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Ron Eldard

Highest Rated:   100% Bastard out of Carolina (1996)
Lowest Rated:   9% Drop Dead Fred (1991)
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Birthplace:   Long Island, New York, USA
At times bearing a resemblance to a slightly stockier Tim Roth, former Golden Gloves contender Ron Eldard first became familiar to television audiences with his standout role as the love interest of Julianna Margulies on the hit television drama ER. Though Eldard had been appearing in film and television since the late '80s, it was the dawn of the new millennium that found Eldard's career reborn with roles in such acclaimed films as Barry Levinson's Sleepers (1996), Mystery, Alaska (1999), and Black Hawk Down (2001). Eldard was born into a large family of six siblings in New York City in 1965; his mother died when he was very young, forcing the siblings apart in order to live with various relatives. The second youngest of his siblings, Eldard sought a boxing career in the Golden Gloves after discovering his remarkable strength early in life. Following his graduation from New York's renowned High School of the Performing Arts, Eldard's passion for drama was ignited, and he went on to appear on One Life to Live before he made his feature debut in 1989's True Love. After competing for the love of Phoebe Cates in Drop Dead Fred, Eldard would subsequently appear in numerous roles in film (Scent of a Woman [1992] and The Last Supper [1995]) and television (Arresting Behavior and Men Behaving Badly). Eldard's onscreen romance with Margulies blossomed into true-life romance shortly after the two were paired up on ER, and the couple became an offscreen item as well. Though subsequent feature roles increased Eldard's recognition factor, he had yet to parlay his acting career into leading-man territory. The new millennium, however, found the now-established actor edging ever closer to headline status with roles in Just a Kiss (2002), Ghost Ship (also 2002), and House of Sand and Fog (2003). As a stage actor, Eldard has impressed Broadway audiences with roles in Biloxi Blues, On the Waterfront, and Death of a Salesman. In 2006 he took a supporting role in Freedomland, a crime drama starring Samuel L. Jackson, and starred alongside Paul Rudd and Lauren Ambrose for the independent comedy Diggers the same year. He continued to work steadily through the late 2000s, and received mainstream and critical success for his role in director J.J. Abram's Super 8. His talent was recognized again in Roadie (2011), wherein he played a middle aged man who doesn't know what to do with himself after spending the last two decades of his life as a roadie for the band Blue Oyster Cult.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
44% Poker Night
  • Cunningham
2014
27% Jobs
  • Rod Holt
$16.2M 2013
67% Roadie
  • Jimmy
$8.1k 2012
82% Super 8
  • Louis Dainard
$127M 2011
No Score Yet The Tenth Circle
  • Daniel Stone
2008
No Score Yet Already Dead
  • Thomas Archer
2008
70% Diggers
  • Jack
2007
23% Freedomland
  • Danny Martin
$12.3M 2006
No Score Yet Fathers and Sons
  • Tom
2005
74% House of Sand and Fog
  • Lester
$13M 2003
14% Ghost Ship
  • Dodge
$30.1M 2002
18% Just a Kiss
  • Dag Hammerskjold
2002
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Durant
$108.6M 2001
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • `Skank' Marden
1999
No Score Yet Death by Pizza
  • Reed
1999
No Score Yet The Runner
  • Edward Harrington
1999
No Score Yet When Trumpets Fade
  • Manning
1998
48% Deep Impact
  • Oren Monash
1998
100% Bastard out of Carolina
  • Daddy Glen Waddell
1996
74% Sleepers
  • John
1996
64% The Last Supper
  • Pete
1996
No Score Yet Sex and the Other Man
  • Bill
1995
88% Scent of a Woman
  • Officer Gore
1992
9% Drop Dead Fred
  • Mickey Bunce
1991
75% True Love
  • Michael
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Colton Rhodes
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Geno Parnell
  • 2009
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Shep Ray `Shep' Shepard Ray 'Shep' Shepard
  • 1996
  • 1995

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