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Eriq La Salle



Forceful yet smooth actor Eriq La Salle worked on the stage and on television before breaking into films, directing, and producing his own projects. He is perhaps best known for his role of the confident Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC series ER, which has earned him several Emmy nominations. He grew up in New England and got a prestigious education at Juilliard and N.Y.U. Living in New York, he made a living doing Broadway, off-Broadway, and soap operas. He worked intermittently between film and television for a few years, with one of his first movies being the breakdancing drama Rappin' with Mario Van Peebles. During this time, he made numerous TV guest appearances, briefly joined the cast of the NBC soap Another World, and played the role of Jeri-curled Darryl in Coming to America. A couple TV movies later, he strayed away from comedy and got a small part in the drama Jacob's Ladder. In 1991 he moved to L.A. for a part in the series The Human Factor, giving him an introduction to the prolific world of medical dramas. He also played two detectives in a row for the thrillers Empty Cradle and Color of Night, and appeared in the crime series Under Suspicion. In 1994, he joined the cast of ER and got his first starring role in the drama Drop Squad, produced by Spike Lee. In 1996, he made his directorial debut with the HBO movie Rebound, about the life of basketball player Earl "The Goat" Manigault, which he also appeared in. The same year he directed the short film Psalms From the Underground. He moved on to producing for the made-for-TV thriller Mind Prey, which he also starred in. Along with some small roles in Biker Boyz and One Hour Photo, 2002 saw La Salle make his first feature as director, producer, and star with the psychological thriller Crazy as Hell. He appeared in the outrageous action film Biker Boyz in 2003, and went on to have major parts in a variety of projects including Inside Out, Johnny Was, and Megafault.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Notes from Dad
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Megafault
  • Boomer
2009
No Score Yet Relative Stranger
  • Walter Clemons
2009
No Score Yet King: Man of Peace in a Time of War
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Johnny Was
  • Julius
2005
No Score Yet Inside Out
  • Dr. Peoples
2005
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Readings from the Declaration
2005
23% Biker Boyz
  • Slick Will
2003
50% Crazy as Hell
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • The Man
2002
81% One Hour Photo
  • Det. James Van Der Zee
2002
62% The Salton Sea
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Jordan
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet John Sandford's Mind Prey
  • Lucas Davenport
1999
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault
  • Director
  • Diego
1996
No Score Yet Michael Jordan, Above and Beyond
  • Actor
1996
14% Drop Squad
  • Bruford Jamison Jr.
1994
22% Color of Night
  • Anderson
1994
No Score Yet Empty Cradle
  • Detective Knoll
1993
No Score Yet Eyes of a Witness
  • Mchumbo
1991
69% Jacob's Ladder
  • Frank
1990
No Score Yet ER
  • Peter Benton
1990
69% Coming to America
  • Darryl Jenks
1988
No Score Yet Vietnam War Story 1
  • Actor
1988
75% Five Corners
  • Samuel Kemp
1987
No Score Yet Where Are the Children?
  • Deputy Bernie Miles
1986
No Score Yet Rappin
  • Ice
1985
No Score Yet Cut and Run
  • Actor
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Night Shift
2014
  • Director
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Director
7% Rosewood
2015
  • Director
48% Ringer
2011
  • Director
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Aaron Gibbs
  • Director
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Director
69% Under the Dome
2013-2015
  • Hektor Martin
  • Director
95% Battle Creek
2015
  • Director
61% Crisis
2014
  • Director
65% How to Make It in America
2010-2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Peter Benton
  • Director
47% The Messengers
2015
  • Director
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
75% Lucifer
2016
  • Director
81% Once Upon a Time
2011
  • Director
35% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
  • Director
90% Covert Affairs
2010-2014
  • Christopher McAuley
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Director
87% 24
2014
  • UN Secretary General
The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Ray
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
73% A Gifted Man
2011-2012
  • "E-Mo" Morris
  • Director

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