Ron Eldard

Actor, Boxer, Deli worker
An amiable, engaging performer of stage, film and TV, Ron Eldard received critical acclaim in his feature debut opposite Annabella Sciorra as the immature bridegroom in "True Love" (1989), Nancy Savoca's low-budget ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Poker Night 2014 (Movie)

Cunningham (Actor)

Justified 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

jOBS 2013 (Movie)

Rod Holt (Actor)

Roadie 2012 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

In Plain Sight 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super 8 2011 (Movie)

Louis Dainard (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Already Dead 2007 (Movie)

Thomas Archer (Actor)

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Freedomland 2006 (Movie)

Danny Martin (Actor)

Blind Justice 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Fathers and Sons 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

House of Sand and Fog 2003 (Movie)

Deputy Sheriff Lester Burdon (Actor)

Ghost Ship 2002 (Movie)

Dodge (Actor)

Just a Kiss 2002 (Movie)

Dag (Actor)

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant (Actor)

Bash: Latterday Plays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Salesman 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

"Skank" Marden (Actor)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Oren Monash (Actor)

Delivered 1998 (Movie)

Reed (Actor)

The Runner 1998 (Movie)

Edward Harrinton (Actor)

Men Behaving Badly 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the Other Man 1997 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

ER 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Last Supper 1996 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Arresting Behavior 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin' Joe 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

Officer Gore (Actor)

Drop Dead Fred 1991 (Movie)

Mickey Bunce (Actor)

True Love 1989 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Bastard Out of Carolina (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenth Circle (TV Show)

Actor

When Trumpets Fade (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An amiable, engaging performer of stage, film and TV, Ron Eldard received critical acclaim in his feature debut opposite Annabella Sciorra as the immature bridegroom in "True Love" (1989), Nancy Savoca's low-budget, slice-of-life sleeper about an Italian wedding in the Bronx. (His Off-Broadway debut had come in an almost identical role as Tony in "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding".) The attention, however, spooked him, and he passed on the first round of film offers coming his way, electing instead to remain in Queens and concentrate on theater while deciding what he wanted from life. After starring as Servy in the 1991 Off-Broadway production of "Servy-n-Bernice 4Ever", the former Golden Gloves contender decided to stick his toe in TV waters, and his rugged athletic looks and ability gave him credibility as a former baseball player who resorts to crime to support his family in the 1992 ABC movie "Jumpin' Joe". Eldard went on to play policemen in two short-lived sitcoms: in ABC's "Arresting Behavior" (1992), he was cast as the precinct playboy teamed with a veteran while in Fox's clever and classy "Bakersfield, P.D." (1993), he was a detective whose entire knowledge of policing came from TV.

Relationships

Julianna Margulies Actor

Companion
Met 1991 in acting class Acted opposite one another on "ER" (NBC) and "Ghost Ship" (2001) No longer together

EDUCATION

HB Studios

New York , New York
Studied acting

State University of New York, Purchase

Purchase , New York

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

2011

Played a former Blue Oyster Cult roadie who returns home to take care of his ailing mother (Lois Smith) in "Roadie"

2011

Co-starred in the J. J. Abrams directed and Steven Spielberg produced film "Super 8"

2008

Co-starred in the Lifetime mystery movie "The Tenth Circle"

2006

Cast in Joe Roth's "Freedomland"

2006

Debuted in the role of Father Flynn in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of "Doubt"

2005

Played a blind cop on the ABC drama "Blind Justice"

2003

Co-starred with Jennifer Connelly in "House of Sand and Fog"

2002

Co-starred with offscreen companion Julianna Margulies in "Ghost Ship"

2001

Cast as an officer taken hostage during a skirmish with local fighters in the fact-based drama "Black Hawk Down"

1999

Portrayed a hockey player in "Mystery Alaska"; scripted by TV phenom David E. Kelley

1999

Acted in the off-Broadway production "Bash"; reprised role in L.A. and in the 2000 Showtime adaptation

1999

Succeeded Kevin Anderson as Biff in the award-winning Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman"; recreated role in the 2000 Showtime production

1998

Portrayed an astronaut in Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact"

1998

Starred as Private David Manning in HBO's engrossing World War II film "When Trumpets Fade"

1996

Delivered an effective turn as the abusive stepfather of a young girl in the Showtime movie "Bastard Out of Carolina," Anjelica Huston's directorial debut

1996

Co-starred on the first season of NBC's "Men Behaving Badly"

1995

Played recurring role of Shep, a swashbuckling (but tortured) paramedic on NBC's "ER"

1995

Portrayed Terry Malloy in failed Broadway adaptation of "On the Waterfront"

1993

Co-starred on the Fox sitcom "Bakersfield, P.D."

1992

TV series debut on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Arresting Behavior"

1992

TV-movie debut, "Jumpin' Joe" (ABC)

1992

Landed a small part in "Scent of a Woman" as the policeman who stops the car driven by a blind man (Al Pacino)

1991

Appeared in the questionably funny fantasy-comedy "Drop Dead Fred"

1991

Starred off-Broadway as Servy in "Servy-n-Bernice 4Ever"

1989

Feature acting debut playing the bridegroom in Nancy Savoca's "True Love"

1988

Off-Broadway debut, starring as the groom Anthony Angelo Nunzia in "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"

1988

Represented Gleason's Gym as a light heavyweight in the Golden Gloves Competition at Madison Square Garden

1986

Understudied Matthew Broderick in the Broadway production of "Biloxi Blues"; unceremoniously fired by playwright Neil Simon during an understudies rehearsal just days before he was to take over part

Raised in Queens, NY

Bonus Trivia

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His relationship with Julianna Margulies was definitely a factor in his passing on an offer to be a regular on "ER" (NBC): "Everything was together. We'd spend 12 to 15 intense hours a day there, and then see each other afterward, that's not the healthiest situation for a couple. I don't know how Ricky and Lucy did it without having a gunfight. Besides, her trailer is bigger, and I can't have that." – Eldard quoted in EW, Dec. 13, 1996

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About being recognized: "It's great for someone to like what you did. That's a good thing. The people who shout at you in the street are also the people paying your rent. Otherwise I'm doing this alone in my basement." – Eldard to Time Out New York, June 25-July 2, 1998

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On getting fired from "Biloxi Blues" by Neil Simon: "I thought I was doing a good job, but obviously Mr. Simon didn't agree. I was crushed. I thought my career was over. I couldn't tell my family or my friends. I just went back to being a deli guy." – Eldard to Michael Riedel in the New York Post, July 6, 1999

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