Eric Thal

Eric Thal

Highest Rated: 88% Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

Lowest Rated: 0% Wishful Thinking (1996)

Birthday: Aug 10, 1965

Birthplace: Niskayuna, New York, USA

After working in commercials in NYC to support his acting studies, handsome dark-haired Eric Thal auditioned for a small role in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us" (1992). Lumet was so impressed by the young actor that he invited Thal back to audition for the leading male role. Although he had virtually no professional credits, Thal landed the role of an Hasidic scholar who becomes involved with an undercover police officer (Melanie Griffith). While the film failed to impress critics or the public, Thal's carefully measured intensity and equanimity were praised. He subsequently played a police officer (and the anti-heroine's husband) in the farcical "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag" (1992) and followed up with a small role in "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993), as a heterosexual driven to suicide after an intimate encounter with a con artist (Will Smith). Thal later co-starred as Donald Sutherland's disaffected son in "The Puppet Masters" (1994) and as a man who must face romance after the excitement has worn off in "Joe's So Mean to Josephine" (1997). He segued to the small screen playing the hirsute strongman in the TNT Biblical epic "Samson and Delilah" (1997), opposite Elizabeth Hurley. The following year, Thal was cast as a musician engaged to Halle Berry in the ABC TV-movie "The Wedding." In 2001, he portrayed a mechanic who becomes enmeshed in a rash of elevator accidents in the thriller "Down."

Highest rated movies




35% 30% The Good Guy Stephens (Character) $100.5K 2009
54% 50% Mouth to Mouth Harry (Character) - 2005
20% 18% Down Jeffrey (Character) - 2001
39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Carl Heine Jr. (Character) $14.4M 1999
No Score Yet 20% Prisoner of Love Tracy (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 60% Mixing Nia Matt (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe's So Mean to Josephine Joe (Character) - 1996
0% 25% Wishful Thinking Jack (Character) - 1996
26% 32% The Puppet Masters Sam Nivens (Character) $8.6M 1994
88% 71% Six Degrees of Separation Rick (Character) $6.3M 1993
22% 39% A Stranger Among Us Ariel (Character) $12.1M 1992
14% 26% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Detective Alex Perkins (Character) $3.6M 1992


No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
20% No Score Yet Hack Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tommy Hedges (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wedding Meade Howell (Character) 1998


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