Eric Roberts

Birthday: Apr 18, 1956
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi
Eric Roberts is an acquired taste: those watching his movies fall into two distinct camps -- they either love him and consider him one of Hollywood's most intense and underrated actors, or they loathe him and consider him a pretentious, shameless ham. Both viewpoints are not without merit for Roberts has seen many ups and downs in his career. Tall and dark-haired, with a chiseled face, swarthy complexion, and arresting eyes, the young Roberts had the look of a classic movie rebel and off-screen displayed an arrogance and self-possession coupled with a tendency toward womanizing, drug abuse, and behavior that created a bad boy image on and off the screen. A serious car accident roughened his facial features and led to the second phase of his career during the '80s in which he primarily played villains; he spent the third phase during the late '90s trying to establish himself as a character actor. Growing up in Atlanta, GA, Roberts was no stranger to actors and the theater as his parents ran a successful acting and writing school from their home. A terrible stutterer as a child, Roberts and his father discovered that he could speak normally if he memorized his speeches ahead of time. Thus Roberts participated in his father's classes as a form of therapy. It was while watching English character actor Robert Donat during a late-night showing of Goodbye Mr. Chips that Roberts became inspired to become a movie actor. He made his acting debut at age five playing a cripple in a locally produced Saturday morning TV show, The Little Pioneers. He also performed for poor kids on his father's "showmobile." Roberts was quite close to his father, who taught him the spiritual side of acting, but after his parents divorced, became estranged from his mother, who married a man Roberts detested. He was however, a loving brother to his younger sisters, Julia and Lisa, both of whom became actresses. Roberts began experimenting with drugs at age 11 and by 13 was an avowed pot smoker. Later, he admitted that smoking dope was a way of coping with his broken family and that the drug in many ways arrested his emotional development. During his late teens, Roberts' father sacrificed much to send him to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. By the time he finished training, Roberts was a hardcore Method actor, something that somewhat hindered his personal life as he was unable to easily disassociate from his characters after appearing in a film. In 1976, Roberts' first break was portraying Ted Bancroft in the daily soap Another World. He disliked the job and left to work off-Broadway until agent Bill Treusch discovered him and helped Roberts land the role of a young man who is crowned a gypsy leader by his dying grandfather in King of the Gypsies. The film flopped at the box office, but like his two subsequent films, it has become a cult favorite among video fans. Roberts then appeared in a television movie before starring his next feature as a handsome sailor who falls for Texas divorcée Sissy Spacek in The Raggedy Man (1981). In June that year, Roberts was involved in a serious car crash while driving home from visiting his much older lover Sandy Dennis. He was comatose for three days afterwards with a bruised brain and much facial trauma, a broken collarbone, and an injured hand. No longer suitable for the same roles as before, Roberts bounced back with what became his most famous role, that of the sleazy Paul Snider, the man who killed actress Dorothy Stratten, in Bob Fosse's disturbing Star 80 (1983). The actor made a chilling villain and after playing another bad guy in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), found himself typecast. Roberts proved well suited to those roles and received an Oscar nomination for playing an escaped convict in Runaway Train (1985). After that, Roberts chose quick money over artistic integrity and played in a long series of B-movies and direct-to-video fare; while

