Eric Stoltz

Eric Stoltz (born September 30, 1961) is an American actor, director and film producer. He played the role of Rocky Dennis in the biographical drama film Mask, which earned him the nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture,[1] and has appeared in a wide variety of films from mainstream fare like Some Kind of Wonderful to independent films like Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, and Kicking and Screaming. In 1985, Stoltz was originally cast to portray Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future; the part was then played by Michael J. Fox.

In 2010, he portrayed Daniel Graystone in the science fiction television series Caprica, and became a regular director on the television series Glee.

Eric Stoltz
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Stoltz promoting Caprica in April 2009
BornSeptember 30, 1961 (age 58)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)
Bernadette Moley (m. 2005)

Early life

Stoltz was born in Whittier, California, the son of Evelyn B. (née Vawter),[2] a violinist and schoolteacher, and Jack Stoltz, an elementary school teacher.[3] He has two sisters, Catherine, an opera singer,[4] and Susan, a writer.[5]

Stoltz 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.[6] He attended the University of Southern California, but dropped out after his junior year.[7] He moved to New York in 1981 and studied with Stella Adler and Peggy Feury.[8]

Career

1978–1999

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.[9]

In 1978, he was cast as Steve Benson in the TV adaptation of Erma Bombeck's The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank.[10]

Director Cameron Crowe and Stoltz became friends while making Stoltz's first feature film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), which Crowe wrote and in which Stoltz had a minor role. According to Stoltz, Crowe promised Stoltz a role in all of his future films.[11]

He appeared in each of Crowe's next four films, The Wild Life, Say Anything..., Singles, and Jerry Maguire.

Originally cast as Marty McFly for Back to the Future in late 1984, he was replaced after about a month of filming with Michael J. Fox.[12] Five weeks after filming had begun, a deal was reached with the producers of Family Ties so that the film would shoot around Fox’s television schedule, so Fox replaced Stoltz in the film. Scenes that had already been filmed were shot again featuring Fox.[13] The director, Robert Zemeckis, said that while Stoltz provided an admirable performance, it lacked the precise comedic sense that Zemeckis was seeking.[14] Some of the original footage, where Stoltz does not appear but was on set, was used in the film.[15] Stoltz playing the character was referenced in the 2010 episode of Fringe titled "Peter" when, in a parallel universe, a theater marquee reads "Back to the Future starring Eric Stoltz".[16]

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 film Some Kind of Wonderful, written and produced by John Hughes.

During the 1990s, Stoltz went back and forth between stage, film, and television, appearing in studio and independent films such as Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Waterdance (1992). He also produced the films Bodies, Rest & Motion in 1993, Sleep with Me in 1994, and Mr. Jealousy in 1997.[17]

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 Thornton Wilder's Our Town.[18]

A performance of this production was featured on Great Performances: Live from Lincoln Center, which received a 1989 Emmy nomination.[19]

On television, he had a recurring role as Helen Hunt's character's ex-boyfriend on Mad About You (five episodes, 1994–1998), spent a year on Chicago Hope (1994), and did some TV and cable movies such as Inside (1996) (directed by Arthur Penn) and The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999), with Helen Mirren. Stoltz received the Indie Sup(Y)port Award at the 1998 Los Angeles Film Festival.[20]

2000–present

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, wherein Julia Whelan's character, a teenager, fell in love with his character. 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).[21] He also directed a short film entitled The Bulls[6] 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.[22]

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.[23]

Beginning in 2007, Stoltz directed episodes of the drama series 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.[24] He has also directed two episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

Stoltz starred as Daniel Graystone, inventor of the Cylons, in the science fiction television series Caprica, a prequel set 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica series.

He became a regular director of Glee, directing a total of 12 episodes, including "Nationals", in which the Glee club finally wins the championship.[25]

In 2011 Stoltz was seen back on the silver screen with the film Fort McCoy; he earned accolades for his leading role as a conflicted barber of German heritage forced to suppress his American patriotism after moving his family to a post–World War II military base housing a German POW camp.

