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, 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.
Stoltz promoting Caprica in April 2009
|Born||September 30, 1961|
Whittier, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
Bernadette Moley (m. 2005)
Stoltz was born in Whittier, California, the son of Evelyn B. (née Vawter), a violinist and schoolteacher, and Jack Stoltz, an elementary school teacher. He has two sisters, Catherine, an opera singer, and Susan, a writer.
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. He attended the University of Southern California, but dropped out after his junior year. He moved to New York in 1981 and studied with Stella Adler and Peggy Feury.
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.
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.
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. 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. The director, Robert Zemeckis, said that while Stoltz provided an admirable performance, it lacked the precise comedic sense that Zemeckis was seeking. Some of the original footage, where Stoltz does not appear but was on set, was used in the film. 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".
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.
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.
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.
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). 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.
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. He has also directed two episodes of Grey's Anatomy.
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.
|1982||Fast Times at Ridgemont High||Stoner Bud|
|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||Sister, Sister||Matt Rutledge|
|1988||Greasy Lake||The Narrator||Direct-to-video|
|1988||Haunted Summer||Percy Shelley|
|1989||The Fly II||Martin Brundle|
|1990||Memphis Belle||Sgt. Danny "Danny Boy" Daly|
|1992||The Waterdance||Joel Garcia|
|1993||Bodies, Rest & Motion||Sid||Producer|
|1993||Naked in New York||Jake Briggs|
|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||Rob Roy||Alan MacDonald|
|1995||Never Say Goodbye Aids Benefit by Yoko Ono||Man From Hamptons||Direct-to-video short film|
|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||Anaconda||Dr. Steven Cale|
|1997||Mr. Jealousy||Lester Grimm, aka Vince||Executive producer|
|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||When Zachary Beaver Came to Town||Otto|
|2004||The Butterfly Effect||Mr. Miller|
|2005||The Honeymooners||William Davis|
|2006||The Lather Effect||Mickey|
|2007||The Grand Design||Josh||Short film (executive producer)|
|2011||Fort McCoy||Frank Stirn||Producer|
|2014||5 to 7||Galassi|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||Russ Peterson|
|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: |
"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: |
|2007||Medium||Sonny Troyer||Episode: "We Had a Dream"|
|2007||Close to Home||Det. Chris Veeder||Episodes: |
"Drink the Cup"
"Fall from Grace"
|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"|
|2014||Blue||Arthur||WIGS Original Series|
|2014–2019||Madam Secretary||Will Adams||Episodes: |
"Catch and Release"
"Invasive Species" (uncredited)
|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|
|2001||My Horrible Year!||TV movie|
|2002||Once and Again||Episode: "Falling in Place"|
|2005||Law & Order||Episode: "Tombstone"|
|2007||Boston Legal||Episodes: |
"The Object of My Affection"
"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"
"If You Don't Know Me By Now"
|2010||Huge||Episode: "Talent Night"|
"Blame It on the Alcohol"
"The Purple Piano Project"
|2011||Off the Map||Episode: "On the Mean Streets of San Miguel"|
|2012||Californication||Episode: "Love Song"|
|2012||White Collar||Episode: "Ice Breaker"|
"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"
"Whisper of the Ax"
"There But For the Grace of God"
"The Doability Doctrine"
"The Greater Good"
He has directed many shows on The Learning Channel, TLC Network.
|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)|
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.