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Eric Roberts who was born on April 18, 1956 in Biloi, Mississippi, USA, is the son of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights. In 1961 he started his acting career in a local theater company called "The Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop", which was founded by his parents. Eric made his television debut in 1974 with a guest role in the TV series "How to Survive a Marriage". In 1976 he made his New York debut with a role in the play Rebel Women. That same year Eric also played a role in an theater production of A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1977 he acted as Ted Bancroft one of the leading roles in the TV series "Another World". Eric made his debut in 1978 as Dave in the movie 'King of the Gypsies'. Since the beginning of his career, he had over 351 film roles and 10 leading roles in TV series on his name. Eric played the role of Teddy in 1981 in the film 'Raggedy Man'. But his real breakthrough came in 1983 as Paul Snider in the movie 'Star 80'. Eric was seen in 1984 as Paulie in the movie 'The Pope of Greenwich Village'. In 1985 he played the role of Becker in the film 'The Coca-Cola Kid' and Buck McGeehy in the movie 'Runaway Train'. Eric could be admired in 1986 as Jacob Asch in the TV film 'Slow Burn' and as Riley in the film 'Nobody's Fool'. In 1987 he played the leading role in the play Burn This with he won a Theater World Award for his debut on Broadway. Eric was seen in 1988 as Jan Scruggs in the TV movie 'To Heal a Nation'. In 1989 he could be admired as Fred Wook in the film 'Rude Awakening', as Marco Collogero in the film 'Blood Red' and as Alex Grady in the film 'Best of the Best'. Eric played in 1992 the role of Jimmy Evans in the film 'Final Analysis' and in 1993 he was again seen as Alex Grady in the film 'Best of the Best 2'. In 1994, Eric played the role of Tomas Leon in the movie 'The Specialist', while in 1996 he appeared as The Master/Bruce in the TV movie 'Doctor Who'. Eric could be admired in 1997 as Eurymachus in the TV series "The Odyssey" and as John Olansky in the TV series "C-16: FBI". In 1998 he took the role of Michael for his account in the movie 'The Prophecy 2'. Eric played from 2002 to 2005 three seasons long the role of Will Butler in the TV series "Less Than Perfect". In 2003 he could be seen as Nash in the film 'National Security'. Eric could be admired in 2009 as Dr. ir. Eaton Wright in the TV series "Vegan 101". Eric was also seen as Seth Blanchard in the second season of the TV series "Crash". In 2010 he performed the role of James Munroe in the movie 'The Expendables'. Eric was seen in 2013 as Eric in the TV series "Eric's Place" and as Dr. Lipschitz in the movie 'Paranormal Movie'. In 2017 he could be admired as Randall in the TV series and for two seasons he played the role of Lee Mondrian in the TV series "Sangre Negra".


