Eric Schaeffer

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A pug-nosed New York performer turned independent filmmaker Eric Schaeffer began as an actor-writer-director in Off-Off-Broadway productions and also dabbled as a TV writer for the Fox "reality" series "America's Most ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1962 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Boy Meets Girl 2015 (Movie)

Police Officer (Actor)

After Fall, Winter 2012 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

They're Out of the Business 2011 (Movie)

Splick (Actor)

Gravity 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventureland 2009 (Movie)

Foreigner Tribute Band Member (Actor)

Starved 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Century City 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mind the Gap 2004 (Movie)

Sam Blue (Actor)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

Rabid Sports Fan (Actor)

Marmalade 2003 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

The Dead Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

First Years 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

One Night At Mccool's 2001 (Movie)

Greg Spradling (Actor)

Wirey Spindell 2000 (Movie)

Wirey Spindell (Actor)

Everything's Relative 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Fall 1997 (Movie)

Michael Shiver (Actor)

Fox Fall Preview Party 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

If Lucy Fell 1996 (Movie)

Joe MacGaunaughill (Actor)

New York Daze 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

My Life's in Turnaround 1994 (Movie)

Splick Featherstone (Actor)

Gunshy (TV Show)

Actor
Director (10)

Boy Meets Girl 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

After Fall, Winter 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

They're Out of the Business 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Mind the Gap 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Never Again 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Wirey Spindell 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Fall 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

If Lucy Fell 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

My Life's in Turnaround 1994 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (10)

Boy Meets Girl 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

After Fall, Winter 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Can't Believe I'm Still Single: Portland to Portland 2007 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

They're Out of the Business 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mind the Gap 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Never Again 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wirey Spindell 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fall 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

If Lucy Fell 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

My Life's in Turnaround 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (10)

Boy Meets Girl 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

After Fall, Winter 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

They're Out of the Business 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mind the Gap 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Never Again 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wirey Spindell 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fall 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

If Lucy Fell 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

If Lucy Fell 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

My Life's in Turnaround 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Never Again 2002 (Movie)

("Pinky's Theme (The Chilli Song)") (Song)

Biography

A pug-nosed New York performer turned independent filmmaker Eric Schaeffer began as an actor-writer-director in Off-Off-Broadway productions and also dabbled as a TV writer for the Fox "reality" series "America's Most Wanted" and the animated "Beverly Hills Teens" (syndicated). It was his work as NYC cab driver, however, that helped inspire "My Life's in Turnaround" (1993), the ultra low-budget, light romantic comedy he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in with bartender-friend Donal Lardner Ward. Set amidst the NYC independent filmmaking community, the autobiographical story featured Schaeffer as a cabbie and Ward as a bartender, looking for girlfriends and financing for a first-movie, and real-life taxi encounters with Phoebe Cates and Martha Plimpton made their art-imitating-life way into the picture, as did cameos by Casey Siemaszko and John Sayles as sleazy industry types. Praise for its off-kilter humor helped the pair sell a series idea, enabling them to create, produce and star in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Too Something/New York Daze" (1995-96).

EDUCATION

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 1984
studied film with Arthur Penn

Milestones

2002

Produced, wrote and directed "Never Again" (filmed 2000), a romance about a couple in their 50s who fall in love

2001

Had featured role in the NBC drama series "First Years", based on the British series "This Life"

2001

Acted in Harold Zwart's "One Night at McCool's", starring Michael Douglas, Matt Dillon and Liv Tyler

1999

Wrote, directed and starred in the comedy "Wirey Spindell"

1999

Co-starred in the unsold CBS comedy pilot, "Legal Aid"

1999

Had co-starring role on the very short-lived NBC series "Everything's Relative"

1998

Portrayed Gwynne in "Gunshy", a well written and acted entry to the crime genre starring William Petersen; aired on Cinemax before video release

1997

Wrote, produced, directed and starred in third film, "Fall"

1996

Solo directorial debut, "If Lucy Fell" (also actor, co-producer, screenwriter)

1995

Appeared in "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes", Disney's TV-movie remake of its 1970 feature of the same name

1993

With Donal Lardner Ward, made feature debut as producer. director, writer and star of "My Life's in Turnaround"

1992

Wrote and directed "The Blameless", produced at Duality Playhouse, NYC

Worked as a NYC cab-driver for nine years

Wrote several episodes of "America's Most Wanted" (Fox) and the syndicated animated series "Beverly Hills Teens"

Raised on NYC's Upper West Side

Worked Off-Off-Broadway as an actor, writer and director

Created, produced and co-starred (with Ward) in short-lived Fox sitcom "New York Daze"; series debuted as "Too Something", but the network took the unorthodox approach of a launching a national competition to rename the show, hoping to generate some publi

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the theater director of the same name (born August 24, 1962) who sometimes is credited as Eric D. Schaeffer.

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