|Eric Stoltz Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||September 30, 1961|
Eric Stoltz is an American actor, producer, and director, best known for his roles in movies Mask (1985) as Rocky Dennis, Pulp Fiction (1994) as Lance, The Prophecy (1995) as Simon, and The Butterfly Effect (2004) as Mr. Miller. In his acting career that began around 1978, he has also appeared in movies such as Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Money (1991), Naked in New York (1993), Fluke (1995), Hi-Life (1998), The Simian Line (2000), Things Behind the Sun (2001), The Honeymooners (2005), Fort McCoy (2011), 5 to 7 (2014), and Class Rank (2017). Eric also appeared in TV series such as St. Elsewhere (1983), Mad About You (1994-1998), Chicago Hope (1998-1999), Once and Again (2001-2002), Out of Order (2003), and Close to Home (2007).
He also had notable roles in TV series Grey’s Anatomy (2009), Blue (2014), and Madam Secretary starting in 2015. Eric is also known as the director for TV series such as Law & Order (2005), Boston Legal (2007), Quarterlife (2008), Grey’s Anatomy (2008), Private Practice (2009-2011), Nashville (2013), Glee (2010-2014), Black Box (2014), as well as Madam Secretary starting in 2014, which he also produced in the same period. Eric has a social media fanbase consisting of more than 30k followers on Twitter.
Eric Hamilton Stoltz
Whittier, California, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Eric studied at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California, United States.
Eric Stoltz attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, United States, as a drama student. He dropped out around 1980, after his junior year, in order to pursue film and TV roles.
Actor, Director, Producer
- Father – Jack Stoltz (Elementary School Teacher)
- Mother – Evelyn B. née Vawter Stoltz (Schoolteacher, Violinist)
- Siblings – Catherine Stoltz (Sister) (Opera Singer), Susan Stoltz (Sister) (Writer)
- Others – Elmer Hamilton Stoltz (Paternal Grandfather), Thelma Ruth Beck (Paternal Grandmother), Francis Marion Vawter (Maternal Grandfather), Hazel Ellen Roten (Maternal Grandmother), John Hamilton Stoltz (Paternal Grand-Grandfather), Almira/Elmira J. Deisher (Paternal Grand-Grandmother), Jacob Beck (Paternal Grand-Grandfather), Clara Maria Moyer (Paternal Grand-Grandmother), Albert Calvin Vawter (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Frances Josephine Churchwell (Maternal Grand-Grandmother), Samuel Allen Ballinger Roten (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Rebecca Ann Sheppard (Maternal Grand-Grandmother)
Eric Stoltz is represented by –
- United Talent Agency (UTA) (Talent Agent, Commercial, TV Literary) in Beverly Hills, California, United States
- Landmark Artists Management (Manager, Agent) in Burbank, California, United States
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Eric Stoltz has dated –
- Ally Sheedy (1980-1983) – He dated actress Ally Sheedy between 1981 and August 1983. Eric later said that they met in history class, and at that time, they were just kids in college, without any acting gigs. They also lived together at the Harris Hollywood House, a commune Victorian house on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, because it was cheap and filled with homeless aspiring actors, so the atmosphere was very exciting.
- Jennifer Jason Leigh (1985-1989) – Eric and the actress were an item between 1985 and 1989. In 1987, they also co-starred in the movie Sister, Sister.
- Alexandra Paul (1986) – It was rumored that he dated actress Alexandra Paul in 1986.
- Lea Thompson (1987) – After the two appeared alongside each other in The Wild Life (1984), and Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), it was rumored that they dated for a little while.
- Lili Taylor (1990) – He had an encounter with actress Lili Taylor in 1990.
- Bridget Fonda (1990-1998) – Eric was in a long-term relationship with actress Bridget Fonda for 8 years between 1990 and 1998.
- Helen Hunt (1992) – It was rumored that he dated the actress after they played on-screen matchups in the movie The Waterdance (1992). Eric was in a long-term relationship with Bridget at that time, which meant that if rumors were true, he had an affair.
- Rachel Griffiths (1999) – In 1999, he and the Australian actress Rachel Griffiths were in a relationship.
- Laura Linney (1999-2001) – Eric dated the actress between July 1999 and May 2001.
- Bernadette Moley (2005-Present) – He kept his most notable relationship away from the public eye, but revealed that he got married in 2005. Some sources claimed that the pair had a daughter named Catalina, but Eric never commented on the matter.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of German, English, Scottish, and remote Dutch and French descent.