Eric also had roles in the movies ‘Options’, ‘The Ambulance’, ‘Lonely Hearts’, ‘By the Sword’, ‘Fugitive Among Us’, ‘Love, Cheat & Steal’, ‘Babyfever’, ‘Freefall’, ‘The Hard Truth’, ‘Sensation’, ‘Love Is a Gun’, ‘The Nature of the Beast’, ‘The Immortals’, ‘It’s My Party’, ‘The Grave’, ‘Public Enemies’ from 1996, ‘Power 98’, ‘Heaven’s Prisoners’, ‘The Cable Guy’, ‘The Glass Cage’, ‘American Strays’, ‘Past Perfect’, ‘The Shadow Men’, ‘Most Wanted’, ‘T.N.T.’, ‘La Cucaracha’, ‘Dead End’, ‘BitterSweet’, ‘Two Shades of Blue’, ‘Restraining Order’, ‘Wildflowers’, ‘Facade’, ‘Hitman’s Run’, ‘Tripfall’, ‘No Alibi’, ‘Luck of the Draw’, ‘The Alternate’, ‘Cecil B. DeMented’, ‘Race Against Time’, ‘The King’s Guard’, ‘Sanctimony’, ‘Mercy Streets’, ‘Dirk and Betty’, ‘Mindstorm’, ‘Fast Sofa’, ‘The Beatnicks’, ‘Walking Shadow’, ‘Raptor’, ‘Con Games’, ‘Fool Proof’, ‘Wrong Number’, ‘Spun’, ‘Endangered Species’, ‘Wolves of Wall Street’, ‘Intoxicating’, ‘The Long Ride Home’, ‘Killer Weekend’, ‘Six: The Mark Unleashed’, ‘Border Blues’, ‘Junior Pilot’, ‘Sledge: The Untold Story’, ‘Break a Leg’, ‘Graves End’, ‘The Civilization of Maxwell Bright’, ‘Chains’, ‘Gepetto’s Secret’, ‘A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints’, ‘8 of Diamonds’, ‘Phat Girlz’, ‘Hollywood Dreams’, ‘DOA: Dead or Alive’, ‘Comedy Hell’, ‘One Way’, ‘Avrora’, ‘Killer Weekend’, ‘Sister’s Keeper’, ‘Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Figter’, ‘Witless Protection’, ‘Contamination’, ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Dark Honeymoon’, ‘Light Years Away’, ‘The Steam Experiment’, ‘Rock Slyde’, ‘Royal Kill’, ‘Shannon’s Rainbow’, ‘The Whole Truth’, ‘Crimes of the Past’, ‘The Butcher’, ‘Project Solitude’, ‘Ligeia’, ‘Pinkville’, ‘In the Blink of an Eye’, ‘Westbrick Murders’, ‘Enemies Among Us’, ‘Groupie’, ‘Reality Star’, ‘Hunt to Kill’, ‘First Dog’, ‘Guns, Drugs and Dirty Money’, ‘Bed & Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident’, ‘Kingshighway’, ‘The Wayshower’, ‘Chillerama’, ‘Jesse’, ‘Silver Case’, ‘Deadline’, ‘Snow White: A Deadly Summer’, ‘The Dead Want Women’, ‘Bloodwork’, ‘The Night Never Sleeps’, ‘Stealing Las Vegas’, ‘Beyond the Trophy’, ‘The Mark 1 - 2’, ‘The Child’, ‘Worth: The Testimony of Johnny St. James’, ‘Christmas in Compton’, ‘This Shining Night’, ‘Mirror Image’, ’23 Minutes to Sunrise’, ‘Wrong Cops’, ‘Lovelace’, ‘Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft’, ‘The Devil’s Dozen’, ‘A Talking Cat!?!’, ‘Betrayel’, ‘Revelation Road 1 – 2’, ‘This Is Our Time’, ‘Sink Hole’,‘The House Across the Street’, ‘Lip Service’, ‘White T’, ‘The Cloth’, ‘The Hot Flashes’, ‘The Perfect Summer’, ‘A New York Heartbeat’, ‘Bailout: The Age of Greed’, ‘Run’ van 2013, ‘Abstraction’, ‘Self Storage’, ‘Assumed Killer’, ‘Before I Sleep’, ‘In the Name of God’, ‘Bonnie & Clyde: Justified’, ‘All American Christmas Carol’, ‘Day of the Gun’, ‘Spanners’,‘So This Is Christmas’, ‘Jet Set’, ‘Good Mourning, Lucille’, ‘Chicks Dig Gay Guys’, ‘Seal Patrol’, ‘Eternity: The Movie’, ‘Road tot he Open’, ‘A Cry from Within’, ‘Head Shot’, ‘Camp Dread’, ‘Rumors of Wars’, ‘Stranded’, ‘Scavenger Killers’, ‘Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper’, ‘Sector 