Eric Stoltz

Actor, Producer, Director
One of cinema's most prolific actors and a favorite of independent filmmakers, Eric Stoltz is a witty, charming, intelligent redhead whose versatility has resulted in a decidedly eclectic body of work. His good looks ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1961 in Whittier, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (108)

Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant 2015 (Movie)

Russ Peterson (Actor)

Fort McCoy 2014 (Movie)

Frank Stirn (Actor)

The Grand Design 2014 (Movie)

Son (Actor)

The Rocking Horsemen 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maron 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Made In Jersey 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caprica 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sparks 2008 (Movie)

Joseph Canavan (Actor)

Close to Home 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1995 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1994 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1995 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Triangle 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Honeymooners 2005 (Movie)

William Davis (Actor)

The Lather Effect 2005 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town 2005 (Movie)

Otto Wilson (Actor)

When Zachery Beaver Came to Town 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Childstar 2004 (Movie)

Fresno Burnbaum (Actor)

Happy Hour 2004 (Movie)

Levine (Actor)

Hello 2004 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Out of Order 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Butterfly Effect 2004 (Movie)

George Miller (Actor)

Harvard Man 2002 (Movie)

Teddy (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once and Again 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rules of Attraction 2002 (Movie)

Mr. Lance Lawson (Actor)

War Letters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Last Dance 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simian Line 2001 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Common Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The House of Mirth 2000 (Movie)

Lawrence Selden (Actor)

A Murder of Crows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Highball 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Our Guys: Outrage in Glen Ridge 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

A Murder of Crows 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hi-Life 1998 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Mr. Jealousy 1998 (Movie)

Lester Grimm (Actor)

The Definite Maybe 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

Dr Steven Cale (Actor)

Keys to Tulsa 1997 (Movie)

Richter Boudreau (Actor)

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Wes Taylor (Actor)

Don't Look Back 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

Howard Caszatt (Actor)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

Ethan Valhere (Actor)

The Rocking Horse Winner 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fluke 1995 (Movie)

Jeff Newman (Actor)

Kicking and Screaming 1995 (Movie)

Chet (Actor)

Rob Roy 1995 (Movie)

McDonald (Actor)

The 1995 MTV Movie Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prophecy 1995 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Killing Zoe 1994 (Movie)

Zed (Actor)

Little Women 1994 (Movie)

John Brooke (Actor)

Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

Jake Briggs (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Lance (Actor)

Roommates 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sleep With Me 1994 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

Bodies, Rest and Motion 1993 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Frasier 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Mime (Actor)

The Waterdance 1992 (Movie)

Joel Garcia (Actor)

Memphis Belle and the Glory Boys 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Money 1991 (Movie)

Frank Cimballi (Actor)

A Woman at War 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Memphis Belle 1990 (Movie)

Danny Daly (Actor)

Our Town 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sensibility and Sense 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Manifesto 1989 (Movie)

Christopher (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Vahlere (Actor)

The Fly II 1989 (Movie)

Martin Brundle (Actor)

Haunted Summer 1988 (Movie)

Percy Shelley (Actor)

Sister, Sister 1988 (Movie)

Matt Rutledge (Actor)

Lionheart 1987 (Movie)

Robert Nerra (Actor)

Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 (Movie)

Keith Nelson (Actor)

Code Name: Emerald 1985 (Movie)

Andy Wheeler (Actor)

Mask 1985 (Movie)

Rocky Dennis (Actor)

Running Hot 1984 (Movie)

Danny Hicks (Actor)

Surf II 1984 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

The New Kids 1984 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Bill Conrad (Actor)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

Stoner Buds (Actor)

Paper Dolls 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

A Killer in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

Blackout Effect (TV Show)

Actor

Foreign Affairs (TV Show)

Actor

Inside (TV Show)

Actor

My Horrible Year! (TV Show)

Actor

One Kill (TV Show)

Actor

The Heart of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

The Passion of Ayn Rand (TV Show)

Actor

The Seekers (TV Show)

Actor

The Triangle (Movie)

Howard Thomas (Actor)

Things Are Looking Up (TV Show)

Actor

Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Actor
Director (15)

Madam Secretary 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Glee 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

How To Get Away With Murder 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Black Box 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Grand Design 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Nashville 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

White Collar 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Californication 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Off the Map 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Private Practice 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Huge 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Nip/Tuck 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Quarterlife 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order 2005 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (5)

Fort McCoy 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Grand Design 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mr. Jealousy 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sleep With Me 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bodies, Rest and Motion 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

The Grand Design 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

One of cinema's most prolific actors and a favorite of independent filmmakers, Eric Stoltz is a witty, charming, intelligent redhead whose versatility has resulted in a decidedly eclectic body of work. His good looks have won him a fair share of leading man parts, but he has also frequently rejected the wholesome image to access his dark side, playing some angry and downright scuzzy types. "I'm not a career builder," he has admitted. "I've never plotted out how to become a 'marketable persona.'" What he has become is a first-rate actor, one who makes time for stage roles and counts having to turn down a chance to act opposite Julie Harris in a Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie" as one of his major career disappointments. (He did finally portray Tom Wingfield in a Williamstown Theater Festival version of the Tennessee Williams' classic.) Though many of his projects do not afford him a big pay day, he works often enough in big studio releases to subsidize his passion for plays and indies and the rewards they bring.

