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Who is Eric Hamilton Stoltz?

Who is Eric Hamilton Stoltz? [1][2] The entertainment and directing world knows Eric Stoltz as an American actor and director. He is known for playing sensitive misfits (Mask, Kicking and Screaming, The Waterdance, Killing Zoe). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Mask. He recently starred in the science fiction television series Caprica.

Early life

Stoltz was born September 30, 1961 in Whittier, California, the son of Evelyn B. (née Vawter), a violinist and schoolteacher who died in 1994, and Jack Stoltz, an elementary school teacher.[3][4][5] He has two sisters, mezzo soprano Catherine Stoltz[6][7][8][citation needed] and writer Susan R. Stoltz[9] Eric was raised in both American Samoa and Santa Barbara, California, where as a child, he once earned money playing piano for local musical theatre productions.[10] He attended the University of Southern California but dropped out after his junior year.[citation needed]

Career

In the 1970s Stoltz joined a repertory company that performed ten plays at the Edinburgh Festival. He returned to the United States in 1979, when he entered USC as a drama student, but subsequently dropped out to pursue film and TV roles. In the late 1970s he was cast as Carol Burnett and Charles Grodin's son in the TV adaptation of Erma Bombeck's "The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank". In 1981 he studied with Stella Adler and Peggy Feury in New York.
Director Cameron Crowe and Stoltz became friends while making Stoltz's first feature film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). According to Stoltz, Crowe promised Stoltz a role in all of his future films, but that did not happen.[10]
Originally cast as Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985), he was replaced after five weeks of filming, when Michael J. Fox (the director's first choice for the role) agreed to divide time between the movie and his television sitcom, Family Ties. The director, Robert Zemeckis, said that while Stoltz provided an admirable performance, it lacked the precise comedic sense that Zemeckis was looking for.[11] Some of the original footage, where Stoltz does not appear but was on set, was used in the film.[12][13] This was referenced in a 2010 episode of Fringe where, in an alternate universe, a theater marquee reads "Back to the Future starring Eric Stoltz".[14]
In 1985, Stoltz garnered attention with a Golden Globe nomination starring as Rocky Dennis in Mask. Among other roles in the 1980s, he appeared in the 1987 hit, John Hughes's Some Kind of Wonderful.
During the 1990s, Stoltz went back and forth between stage, film, and television, appearing in studio and independent films such as Independent Spirit Award Winner Pulp Fiction (1994) and Sundance Festival Winner The Waterdance (1992). He was also a production assistant on Say Anything and Singles, and produced the films Bodies, Rest & Motion in 1993, Sleep with Me in 1994, and Mr. Jealousy in 1997. He continued to appear on the New York stage both on Broadway (Three Sisters, Two Shakespearean Actors, Arms and the Man) and off-Broadway (The Importance of Being Earnest, The Glass Menagerie, Sly Fox and Our Town). He was nominated for a Tony Award as Featured Actor for his performance as George Gibbs in the 1989 Broadway revival of Thorton Wilder's Our Town.[15] A performance of this production was featured on Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center, which received a 1989 Emmy nomination.[16]
On television, he had a recurring role as Helen Hunt's character's ex-boyfriend on Mad About You (5 episodes, 1994–1998), spent a year on Chicago Hope (1994), and did some TV and cable movies such as Inside (1996) (TV) (directed by Arthur Penn) and The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) (with Helen Mirren).
Stoltz received the Indie Support Award at the 1998 Los Angeles Film Festival.
During the first part of the 2000s, he starred with Gillian Anderson in The House of Mirth (2000), based on the novel by Edith Wharton. From 2001 to 2002, he had a recurring role as the English teacher-poet August Dimitri in ABC's Once and Again, where Julia Whelan's character, a teenager, fell in love with him. He directed an episode of the show in 2002.
In 2003, he played his first leading TV role in Out of Order, which was canceled after five episodes. In 2004, he appeared in The Butterfly Effect as a child molester; the following year, he guest-starred in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace as Debra Messing's love interest.
He was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his direction of the cable movie My Horrible Year! (2001). He also directed a short film entitled The Bulls, as well as the highest rated episode of Law & Order in 2005, entitled "Tombstone."
He appeared in the music video of The Residents' "Give it to Someone Else," featured on The Commercial DVD.
He has contributed essays to the books City Secrets — New York as well as Life Interrupted by Spalding Gray, and appears on the children's CD Philadelphia Chickens.
Beginning in 2007, Stoltz directed episodes of the 20-something drama Quarterlife, which began airing as webisodes and were then picked up to air on the NBC network in 2008.
Stoltz played a serial killer in need of medical attention in three episodes of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy.[17] He has also directed two episodes of Grey's Anatomy. The actor is currently shooting the film Fort McCoy.
Stoltz recently starred as Daniel Graystone, the inventor of Cylons, in the canceled science fiction television series Caprica, a prequel set 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica series.