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Clinton Road Eric 2019
No Score Yet Blackbear Actor 2019
No Score Yet Billboard Actor 2019
40% Something Coroner 2019
No Score Yet Unbridled Roger Donigal 2019
No Score Yet Blackbear Coach Bronx 2019
No Score Yet Monster Island Actor 2019
No Score Yet Unbridled Actor 2019
No Score Yet 79 Parts Doug 2019
No Score Yet The Unlikely Good Samaritan Jimmy 2019
0% Head Full of Honey Actor 2018
No Score Yet Rusty Tulloch Mr. G 2018
0% Maximum Impact Secretary of State Robert Jacobs 2018
67% Beautifully Broken Larry Hartley 2018
No Score Yet Papa Dr. Eric Owens 2018
No Score Yet But Deliver Us From Evil Leigh Warring 2018
No Score Yet Days of Power Nick 2018
No Score Yet Stalked by My Doctor: Patient's Revenge Dr. Albert Beck 2018
No Score Yet Lore Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Wrong Teacher Vice Principal Clark 2018
No Score Yet The Immortal Wars Dominion Harvey 2018
No Score Yet The Immortal Wars Actor 2018
No Score Yet Black Wake Actor 2018
No Score Yet Black Wake Dr. Frank 2018
No Score Yet Frank and Ava Harry Cohn 2018
No Score Yet Hide in the Light Father Wes 2018
No Score Yet Never Saw It Coming Actor 2018
0% The Institute Dr. Torrington 2017
No Score Yet Spreading Darkness Stu Undercoffler 2017
No Score Yet Child of Satan Priest 2017
No Score Yet Henri Actor 2017
No Score Yet Paradise Club Actor $12.5K 2017
No Score Yet After School Special Himself 2017
No Score Yet Santa's Boot Camp Mall Santa 2016
No Score Yet Leaves of the Tree Actor 2016
No Score Yet Love Me True Father Anthony $12K 2016
40% Moments of Clarity Hal Spreadum 2016
No Score Yet Stalked by My Doctor: The Return Dr. Beck 2016
No Score Yet The Sector Senator Allen 2016
No Score Yet A Remarkable Life Jack 2016
No Score Yet Starcrossed Rommel Lazarus $927 2016
38% Compadres Dalton $3.2M 2016
No Score Yet Sink Hole Actor 2016
33% Ktown Cowboys Al $18.9K 2016
0% Eternity: The Movie Gene Weiner 2016
No Score Yet Una mala elección Actor 2016
No Score Yet Joker's Wild Actor 2016
No Score Yet Joker's Poltergeist James Jenning 2016
No Score Yet The Wrong Roommate Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Rally-LA Santiago 2016
No Score Yet Hunting Season Actor 2016
No Score Yet Best Thanksgiving Ever Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Red Maple Leaf Actor 2016
No Score Yet Sorority Slaughterhouse Actor 2016
No Score Yet 1959 Actor 2016
No Score Yet Prayer Never Fails Judge Bolden 2016
No Score Yet Stalked by My Doctor Actor 2015
No Score Yet There Is Many Like Us Lt. Rauder 2015
No Score Yet The Condemned 2 Frank Tanner 2015
No Score Yet Maul Dogs Jack 2015
No Score Yet Six Gun Savior The Devil 2015
0% L.A. Slasher The Mayor $2.9K 2015
No Score Yet Charlie, Trevor And A Girl Savannah Dr. McMillan 2015
18% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) Gov. Hughes $470 2015
No Score Yet Cowboys Vs. Dinosaurs Trent Walker 2015
No Score Yet No Deposit Actor 2015
No Score Yet The House Across the Street Actor 2015
No Score Yet Dark Moon Rising Actor 2015
No Score Yet Story Of Eva Detective Wood 2015
74% Inherent Vice Michael Z. Wolfmann $6.2M 2015
No Score Yet Deadly Famous Actor 2015
No Score Yet A Fatal Obsession Michael 2015
No Score Yet Rock Story Andy Granite 2015
No Score Yet The Fix Actor 2015
No Score Yet Deadly Sanctuary Actor 2015
No Score Yet Skin Traffik (A Hitman in London) Actor 2015
No Score Yet Las Vegas Story Walter 2015
No Score Yet Five Grand (The Gunfighter) Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Code of Cain Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Opposite Sex Actor 2014
No Score Yet 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Actor 2014