Starting in 2014, Stoltz became the producing director of the CBS political drama series Madam Secretary. The following year he became one of its four executive producers, alongside Morgan Freeman and Barbara Hall, and has directed more than ten episodes, as well as starring alongside Tea Leoni in several episodes as her brother, Will Adams.[26]

Filmography

Actor

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Stoner Bud
1984 Surf II Chuck
1984 Running Hot Danny Hicks
1984 The Wild Life Bill Conrad
1985 The New Kids Mark
1985 Mask Rocky Dennis Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1985 Code Name: Emerald Lt. Andy Wheeler
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Keith Nelson
1987 Lionheart Robert Nerra
1987 Sister, Sister Matt Rutledge
1988 Greasy Lake The Narrator Direct-to-video
1988 Manifesto Christopher
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
1992 Singles The Mime
1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion Sid Producer
1993 Naked in New York Jake Briggs
1994 Killing Zoe Zed
1994 Pulp Fiction Lance Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1994 Sleep with Me Joseph Producer
1994 Little Women John Brooke
1995 Killing Time Stop N Start Manager Short film
1995 The Prophecy Simon
1995 Rob Roy Alan MacDonald
1995 Never Say Goodbye Aids Benefit by Yoko Ono Man From Hamptons Direct-to-video short film
1995 Fluke Jeff Newman
1995 Kicking and Screaming Chet
1996 Grace of My Heart Howard Cazsatt
1996 2 Days in the Valley Wes Taylor
1996 Keys to Tulsa Richter Boudreau
1996 Jerry Maguire Ethan Valhere
1997 Highball Darien
1997 Anaconda Dr. Steven Cale
1997 Mr. Jealousy Lester Grimm, aka Vince Executive producer
1998 Hi-Life Jimmy
1998 The Rocking Horse Winner Uncle Joe Short film
1998 A Murder of Crows Thurman Parks III
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Theseus (voice)/The Grim Avenger (voice) Direct-to-video
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Mr. Stoltz Short film
2000 Jesus & Hutch Jesus Short film
2000 The Simian Line Sam Donovan
2000 The House of Mirth Lawrence Selden
2001 Things Behind the Sun Dan
2001 Harvard Man Teddy Carter
2002 The Rules of Attraction Mr. Lawson
2003 Happy Hour Levine
2003 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Otto
2004 The Butterfly Effect Mr. Miller
2004 Childstar Fresno Burnbaum
2005 Hello Max Short film
2005 The Honeymooners William Davis
2006 The Lather Effect Mickey
2007 The Grand Design Josh Short film (executive producer)
2009 Sparks Joseph Short film
2011 Fort McCoy Frank Stirn Producer
2014 5 to 7 Galassi
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Russ Peterson
2018 Her Smell Howard

