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Eric currently stars as "Martin Fitzgerald" on CBS's series "Without A Trace". This blue eyed actor that looks like he was "made by Mattel". His father is an orthopedic surgeon, and Eric is the eldest of three brothers. His family moved to Indiana, and then to Michigan and finally settled in San Diego when Eric was seven years old. He graduated with a B.A. in communications at the University of Southern California in 1989. He married Keri in 1995 and has two daughters, Katie and Ella. Eric is a very reserved person who likes to keep his private life separate from his work. He loves travelling the world, he's a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as mountain climbing/free climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing and surf and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical books. He was interesting in acting from a very early age, and had some stage experience in school, but didn't decide to go for an acting career until after college. His first role was in a theater production "Rat Songs" in L.A. and was offered a part in the film American Me (1992) and "Safe House" directed by Elena Mannus. After doing those two films he returned to theater with "Thanksgiving Cries." He had many guest appearances on TV shows, and then started landed roles in shows such as "Dark Skies" (1996), "The Magnificent Seven" (1998), and "Now and Again" (1999).." Eric was born on May 24, 1967, in Staten Island, New York, USA.
Eric Close's interpretation of Martin Fitzgerald
"The thing about Martin is that he's very goal-oriented. He's eager. He has his sights set on achieving a lot of success and would love to run the Bureau before probably leapfrogging into politics."
"[His father's influence]'s a sticking point with Martin. He is trying to blaze his own path. He doesn't want success if it means riding on his father's coattails."
"Martin is definitely a loner and a perfectionist. When he's not at work, he stays to himself. He probably goes home and cooks himself a five-star meal, pours himself a glass of good wine and then eats by himself...He reads a lot. He builds model ships. He's a detail person. He gets involved romantically in the series but it always goes south. He's too focused on his work."
"Martin's a loner and I'm not. He's also not a family man. He puts career before family."
FBI agent Martin is perfectionist
I like giving themes to my favorite characters. Martin's, to me, would be "Find Me There" by Love Riot. It's about a passion that is always there, which is something I think Martin has, but looking at it in a different interpretation, it also summarizes how he himself is always there, a cornerstone, a touchstone in the making.
You will find me there, in the shadows of your heart
You will find me there, tracing your steps when we're apart
You will find me there, in the light and in the dark
You will find me there, wherever you are...
Martin is my favorite character because I can see myself in him. He's determined, but he's determined with a personal side. Jack can see into the victims, and he treats them very personally. I think Martin does that too, just differently. He may not show it, but he remembers that they're dealing with human lives and lives that there are still a chance to save.
I think we're going to see at some point a concrete and personal reason why Martin joined the MisPer squad. If he was just after success as an archetypal hero - middle-aged, single, driven by success, good-looking, you know the drill - he could have definitely picked a high profile unit. And not to mention he wants to make his own way. Something happened in Seattle that drove him to Manhattan, and I can only wonder what that was.
Martin strikes me as somewhat like me. He has a priveleged life, but doesn't let it get to him. He's taken on a bit of the edge and the sarcasm of modern life, but that's not what he is. He's got a good heart and a touch of idealism. He may not always do the smartest thing - I think that the Pilot won't be the last time Jack thinks he needs his head checked - but he finds a lead and goes for it because he believes in what he does, and he has a passion and sense of justice for his work that inspires others around him. That said, he's just doing his job.
He wants success, can feel it at his fingertips. But I think he wants it not just for itself, but because success will be built on making a difference. If he becomes successful enough, he's obviously made a positive impact, and the new power success brings will be more opportunity for success. For Martin, there's always a new opportunity to make something. He may still be getting adjusted, but his squadmates will quickly find they have somebody to trust and somebody showing up to play, maybe even searching for something of his own by the end of the game.
One thing's for sure - he's not done yet. And when Sam finds herself just a bit interested in Martin in the pilot, maybe that's because she senses the kind of man he is, and is yet to be.
5 Questions for Eric Close
Eric Close, 35, stars in CBS's FBI drama Without a Trace and Steven Spielberg's miniseries Taken on the SciFi Channel, about an alien among us.
1) Do you think there's life on other planets?
It's fun to imagine, but I don't really believe in it. Though once I had an experience while I was camping that I couldn't explain: I woke up during the night and the sky was orange and red and I saw two moons.
2) Wow, that's crazy. Are you superstitious?
No, I walk under ladders and fly on Friday the 13th.
3) Are you romantic?
When my wife and I were in England I took her to where the movie of Pride and Prejudice, her favorite novel, was filmed, and I recited Mr. Darcy's speech when he tells Elizabeth that he loves her and wants her to be his wife.
4) You have two daughters, Katie and Ella.
Yeah, it's my mother's revenge: She had three boys. But I love it.
5) What surprised you about fatherhood?
That you have to leave babies alone right after they've finished nursing. If you try to play with them, they'll throw up on you.
Eric Close : TV's Crime Fighting Hunk
Pulses are racing - and it's not from the fast-paced plots. Here's why these cops, investigators and special agents make Us lust for the long arm of the law
Without A Trace's Eric Close
Stats: 36, 5'11", Gemini
Romance Report: Taken! He and wife Keri have two kids, Katie, 5 and Ella, 2 1/2.