Personal life

Stoltz has been a vegetarian for 25 years.[18]

Credits

Film acting credits
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Stoner Bud
1984 The Wild Life Bill Conrad
1984 Surf II Chuck
1985 Mask Rocky Dennis Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1985 The New Kids Mark
1985 Code Name: Emerald Lt. Andy Wheeler
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Keith Nelson
1987 Sister, Sister Matt Rutledge
1987 Lionheart Robert Nerra
1988 Our Town George Gibbs
1988 Haunted Summer Percy Shelley
1989 The Fly II Martin Brundle
1989 Say Anything Vahlere
1990 Memphis Belle Sgt Danny 'Danny Boy' Daly
1991 Money Franck Cimballi
1992 The Waterdance Joel Garcia Also producer
1992 Singles The Mime
1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion Sid
1993 Naked in New York Jake Briggs
1994 Killing Zoe Zed
1994 Pulp Fiction Lance Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1994 Little Women John Brooke
1994 Sleep with Me Joseph Also producer
1995 Rob Roy Alan MacDonald
1995 Fluke Jeff Newman
1995 The Prophecy Simon
1995 Kicking and Screaming Chet
1996 Don't Look Back Jesse Parish
1996 Grace of My Heart Howard Cazsatt
1996 2 Days in the Valley Wes Taylor
1996 Jerry Maguire Ethan Valhere
1997 Keys to Tulsa Richter Boudreau
1997 Anaconda Dr. Steven Cale
1997 Mr. Jealousy Lester Grimm, aka Vince Also producer
1997 The Rocking Horse Winner The Man
1997 Highball Darien
1998 Hi-Life Jimmy
1998 A Murder of Crows Thurman Parks III
1998 Blackout Effect John Dantley
1999 Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge

1999 The Passion of Ayn Rand Nathaniel Branden
2000 The Simian Line Sam Donovan
2000 The House of Mirth Lawrence Selden
2000 Common Ground Johnny Burroughs
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Mr. Stoltz Short film
2001 Things Behind the Sun Dan
2001 Harvard Man Teddy Carter
2002 The Rules of Attraction Mr. Lawson
2003 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Otto
2004 The Butterfly Effect George Miller
2005 The Honeymooners William Davis
2006 The Lather Effect Mickey
2007 The Grand Design Josh
2009 Sparks Joseph Short film
2009 Fort McCoy Frank Stirn
Television acting credits
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1983 St. Elsewhere Eddie Carson 3 episodes
1993 Frasier Don 1 episode
1994–1998 Mad About You Alan Tofsky 6 episodes
1995 Partners Cameron 1 episode
1998–1999 Hercules: The Animated Series Theseus 2 episodes
1998–1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Robert Yeats 22 episodes
2001–2002 Once and Again August Dimitri 7 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Michael Sweeney 1 episode
2003 Out of Order Mark Colm 5 episodes
2005 The Triangle Howard Thomas three part TV mini-series
2005 Will & Grace Tom 2 episodes
2007 Medium Sonny Troyer 1 episode
2007 Close to Home Det. Chris Veeder 3 episodes
2009 Grey's Anatomy
3 episodes
2010 Caprica Daniel Graystone 18 episodes
Film directing credits
Year↓ Title↓ Notes
2003 Once and Again
2005 The Bulls short film, 18 min.
2007 Grand Design short film, 18 min., also actor
Television directing credits
Year↓ Title↓ Notes
2001 My Horrible Year! TV film
2002 Once and Again Episode: "Falling in Place"
2005 Law & Order Episode: "Tombstone"
2007 Boston Legal Episodes: "The Object of My Affection", "Dumping Bella"
2008 Quarterlife Episodes: "Anxiety", "Home Sweet Home"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Episodes: "Brave New World", "These Ties That Bind"
2009 Nip/Tuck
2009–2011 Private Practice Episodes: "Do the Right Thing" (2009), "Eyes Wide Open" and "War" (2010), "If You Don't Know Me by Now" (2011)
2010 Huge Episode: "Talent Night"
2010–2011 Glee Episodes: "Duets" (2010), "Blame It on the Alcohol" and "Prom Queen" (2011)
2010 Caprica Episode: "Unvanquished"

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