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 James at 15 Jack Episode: "Hunter Country"
1978 The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank Steve Benson TV movie
1979 A New Kind of Family Burt Episode: “Invasion of Privacy’’
1979 The Seekers First Boy TV movie
1980 The Waltons Sr. Boy #1 Episode: "The Valediction"
1980 Eight Is Enough Kurt Harper Episode: "Finally Grad Night"
1981 Walking Tall David Coombs Episode: "The Killing of McNeal County's Children"
1981 Knots Landing Luke Episode: "Man of the Hour"
1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid Pete Brady TV movie
1982 Paper Dolls Steve TV movie
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Kevin Episode: "Challenges"
1983 The Fall Guy Little Juice Atkins Episode: "One Hundred Miles a Gallon"
1983 Love, Sidney Rick Episode: "The Movie"
1983 A Killer in the Family Ricky Tison TV movie
1983 St. Elsewhere Eddie Carson Episodes:
"Under Pressure"
"Entrapment"
"All About Eve"
1984 Things Are Looking Up Neil 'Trout' Troutman TV movie
1989 Great Performances George Gibbs Episode: "Our Town"
1990 American Playhouse Younger Edward Episode: "Sensibility and Sense"
1991 A Woman at War Franz Bueller TV movie
1992 The Heart of Justice David Leader TV movie
1993 Foreign Affairs Fred Turner TV movie
1993 Frasier Don (voice) Episode: "Miracle On Third Or Fourth Street"
1994 Roomates Bill Thomas TV movie
1994–1998 Mad About You Alan Tofsky 6 episodes
1995 Fallen Angels Nick Ballestier Episode: "A Dime a Dance"
1995 Partners Cameron Episode: "How Long Does It Take to Cook a 22-Pound Turkey?"
1996 Don't Look Back Jesse Parish TV movie
1996 Inside Marty Strydom TV movie
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Drew Kellerman Episode: "Wu's on First?"
1998 Blackout Effect John Dantley TV movie
1998–1999 Hercules Theseus (voice)/The Grim Avenger (voice) Episodes:
"Hercules and the Minotaur"
"Hercules and the Grim Avenger"
1998–1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Robert Yeats Series regular
1999 The Passion of Ayn Rand Nathaniel Branden TV movie
1999 Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge Prosecutor Bob Laurino TV movie
2000 Common Ground Johnny Burroughs TV movie
2000 One Kill Capt. Wallker Randall TV movie
2000 The Last Dance Todd Cope TV movie
2001 My Horrible Year! Uncle Charlie TV movie (director)
2001–2002 Once and Again August Dimitri 7 episodes (directed Episode 3.13 "Falling in Place")
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Michael Sweeney Episode: "Silence"
2003 Out of Order Mark Colm TV mini-series
2005 Will & Grace Tom Cassidy Episodes:
"Friends with Benefits"
"Kiss and Tell"
2005 The Triangle Howard Thomas Episodes:
"Episode 1.1"
"Episode 1.2"
"Episode 1.3"
2007 Medium Sonny Troyer Episode: "We Had a Dream"
2007 Close to Home Det. Chris Veeder Episodes:
"Drink the Cup"
"Fall from Grace"
"Eminent Domain"
2008 Blank Slate Sean Sullivan TV movie
2009 Grey's Anatomy William Dunn Episodes:
"Wish You Were Here"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Stairway to Heaven"
2009–2010 Caprica Daniel Graystone Lead role (directed "Unvanquished")
2011 Leverage Alan Scott Episode: "The Long Way Down Job"
2013 Maron Danny Episode: "Projections"
2014 Blue Arthur WIGS Original Series
2014–2019 Madam Secretary Will Adams Episodes:
"Catch and Release"
"Invasive Species" (uncredited)
"Tectonic Shift"
"Ghosts"

Director

Films

Year Title Notes
2005 The Bulls Short film
2007 The Grand Design Short film
2017 Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk Independent film
2016 Class Rank Independent film

Television

Year Title Notes
2001 My Horrible Year! TV movie
2002 Once and Again Episode: "Falling in Place"
2005 Law & Order Episode: "Tombstone"
2007 Boston Legal Episodes:
"Dumping Bella"
"The Object of My Affection"
2008 Quarterlife Episodes:
"Anxiety"
"Home Sweet Home"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Episodes:
"Brave New World"
"These Ties That Bind"
2009 Nip/Tuck Episode: "Lola Wlodkowski"
2009–2011 Private Practice Episodes:
"Do the Right Thing"
"Eyes Wide Open"
"War"
"If You Don't Know Me By Now"
2010 Huge Episode: "Talent Night"
2010 Caprica Episode: "Unvanquished"
2010–2014 Glee Episodes:
"Duets"
"Blame It on the Alcohol"
"Prom Queen"
"The Purple Piano Project"
"Mash Off"
"Yes/No"
"Big Brother"
"Prom-asaurus"
"Nationals"
"Makeover"
"Guilty Pleasures"
"Opening Night"
2011 Off the Map Episode: "On the Mean Streets of San Miguel"
2012 Californication Episode: "Love Song"
2012 White Collar Episode: "Ice Breaker"
2013 Nashville Episodes:
"There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight"
"Take These Chains from My Heart"
2014 How to Get Away with Murder Episodes:
"He deserved to die"
2014–2016 Madam Secretary Episodes:
"Just Another Normal Day"
"Collateral Damage"
"Whisper of the Ax"
"There But For the Grace of God"
"The Doability Doctrine"
"The Greater Good"
"Vartius"
"The Linchpin"

He has directed many shows on The Learning Channel, TLC Network.

