|Born on||September 30, 1961|
Eric Cameron Stoltz is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor. He is known for playing either sensitive misfits (Mask, Kicking and Screaming, The Waterdance) or sociopathic criminals (Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe).
Stoltz was born in Whittier, California, the son of Evelyn B. (née Vawter), a violinist and schoolteacher who died in 1994, and Jack Stoltz, an elementary school teacher. He has two older sisters, Catherine Stoltz (1954) and Susan R. Stoltz (1957). Eric was raised in both American Samoa and Santa Barbara, California, where, as a kid, he used to earn money playing piano for the local musical theatre productions. He attended the University of Southern California, where he dropped out in his Junior year.
In the 1970s Stoltz joined a repertory company that did 10 plays at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, UK. He returned to the states in 1981 where he studied with Stella Adler and Peggy Feury in New York, and soon appeared in his first film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Originally cast as Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985), he was replaced after five weeks of filming, when Michael J. Fox (the director's first choice for the role) agreed to divide time between the movie and his television sitcom, Family Ties. The director, Robert Zemeckis, has said that while Stoltz provided an admirable performance, it lacked the humorous feel that Zemeckis was looking for. Some of the original footage (shots where Stoltz doesn't appear, but was on set) was used in the film.
In the 1980s, he garnered attention (and a Golden Globe nomination) starring as Rocky Dennis in Mask (1985), and in John Hughes's Some Kind of Wonderful (1987).
During the 1990s, he went back and forth from stage to film to TV, building up an eclectic résumé that includes both studio films like Pulp Fiction (1994) and independent films like Sundance Festival Winner The Waterdance (1992). He was also a production assistant on Say Anything and Singles, and has produced the films Bodies, Rest & Motion in 1993, Sleep with Me in 1994, and Mr. Jealousy in 1997. He also continued to appear on the New York stage both on Broadway (Three Sisters, Two Shakespearean Actors, Arms and the Man) and off-Broadway (The Importance of Being Earnest, The Glass Menagerie, Sly Fox and Our Town. He was nominated for a Tony Award for the latter performance.). Stoltz in Once and Again, 2001
On television, he had a recurring role as Helen Hunt's ex-boyfriend on Mad About You (5 episodes, 1994–1998), he also spent a year on Chicago Hope (1994) and did some TV and cable movies, such as Inside (1996) (TV) (directed by Arthur Penn) and The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) (with Helen Mirren).
Stoltz received the Indie Support Award at the 1998 Los Angeles Film Festival.
During the first part of the 2000s, he starred with Gillian Anderson in The House of Mirth (2000), based on the novel by Edith Wharton. From 2001 to 2002, he had a recurring role as the English teacher-poet August Dimitri in ABC's Once and Again, where Julia Whelan 's character (a teenager) fell in love with him. He directed an episode of the show in 2002.
In 2003, he got his first leading role in the TV show Out of Order, which was cancelled after five episodes. In 2004, he appeared in The Butterfly Effect as a child molester; the following year, he guest-starred in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace as Debra Messing's love interest.
He was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his direction of the cable movie My Horrible Year! (2001). He also directed a short film entitled The Bulls, as well as the highest rated episode of Law & Order in 2005, entitled "Tombstone."
He appeared in the music video of The Residents' "Give it to Someone Else," featured on their The Commercial DVD.
He has contributed essays to the books City Secrets — New York as well as Life Interrupted by Spalding Gray, and appears on the children's CD Philadelphia Chickens.
Beginning in 2007, Stoltz directed episodes of the 20-something drama Quarterlife, which began airing as webisodes and were then picked up to air on the NBC network in 2008.
Stoltz is set to appear in the role of Daniel Graystone in the forthcoming Sci-Fi Channel TV series Caprica, a prequel to the Peabody Award winning series Battlestar Galactica. The new series is expected to debut in early 2010.
Stoltz appeared in three episodes of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy, for which he has also directed two episodes. Stoltz played a serial killer in need of medical attention.
The actor next appears in the films "Fort McCoy" and "First Howl."
Stoltz is a member of the Actors Studio. He lived with actress Ally Sheedy (whom he met in college) sometime before 1983, then with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh from 1985–1989 and with Bridget Fonda from 1990–1998.
Director Cameron Crowe and Stoltz became friends on the set of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Crowe promised Stoltz a role, however small, in every film he makes, although since Stoltz wasn't able to appear in Almost Famous (his name does appear briefly on a billboard) he hasn't appeared in Crowe's following films.
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