Eric Roberts - Rotten Tomatoes

Eric Roberts

Lowest Rated:   0% Eternity: The Movie (2016)
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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 dir

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Institute
  • Dr. Torrington
2017
No Score Yet Days of Power
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet After School Special
  • Himself
2017
No Score Yet The Summoning
  • Chief Lubbock
2017
No Score Yet The Summoning
  • Actor
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
$12.0k 2016
No Score Yet 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
$927.0 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 Sorority Slaughterhouse
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Prayer Never Fails
  • Judge Bolden
2016
No Score Yet Joker's Poltergeist
  • James Jenning
2016
No Score Yet The Wrong Roommate
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Hunting Season
  • Actor
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
$470.0 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 The Code of Cain
  • Actor
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 Skin Traffik (A Hitman in London)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Five Grand (The Gunfighter)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Las Vegas Story
  • Walter
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 Let the Lion Roar
  • Augustine of Hippo
2014
No Score Yet Sector 4
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Relentless Justice
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet 1959
  • 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
50% 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
53% Lovelace
  • Nat Laurendi
$0.3M 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 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 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 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 Bloodwork
  • The
2012
No Score Yet Snow White A Deadly Summer
  • Grant
2012
No Score Yet A Halloween Puppy
  • 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 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
50% Sharktopus
  • Nathan Sands
2010
41% The Expendables
  • James Monroe
$103.0M 2010
No Score Yet Rock Slyde
  • Jake the Deliveryman
2010
No Score Yet Project Solitude (Buried Alive)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Bed & Breakfast
  • Mr. Hopewell
2010
No Score Yet Reality Star
  • 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 Crimes of the Past
  • Robert Byrne
2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Groupie
  • 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
23% Phat Girlz
  • Robert Myer
$7.0M 2006
No Score Yet 8 of Diamonds
  • Actor
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 Walking Shadow
  • Chief Despain
2001
No Score Yet Wrong Number
  • Josh Grey
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
No Score Yet 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 The Shadow Men
  • Bob Wilson
1998
No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet T.N.T.
  • Actor
1997
16% 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
54% 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
4% The Specialist
  • Tomas Leon
1994
No Score Yet The Hard Truth
  • Dr. Chandler Etheridge
1994
No Score Yet By the Sword
  • Villard
1994
No Score Yet Love Is A Gun
  • Jack Hart
1994
No Score Yet Sensation
  • Dr. Ian Burton
1994
No Score Yet Freefall
  • Grant
1994
36% Babyfever
  • Anthony
1994
No Score Yet Love, Cheat & Steal
  • Reno Adams
1993
No Score Yet Voyage
  • Gil
1993
11% Best of the Best 2
  • Alex Grady
1993
54% 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
No Score Yet Nobody's Fool
  • Riley
$0.6M 1986
No Score Yet Slow Burn
  • Actor
1986
87% Runaway Train
  • Buck McGeehy
1985
44% The Coca Cola Kid
  • Becker
1985
90% The Pope of Greenwich Village
  • Paulie
1984
89% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Jimmy Figgis
  • 2016
53% Code Black
2015
  • Vince Vince Savetti
  • 2016
No Score Yet Scorpion
2014
  • Mick
  • 2016
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Richard Sheridan
  • 2015
88% Suits
2011
  • Charles Forstman
  • 2015
38% The Player
2015
  • Actor
  • 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
  • 2001
60% Bullet in the Face
2012
  • Racken
  • 2012
No Score Yet Femme Fatales
2011-2012
  • Actor
  • 2012
57% The Finder
2012
  • Uncle Shadrack
  • 2012
44% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
  • Andy Armus
  • 2011
88% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Reed Perkins
  • 2011
  • 2010
84% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Actor
  • 2010
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Thompson
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
7% Crash
2008-2009
  • Seth
  • 2009
  • 2008
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Gabriel McCutcheon Gabe McCutcheon
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Ken Kramer
  • 2005
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
  • Mongul
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Sam Winfield
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1997

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