4’, ‘It’s Not a Date’, ‘2 Bedroom 1 Bath’, ‘Let the Lion Roar’, ‘Starcrossed’, ‘Inherent Vice’, ‘Janie Charismanic’, ‘The Opposite Sex’, ‘Mile Marker Seven’, ‘Revelations’, ‘West End’, ‘Rogue Strike’, ‘Halloween Hell’, ‘Story of Eva’, ‘The Wrath’, ‘American Sharia’, ‘Amityville Death House’, ‘Dead Ringer’, ‘Las Vegas Story’, ‘Skin Traffik’, ‘A Fatal Obsession’, ‘Ktown Cowboys’, ‘Dark Moon Rising’, ‘No Solicitors’, ‘Fractured’, ‘No Deposit’, ‘Cowboys vs Dinosaurs’, ‘The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)’, ‘Charlie, Trevor  and a Girl Savannah’, ‘L.A. Slasher’, ‘Rock Story’, ‘Sicilian Vampire’, ‘Maul Dogs’, ‘Golden Shoes’, ‘The Wicked Within’, ‘Love Me True’, ‘Zombie Dream’, ‘The Condemned 2’, ‘Relentless Justice’, ‘The Fix’, ‘Lazarus Rising’, ‘The Code of Cain’, ‘Project 12: The Bunker’, ‘Five Grand’, ‘Prayer Never Fails’, ‘Compadres’, ‘Beyond the Game’, ‘The Rally-LA’, ‘A Remarkable Life’, ‘Evil Exhumed’, ‘1959’, ‘Hunting Season’, ’79 Parts’, ‘Joker’s Wild’, ‘The Sector’, ‘Six Gun Savior’, ‘Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel’, ‘The Red Maple Leaf’, ‘Snare’, ‘Moments of Clairty’, ‘Enemy Within’, ‘Gender Bender’, ‘Leaves of the Tree’, ‘Sorority Slaughterhouse’, ‘Santa’s Boot Camp’, ‘Uploaded’, ‘A Tip to Jamaica’, ‘Through a Class Darkly’, ‘Paradise Club’, ‘JOB’s Daughter’, ‘Euro Kings’, ‘EuroClub’, ‘3 Bullets’, ‘The Matadors’, ‘The Summoning’, ‘Eyes of the Roshi’, ‘Deadly Sanctuary’, ‘Almost Amazing’, ‘The Institute’, ‘Actors Anonymous’, ‘But Deliver Us from Evil’, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’, ‘Empire of the Heart’, ‘After School Special’, ‘Lore’, ‘Unbridled’, ‘Las Vegas Vietnam: The Movie’, ‘Lux in Tenebris’, ‘Executor’, ‘Beyond Brotherhood’, ‘The Terror of Hallow’s Eve’, ‘Ayla’, ‘Jake’s Road’, ‘Henri’, ‘Football, Texas’, ‘Spreading Darkness’, ‘The Demonic Dead’, ‘Fake News’, ‘Maximum Impact’, ‘The Beautiful Ones’, ‘Naked People Every Where’, ‘Monsters of Mulberry Street’, ‘Juvie’, ‘Intent’, ‘Induced Effect’, ‘Fatties: Take Down the House’, ‘Deported’, ‘Charlie Charlie’, ‘Amores De Peso’, ‘The Savant’, ‘Days of Power’, ‘Something’, ‘Neron’, ‘Beverly Hills Bandits’, ‘Taco Shop’, ‘Stalked by My Doctor 3: Patient’s Revenge’, ‘Never Saw It Coming’, ‘The Immortal Wars’, ‘Beautifully Broken’, ‘Papa’, ‘Black Wake’ and ‘Lone Star Deception’, the TV movies ‘The Last Capone’, ‘Descending Angel’, ‘Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Maffia Marriage’, ‘Voyage’, ‘Saved by the Light’, ‘Dark Angel’ van 1996, ‘Purgatory’, ‘Lansky’, ‘Heaven’s Fire’, ‘The Flying Dutchman’, ‘Stiletto Dance’, ‘Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534’, ‘Roughing It’, ‘Breakaway’, ‘Miss Cast Away’, ‘Fatal Desire’, ‘Southern Comfort’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Depth Charge’, ‘Cyclops’, ‘Class’, ‘Sharktopus’, ‘Burned’,‘Grace’, ‘A Halloween Puppy’, ‘Stalked by My Doctor’, ‘The Wrong Roommate’, ‘Stalked by My Doctor 2: The Return’ and ‘A Husband for Christmas’, the miniseries ‘Vendetta: Secrets of a Maffia Bride’, ‘In Cold Blood’, ‘Bullet in the Face’ and ‘Deadtime Stories’ and the documentary ‘There IS Many Like Us’.