No Score Yet Doc Holliday's Revenge Actor 2014
No Score Yet Rumors Of War Actor 2014
No Score Yet Fractured Actor 2014
No Score Yet A Cry from Within Actor 2014
No Score Yet Road to the Open Tim Gollant 2014
No Score Yet Betrayal Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Opposite of Sex Campbell 2014
No Score Yet Day Of The Gun Abraham Tanner 2014
No Score Yet Mystical Traveler Actor 2014
No Score Yet Jake's Road Actor 2014
No Score Yet Halloween Hell Dracula 2014
No Score Yet Camp Dread Actor 2014
No Score Yet Trust Me Actor 2014
No Score Yet Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper Actor 2014
No Score Yet Let the Lion Roar Augustine of Hippo 2014
No Score Yet Sector 4 Actor 2014
No Score Yet Relentless Justice Actor 2014
55% Wrong Cops Bob 2013
No Score Yet All American Christmas Carol Actor 2013
No Score Yet Before I Sleep David 2013
No Score Yet Abstraction Actor 2013
54% Lovelace Nat Laurendi $0.4M 2013
No Score Yet A New York Heartbeat Casket Mike 2013
No Score Yet Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire Sheriff $4.2K 2013
36% The Hot Flashes Laurence Humphrey 2013
No Score Yet The Cloth Father Tollman 2013
No Score Yet Golden Shoes Frank 2013
25% Assault On Wall Street Lawyer Patterson 2013
No Score Yet Paranmormal Movie Actor 2013
No Score Yet Silver Case The Senator 2013
No Score Yet 23 Minutes To Sunrise Daniels 2013
No Score Yet White T Ricardo 2013
No Score Yet The Devil's Dozen Actor 2013
No Score Yet Rumors Of Wars Actor 2013
No Score Yet Scavenger Killers Actor 2013
No Score Yet Chicks Dig Gay Guys Mr. Wagner 2013
No Score Yet Self Storage Actor 2013
No Score Yet SEAL Patrol Mr. Cromwell 2013
No Score Yet Out In The Open Actor 2013
No Score Yet Janie Charismanic Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Mark: Redemption Cooper 2013
No Score Yet A Wicked Within Actor 2013
No Score Yet Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft Mr. Sebastian 2013
No Score Yet Paranormal Movie Dr. Lipschitz 2013
No Score Yet Assumed Killer Actor 2013
No Score Yet Bonnie & Clyde: Justified Frank 2013
No Score Yet Lip Service (Pop Star) Actor 2013
No Score Yet A Talking Cat!?! Duffy 2013
No Score Yet Run Actor 2013
No Score Yet Revelation Road: The Beginning Of The End Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Perfect Summer Lou 2013
No Score Yet This Is Our Time Bob 2013
No Score Yet Christmas In Compton Tommy Maxell 2012
No Score Yet Beyond The Trophy Sgt. Bachman 2012
0% Deadline Ronnie Bullock 2012
No Score Yet The Wayshower Parley Hinkins 2012
No Score Yet The Wicked Within Dr. Woods 2012
No Score Yet So This Is Christmas Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Mark Actor 2012
No Score Yet Worth: The Testimony of Johnny St. James Actor 2012
No Score Yet Stealing Las Vegas Alex 2012
No Score Yet Das Kind (L'enfant) Robert Stern 2012
No Score Yet The Dead Want Women Sonny Barnes 2012
No Score Yet Bloodwork The 2012
No Score Yet Snow White A Deadly Summer Grant 2012
No Score Yet A Halloween Puppy Actor 2012
40% Chillerama General 2011
No Score Yet First Dog President of the United States 2011
No Score Yet Guns, Drugs and Dirty Money Michael Steele 2011
No Score Yet Jesse Chris 2011
No Score Yet Hunt to Kill Lee Davis 2010
57% Sharktopus Nathan Sands 2010
42% The Expendables James Monroe $103M 2010
No Score Yet Rock Slyde Jake the Deliveryman 2010
No Score Yet Bed & Breakfast Mr. Hopewell 2010
No Score Yet Reality Star Actor 2010
No Score Yet Project Solitude (Buried Alive) Actor 2010
No Score Yet Groupies (The Weston Group) Actor 2009
No Score Yet Enemies Among Us Cobbs 2009
No Score Yet In the Blink of an Eye Capt. Jones 2009
No Score Yet Shannon's Rainbow Prescott 2009
No Score Yet Royal Kill Dad 2009
No Score Yet The Steam Experiment (The Chaos Experiment) Grant 2009
No Score Yet Groupie Actor 2009
