Eric Stoltz - Rotten Tomatoes

Eric Stoltz

Highest Rated:   100% Things Behind the Sun (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% A Murder of Crows (1999)
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Birthplace:   Whittier, California, USA
Eric Stoltz has appeared in a number of major and minor features and on television. While growing up, the pale, slender, and red-haired Stoltz spent time in American Samoa. His interest in acting began in high school where he not only acted in productions, but also occasionally accompanied them on piano. While attending U.S.C., Stoltz studied theater arts but left the program to study under Stella Adler, William Taylor, and Peggy Feury. Afterward, Stoltz spent a season in Edinburgh performing with an American repertory company. Upon his return stateside, Stoltz appeared in the television movie version of humorist Erma Bombeck's novel The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank (1978). He would appear in three more television films before making his film debut in Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) alongside such other would-be stars as Sean Penn, Anthony Edwards, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. From there, Stoltz appeared in a series of low-budget films such as Running Hot (1982) and Surf 2 (1984), and he might well have remained at that level had he not been cast as Rocky Dennis in Peter Bogdanovich's Mask (1986). Playing a young teen suffering from lionitis, a terminal disease that drastically deforms the skull, Stoltz had to wear pounds of makeup and prosthetics (the makeup won Oscars for designers Zoltan Elek and Michael Westmore) that left him with only his voice, his eyes, and his body with which to convey emotions. Starring opposite Cher, who played his drug-addicted biker-chick mother, Stoltz gave a moving performance that earned him critical and audience acclaim. But though it made Stoltz popular, full-fledged stardom eluded him and he continued appearing in moderately successful and low-budget films, including John Hughes' romantic drama Some Kind of Wonderful (1987). In addition to his film work, Stoltz has had a busy Broadway career that began in 1988 with a Tony-nominated starring role in a revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, and a sporadic television career making guest appearances on such series as Mad About You and in TV movies. Stoltz has occasionally produced films such as Mr. Jealousy (1997). In 2002 Stoltz reteamed with Killing Zoe director Rogery Avery for the pitch-black college comedy The Rules of Attraction, and the following decade found him increasingly active on the small screen with roles in Will & Grace, Close to Home, Grey's Anatomy, and the 2009 Battlestar Galactica spin-off Capricia. Meanwhile, back on the silver screen, Stoltz earned accolades for his leading role as a conflicted barber of German heritage forced to suppress his American patriotism after moving his family to a post-World War II military base which houses a German POW camp.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
72% 5 to 7
  • Galassi
$0.2M 2015
50% Fort McCoy
  • Frank Stirn
  • Producer
$78.7k 2014
No Score Yet Sparks
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Lather Effect
  • Mickey
2006
75% Childstar
  • Fresno Burnbaum
2005
13% The Honeymooners
  • William Davis
$12.9M 2005
No Score Yet Hello
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde
  • Actor
2004
38% Happy Hour
  • Levine
2004
33% The Butterfly Effect
  • Mr. Miller
$57.2M 2004
No Score Yet When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
  • Otto Wilson
2003
No Score Yet Out of Order
  • Actor
2003
33% Harvard Man
  • Teddy Carter
2002
43% The Rules of Attraction
  • Mr. Lance Lawson
$6.5M 2002
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Ray Baker
2002
No Score Yet My Horrible Year!
  • Uncle Charlie
  • Director
2001
100% Things Behind the Sun
  • Dan
2001
No Score Yet Highball
  • Darien
2000
81% The House of Mirth
  • Lawrence Selden
2000
No Score Yet Common Ground
  • Johnny Burroughs
2000
22% The Simian Line
  • Sam
2000
No Score Yet One Kill
  • Capt. Walker Randall
2000
No Score Yet Jesus and Hutch
  • Actor
2000
80% The Passion of Ayn Rand
  • Nathaniel Branden
1999
0% A Murder of Crows
  • Thurman Parks III
1999
No Score Yet Our Guys: Outrage in Glen Ridge
  • Robert Laurino
1999
83% Hi-Life
  • Jimmy
1998
69% Mr. Jealousy
  • Executive Producer
  • Lester Grimm
1998
38% Anaconda
  • Dr. Steven Cale
1997
No Score Yet Highball
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Pitch
  • Actor
1997
82% Jerry Maguire
  • Ethan Valhere
1996
60% 2 Days in the Valley
  • Wes
1996
77% Grace of My Heart
  • Howard
1996
No Score Yet Inside
  • Peter Martin Strydom Jr.
1996
No Score Yet Don't Look Back
  • Jesse Parish
1996
13% Keys to Tulsa
  • Richter Boudreau
1996
53% Kicking and Screaming
  • Chet
1995
43% The Prophecy
  • Angel Simon
1995
27% Fluke
  • Jeff Newman
1995
72% Rob Roy
  • McDonald
1995
29% Roommates
  • Actor
1995
67% Night of Love
  • Actor
1995
90% Little Women
  • John Brooke
1994
15% Sleep with Me
  • Producer
  • Joseph
1994
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Lance
1994
36% Killing Zoe
  • Zed
1994
No Score Yet Woman At War, A
  • Franz Boehler
1994
42% Naked in New York
  • Jake Briggs
1994
No Score Yet Foreign Affairs
  • Fred
1993
52% Bodies, Rest & Motion
  • Sid
  • Producer
1993
80% Singles
  • Mime
1992
93% The Waterdance
  • Joel Garcia
1992
No Score Yet Money
  • Franck Cimballi
1991
75% Memphis Belle
  • Danny Daly
1990
98% Say Anything...
  • Vahlere
1989
27% The Fly II
  • Martin Brundle
1989
No Score Yet Manifesto
  • Christopher
1989
No Score Yet Haunted Summer
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
1988
No Score Yet Hermana, Hermana
  • Matt Rutledge
1988
No Score Yet Lionheart
  • Nerra
1987
80% Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Keith Nelson
1987
No Score Yet Code Name: Emerald (Deep Cover)
  • Andy Wheeler
1985
93% Mask
  • Rocky Dennis
1985
No Score Yet The New Kids
  • Mark
1985
No Score Yet The Wild Life
  • Bill Conrad
1984
No Score Yet Surf II
  • Chuck
1984
No Score Yet Running Hot (Makin' It) (Highway to Hell)
  • Danny Hicks
1983
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High
  • Stoner Bud
1982
No Score Yet The Seekers
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank
  • Steve
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Director
  • Will Adams
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
25% Black Box
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
89% How to Get Away With Murder
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
81% Maron
2013
  • Actor
  • 2013
92% Nashville
2012
  • Director
  • 2013
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Director
  • 2013
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Director
  • 2012
31% Made in Jersey
2012
  • Director
  • Marcus Wheaton
  • 2012
18% Off the Map
2011
  • Director
  • 2011
80% Caprica
2010
  • Director
  • Daniel Graystone
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
90% Huge
2010
  • Director
  • 2010
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Director
  • 2009
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Director
  • William
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Director
  • 2007
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Sonny
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Tom Tom Cassidy
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Father Michael Sweeney
  • 2002
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Don
  • 1993

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