- Tall, athletic physique
- Defined facial features
Eric Stoltz has supported the social movement titled March For Our Lives (2018).
Best Known For
- His movie roles of Rocky Dennis in Mask (1985), Lance in Pulp Fiction (1994), Simon in The Prophecy (1995), and Mr. Miller in The Butterfly Effect (2004)
- Starring in TV series such as Mad About You (1994-1998), Chicago Hope (1998-1999), Once and Again (2001-2002), Out of Order (2003), and Madam Secretary starting in 2015
- Directing TV series Quarterlife (2007), Grey’s Anatomy (2008), Private Practice (2009-2011), Nashville (2013), Glee (2010-2014), and Madam Secretary starting in 2014
- His producer credits in movies Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993), Sleep with Me (1994), The Lather Effect (2006), Fort McCoy (2011), and TV series Madam Secretary starting in 2014
As a Singer
Eric Stoltz performed a song named Little Egypt in the movie Mask in 1985, in which he also played a character named Rocky Dennis.
Eric Stoltz made his theatrical film debut as Stoner Bud in the comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982.
First TV Show
Eric Stoltz made his first TV show appearance as Jack in an episode titled Hunter Country of the drama series James at 16 in 1978.
Eric Stoltz Favorite Things
- Person – Stephen Hawking, Martin Luther King Jr.
- Interests – Politics, Charity
- Sport – Soccer
- Soccer Player – Luka Modric
- Quote – “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures, and that is character.” – Horace Greeley
Eric Stoltz Facts
- When he was 3 or 4 years old, Eric moved with his parents to American Samoa, as his dad got a job of a high school principal there.
- He described the experience of living on American Samoa as idyllic, as he had the whole island to play around on.
- At the age of 8, he moved back to Santa Barbara, California. Eric said that he didn’t know how to tie his shoelaces in the 2nd grade, simply because he never wore shoes on the island.
- After he dropped from the University of Southern California in 1980, he moved to New York City, New York the next year.
- After he was directed by Cameron Crowe in the feature film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), he promised Eric that he would cast him in every film of his in the future. He only appeared in 4 other movies after that – The Wild Life (1984), Say Anything… (1989), Singles (1992), and Jerry Maguire (1996).
- In 1985, Eric was cast in the role of Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future. However, after about 5 weeks, he was fired in order for Michael J. Fox to take the role. The reason was that Eric was too serious and dramatic, and they needed a comedic actor.
- Eric is also known as a method actor and has an extreme dedication to the craft. In the case of Back to the Future (1985), this meant he annoyed people on set because was always in character, and forced everyone to address him as Marty.
- Some scenes that he wasn’t in, but was on set made the cut for Back to the Future (1985). A lot of his original scenes and pictures surfaced on the Internet in the 2000s.
- In 1989, he appeared as a character named Marty who becomes a fly in the movie The Fly II as a nod to the role he lost.
- In 1986, Eric was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Mask (1985), in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.”
- He wasn’t allowed to read for the role in Mask (1985) initially. However, Eric was stubborn and came to audition with a stocking over his head and bagged the role.
- As a method actor, Eric also walked around town with a stocking over his head to see the genuine reactions of the people so that he could adapt his acting in Mask (1985).
- Eric worked as a production assistant in the movies Illegally Yours (1988) and Say Anything… (1989) so that he could learn the craft from Jerry Ziesmer, a well-known producer.
- He also spent 3 months in a wheelchair to prepare for his role in the movie The Waterdance (1992).
- Eric was listed as one of 12 “Promising New Actors of 1984” by the John Willis’ Screen World magazine.
- In 1984, before he appeared in the movie The Wild Life (1984), he got a job at a bowling alley. Eric worked there for 2 months and later claimed that the experience was awful and the time dragged every day, but he had to stay true to his method acting.
- In 2001, he was considered for the lead role of Detective Vic Mackey in the TV series The Shield that aired from 2002 to 2008.
- When asked about the reason he keeps his life private, Eric claimed it came out of his own desire not to get to know other actors’ real lives. That way, he could be immersed in their characters on-screen, and in a way, believe that they exist for a time.
- In 2018, a good friend of his, Alex Ross Perry, invited him to play Howard Goodman in his horror movie Her Smell. The movie also featured actors and models Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, Amber Heard, and Dan Stevens.
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