No Score Yet Crimes of the Past Robert Byrne 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil Actor 2009
No Score Yet Cyclops Emperor Tiberius 2008
94% The Dark Knight Maroni $533.4M 2008
No Score Yet Westbrick Murders Actor 2008
No Score Yet Depth Charge Captain Krieg 2008
No Score Yet The Butcher Merle Hench 2008
4% Witless Protection Wilford Duvall $4.2M 2008
No Score Yet The Tomb Vaslov 2008
33% DOA: Dead or Alive Donovan $0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Pandemic Mayor Dellasandro 2007
36% Hollywood Dreams Actor $89.7K 2007
No Score Yet Light Years Away Actor 2007
No Score Yet Sister's Keeper Malikai 2007
No Score Yet Dark Honeymoon Actor 2007
No Score Yet One Way Nick Swell 2006
76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Older Antonio $0.5M 2006
No Score Yet Final Approach (Junior Pilot) Actor 2006
22% Phat Girlz Robert Myer $7M 2006
No Score Yet 8 of Diamonds Actor 2006
No Score Yet Fatal Desire Joe Donnelly 2006
No Score Yet The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Arlis 2005
No Score Yet Graves End Actor 2005
No Score Yet Break a Leg Actor 2005
No Score Yet Spit Actor 2005
No Score Yet Confessions of an Action Star Actor 2005
No Score Yet Sledge: The Story of Frank Sledge Actor 2004
No Score Yet Endangered Species (Earth Alien) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Border Blues Actor 2004
No Score Yet Six: The Mark Unleashed Dallas 2004
71% My Date With Drew Actor $85.7K 2004
No Score Yet Miss Castaway and the Island Girls Maximus Powers 2004
No Score Yet Killer Weekend Jack Talbot 2004
No Score Yet Junior Pilot Coach Davis 2004
37% Spun The Man $0.3M 2003
11% National Security Nash $35.8M 2003
40% Intoxicating Teddy 2003
No Score Yet The Brotherhood III: Young Demons Actor 2003
No Score Yet Break a Leg Michael Richard Lange 2003
No Score Yet Breakaway Scalzetti 2002
No Score Yet Roughing It Foreman 2002
No Score Yet Endangered Species Police Lt. Mike 'Sully' Sullivan 2002
No Score Yet Wolves of Wall Street Dyson Keller 2002
No Score Yet The Beatnicks Mack Drake 2001
No Score Yet Con Games Officer Hopkins 2001
No Score Yet Emergencia en el Aire Hogan 2001
No Score Yet Raptor Jim Tanner 2001
No Score Yet The Long Ride Home Sheriff Hank Bowman 2001
No Score Yet Frozen in Fear Sean Director 2001
No Score Yet Stiletto Dance Actor 2001
No Score Yet Sanctimony Lieutenant 2001
No Score Yet Fast Sofa Ginger's Husband 2001
No Score Yet Mindstorm David Mendez 2001
No Score Yet Strange Frequency Actor 2001
No Score Yet Wrong Number Josh Grey 2001
No Score Yet Walking Shadow Chief Despain 2001
13% Mercy Streets Rome 2000
57% Wildflowers Jacob 2000
53% Cecil B. Demented Honey's Ex-husband 2000
No Score Yet The King's Guard August Talbert 2000
No Score Yet Carrera contra el Tiempo James Gabriel 2000
No Score Yet Tripfall Mr. Eddie 2000
No Score Yet Luck of the Draw Carlo 2000
No Score Yet No Alibi Vic Haddock 2000
No Score Yet The Alternate The Replacement 2000
No Score Yet The Flying Dutchman Actor 2000
No Score Yet Hitman's Run Tony Lazorka/John Dugan 1999
No Score Yet Restraining Order Robert Woodfield 1999
No Score Yet Bittersweet Mr. Venti 1999
No Score Yet Purgatory Blackjack 1999
No Score Yet Death Valley Colin Wentworth 1999
40% Lansky Ben `Bugsy' Siegel 1998
No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue Calvin Stasi 1998
33% The Prophecy II Michael 1998
67% La Cucaracha Walter Poole 1998
No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Shadow Men Bob Wilson 1998
No Score Yet T.N.T. Actor 1997
15% Most Wanted Spencer 1997
No Score Yet TNT Russo 1997
No Score Yet The Odyssey Eurymachus 1997
No Score Yet Dead End Henry Smovinsky 1997
No Score Yet American Strays Martin 1996
No Score Yet Dark Angel Walter D'Arcangelo 1996
53% The Cable Guy Himself 1996
No Score Yet The Grave Cass 1996
16% Heaven's Prisoners Bubba Rocque 1996
No Score Yet Doctor Who The Master 1996
