Eric Roberts

Actor
Proclaimed by Interview magazine as having so handsome a profile "it could be struck on a Roman coin," actor Eric Roberts was best-known for two things: 1) being a great actor who was prone to making bad ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1956 in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (210)

Hawaii Five-O 2015 (Tv Show)

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Amazing Racer 2014 (Movie)

Mitchell Prescott (Actor)

Baby-O 2014 (Movie)

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Betrayal 2014 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Border Blues 2014 (Movie)

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Camp Dread 2014 (Movie)

Julian Barrett (Actor)

Christmas in Compton 2014 (Movie)

Tommy Maxell (Actor)

Comedy Hell 2014 (Movie)

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Dark Honeymoon 2014 (Movie)

L.A. Guy (Actor)

Deadline 2014 (Movie)

Ronnie Bullock (Actor)

Eternity: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

Gene Weiner (Actor)

Fractured 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Ballard (Actor)

Garden of Eden 2014 (Movie)

Earl Wild (Actor)

Glee 2014 (Tv Show)

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Graves End 2014 (Movie)

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Hoot Night in Hollywood 2014 (Movie)

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Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence 2014 (Movie)

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Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Michael Z. Wolfmann (Actor)

Justified 2014 (Tv Show)

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Kingshighway 2014 (Movie)

Frank Monviano (Actor)

Miss Cast Away 2014 (Movie)

Max Power (Actor)

Murder by Numbers (Slipnot Productions) 2014 (Movie)

Boris (Actor)

Road to the Open 2014 (Movie)

Tim Gollant (Actor)

Rock Slyde 2014 (Movie)

Jake the Delivery Man (Actor)

SEAL Patrol 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Cromwell (Actor)

Suits 2014 (Tv Show)

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Taco Shop 2014 (Movie)

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The Chaos Experiment 2014 (Movie)

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The Long Ride Home 2014 (Movie)

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The Lot 2014 (Movie)

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The Wolves of Wall Street 2014 (Movie)

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Wife Swap 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Assault on Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

Lawyer Patterson (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2013 (Tv Show)

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Doc Holliday's Revenge 2013 (Movie)

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Lovelace 2013 (Movie)

Nat Laurendi (Actor)

Pop Star 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Run 2013 (Movie)

Jeremiah (Actor)

Sector 4: Extraction 2013 (Movie)

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Silver Case 2013 (Movie)

Senator (Actor)

The Hot Flashes 2013 (Movie)

Lawrence Humphrey (Actor)

White T 2013 (Movie)

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Wrong Cops 2013 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Bullet in the Face 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Das Kind 2012 (Movie)

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Deadtime Stories 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Cloth 2012 (Movie)

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The Finder 2012 (Tv Show)

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Bloodworx 2011 (Movie)

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Burn Notice 2011 (Tv Show)

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Celebrity Ghost Stories 1997 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew: Reunion 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2011 (Tv Show)

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Magic Puppy 2011 (Movie)

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Oz 1997 - 2000, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Rehab with Dr. Drew 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Drew Carey Show 1996 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The King of Queens 1997 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1996 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Chuck 2010 (Tv Show)

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Class 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Crash 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Falcone 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Heroes 2007 - 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

James Munroe (Actor)

The Young and the Restless 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Hunt to Kill 2009 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

2007 World Magic Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Entourage 2008 (Tv Show)

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Fear Itself 2008 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Cleaner 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Maroni (Actor)

Witless Protection 2008 (Movie)

Wilford Duvall (Actor)

DOA: Dead or Alive 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Victor Donovan (Actor)

Hollywood Dreams 2007 (Movie)

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One Way 2007 (Movie)

Nick Swell (Actor)

The BeatNicks 2007 (Movie)

Mack Drake (Actor)

The Bronx Bunny Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The Civilization of Maxwell Bright 2007 (Movie)

Arlis (Actor)

The L Word 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Aurora 2006 (Movie)

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Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Phat Girlz 2006 (Movie)

Robert Myer (Actor)

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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CSI: Miami 2005 (Tv Show)

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Less Than Perfect 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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A Merry Mickey Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Confessions of an Action Star 2004 (Movie)

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Intoxicating 2004 (Movie)

Teddy Fields (Actor)

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Break a Leg 2003 (Movie)

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Endangered Species 2003 (Movie)

Police Lt. Mike 'Sully' Sullivan (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

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National Security 2003 (Movie)

Nash (Actor)

Sol Goode 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Spun 2003 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Mark Twain's Roughing It 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Strange Frequency 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Andy Dick Show 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Fast Sofa 2001 (Movie)

Ginger's Husband (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

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Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 2001 (Movie)

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Strange Frequency 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Walking Shadow 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

Honey's Ex (Actor)

Hitman's Run 2000 (Movie)

John Dugan/ Tony Lazorka (Actor)

Mercy Streets 2000 (Movie)

Rome (Actor)

No Alibi 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Raptor 2000 (Movie)

