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Also Known As: Eric H Stoltz Died:
Born: September 30, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Whittier, California, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, musician, production assistant

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One of cinema's most prolific actors and a favorite of independent filmmakers, Eric Stoltz is a witty, charming, intelligent redhead whose versatility has resulted in a decidedly eclectic body of work. His good looks have won him a fair share of leading man parts, but he has also frequently rejected the wholesome image to access his dark side, playing some angry and downright scuzzy types. "I'm not a career builder," he has admitted. "I've never plotted out how to become a 'marketable persona.'" What he has become is a first-rate actor, one who makes time for stage roles and counts having to turn down a chance to act opposite Julie Harris in a Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie" as one of his major career disappointments. (He did finally portray Tom Wingfield in a Williamstown Theater Festival version of the Tennessee Williams' classic.) Though many of his projects do not afford him a big pay day, he works often enough in big studio releases to subsidize his passion for plays and indies and the rewards they bring.

One of cinema's most prolific actors and a favorite of independent filmmakers, Eric Stoltz is a witty, charming, intelligent redhead whose versatility has resulted in a decidedly eclectic body of work. His good looks have won him a fair share of leading man parts, but he has also frequently rejected the wholesome image to access his dark side, playing some angry and downright scuzzy types. "I'm not a career builder," he has admitted. "I've never plotted out how to become a 'marketable persona.'" What he has become is a first-rate actor, one who makes time for stage roles and counts having to turn down a chance to act opposite Julie Harris in a Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie" as one of his major career disappointments. (He did finally portray Tom Wingfield in a Williamstown Theater Festival version of the Tennessee Williams' classic.) Though many of his projects do not afford him a big pay day, he works often enough in big studio releases to subsidize his passion for plays and indies and the rewards they bring.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  My Horrible Year! (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Fort McCoy (2011)
3.
4.
 Honeymooners, The (2005) Cast
5.
 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2005) Otto Wilson
6.
 Childstar (2005)
7.
 Butterfly Effect, The (2004) George Miller
8.
 Happy Hour (2003) Levine
9.
 Rules of Attraction, The (2002) Mr. Lance Lawson
10.
 My Horrible Year! (2001) Uncle Charlie
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Milestones close milestones

