
Ball Breakers 2005
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
One Way 1973 0, Comedy
The Specialist 1975 0
King of the Gypsies Dave 1978
Raggedy Man 1981
Star 80 Paul Snider 1983
The Pope of Greenwich Village Paulie 1984 0, 0, 0
Runaway Train Buck 1985
The Coca-Cola Kid Becker 1985 0, 0
Nobody's Fool Riley 1986 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rude Awakening Fred Wook 1989 Comedy
Blood Red Marco Collogero 1989 Drama, Romance
Best of the Best Alex Grady 1989 Action, Drama, Sport
The Ambulance Josh Baker 1990 Action, Comedy, Horror
Final Analysis Jimmy Evans 1992 0, Game Show
By the Sword Alexander Villard 1992 Adventure, Drama, Sport
Best of the Best 2 Alex Grady 1993 Action, Crime, Drama
Lonely Hearts Frank 1993 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Love, Cheat & Steal Reno Adams 1993 Thriller
BabyFever 1994 Comedy, Drama
Freefall Grant Orion 1994 Action, Drama, Thriller
Sensation Dr. Ian Burton 1994 Drama, Thriller
Love Is a Gun Jack Hart 1994 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Nature of the Beast Adrian (Dusty) 1995
The Immortals Jack 1995 Crime, Drama, Action
Heaven's Prisoners Bubba Rocque 1996
It's My Party Nick Stark 1996
The Grave Cass 1996
The Grave Cass 1996 Comedy, Horror
Power 98 Karlin Pickett 1996 Action, Mystery, Thriller
The Cable Guy Eric Roberts 1996 Comedy, Drama
American Strays Martin 1996 Action, Comedy
Past Perfect Dylan Cooper 1996 Action, Drama
Most Wanted 1997 0
The Odyssey Eurymachus 1997 Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
The Prophecy II Michael 1998 0, Reality Tv
T.N.T. Russo 1998 Action
The Shadow Men Bob Wilson 1998 Action, Thriller
Dead End Henry Smovinsky 1998 Action, Drama, Thriller
La Cucaracha Walter Pool 1999 Drama, Thriller
Restraining Order Robert Woodfield 1999 Action, Thriller
Facade Colin Wentworth 1999 Action, Thriller
Hitman's Run Tony Lazorka / John Dugan 1999 Action
Wildflowers Jacob 2000
Dirk and Betty Customer 2000 Comedy
The Alternate The Alternate 2000 0, Game Show
No Alibi Victor Haddock / Stanley Joiner 2000 Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Two Shades of Blue Calvin Stasi 2000 Thriller
Tripfall 2000 Thriller
The King's Guard Augustus Talbert 2000 Adventure
Mercy Streets Rome 2000 Action, Drama, Crime
Spit 2001
Mindstorm David Mendez 2001 Action, Horror, Mystery
Luck of the Draw Carlo 2001 Thriller, Crime, Drama
Sanctimony Lieutenant 2001 Crime, Horror, Thriller
Spun The Man 2002 0, Comedy
Wolves of Wall Street Dyson Keller 2002 Reality Tv, Game Show
Fool Proof Boris 2002
The Beatnicks Mack Drake 2002 Comedy
Endangered Species Police Lt. Mike 'Sully' Sullivan 2003 Sport, Reality Tv
Intoxicating Teddy 2003 Drama, Thriller
National Security Nash 2003 Action, Comedy, Crime
The Long Ride Home Sheriff Hank Bowman 2003
Killer Weekend Jack Talbot 2004 Mystery, Thriller
Six: The Mark Unleashed Dallas 2004 Action, Drama
Graves End Tarkington Alexander Graves / Tag 2005 Thriller, Mystery
Chains Jack 2005 Horror
Fast Sofa Robinson 2006 Adventure, Drama
8 of Diamonds Charlie Klamanski 2006 Crime
Phat Girlz Robert Myer 2006 Comedy
Comedy Hell The Sheriff 2006 Comedy, Horror
DOA: Dead or Alive Donovan 2006 Action, Adventure
Avrora Mr. Brown 2006 Drama
