Eric Close

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Eric Close
Eric Close.JPG
Close at the 16th Annual MovieGuide Faith and Values Awards in 2008
BornEric Randolph Close
(1967-05-24) May 24, 1967 (age 47)
Staten Island, New York, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1991-present
Spouse(s)Keri Close (m. 1995)
Children2
 
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Eric Close
Eric Close.JPG
Close at the 16th Annual MovieGuide Faith and Values Awards in 2008
BornEric Randolph Close
(1967-05-24) May 24, 1967 (age 47)
Staten Island, New York, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1991-present
Spouse(s)Keri Close (m. 1995)
Children2

Eric Randolph Close (born May 24, 1967) is an American actor, best known for his roles in television series.

Early life[edit]

Close was born in Staten Island, New York. Close's father is an orthopedic surgeon. Close is the eldest of three brothers. His family moved to Indiana, then to Michigan, and finally settled in San Diego when Close was seven years old.

Close graduated with a B.A. in Communications at the University of Southern California in 1989.[1]

Career[edit]

Close was interested in acting from an early age and had some stage experience in school, but did not decide to pursue an acting career until after college. His first role was in a theater production Rat Songs in L.A., after which he was offered a part in the film American Me (1992) and Safe House directed by Elena Mannus. He had a brief stint in daytime television when he played Sawyer Walker on NBC's daytime soap Santa Barbara from 1992 to 1993. He received a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer for his role as Sawyer Walker on Santa Barbara.[1] Close later had leading roles on short-lived primetime shows such as McKenna (1994–1995), Dark Skies (1996–1997), The Magnificent Seven (1998–1999), Now and Again (1999–2000), and the Steven Spielberg produced miniseries Taken (2002).

Close is best known for his role on CBS drama Without a Trace as FBI agent Martin Fitzgerald. The show ran for seven seasons from 2002 to 2009.[1] He later had recurring role on Suits, and was series regular on another CBS show Chaos.[2] In 2012, Close began co-starring with Connie Britton in the ABC drama Nashville as Teddy Conrad, initially the husband of Britton’s character Rayna Jaymes and later the mayor of Nashville.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Close married his wife Keri in 1995. They have two daughters Katie (born October 1998) and Ella (born April 2001). They are members of the Brentwood Presbyterian Church.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Keeping SecretsYoung Michael (uncredited)Television movie
1992American MeJuvie Hall Attacker
1993Taking LibertyUnknown
1994Hercules and the Lost KingdomTelamonTelevision movie
1994Without ConsentDavid MillsTelevision movie
1995Long Island FeverScott ParksTelevision movie
1995The Stranger Beside MeChris GallagherTelevision movie
2001Follow the Stars HomeMark McCuneTelevision movie
2001Liberty, MaineUnknown
2001Sky Is Falling, TheThe Sky Is FallingMike
2003Alvarez & CruzCharlie
2004NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323N'Tom PriceTelevision movie
2007Saving AngeloDadShort film
2010Unanswered PrayersBen BeckTelevision movie
2014American SniperFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991MacGyverGuardEpisode: "The Prometheus Syndrome"
1992Major DadJimEpisode: "The 'L' Word"
1992–1993Santa BarbaraSawyer Walker25 episodes
1994–1995McKennaBrick McKenna13 episodes (5 aired)
1995–1996SistersWilliam 'Billy' Griffin12 episodes
1996–1997Dark SkiesJohn Loengard19 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
1998–2000Magnificent Seven, TheThe Magnificent SevenVin Tanner22 episodes
1999–2000Now and AgainMichael Wiseman22 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2002TakenJohn4 episodes
2002–2009Without a TraceMartin Fitzgerald160 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2005Kim PossibleCrash Cranston (voice)Episode: "Team Impossible"
2010Seven Deadly SinsJack Powell2 episodes
2010Criminal MindsDet. Matt SpicerEpisode: "Our Darkest Hour"
2011ChaosMichael Dorset13 episodes
2011–2013SuitsTravis Tanner6 episodes
2011American Horror Story: Murder HouseHugo Langdon2 episodes
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitColin BarnesEpisode: "Father Dearest"
2012–presentNashvilleTeddy Conrad40 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eric Close Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  2. ^ 2 YEARS (2012-03-15). "Eric Close Set to Reprise Role on USA's 'Suits' (Exclusive)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Eric Close boards ABC pilot 'Nashville' - US TV News". Digital Spy. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  4. ^ James Hibberd (May 11, 2012). "ABC orders 10 shows: Connie Britton, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Chalke, Terry O'Quinn star". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ By sammie323 (2008-10-22). "Cele|bitchy | Eric Close of Without a Trace visits Africa". Celebitchy.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 

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