1964:
Moved to American Samoa with family at age three (date approximate)
1969:
Moved to Santa Barbara, California at age eight (date approximate)
1970:
Played piano for a local theater group in Santa Barbara (date approximate)
1971:
Switched to acting (date approximate)
1978:
TV-movie debut, "The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank" (CBS)
1981:
Joined an American repertory company which performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland; performed in "Tobacco Road", "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Working"
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Returned to Los Angeles after running out of money in Edinburgh
1982:
Film debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", playing one of the Stoner Buds (with Anthony Edwards); first association with Cameron Crowe who scripted
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Director Robert Zemeckis replaced him unceremoniously with Michael J Fox after five weeks of shooting on "Back to the Future", charitably saying later "I found myself with a very good actor playing the wrong part"
1985:
Made first big impression as a sensitive boy disfugured by a rare disease in "Mask"
1986:
Off-Broadway debut, "The Widow Claire" by Horton Foote
1987:
Starred in "Some Kind of Wonderful", written and produced by John Hughes
1988:
Broadway debut, "Our Town"; received Tony nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his turn as George Gibbs
1989:
Portrayed Vahlere in Crowe's "Say Anything"; also served as production assistant
1989:
Second role that required lots of make-up, "The Fly II"
1990:
First film with director Michael Caton-Jones, "Memphis Belle"
1992:
Acted in Crowe's "Singles" playing an aggressive mime artist; first film with then-significant other Bridget Fonda
1992:
Received acclaim for his role as a paraplegic writer in "The Waterdance", co-starring Helen Hunt
1993:
Feature producing debut, "Bodies, Rest & Motion", scripted by Roger Hedden; also acted in with Bridget Fonda and Phoebe Cates
1994:
Headed the ensemble of "Sleep With Me", also scripted by Hedden
1994:
Played in his words "a token male" in the studio remake of "Little Women", standing around "with facial hair to prove that the little women are, in fact, heterosexual"
1995:
Reteamed with Caton-Jones for "Rob Roy"
1995:
First film with director Noah Baumbach, "Kicking and Screaming"
1996:
Starred in Arthur Penn's "Inside", a Showtime movie (which also got a limited theatrical release) exposing the excess of South Africa's apartheid policy
1996:
Reteamed with Crowe for the blockbuster "Jerry Maguire", playing Ethan Vahlere
1996:
Played a vice cop partnered with Jeff Daniels in John Herzfeld's "2 Days in the Valley"
1997:
Earned a large paycheck for the big-budget "Anaconda"
1998:
Executive produced and starred in Baumbach's "Mr. Jealousy"; reunited with "Mask" director Peter Bogdanovich who acted in the film; also acted in "Highball" (lensed 1997), filmed three weeks after "Mr. Jealousy" with much of the same cast and crew
1998:
Appeared in Roger Hedden's directorial debut, "Hi-Life"; had also acted in two films scripted by Hedden, "Bodies, Rest & Motion" and "Sleep With Me" (1994)
1998:
TV series debut as a regular playing a doctor specializing in alternative medicine in "Chicago Hope" (CBS)
1999:
Played Nathaniel Brandon in "Showtime's "The Passion of Ayn Rand", acting for the first time with Peter Fonda
1999:
Acted with Cuba Gooding Jr and Tom Berringer in Rowdy Herrington's "A Murder of Crows" (premiered on Cinemax)
2000:
Cast as a military attorney representing a female captain accused of murder in the Showtime original "One Kill"
2000:
Portrayed lawyer Lawrence Seldon in "The House of Mirth", Terence Davies' adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel
2001:
Made directorial debut with the Showtime original "My Horrible Year!"
2001:
Acted in an L.A. stage production of "Betrayal"
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Appeared in "Happy Hour" (lensed 2001)
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Had recurring role as a teacher on the ABC drama series "Once and Again"; also directed episodes
2003:
Starred with Felicity Huffman in the Showtime drama "Out of Order"
2004:
Cast in the thriller "The Butterfly Effect," starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart
2004:
Appeared on broadway in the production of "Sly Fox"
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Played a tabloid reporter in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries "Triangle" (lensed 2005)
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Education

San Marcus High School: San Marcus , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1979 - 1981

Notes

Stoltz received the Indie Support Award at the 1998 Los Angeles Film Festival.

On his love for independent films: "They're like stray dogs. They need much more attention and care, but ultimately reward you with fierce loyalty and a fascinating, off-kilter personality. And sometimes fleas." --Stoltz to Vanity Fair, April 1994.

"Sometimes I'll do a film because the character interests me, or I just want to work with the director. Sometimes I need the money. And sometimes I just want to get out of town. 'Rob Roy', I ran into the director at a coffee shop, and he asked me if I wanted to come to Scotland with him to make this movie, and I said sure. I hadn't read the script yet. Thank God it's a really good script, or I'd be sunk." --Eric Stoltz, quoted in Daily News, August 24, 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Ally Sheedy. Actor. Lived together in the early 1980s.
companion:
Jennifer Jason Leigh. Actor. Dated c. 1988.
companion:
Lili Taylor. Actor. Was in "Say Anything" (1989) with him.
companion:
Bridget Fonda. Actor. Met c. 1986; together since 1989; separated in May 1998.
companion:
Rachel Griffiths. Actor. Reportedly dated during filming of "Very Annie-Mary".
companion:
Laura Linney. Actor. Dating as of 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Evelyn B Stoltz. Violinist, schoolteacher. Died of cancer in June 1994 at age 67.
father:
Jack Stoltz. Teacher. Taught first grade.
sister:
Catherine Stoltz. Born in November 1954.
sister:
Susan R Stoltz. Born in August 1957.
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