Italian and Russian projects are also not unknown territory for him. In 2006 he played a role in the Italian mini-series 'L'onore e il rispetto', was shown in 2016 as Giovanni Geraldi in the Italian TV series "Non è stato mio figlio" and had a guest role in the Russian TV series "Russkie v Gorode Angelov".


Eric has also been featured in various video clips since 2001, such as “Down Ass Chick” from Ja Rule, “Mr. Bightside” from The Killers, “It’s Like That” from Mariah Carey Feat. Jermaine Dupri & Fatman Scoop, “We Belong Together” from Mariah Carey, “Smack That” from Akon”, “Hey You” from Godhead, “Miss Atomic Bomb – Animated Version” from The Killers, “Bitch Better Have My Money” from Rihanna, “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” from Chris Cornell and “El Bano” from Enrique Iglesias feat. Bad Bunny.


He had roles in the short films ‘End of the Icon’, ‘Making Sandwiches’, ‘Spit’, ‘The Double’, ‘The Cookie Thief’, ‘Heal Thyself’, ‘The Whipping Club’, ‘Mary’, ‘iVOTE’, ‘Cool Cats Finds a Gun’, ‘Potter’s Field’, ‘Dante’s Hell Animated’, ‘Before It’s Too Late’, ‘Trust Me’, ‘Scenes from Powned’, ‘Powdered Donuts’, ‘Pen of Mirrors’, ‘Lose-Lose’, ‘Family on Board’, ‘The Epic of Hershey’, ‘The Way It Melts’, ‘Hungry’, ‘Dead Saturday’, ‘Redux’, ‘Than All Else Ever’, ‘Boomer Hogs’, ‘Oiled Up’, ‘The Last Wizard’, ‘Star Trek: Captain Pike’, ‘Bluebird’, ’30 Days to Say Goodbye’ and ‘Devil Dogs’ and the short TV movies ‘Paul’s Case’ and ‘L.A. Confidential’ and a guest role in the short TV series “Headshots & Handcuffs”.


Eric had guest roles in TV series as “American Playhouse”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “Frasier”, “Oz”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Spawn”, “The Hunger”, “Falcone”, “The King of Queens”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “The Andy Dick Show”, “Strange Frequency”, “Justice League”, “Witchblade”, “Justice League Unlimited”, “CSI: Miami”, “Danny Phantom”, “The L Word”, “Heroes”, “Fear Itself”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “The Cleaner”, “Entourage”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Chuck”, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”, “Burn Notice”, “obSETHed”, “The Finder”, “Femme Fatales”, “High Heels, Low Standards”, “Tainted Love”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “The Accidental President”, “Justified”, “Glee”, “Suits”, “Minutes with Max Amini”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Lost Girl”, “The Player”, “Scorpion”, “Mann and Wife”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Code Black”, “Swedish Dicks”, “Changelings”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “C.E.O.” and “Those Who Can’t”.


He was nominated for an Oscar as Best Male Supporter for his role in the film 'Runaway Train'. Eric was also nominated three times for a Golden Globe. For his roles in the films 'King of the Gypsies', 'Star 80' and 'Runaway Train'. For his role in the film 'Star 80' he won a BSFC Award. Eric won a Golden Satellite Award for his role of Will Butler in the TV series “Less Than Perfect”. For his role in the film 'Silver Case' he won both an L.A.Indie Award and Jury Prize. Eric won the prize for Best Actor in a supporting role for his role in the film 'Spanners'. For the short film 'Hungry' he won a Special Jury Award and for his role in the film 'Rocky Story' a Festival Award. Eric won a Gold Remi Award for the film 'Leaves of the Tree' and an IIFC Award for the short film '30 Days to Say Goodbye '. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and in 2015 he received the Lifetime Achievement Diamond Award for Best Acting Career in 392 Film.