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The Flying Dutchman 2000 (Movie)

Sean (Actor)

The Hunger 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Bittersweet 1999 (Movie)

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La Cucaracha 1999 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Lansky 1999 (Movie)

Ben "Bugsy" Siegel (Actor)

Restraining Order 1999 (Movie)

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The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The King's Guard 1999 (Movie)

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Todd McFarlane's Spawn 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Agent of Death 1998 (Movie)

The Replacement (Actor)

C-16 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Dead End 1998 (Movie)

Henry Smovinsky (Actor)

Dirk and Betty 1998 (Movie)

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TNT 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Two Shades of Blue 1998 (Movie)

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Dark Angel 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Facade 1997 (Movie)

Colin Wentworth (Actor)

Frasier 1997 (Tv Show)

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In Cold Blood 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Most Wanted 1997 (Movie)

Spencer (Actor)

American Strays 1996 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Doctor Who 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Heaven's Prisoners 1996 (Movie)

Bubba Rocque (Actor)

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Nick Stark (Actor)

Making Sandwiches 1996 (Movie)

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Prophecy II: Ashtown 1996 (Movie)

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Public Enemy #1 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

Eric Roberts (Actor)

The Grave 1996 (Movie)

Cass (Actor)

The Glass Cage 1995 (Movie)

Montrachet (Actor)

Babyfever 1994 (Movie)

Anthony (Actor)

Love Is a Gun 1994 (Movie)

Jack Hart (Actor)

Love, Cheat & Steal 1994 (Movie)

Reno Adams (Actor)

The 15th Annual CableACE Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Nature of the Beast 1994 (Movie)

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The Specialist 1994 (Movie)

Tomas Leon (Actor)

Best of the Best 2 1993 (Movie)

Alex Grady (Actor)

By the Sword 1993 (Movie)

Alexander Villard (Actor)

Conversations 1993 (Movie)

Man No 11 (Actor)

Freefall 1993 (Movie)

Grant Orion (Actor)

Final Analysis 1992 (Movie)

Jimmy Evans (Actor)

Fugitive Among Us 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Lonely Hearts 1991 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Ambulance 1990 (Movie)

Josh Baker (Actor)

Best of the Best 1989 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Blood Red 1989 (Movie)

Marco Collogero (Actor)

Options 1989 (Movie)

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Rude Awakening 1989 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Nobody's Fool 1986 (Movie)

Riley (Actor)

Slow Burn 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Runaway Train 1985 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

The Coca-Cola Kid 1985 (Movie)

Becker (Actor)

The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

Paul Snider (Actor)

Raggedy Man 1981 (Movie)

Teddy (Actor)

The Alternative Miss World 1979 (Movie)

Himself--Judge (Actor)

King of the Gypsies 1978 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

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Christmas Rush (TV Show)

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Cyclops (TV Show)

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Depth Charge (TV Show)

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Descending Angel (TV Show)

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Fatal Desire (TV Show)

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Fighting Father Dunne (Movie)

Monk (Actor)

Groupie (Movie)

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Heaven's Fire (TV Show)

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Love, Cheat & Steal (TV Show)

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Luck of the Draw (TV Show)

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Mindstorm (TV Show)

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Miss Lonelyhearts (TV Show)

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Past Perfect (TV Show)

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Power 98 (TV Show)

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Purgatory (TV Show)

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Race Against Time (TV Show)

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Sanctimony (TV Show)

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Saved By the Light (TV Show)

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Sensation (TV Show)

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Sharktopus (TV Show)

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Stiletto Dance (TV Show)

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The Butcher (Movie)

Merle Hench (Actor)

The Hard Truth (TV Show)

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The Immortals (TV Show)

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The Lost Capone (TV Show)

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The North Star (Movie)

Grisha (Actor)

The Odyssey (TV Show)

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The Shadow Men (TV Show)

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To Heal a Nation (TV Show)

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Voyage (TV Show)

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Watch on the Rhine (Movie)

Bodo Muller (Actor)

Wildflowers (TV Show)

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Biography

Proclaimed by Interview magazine as having so handsome a profile "it could be struck on a Roman coin," actor Eric Roberts was best-known for two things: 1) being a great actor who was prone to making bad choices, and 2) being Julia Roberts' big brother. Blessed with a combination of a matinee idol's good looks and a thespian's acting ability, Roberts' talents were all too often squandered working in less-than-worthy material. When given a substantive script to play with, however, Roberts could occasionally be downright superb, infusing his performances with an intense charisma rarely seen on screen. Famed for his magnetic intensity, Roberts dazzled critics with his Oscar-nominated turn as Paul Snider, the obsessive and controlling beau of doomed Playboy playmate Dorothy Stratton (Mariel Hemingway) in director Bob Fosse's tragic biopic, "Star 80" (1983). Although Roberts seemed well on his way to becoming a major movie star during the 1980s, the actor ultimately found himself eclipsed in Hollywood by the rise of his younger sister - future Academy Award-winning "Pretty Woman" (1990) star, Julia Roberts.