Producer

Films

Year Title Notes
1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion
1994 Sleep with Me
1997 Mr. Jealousy Executive producer
2005 The Bulls Short film (executive producer)
2006 The Lather Effect Associate producer
2007 The Grand Design Short film (executive producer)
2011 Fort McCoy

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External links

Class Rank (film)

Class Rank is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Eric Stoltz and written by Benjamin August. The film stars Skyler Gisondo, Olivia Holt, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathleen Chalfant, Nick Krause, and Peter Maloney.

The film had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 21, 2017. It had a limited release and went to video on demand on May 11, 2018, by Cinedigm.

Don't Look Back (1996 film)

Don't Look Back is a 1996 American made-for-HBO thriller film directed by Geoff Murphy and starring Eric Stoltz, John Corbett, Josh Hamilton, and Billy Bob Thornton, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

Fluke (film)

Fluke is a 1995 drama film directed by Carlo Carlei and starring Matthew Modine as the voice of the title character with supporting roles featuring Eric Stoltz, Nancy Travis, Max Pomeranc, Bill Cobbs, Ron Perlman, Jon Polito and Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Rumbo. The film was based on the novel of the same name by James Herbert.

Guilty Pleasures (Glee)

"Guilty Pleasures" is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the eighty-third episode overall. Written by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner and directed by Eric Stoltz, it aired on Fox in the United States on March 21, 2013. Kelley Mitchell, Jennifer Greenberg, Melissa Buell, Tym Shutchai Buacharern, Paula Jane Hamilton and Darla Albright were nominated at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series for this episode.

Harvard Man

Harvard Man is a 2001 crime comedy-drama thriller film written and directed by James Toback, and starring Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams, Eric Stoltz, and Rebecca Gayheart.

Katmandu (song)

"Katmandu" is a song written and recorded by American rock artist Bob Seger. It was initially released on his 1975 studio album Beautiful Loser, which became the first of ten consecutive platinum albums for Seger. The song was later featured on his live album Live Bullet. The single edit reached number 43 on the US Top 40, becoming Seger's most successful single since "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". The song was featured in the soundtrack to the 1985 film Mask starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. The song was also featured as a part of the soundtrack in the 16th episode of the television series Freaks and Geeks. It also appeared in the tenth episode on the eighth season of the television series Supernatural. It was mentioned briefly in the 2016 film Doctor Strange.

Keys to Tulsa

Keys to Tulsa is a 1997 American film directed by Leslie Greif, and starring Eric Stoltz and James Spader. It is based on the novel of the same name by Brian Fair Berkey.

Kicking and Screaming (1995 film)

Kicking and Screaming is a 1995 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach in his feature directorial debut. It tells of a group of college graduates who refuse to move on with their lives, each in their own peculiar way. The film stars Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, and features Eric Stoltz, Olivia d'Abo and Parker Posey. Much of the film was shot at Occidental College.

Jason Blum, Baumbach's college roommate who was producing a film for the first time, obtained financing after receiving a letter from family acquaintance Steve Martin endorsing the script. Blum attached the letter to copies of the script he sent around Hollywood. The film premiered in 1995 at the New York Film Festival to critical acclaim. Baumbach was chosen as one of Newsweek's "Ten New Faces of 1996". The film appeared in several "Top Ten" lists, and had a lengthy run playing on the Sundance Film Channel. The Criterion Collection DVD was released August 22, 2006 in the U.S.

