Eriq La Salle

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
As the supremely confident surgeon Peter Benton on the long-running medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), actor Eriq La Salle raised the performance bar on a series that featured a number of quality turns from other top ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1962 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Under the Dome 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Johnny Was 2014 (Movie)

Julius (Actor)

ER 1994 - 2002, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Relative Stranger 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Out 2004 (Movie)

Doctor Peoples (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Crazy As Hell 2002 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

One Hour Photo 2002 (Movie)

Detective Van Der Zee (Actor)

A Different World 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

John Sandford's Mind Prey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King Meets ER 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen Files: The Truth About Hate 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Essence Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Life in the Fat Lane II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Color of Night 1994 (Movie)

Anderson (Actor)

Psalms From the Underground 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The D.R.O.P. Squad 1994 (Movie)

Bruford Jamison Jr. (Actor)

The Human Factor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Winner Takes All 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

Darryl Jenks (Actor)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

Samuel Kemp (Actor)

Mariah 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam War Story 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Rappin' 1985 (Movie)

Ice (Actor)

Empty Cradle (TV Show)

Actor

Eyes of a Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Hammer, Slammer, and Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Magic Moments (TV Show)

Actor

Megafault (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Teen Father (TV Show)

Actor

What Price Victory (TV Show)

Actor

When We Were Young (TV Show)

Actor
Director (8)

CSI: Cyber 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Messengers 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Madam Secretary 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Notes From Dad 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Crazy As Hell 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Psalms From the Underground 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Rosewood (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (3)

Crazy As Hell 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Psalms From the Underground 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

Rappin' 1985 (Movie)

("Snack Attack") (Song Performer)

Rappin' 1985 (Movie)

("Courtroom") (Song)
Writer (1)

Psalms From the Underground 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

As the supremely confident surgeon Peter Benton on the long-running medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), actor Eriq La Salle raised the performance bar on a series that featured a number of quality turns from other top actors. For eight seasons, he portrayed Dr. Benton and allowed the character to grow in various directions, all the while turning the actor into a bona fide star. Prior to "ER," La Salle appeared frequently on stage before landing a role as reporter Mike Rivers on "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968-2012). From there, he shifted over to "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999) and was memorable as the Jheri-curled heir to a hair product dynasty in the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Coming to America" (1988). Following turns in "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), "Color of Night" (1993), and "Drop Squad" (1994), La Salle had his big breakthrough on "ER," and upon departure, contributed supporting turns to several features, including "One Hour Photo" (2002). Starting in 1996, he began a second career as a director, helming episodes of "ER" as well as "The Twilight Zone" (UPN, 2002-03), "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09). Whether in front of the camera or behind, La Salle was always forceful presence on any project.

Relationships

Ada Haynes

Foster Parent
Raised La Salle as a single parent

Angela Johnson

Companion
Met in 1991 and began dating in 1993 announced engagement in December 1997, but ended relationship in 1999

Michael Michele Actor

Companion
Met when they appeared together on "ER" (NBC) dated from 2000-2001

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1984
Attended on a scholarship

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
Attended for two years, but left after his sophomore year because of his inability to overcome his "inner-city speech patterns"

Weaver High School

Hartford , Connecticut

Milestones

2009

Co-starred in the Hallmark Channel original movie, "Relative Stranger"

2007

Directed an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC); also had a cameo role

2006

Played a Jamaican gangster in the acclaimed independent film, "Johnny Was"

2002

Was an executive producer of the crime thriller, "The Salton Sea"

2002

Had co-starring role with Robin Williams in "One Hour Photo"; screened at Sundance

2002

Feature directorial debut, "Crazy as Hell"; also starred and co-wrote screenplay

2000

Directed pilot episode for the Showtime series, "Soul Food"

1998

Played a detective in the ABC movie, "Mind Prey"

1997

Formed Humble Journey Films; signed first-look production agreement with Warner Bros.

1996

Directed the HBO film, "Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault"; also acted

1995

Directed first short film, "Psalms From the Underground"; also wrote

1994

Portrayed Dr. Peter Benton on the first eight seasons of NBC's medical drama, "ER"; returned briefly for the final season in 2009

1990

Hired to co-star in "Love Field" opposite Michelle Pheiffer; fired after a few days of shooting and replaced by Dennis Haysbert

1988

Cast as Darryl in the comedy film, "Coming to America"

1985

Played reporter Mike Rivers in his first regular TV role, "One Life to Live" (ABC)

1985

Made feature film debut in "Rappin'"

Made stage debut in the first of several productions for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park theater company

Bonus Trivia

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La Salle established a college scholarship for graduates of his alma mater Weaver High School in Hartford, CT.

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