Ron Eldard

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Ron Eldard
BornRonald Jason Eldard
(1965-02-20) February 20, 1965 (age 48)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Years active1989–present
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Ron Eldard
BornRonald Jason Eldard
(1965-02-20) February 20, 1965 (age 48)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Years active1989–present

Ronald Jason "Ron" Eldard (born February 20, 1965) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Eldard, the second youngest of seven children (4 sisters and 2 brothers), was born in Long Island, New York. Eldard's mother died in a car accident when he was a child, and Eldard and his siblings were sent to live with various family members. He attended grade school in Utah while living with his aunt and uncle. At age 13, Ron moved to Ridgewood, Queens to live with his sister Lana and her husband.

Eldard attended JHS 93 annex in the 7th grade and then JHS 93 in the 8th and 9th grades. He worked at a local fast food restaurant called Chicken Galore where he often wore the "Chicken Suit" mascot costume. He was locally known, by friends & co-workers, for copying the performances of Steve Martin and Robin Williams, and would perform various skits when given the opportunity.

Eldard is a former Golden Gloves boxer.

Eldard graduated from the New York High School for the Performing Arts' Drama Department.

He also performed street magic in Manhattan.


Eldard made his film debut in the 1989 comedy True Love, written and directed by Nancy Savoca, and co-starring Annabella Sciorra. This film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Eldard has performed on Broadway in critically acclaimed productions of On the Waterfront, Biloxi Blues, Bash: Latterday Plays, and Death of a Salesman. The latter two were filmed for Showtime productions.

Eldard is well known for his role as Mickey Bunce in the cult comedy film Drop Dead Fred (1991).

Eldard is also known for his evocative role as sympathetic street thug John Reilly in the 1996 film Sleepers which co-starred Brad Pitt, Billy Crudup, Jason Patric, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Minnie Driver.

On January 9, 2006 he debuted in the role of Father Flynn in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway production of Doubt opposite the British actress Dame Eileen Atkins.

Personal life[edit]

Eldard met Julianna Margulies in an acting class in 1991, and they developed a close relationship. She was an actress on ER from its first season, and, for the second season, he played a recurring character, often appearing opposite her as a paramedic called Shep. He was billed just below her in Ghost Ship in 2002. Their relationship ended in 2003.[citation needed]


1989True LoveMichael
One Life to LiveBladeTelevision series
1991Drop Dead FredMickey Bunce
1992Jumpin' JoeJoe DuganTelevision film
Arresting BehaviorOfficer Donny WalshTelevision series
Scent of a WomanOfficer Gore
1993TribecaPhilTelevision series
1993–1994Bakersfield P.D.Detective Wade PrestonTelevision series
1995Sex & the Other ManBill Jameson
Last Supper, TheThe Last SupperPete
1995–1996ERParamedic Ray 'Shep' ShepardTelevision series
1996Bastard Out of CarolinaGlen Waddell
SleepersJohn Reilly
1996–1997Men Behaving BadlyKevin MurphyTelevision series
1998Deep ImpactOren Monash
When Trumpets FadePvt./Sgt./Lt. David ManningTelevision film
1999Homicide: Life on the StreetEmmet CareyTelevision series
DeliveredReedaka Death by Pizza
Runner, TheThe RunnerEdward Harrington
Mystery, AlaskaMatt 'Skank' Marden
2000Death of a SalesmanBiff LomanTelevision film
2001Bash: Latter-Day PlaysTelevision film
Black Hawk DownCWO Michael Durant
2002Just a KissDag
Ghost ShipDodge
2003House of Sand and FogLester
2005Fathers and SonsTomTelevision film
Blind JusticeDetective Jim DunbarTelevision series
2006FreedomlandDanny Martin
2007DemonsGusTelevision film
Already DeadThomas Archer
2008Tenth Circle, TheThe Tenth CircleDaniel StoneTelevision film
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitGeno ParnellTelevision series
2011In Plain SightCarl HarrisTelevision series
Super 8Louis Dainard
RoadieJimmy Testagross
2013JustifiedColton "Colt" RhodesTelevision series
JobsRod Holt

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