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Born: May 24, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Staten Island, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A blue-eyed, light brown-haired, sweetly-good looking young male lead of mostly TV projects in the 1990s, Eric Close appeared as Sawyer Walker in the waning days of the NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara", then played Chad Everett's industrious son in the short-lived 1994 ABC series "McKenna". By 1996, Close was starring in the NBC series "Dark Skies" as the male half of a couple on the run from aliens who pass through the events of the 60s. Close had been acting on stage in amateur productions since he was in elementary school, then performed on stage in Los Angeles after leaving USC. In 1991, he made his TV debut in an episode of "McGyver" (ABC) and his TV-movie debut playing Suzanne Somers' brother in "Keeping Secrets" (ABC), the story of her alcohol-soaked, dysfunctional family. The next year, Close appeared on two episodes of "Major Dad" while also playing the regular role on "Santa Barbara". In 1995, he appeared in several episodes of "Sisters" (NBC), as a male friend who inspires the daughter of one of the sisters to become a cop. Close has played leads in a couple of TV-movies: he was Jennie Garth's sympathetic brother in "Without Concept" (ABC, 1994) and a serial rapist in "The Stranger Beside...

A blue-eyed, light brown-haired, sweetly-good looking young male lead of mostly TV projects in the 1990s, Eric Close appeared as Sawyer Walker in the waning days of the NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara", then played Chad Everett's industrious son in the short-lived 1994 ABC series "McKenna". By 1996, Close was starring in the NBC series "Dark Skies" as the male half of a couple on the run from aliens who pass through the events of the 60s.

Close had been acting on stage in amateur productions since he was in elementary school, then performed on stage in Los Angeles after leaving USC. In 1991, he made his TV debut in an episode of "McGyver" (ABC) and his TV-movie debut playing Suzanne Somers' brother in "Keeping Secrets" (ABC), the story of her alcohol-soaked, dysfunctional family. The next year, Close appeared on two episodes of "Major Dad" while also playing the regular role on "Santa Barbara". In 1995, he appeared in several episodes of "Sisters" (NBC), as a male friend who inspires the daughter of one of the sisters to become a cop. Close has played leads in a couple of TV-movies: he was Jennie Garth's sympathetic brother in "Without Concept" (ABC, 1994) and a serial rapist in "The Stranger Beside Me" (ABC, 1995).

After "Dark Skies" Close was routinely tapped to carry fledgling primetime series, including a 1998 TV version of "The Magnificent Seven" and the quirky, criticaly admired "Now and Again" (CBS, 1999), in which he played a genetically gifted body housing the brain of an every day man (intially played by John Goodman) who finds himself serving as a secret agent. Close hit TV paydirt when he was cast as Martin Fitzgerald on the popular missing persons investigation series "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002 - ) and scored as the alien visitor John in the SciFi Channel's hit alien abduction miniseries "Taken" (2002).

Close was slower in becoming established in features. He played a small role as a juvenile hall tough in "American Me" (1992), and also appeared in "Safe House", a 1992 American Film Institute production. He'd later appear in the comedy "The Sky Is Falling" (2000) opposite Deedee Pfiefer and the romance "Liberty, Maine" (2001).

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 American Sniper (2015)
2.
4.
 Follow the Stars Home (2001) Mark Mccune
5.
 Sky Is Falling, The (1999) Mike
6.
 Taking Liberty (1996) Adam
7.
 Stranger Beside Me, The (1995) Chris Gallagher
8.
 Without Consent (1994) David Mills
9.
 American Me (1992) Juvie Hall Attacker (Juvenile Hall)
10.
 Safe House (1992)
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved with family San Diego, CA at age seven
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Appeared in local theatrical productions while growing up in San Diego
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Caught eye of agent while appearing in Los Angeles theatre production of "Rat Songs"
1991:
Made episodic TV debut in "McGyver"
1991:
TV-movie debut, "Keeping Secrets"
1992:
Appeared as regular on NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara"
1992:
Made feature film debut in "American Me"
1994:
Was regular on short-lived "McKenna" series (ABC)
1995:
Had recurring role on "Sisters" (NBC)
1996:
Starred in NBC series "Dark Skies"
1998:
Was part of the ensemble of the CBS drama "The Magnificent Seven"
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Had starring role in "Now and Again", a fall CBS drama series
2002:
Co-starred in the television drama "Without A Trace"
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Education

Instituto Internacional: -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1989

Notes

Close is one of the founders of Dreammakers, a Los Angeles-based non-profit group which takes disadvantaged youths on adventure trips.

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wife:
Keri Close. Former social worker. Born c. 1969; married c. 1994.
wife:
Keri Close. Had five children.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Frederick Close. Actor.
father:
Frederick Close. Orthopedic surgeon. Born c. 1939.
mother:
Eva Close. Saleswoman. Born c. 1943.
mother:
Eva Close. Worked in advertising, also writer, painter.
brother:
Randy Close. Has three.
brother:
Randy Close. Born c. 1970.
brother:
Chris Close. Born c. 1972.
brother:
Chris Close. Had three; survived him.
daughter:
Katie Close. Born in November 1998.
daughter:
Katie Close. Had two; survived her.
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