Hollywood Dreams Thomas Kurt 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Civilization of Maxwell Bright 2007 Drama
Royal Kill Dad 2008
The Dark Knight Maroni 2008 0, Game Show
Light Years Away Dr. Howard Melvin 2008 Fantasy
Miss Castaway and the Island Girls Maximus Powers 2008 Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Contamination Dimitry 2008 Thriller
Confessions of an Action Star Police Chief 2009 Action, Comedy, Musical
The Steam Experiment Grant 2009 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rock Slyde Jake the Deliveryman 2009 Comedy
Shannon's Rainbow Mitchell Prescott 2009 Family
The Whole Truth Yaro Maroslav 2009 Action, Comedy
Crimes of the Past Robert Byrne 2009 Drama
Project Solitude John Sola 2009 Thriller
The Butcher Merle Hench 2009 Action, Thriller
The Tomb Vaslov 2009 Horror, Thriller
Enemies Among Us Cobbs 2010 Action, Drama, Thriller
Groupie Angus 2010 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
The Expendables James Munroe 2010 Game Show
Westbrick Murders John Barrow 2010 Action, Crime, Drama
Reality Star Frank 2010 Drama
Hunt to Kill Lee Davis 2010 Action, Thriller
Bed & Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident Mr. Hopewell 2010 Comedy, Romance
Jesse Chris 2011 Action
Chillerama General 2011 0
Beyond the Trophy Sgt. Bachman 2012 0, Comedy
Snow White: A Deadly Summer Grant 2012 Reality Tv
Silver Case Senator 2012 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Wayshower Parley Hinkins 2012 Drama
Deadline Ronnie Bullock 2012 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Night Never Sleeps Hector 2012 Action, Drama
Mirror Image Captian Fanning 2012 Thriller
Stealing Las Vegas Alex Stratholme 2012 Crime, Thriller
The Unbreakable Sword Captain Lockwood 2012 Adventure
The Mark Cooper 2012 Action, Fantasy
The Child Robert Stern 2012 Thriller
Worth: The Testimony of Johnny St. James Hickey 2012 Drama, Family, Thriller
First Dog President of the United States 2012 Family
Assumed Killer Taxi Driver 2013 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Chicks Dig Gay Guys Mr. Wagner 2013 Comedy
2 Bedroom 1 Bath Dr. Philip Tenenbaum 2013 Horror
The Mark: Redemption Cooper 2013 Action, Fantasy
The House Across the Street Officer Peterson 2013 Horror, Thriller
Spreading Darkness Stu Undercoffler 2013 Thriller
Jet Set Dr. Brix 2013 Comedy, Thriller
Road to the Open Tim Gollant 2013 Comedy, Drama
Deep Terror Captain Novakov 2013 Action
Jake's Road Keith 2013 Action, Horror, Thriller
This Lonely Life Martin Collier 2013 Drama
Dead Ringer Peter Bengtson 2013 Horror, Thriller
Rumors of Wars Zurn 2013 Thriller
RockLand Michael Rossi 2013 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Bonnie & Clyde: Justified Frank 2013 0, Comedy
The Perfect Summer Lou 2013 0
The Hot Flashes Laurence Humphrey 2013
Assault on Wall Street Lawyer Patterson 2013 0, Game Show
Lovelace Nat Laurendi 2013
White T Ricardo 2013
Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft Mr. Sebastian 2013 Action, Adventure, Horror
A Talking Cat!?! Duffy 2013 Family
This Is Our Time Bob 2013 Drama
23 Minutes to Sunrise Daniel 2013 Drama, Fantasy
Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End Sheriff Jensen 2013 Action
Sink Hole Cutter 2013
