Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Infobox actor
name = Eric Roberts
birthname = Eric Anthony Roberts
birthdate = birth date and age|1956|4|18
birthplace = Biloxi, Mississippi
spouse = Eliza Garrett (1992-)

Eric Anthony Roberts (born April 18, 1956) is an American actor. His career began with "King of the Gypsies" (1978), earning a Golden Globe nomination for best actor debut. He earned both a Golden globe and Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in "Runaway Train" (1985). Through the 1990s and 2000s he maintained dramatic film and TV-movie roles while appearing in TV series. His television work including three seasons with the sitcom "Less Than Perfect". His sisters Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and daughter Emma Roberts, are also actors.

Early life

Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. His Minneapolis, Minnesota-born mother, Betty Lou Motes (née Bredemus), was a one-time church secretary and real estate agent, and his father, Walter Grady Roberts, was a vacuum cleaner salesman. [ [http://landing.ancestry.com/famoustree/index.aspx?name=roberts&offerId=0:679:0 HomeRedirect ] ] Roberts's parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia off of Juniper Street in Midtown; the two divorced in 1971. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800019215/bio Julia Roberts Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] His younger siblings, Julia Roberts (from whom he was once estranged but reconciled since 2004) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors. His mother later married Michael Motes and had a daughter, named Nancy Motes, who was born in 1976. Roberts was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Grady High School.

Career

Roberts received Golden Globe nominations for his early starring roles in "King of the Gypsies" (1978) and "Star 80" (1983). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his role as the escaped convict Buck in the film "Runaway Train". In 1987, he won the Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut performance in "Burn This".

Roberts's other starring roles included "Raggedy Man" (1981), "The Pope of Greenwich Village" (1984), "The Coca-Cola Kid" (1985), "Rude Awakening" (1988), "Best of the Best" (1989), "By the Sword" (1991), "Best of the Best 2" (1993), "The Specialist" (1994), "The Immortals" (1995), "La Cucaracha" (1998), "Purgatory" (1999), and "Con Games" (2001). He played the Archangel Michael in "The Prophecy II" (1979).

In 1996, he appeared in the "Doctor Who" TV movie in the role of the Master. As of 2008, he is the only American actor to ever play this role. When SFX listed previous Masters in "Doctor Who", the magazine said of Roberts: "Out-acted by a CGI snake in the same production."

He also appears in the 2000 film "Race Against Time" as a father who sells his organs to pay for hospital treatment for his son and in the 2003 film "Spun" as "The Man" alongside Mickey Rourke and Jason Schwartzmann. He performed the voice of Dark Danny in Nickelodeon's "Danny Phantom". He made a cameo appearance in "The Cable Guy".

Roberts starred in "Royal Kill", a psychological thriller that also stars Pat Morita, Lalaine, and Gail Kim and is directed by Babar Ahmed. He appeared as a panelist on the television game show "Hollywood Squares". Roberts co-starred on the ABC sitcom "Less Than Perfect". In 2006, Roberts appeared in the film "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints". In the same year, he was also guest starred on "The L Word" as Shane McCutcheon's father, Gabriel.

He appeared in the 2007 action film "". He was in the "Batman Begins" sequel, "The Dark Knight", as Sal Maroni, an organized crime boss.cite web |url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/05142007/entertainment/heroic_save_entertainment_michael_kane.htm?page=0 |title=Heroic Save |work=NYPost.com |accessdate=2007-05-14]

Roberts appeared in The Killers' music video for their song "Mr. Brightside" as well as in the music videos for Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" and "It's Like That". In 2006, he appeared in the video for Akon's "Smack That", featuring Eminem. In 2007, he appeared in the video for Godhead's "Hey You".

He appeared in an episode of ' as Ken Kramer, a murderer on death row convicted of killing a young couple. Another notable TV appearance was the episode "Victims" of ' where he played Sam Winfield, a former cop turned vigilante community activist. In early January 2007, Roberts starred in the two-part mini-series "Pandemic" as the mayor of Los Angeles.

Roberts voiced the Superman villain Mongul in the animated series "Justice League" and reprised his role in Justice League Unlimited in the episode "For the Man Who Has Everything". He appeared in the first season of "Heroes" as Thompson, an associate of Mr. Bennet. [cite news
last = Andreeva
first = Nellie
title = Dale, Cohen, Roberts get casting calls
publisher = "The Hollywood Reporter"
date = January 23, 2007
url = http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003535962
accessdate = 2007-01-26
]

Roberts appeared as himself in the October 5, 2008 episode of Entourage, entitled "Tree Trippers".

Personal life

Roberts had his daughter Emma Roberts on February 10, 1991 with his then-girlfriend Kelly Cunningham. The relationship ended. Then, he married Eliza Garrett in 1992. [http://www.absolutecelebrities.com/mugshot/eric_roberts.html] His daughter Emma has joined her father and aunts in the acting business. She has a starring role on the Nickelodeon series "Unfabulous" and has appeared in the films "Blow" (2001), "Aquamarine" (2006) and starred in "Nancy Drew" (2007) as the title character.

On January 12, 2001, Roberts visited "The Howard Stern Radio Show" with his wife during a segment called "The Gossip Game" with Mike Walker of the "National Enquirer" on the telephone and shared a bit of personal information. He confirmed that he and his more famous sister Julia Roberts were estranged for several years. The source of the estrangment had been Eric's past drug abuse, and Julia's siding with his ex-girlfriend over the custody battle over Emma Roberts. In 2004, he told People magazine, that he and Julia reconciled when he went to visit her in the hospital after she gave birth to twins. [Michael Fleeman (December 15, 2004) [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1007686,00.html Julia Roberts, Brother Eric Reunited] "People". Accessed 2008-01-30.]

In popular culture

An episode of the satiric cartoon series "South Park" featured Roberts as a star in a re-enactment of "America's Most Wanted". He plays the genetically engineered half-man, half-monkey sidekick of the character Mephisto, where he overacts his part. During the re-enactment's taping, a snowstorm forces a group of characters to resort to cannibalism. Roberts is the first casualty because, as the mayor of South Park puts it, "No one gives a shit about Eric Roberts."

He was also name-checked in an episode of "Seinfeld"; after giving away the ending of the film, Kramer tells George that Roberts' performance as the husband in the film "The Other Side of Darkness" was "unforgettable." He was portrayed as a clay figure on MTV's "Celebrity Deathmatch" where he fought alongside his sister, Julia, against Donny and Marie Osmond.

Roberts was parodied in the web cartoon series College University, participating in a martial arts competition for washed-up action stars. He never got to compete, though, as the Transformer Optimus Prime knocked him out and stole his name tag. Although in writing he was dubbed Eric Roberts, throughout the entire episode everybody referred to him as "Julia Roberts' Brother." The cartoon can be viewed at College University Character Bios.cite web |url=http://www.collegeuniv.com/html/module-Pagesetter-viewpub-tid-1-pid-13.html |title=College University Character Bios |work=Coggeuniv.com |accessdate=2007-04-08]

Most recently, Roberts appeared on "Entourage", in episode 5 of the 5th season, entitled "Tree Trippers." Roberts accompanied Vince, Drama, Turtle, and Ari to Joshua Tree in the desert. Roberts was included in the trip because the group wanted some "magic mushrooms" to eat while in the desert, and Drama knew that "ER" would have some.

Filmography

References

External links

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