47% It's My Party Nick Stark 1996
No Score Yet In Cold Blood Perry Smith 1996
No Score Yet The Glass Cage Montrachet 1996
No Score Yet Past Perfect Dylan Cutter 1996
No Score Yet The Nature of the Beast Adrain (Dusty) 1995
No Score Yet The Immortals Jack 1995
No Score Yet Saved by the Light Dannion Brinkley 1995
No Score Yet Public Enemies Arthur Dunlop 1995
7% The Specialist Tomas Leon 1994
No Score Yet Love Is A Gun Jack Hart 1994
No Score Yet By the Sword Villard 1994
No Score Yet Sensation Dr. Ian Burton 1994
No Score Yet Freefall Grant 1994
No Score Yet The Hard Truth Dr. Chandler Etheridge 1994
36% Babyfever Anthony 1994
No Score Yet Love, Cheat & Steal Reno Adams 1993
No Score Yet Voyage Gil 1993
10% Best of the Best 2 Alex Grady 1993
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage Bill Bonanno 1993
52% Final Analysis Jimmy Evans 1992
No Score Yet Lonely Hearts Frank 1991
No Score Yet A Family Matter Sean McLeary 1991
No Score Yet Descending Angel Michael Rossi 1990
No Score Yet The Lost Capone Al Capone 1990
No Score Yet The Ambulance Josh Baker 1990
No Score Yet Best of the Best Alex 1989
19% Rude Awakening Fred Wook 1989
No Score Yet Options Matt Salinger / Donald Anderson (in telefilm epilogue) 1988
No Score Yet To Heal a Nation Jan Scruggs 1988
No Score Yet Blood Red Marco Collogero 1988
No Score Yet Les Portes Tournantes (The Revolving Doors) Musician - Tchukon 1988
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Actor 1987
0% Nobody's Fool Riley $0.6M 1986
No Score Yet Slow Burn Actor 1986
85% Runaway Train Buck McGeehy 1985
44% The Coca Cola Kid Becker 1985
90% The Pope of Greenwich Village Paulie 1984
83% Star 80 Paul Snider 1983
83% Raggedy Man Teddy 1981
No Score Yet Paul's Case Actor 1980
80% King of the Gypsies Dave 1978
No Score Yet The Whole Truth Actor 1958
No Score Yet The Prophecy 2: Ashtown Actor

TV

CREDIT
97% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
Jimmy Figgis
  • 2016
No Score Yet Code Black
2015-2018
Vince Vince Savetti
  • 2016
  • 2015
61% Scorpion
2014-2018
Mick
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Richard Sheridan
  • 2015
91% Suits
2011
Charles Forstman
  • 2015
39% The Player
2015
  • 2015
No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap
2012-2015
Appearing
  • 2014
97% Justified
2010-2015
DEA Special Agent Alex Miller
  • 2014
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Daniel Larson Brother Daniel Larson
  • 2013
  • 2002
  • 2001
67% Bullet in the Face
2012
Racken
  • 2012
No Score Yet Femme Fatales
2011-2012
  • 2012
57% The Finder
2012
Uncle Shadrack
  • 2012
42% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
Andy Armus
  • 2011
88% Burn Notice
2007-2013
Reed Perkins
  • 2011
  • 2010
89% Chuck
2007-2012
  • 2010
55% Heroes
2006-2010
Thompson
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
7% Crash
2008-2009
Seth
  • 2009
  • 2008
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Himself
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • 2008
54% The L Word
2004-2009
Gabriel McCutcheon Gabe McCutcheon
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
Ken Kramer
  • 2005
No Score Yet Less Than Perfect
2002-2009
Will Butler Will
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2004
95% Justice League
2004
Voice Mongul
  • 2002
63% Witchblade
2001-2002
Lupo
  • 2002
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Jack Strohmeyer
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Sam Winfield
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Hunger
1997-1999
  • 1999
No Score Yet Todd McFarlane's Spawn
1997-1999
Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • 1999
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Steve
  • 1996
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
`Miss Lonelyhearts'
  • 1983

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