In the past Eric did a TV commercial for H & M underpants. He lives in Los Angeles in California, USA. When the actor made a short visit to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Perry of Moov.nl was given the opportunity to interview the very friendly Eric Roberts for the internet site.


001.More people are going to work behind the scenes. Does it not even seem like something to you to write and/or direct a film someday?

       That I was the executive producer for the TV series "Vegan 101" from 2009, the movie ‘Beverly Hills Bandits’ from 2018 and the upcoming film 'Hide

       in the Light'  is not true. The makers of the relevant projects have put me on to this. I have been played in around the 500 films. That's what I am, an

       actor. So I have no ambition whatsoever to write or direct a film. Let me just act. That is really my thing.I was four years old when I first started acting.

       This was with the theater company that my parents have set up. I have never worked together with my daughter Emma on a project. But if she asked

       me, I would love to do that. With my sister Lisa I could be seen in the TV movie 'To Heal a Nation' from 1988 and with my other sister Julia in the

       movie 'Blood Red' from 1989. Actually I think Lisa is the best in acting of the three of us. I think it would be fun to work with Lisa and Julia in a movie

       and then I prefer in a black comedy.

002.Do you see a return to the TV series "Suits"?

       My character Charles Forstman did not die, but went into prison. Then in an episode of season 5 Harvey Specter (played by Gabriel Macht, ed.)

       came to visit him in prison and Charles said 'When I am out of 2 years ...'. The series is in America now busy with his eighth season and so Charles is

       now out the prison. Also, his rival Harvey is still in the series. So it is for sure possible. I really liked to play in the series. I only had none scenes with

       protagonists Meghan Markle (she played Rachel Zane, ed.) and Gina Torres (she played Jessica Pearson, ed.). Both ladies are now out of the series.

       As the makers would ask me for a return as Charles, then that seems great to me to do.

003.If you had not become an actor, what profession would you have like to be: doctor ('Stalked by My Doctor 1 - 3' from 2015 - 2018), detective

       ('Beverly Hills Bandits' from 2018), priest ('Neron' from 2018), professor ('Trough a Class Darkly' from 2016), judge ('Prayer Never Fails'

       from 2016), officer ('American Sharia' from 2015) or captain ('Rogue Strike' from 2014)?

       Of course I have played these professions as an actor in various films. When I I have to make a choice from these seven professions, then I go for

       professor. For example teaching at a university. So you can transfer your own knowledge to others. A profession that I have often played as an actor

       is a doctor. But that is also a profession that I in the daily life would never want to be.

004.What can we expect from you in the future in showbizz?

       From Saturday, September 8, 2018 I am as Mr. G to see in America in the movie 'Rusty Tulloch '. I play a guest role in two episodes of the new TV

       series "New Dogs, Old Tricks ". From Thursday 4 October 2018 I can be seen as Brooke in the mini-series 'Anatomy of An Antihero 4 redemption'. I

       can be seen from Friday 12 October 2018 as Clayton in the movie 'The Righteous'. From Tuesday 23 October 2018 I am as Father Wes can be seen

       in the film 'Hide in the Light'. I am on Thursday 1 November 2018 seen as Dave in the movie 'Monster Lake'. On Saturday, November 10, 2018 I have

       a guest role in the TV series "Can not Go Home". From Saturday, December 15, 2018 I am to see as myself in the movie 'The Bobby Roberts

       Project'. I can be heard from Monday, December 24, 2018 as Dante in the movie 'Inferno by Dante '. From Thursday 14 February 2019 I will be seen

       as John Waters in the film 'Steele Justice'. I can be seen from Tuesday 26 March 2019 in the roles of Leon Davenport and Edward Travis in the

       movie 'Hollywould'. From Saturday 1 June 2019 I can be seen as William Rota in the movie '90 Feet from Home '.


For more information about Eric Roberts, visit https://www.ericrobertsactor.com/.

Eric would like to pay attention to visit the sites of Natural Child and Keaton Simons by: https://www.naturalchild.org/ and http://www.keatonsimons.com/.


Photographer: Sam Jones


Interview: Perry Krootjes