Relationships

Bridget Fonda Actor

Companion
Met c. 1986 Began dating in 1989 Appeared together in "Singles" (1992) Reportedly split in May 1998

Rachel Griffiths Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated while Griffiths was filming "Very Annie Mary" (2001) No longer together

Jennifer Jason Leigh Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1988 No longer together

Laura Linney Actor

Companion
Dated in 2001

Ally Sheedy Actor

Companion
Lived together in the early 1980s Split in 1983

Jack Stoltz

Father

Evelyn Stoltz

Mother
Died of cancer in June 1994 at age 67

Catherine Stoltz

Sister
Born in November 1954

Susan Stoltz

Sister
Born in August 1957

Lili Taylor Actor

Companion
Appeared together in "Say Anything" (1989) No longer together

EDUCATION

studied trumpet and piano

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1979 - 1981

studied acting with Stella Adler, William Traylor and Peggy Feury

San Marcus High School

San Marcus , California
graduated

Milestones

2004

Cast in the thriller "The Butterfly Effect," starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart

2004

Appeared on broadway in the production of "Sly Fox"

2003

Starred with Felicity Huffman in the Showtime drama "Out of Order"

2001

Acted in an L.A. stage production of "Betrayal"

2001

Made directorial debut with the Showtime original "My Horrible Year!"

2000

Cast as a military attorney representing a female captain accused of murder in the Showtime original "One Kill"

2000

Portrayed lawyer Lawrence Seldon in "The House of Mirth", Terence Davies' adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel

1999

Played Nathaniel Brandon in "Showtime's "The Passion of Ayn Rand", acting for the first time with Peter Fonda

1999

Acted with Cuba Gooding Jr and Tom Berringer in Rowdy Herrington's "A Murder of Crows" (premiered on Cinemax)

1998

Appeared in Roger Hedden's directorial debut, "Hi-Life"; had also acted in two films scripted by Hedden, "Bodies, Rest & Motion" and "Sleep With Me" (1994)

1998

Executive produced and starred in Baumbach's "Mr. Jealousy"; reunited with "Mask" director Peter Bogdanovich who acted in the film; also acted in "Highball" (lensed 1997), filmed three weeks after "Mr. Jealousy" with much of the same cast and crew

1998

TV series debut as a regular playing a doctor specializing in alternative medicine in "Chicago Hope" (CBS)

1997

Earned a large paycheck for the big-budget "Anaconda"

1996

Reteamed with Crowe for the blockbuster "Jerry Maguire", playing Ethan Vahlere

1996

Played a vice cop partnered with Jeff Daniels in John Herzfeld's "2 Days in the Valley"

1996

Starred in Arthur Penn's "Inside", a Showtime movie (which also got a limited theatrical release) exposing the excess of South Africa's apartheid policy

1995

First film with director Noah Baumbach, "Kicking and Screaming"

1995

Reteamed with Caton-Jones for "Rob Roy"

1994

Played in his words "a token male" in the studio remake of "Little Women", standing around "with facial hair to prove that the little women are, in fact, heterosexual"

1994

Headed the ensemble of "Sleep With Me", also scripted by Hedden

1993

Feature producing debut, "Bodies, Rest & Motion", scripted by Roger Hedden; also acted in with Bridget Fonda and Phoebe Cates

1992

Acted in Crowe's "Singles" playing an aggressive mime artist; first film with then-significant other Bridget Fonda

1992

Received acclaim for his role as a paraplegic writer in "The Waterdance", co-starring Helen Hunt

1990

First film with director Michael Caton-Jones, "Memphis Belle"

1989

Second role that required lots of make-up, "The Fly II"

1989

Portrayed Vahlere in Crowe's "Say Anything"; also served as production assistant

1988

Broadway debut, "Our Town"; received Tony nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his turn as George Gibbs

1987

Starred in "Some Kind of Wonderful", written and produced by John Hughes

1986

Off-Broadway debut, "The Widow Claire" by Horton Foote

1985

Made first big impression as a sensitive boy disfugured by a rare disease in "Mask"

1982

Film debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", playing one of the Stoner Buds (with Anthony Edwards); first association with Cameron Crowe who scripted

1981

Joined an American repertory company which performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland; performed in "Tobacco Road", "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Working"

1978

TV-movie debut, "The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank" (CBS)

1970

Switched to acting (date approximate)

1969

Played piano for a local theater group in Santa Barbara (date approximate)

1968

Moved to Santa Barbara, California at age eight (date approximate)

1964

Moved to American Samoa with family at age three (date approximate)

Had recurring role as a teacher on the ABC drama series "Once and Again"; also directed episodes

Director Robert Zemeckis replaced him unceremoniously with Michael J Fox after five weeks of shooting on "Back to the Future", charitably saying later "I found myself with a very good actor playing the wrong part"

Returned to Los Angeles after running out of money in Edinburgh

Appeared in "Happy Hour" (lensed 2001)

Played a tabloid reporter in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries "Triangle" (lensed 2005)

Bonus Trivia

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Stoltz received the Indie Support Award at the 1998 Los Angeles Film Festival.

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On his love for independent films: "They're like stray dogs. They need much more attention and care, but ultimately reward you with fierce loyalty and a fascinating, off-kilter personality. And sometimes fleas." --Stoltz to Vanity Fair, April 1994.

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"Sometimes I'll do a film because the character interests me, or I just want to work with the director. Sometimes I need the money. And sometimes I just want to get out of town. 'Rob Roy', I ran into the director at a coffee shop, and he asked me if I wanted to come to Scotland with him to make this movie, and I said sure. I hadn't read the script yet. Thank God it's a really good script, or I'd be sunk." --Eric Stoltz, quoted in Daily News, August 24, 1994.

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