Relationships

Kelly Cunningham

Companion
Roberts sued to removed Cunningham from his home in October 1991 mother of Roberts' daughter Emma

Sandy Dennis Actor

Companion
Had long relationship in the 1980s

Eliza Garrett

Wife
Married in 1992 co-starred in the feature "Love is a Gun" (1994) mother is writer-producer-director Lila Garrett

Betty Motes

Mother
Divorced from Roberts' father in 1972 retained custody of Lisa and Julie while Eric lived with his father

Julia Roberts Actor

Sister

Walter Roberts

Father
Founded Actors and Writers Workshop, Atlanta divorced Roberts' mother in 1972 Eric lived with his father died c. 1977 of cancer

Emma Roberts Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 10, 1991; mother, Kelly Cunningham; played the lead on Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous" and in the films "Aquamarine" (2006) and "Nancy Drew" (2007)

Emma Roberts

Daughter
Born February 10, 1991 mother, Kelly Cunningham best known for the Nickelodeon series "Unfabulous"

Lisa Roberts

Sister
Born in 1965 featured in "Something to Talk About" (1995) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003) also produced "Nothing to Lose" (1997)

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1973 - 1974

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York 1974 - 1975

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in "The Expendables," an 80s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries who attempt to overthrow a South American dictator; film featured a Who's Who of action stars including Bruce Willis, Jet Li, and Arnold Sc

2008

Cast as Sal Maroni, an organized crime boss in the Batman sequel, "The Dark Knight"

2007

Joined the cast of NBC's "Heroes" as Thompson, an associate of Mr. Bennet

2006

Cast in the coming-of-age drama "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"

2001

Played a corrupt police captain in the A&E movie "Walking Shadow"

2000

Had memorable role as a gangster in the CBS drama "Falcone"

1997

TV series debut as regular, "C16: FBI"

1996

Starred in "It's My Party"

1996

Played the villain in Fox TV-movie "Dr. Who"

1996

Cast in the TV remake of "In Cold Blood"

1988

Broadway debut, Lanford Wilson's "Burn This"; replaced John Malkovich

1986

Acted with younger sister Julia Roberts in "Blood Red" (released in 1989)

1983

Portrayed Playboy playmate, Dorothy Stratten's husband in Bob Fosse's "Star 80"

1983

TV-movie debut, an "American Playhouse" adaptation of Nathanael West's "Miss Lonelyhearts"

1978

Film acting debut in "King of the Gypsies"

1976

Professional acting debut in "Rebel Women" at Public Theatre, New York

1976

Played a recurring character on the NBC daytime soap opera, "Another World"

1973

Received classical training at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London

1964

First stage speaking parts by age eight

1963

Began appearing on local TV in Atlanta at age seven

1960

Stage debut at age four as a mute clown

Suffered a serious accident in a Jeep and took a hiatus from acting

Raised primarily in Atlanta, Georgia by his father following parents' divorce

Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC

Began acting in Off-Broadway productions

Bonus Trivia

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Many gossip columns have noted the estrangement between Eric and his younger sister, Julia Roberts. The source of the estrangment had been Eric's past drug abuse, and Julia's siding with his ex-girlfriend over the custody battle over Emma Roberts. In 2004, he told People magazine, that he and Julia reconciled when he went to visit her in the hospital after she gave birth to twins.

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"In the past 10 years, I've made about 30 bad movies. They were all box office bombs." - Eric Roberts in the Daily News, March 24, 1996

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"Up until the late 80s, I'd been so careful with my career that I only made a movie a year, sometimes every other year. But because of some bad investments, I was not a millionaire anymore. I decided the hell with it. So I started doing everything that was offered to me. I made a slew of B-movies, like 12 or 14, and some of them are pretty terrible." - Eric Roberts to Details, April 1996

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"I was an abused child. It wasn't sexual abuse and it wasn't by a stranger. A family member used to beat me until I couldn't walk." - Roberts in the Daily News March 24, 1996. In 2001, Roberts revealed the family member was his mother.

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"It was only after the birth of Emma that I began to realize I wasn't the only person on the planet. I really want to be a good father and I get a lot of help from my daughter. I was visiting her yesterday and I said, 'Okay, honey, I have to go now.' And she ran in front of the door and said 'Daddy, you can go when I say it's okay.' And I went right back and sat down." - Eric Roberts in the Daily News, March 24, 1996

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"['It's My Party'] is one of the three or four best movies I've ever been in and the best movie I've been in for quite some time. The first time I saw it I cried for the last 20 minutes and I've never cried at my own movies. I'm sobbing and I'm really embarrassed, because if anyone sees me crying at my own movie, I'll feel foolish. The lights come on, and the 12 people in the room are all crying. So I was very happy to be one of them. That last half hour works on every level." - Eric Roberts quoted in The Advocate, Feb. 6, 1996

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