Mask (1985 film)

Mask is a 1985 American biographical drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott, and Eric Stoltz with supporting roles played by Dennis Burkley, Laura Dern, Estelle Getty, and Richard Dysart. Cher received the 1985 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress. The film is based on the life and early death of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis, a boy who had craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, an extremely rare disorder known commonly as lionitis due to the disfiguring cranial enlargements that it causes. Mask won the Academy Award for Best Makeup at the 58th ceremony, while Cher and Stoltz received Golden Globe Award nominations for their performances.

Mr. Jealousy

Mr. Jealousy is a 1997 romantic comedy film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Eric Stoltz and Annabella Sciorra.

My Horrible Year!

My Horrible Year! is a 2001 television movie produced for Showtime, starring Allison Mack, Caterina Scorsone, and Dan Petronijevic. The film was directed by Eric Stoltz, and includes a cameo by Bret Hart, the professional wrestler. This production was filmed in Toronto.The film was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special - Supporting Young Actor.

Naked in New York

Naked in New York is a 1993 American romantic comedy film directed by Daniel Algrant and starring Eric Stoltz, Mary-Louise Parker, Ralph Macchio, Jill Clayburgh, Tony Curtis, Timothy Dalton, and Kathleen Turner, and featuring multiple celebrity cameos, including William Styron listing all of his authored, penned and film work, Whoopi Goldberg as a bas-relief mask, and former New York Dolls singer David Johansen as a talking monkey, which were arranged by executive producer Martin Scorsese.

Opening Night (Glee)

"Opening Night" is the seventeenth episode of the fifth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 105th episode overall. It was written by Michael Hitchcock and directed by Eric Stoltz, and it aired on Fox in the United States on April 22, 2014, and features Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) opening as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway. Archive footage of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) is used in this episode.

Some Kind of Wonderful (film)

Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romantic drama film directed by Howard Deutch and starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in the 1980s.

The Heart of Justice

The Heart of Justice, is a 1992 television film starring Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney and Dennis Hopper. It was Vincent Price's final acting role before his death in 1993.

The Passion of Ayn Rand (film)

The Passion of Ayn Rand is a 1999 television film directed by Christopher Menaul. It is based on the book of the same name by Barbara Branden (one of Rand's former associates and Nathaniel Branden's first wife). The screenplay is written by Howard Korder and Mary Gallagher.

The film stars Helen Mirren as philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand, who engages in an affair with Nathaniel Branden, played by Eric Stoltz, a psychologist who is 25 years younger than her. Branden built up an institute to spread Rand's ideas, but the two eventually had a falling-out. The film also stars Julie Delpy as Branden's wife, Barbara, and Peter Fonda as Rand's husband Frank O'Connor.

The Passion of Ayn Rand received moderately positive reviews from critics.

The Prophecy

The Prophecy is a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory Widen, and is the first motion picture of The Prophecy series including four sequels. The film tells the story of the Archangel Gabriel (Walken) and his search for an evil soul on Earth, and a police detective (Koteas) who unknowingly becomes caught in the middle of an angelic civil war.

The Waterdance

The Waterdance is a 1992 American drama film directed by Neal Jimenez and Michael Steinberg and starring Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, William Forsythe and Helen Hunt. It was written by Neal Jimenez.

The film is a semi-autobiographical story about a young fiction writer who becomes tetraplegic fully paralyzed in a hiking accident and works to rehabilitate his body and mind at a rehabilitation center. The title refers to a dream recounted by Raymond Hill, Snipes' character, about dancing on the surface of a lake. Since, in Raymond's dream, he must continue dancing on the lake to avoid sinking and drowning, the dream may be a metaphorical reference to the necessity of continually coping with the world.

The Wild Life (film)

The Wild Life is a 1984 American comedy-drama film written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Art Linson. It stars Christopher Penn, Lea Thompson, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Jenny Wright, Eric Stoltz, Rick Moranis, Hart Bochner, and Randy Quaid. Edward Van Halen and Donn Landee composed the film's score.

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