Paranormal Movie Dr. Lipschitz 2013 Comedy
Scavenger Killers Agent Guthro 2013 Horror
Scavenger Killers Agent Guthro 2013 Horror
Pop Star Mr. Esposito 2013 Romance
The Cloth Father Tollman 2013 Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire Sheriff Jensen 2013 Action
A New York Heartbeat Casket Mike 2013 Crime, Drama, Romance
Run Jeremiah 2013 Action, Romance, Thriller
Day of the Gun Abraham Tanner 2013
BlackJacks Mr. Cromwell 2013 Action
Abstraction Angelo Moretti 2013 Action, Crime, Drama
Self Storage Walter 2013 Horror
So This Is Christmas Bill 2013 Comedy, Drama, Family
Intent Detective Gordon 2013 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Before I Sleep David 2013 Drama
Fractured Dr. Jason Ballard 2013 Drama, Horror, Thriller
A Remarkable Life Jack 2013 Drama, Romance
Route 65 Nashville Eldon 2014 Musical
Eternity: The Movie Gene Weiner 2014 Comedy
Buddha Eyes Greg Morrison 2014 Adventure
Kowel's Voice Kempf 2014 Drama, History
The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) Governor Hughes 2014 Drama, Horror
Starcrossed Rommel Lazarus 2014 Drama
L.A. Slasher The Mayor 2014 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Betrayal Tony 2014 Action, Adventure, Crime
Purgatory Blackjack Britton 2014 Reality Tv
Good Mourning, Lucille Ristori 2014 0
Zombie Dream Eric 2014 Horror
Six Gun Savior The Devil 2014 Action, Adventure, Drama
Sebastien Jonathan 2014 Horror
Dead.tv Julian Barrett 2014 Horror
Dante's Hell Documented Dante 2014 Drama, Family, Fantasy
Let the Lion Roar Augustine of Hippo 2014 History
Miracle Underground Chilean President 2014 Drama
Janie Charismanic Max 2014 Music, Musical, Romance
Revelations Doctor Greene 2014 Drama
The Beautiful Ones Carlos 2014 Drama
The Opposite Sex Mr. Campbell 2014 Comedy
West End Victor Trevi 2015 Crime, Drama
Q-4: Dream Corporation Systems Analyst Farraday 2015
#Speedball Louie 2015 Action, Drama, Sport
The Best Thanksgiving Ever Rod 2015 Comedy
Paradise Club Earl Wild 2015 Drama, History
Wrong Number 2015 0
Ktown Cowboys Al 2015 0
Sicilian Vampire Detective Louis Marshall 2015 0, Reality Tv, Game Show
The Condemned 2 Frank Tanner 2015
The Wrath Police Chief 2015 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
American Sharia Officer Richardson 2015 Comedy, Drama
Las Vegas Story Walter 2015 Drama
A Fatal Obsession Michael Ryan 2015 Thriller
Leaves of the Tree Patrick 2015 Drama, Family, Mystery
Silver Case: Director's Cut Senator 2015 Comedy
Sorority Slaughterhouse Whitman 2015 Horror
Cowboys vs Dinosaurs Trent Walker 2015 Action
Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah Dr. Mc Millan 2015 Crime, Romance, Thriller
Golden Shoes Frank 2015 Family
A Wicked Within Dr. Woods 2015 Horror
Skin Traffik The Executive 2015 Action, Crime
The Private Eye Edmond 2015 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Only One Way Out The Boss 2015 Crime
The Summoning Chief Lubbock 2016 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Euro Kings Uncle Nicky 2016 Comedy
EuroClub Uncle Nicky 2016
Dead Fellas Vino 2016 Action, Comedy, Crime
But Deliver Us from Evil Leigh Warring 2016 History, Horror, Thriller
Compadres Dalton 2016 Action
Snare Vito 2016 Action, Thriller
Past Due Ray Weaver 2016 Drama
Taco Shop Old School Eddie 2018