Eric Thal

Actor, Magician
After working in commercials in NYC to support his acting studies, handsome dark-haired Eric Thal auditioned for a small role in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us" (1992). Lumet was so impressed by the young actor ... Read more »
Born: 08/09/1965 in New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Looking For Sunday 2014 (Movie)

Jared (Actor)

The Good Guy 2010 (Movie)

Stephens (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mouth to Mouth 2006 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Hack 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Elevator 2002 (Movie)

Jeffrey (Actor)

Prisoner of Love 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Carl Heine Jr (Actor)

Mixing Nia 1998 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

The Wedding 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wishful Thinking 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Joe's So Mean to Josephine 1997 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Samson and Delilah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Puppet Masters 1994 (Movie)

Sam Nivens (Actor)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

Ariel (Actor)

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag 1992 (Movie)

Alex Perkins (Actor)

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

Samson (Actor)

Shift (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After working in commercials in NYC to support his acting studies, handsome dark-haired Eric Thal auditioned for a small role in Sidney Lumet's "A Stranger Among Us" (1992). Lumet was so impressed by the young actor that he invited Thal back to audition for the leading male role. Although he had virtually no professional credits, Thal landed the role of an Hasidic scholar who becomes involved with an undercover police officer (Melanie Griffith). While the film failed to impress critics or the public, Thal's carefully measured intensity and equanimity were praised. He subsequently played a police officer (and the anti-heroine's husband) in the farcical "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag" (1992) and followed up with a small role in "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993), as a heterosexual driven to suicide after an intimate encounter with a con artist (Will Smith). Thal later co-starred as Donald Sutherland's disaffected son in "The Puppet Masters" (1994) and as a man who must face romance after the excitement has worn off in "Joe's So Mean to Josephine" (1997). He segued to the small screen playing the hirsute strongman in the TNT Biblical epic "Samson and Delilah" (1997), opposite Elizabeth Hurley. The following year, Thal was cast as a musician engaged to Halle Berry in the ABC TV-movie "The Wedding". In 2001, he portrayed a mechanic who becomes enmeshed in a rash of elevator accidents in the thriller "Down".

EDUCATION

Lafayette College

Easton , Pennsylvania
with the encouragement of his acting teacher Richard Bruer, left school after his first year to pursue acting

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied with Richard Pinter

studied classical theater with Ada Brown Mather

Haverford Preparatory School

Haverford , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2001

Had leading role in the thriller "Down"; released theatrically in Europe

1998

Co-starred with Halle Berry in the ABC TV-movie "The Wedding"

1997

TV-movie debut in title role of Samson in "Samson and Delilah" (TNT)

1996

Made Broadway debut opposite Sigourney Weaver in "Sex and Longing"

1993

Appeared in a pivotal supporting role in "Six Degrees of Separation"

1992

Feature film debut in a leading role, "A Stranger Among Us"

1984

Left college and moved to New York to pursue a career in acting; supported himself by appearing in commercials

Entered college to study engineering

Acted in high school productions

Family moved from upstate New York to suburban Philadelphia when Thal was young

Bonus Trivia

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"I think it's good not to have too strict a plan because if you're not writing and producing your own projects, you don't have that much control over what comes your way. But I think it's important to have guidelines. If it's a big part, then you've got to get something out of it that can have significance in tour life because that's the only way you can have passion towards what you're doing." --Eric Thal in Scene, November-December 1994.

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