May. 24th, 1967
Staten Island, New York, USA
Eric Close's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1992 - American Me
Guest TV Roles
William 'Billy' Griffin
Detective Matt Spicer
Crash Cranston (Voiced)
This blue eyed actor that looks like he was "made by Mattel" was born in Staten Island, New York, May 24th. His father is an orthopedic surgeon, and Eric is the eldest of three brothers. His family moved to Indiana, and then to Michigan and finally settled in San Diego when Close was seven years old. He graduated with a B.A. in communications at the University of Southern California in 1989.
Close married Keri in 1995 and has two daughters, Katie and Ella. Close is a very reserved person who likes to keep his private life separate from his work. He loves traveling the world, he's a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as mountain climbing/free climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing and surf and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical books. He was interested in acting from a very early age, and had some stage experience in school, but didn't decide to go for an acting career until after college.
His first role was in a theater production Rat Songs in L.A. and was offered a part in the film American Me (1992) and Safe House directed by Elena Mannes. After doing those two films he returned to theater with Thanksgiving Cries. He had many guest appearances on TV shows, and then started landing roles in shows such as Dark Skies (1996), The Magnificent Seven (1998), and Now and Again (1999). He is in the CBS hit Without a Trace (2002).
- Graduated from Valhalla High School in 1985.
- Volunteered for "Literacy Site" (June 26-30, 2006).
- Often includes "Philippians 4:13" on his autographs. The verse reads, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.".
- Children: Katie Close (b. October 1998) and Ella Close (b. April 2001).
- 2 siblings: younger brothers Randy and Christopher