Character: Joe Sullivan
Eric was born in Toronto and spent his twenties in theatres across Canada, including five seasons with the Stratford Festival. He eventually made his Broadway debut starring as “The Music Man,” and returned to New York for the American premiere of Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s).” This spring he returned to New York to star opposite James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury in Gore Vidal's “The Best Man.”
His film work includes “Alien Trespass,” the cult film “Free Enterprise,” “My One and Only” (opposite Renee Zellweger) and “The Sisters” (for which he and Maria Bello won Best Actor and Actress at the Atlanta Film Festival). His upcoming films include “Barricade” and “Knife Fight” (opposite Rob Lowe).
On television, Eric has starred in countless series, mini-series and movies over the last twenty years. Highlights include “The Andromeda Strain” (A&E), “Borrowed Hearts” (CBS), “Trust Me” (TNT), the title role in “Who Is Clark Rockefeller?” for Lifetime, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS) and two seasons as “Col. Clay Mosby” on “Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.” It was his eight seasons as “Will Truman” on NBC’s Emmy-winning “Will & Grace”, however, that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award, five Golden Globe nominations and the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. In July 2012, he will be both star and a producer on the new TNT drama, “Perception.” His previous producer credits include “Lovespring International” for Lifetime, and the pilot “Imperfect Union,” for TNT.
Eric has hosted “Saturday Night Live” and the “VH-1 Music Awards” and has sung both anthems at the NHL All-Star Game. Last year he received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He splits his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver with Janet, his wife of fourteen years, and their nine-year-old son, Finnigan.