About Him: "I'm going to Mexico to build homes [for the underprivileged] for three days" in mid-October, says Close, a Presbyterian churchgoer. All-American good looks - and he's virtuous? Still, the San Diego-bred, Los Angeles-based actor behind the straight-arrow FBI agent Martin Fitzgerald doesn't live like a monk. His wife of eight years goes for "the way I am as a dad," he tells Us, "but she also grabs my ass a lot!" If she can catch him: He's often out golfing, scuba diving, rock climbing or otherwise working up a sexy sweat. (CBS, Thursdays, 10 P.M.)
Eric Close: Past, Now and Future
From portraying an old-world horseman to playing the body that houses the mind of John Goodman (and what a body it is!), East Coast-born actor Eric Close has run the gamut lately. And if you're one of the few not watching CBS' hit Now & Again--not to be confused with ABC's hit Once and Again--Close plays bioengineered superhero Michael Wiseman, who has the brain of a middle-aged, overweight salesman trapped inside his body.
The 32-year-old graduate of Santa Barbara, who's first prime-time series was the short-lived McKenna back in 1994, returned to the Big Apple for the Wiseman role. He's adamant about keeping his personal life just that--personal--but (sorry, ladies) he reveals he's married to someone who's not in the Biz, and they recently had a little addition to the family.
So, does he miss The Magnificent Seven? What was the happiest moment in his life? And how does he keep that great body in shape? He took the time to answer these questions and more.
Q: Your name seldom appears in the gossip columns. Do you shun the Hollywood nightlife?
A: I don't shun it. It's just that I have an extremely busy schedule, and any spare time I have is very valuable to me. I like spending that time with my family.
Q: Do you find the physical aspects of your role in Now & Again challenging?
A: Trying to stay fit means exercising six days a week. It's a challenge to find the time, but I do. As for the stunts and action in the show, I love that part. I've always been pretty athletic, so it's fun for me. Plus, I have a fantastic stunt double.
Q: I loved you and everyone else on The Magnificent Seven. Did you enjoy the experience? Do you miss it?
A; Thank you. It was one of the best experiences of my career. I miss it very much, and I especially miss the great friends I made on the show.
Q: What attracted you to the role of Michael Wiseman?
A: I am always looking for new and interesting characters to play--roles that challenge me and force me to take risks as an actor. The role of Michael Wiseman does just that. And I really love his sense of humor.
Q: If you were not acting, what career would you choose?
A: Directing, which I do plan on doing. In my fantasy world, I'd be a pro golfer. Exciting, huh?
Q: What kind of workout regimen are you doing to keep in such great condition?
A: I try to work out six days a week. I mix it up between weight lifting and running. I usually run for an hour and lift weights for an hour and a half. I also try to watch what I eat--notice I said try.
Q: What makes a good script?
A: From an actor's perspective, I first look for a great story and then for interesting characters. I also look for original dialogue. Now & Again has all these elements, which is why I think it is such a fantastic show.
Q: Is there a topic or person you feel passionate enough about to be involved with in a future project?
A: There are a number of actors and directors I'd be honored to work with. I would love to work with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. As far as topics go, I'm pretty open as long as it's a great script.
Q: How are you and your character, Michael Wiseman, similar or different?
A: I love my family and would do anything for them, just like Michael. I also love junk food. We are different in that Michael can bench-press 1000 pounds, do 900 push-ups, 900 pull-ups and run 35 miles per hour. Also, I can't hold my breath longer than two minutes.
Q: When did you decide to become an actor, and what was your first acting job?
A: Shortly after I graduated from USC, but I have had the acting bug since the age of 13. I was in a theater group in junior high, and that's where I first discovered the joy of acting. My first acting job was in theater, a nonequity play called Rat Songs.
Q: Who were your favorite actors when you were growing up, and who do you admire now as an adult?
A: My favorite actors were Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Mickey Rooney, Jodie Foster, Laurel and Hardy, Bruce Lee and Godzilla. Today, I still admire Jack Lemmon and Jodie Foster, as well as Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Robert Duval and Emma Thompson.
Q: I want to be an actress. Do you have any advice on how to get into show business?
A: There is no one, surefire way, but I encourage studying and doing theater and student films. Because even if you do it for free, you'll grow as an actor and meet people. You also have to be willing to accept rejection, because it's a big part of the deal. I wish you lots of success.
Q: What are the differences between shooting on the sunny West Coast versus swinging between the buildings on the East Coast? Which do you prefer to work and live in?
A: Now that we are going into the winter months, the differences are going to be hard to ignore. These buildings create giant wind tunnels and, according to New Yorkers, the wind chill can get mighty cold. Looks like I'll be freezing my ass off while swinging between those buildings. I think both the East and West Coasts have a lot to offer. But I have to admit I am really enjoying working in the Big Apple.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Spend time with my family. However, when I have a little extra time, I like to do a number of things: golf, ski, camp, rock climb, sail, read a good book and travel.
Q: What is it like filming at all those historic and well-known buildings in Manhattan?
A: I am having a blast. New York has such allure, and it is the most recognizable city in the world. I have been learning a lot about New York's history while filming here. I hope to be here for a while.
Q: Which show have you had the most fun doing?
A: Every show has been fun in its own, unique way. But episode five, "And Like a Good Neighbor," is my personal favorite so far. I also have a lot of fun working with Gerrit Graham, who plays Roger Bender. He's a real kick. He keeps me laughing.
Q: I've noticed that your upper body appears to be more muscular than it was on your previous two TV series. How have you accomplished this, and what does it take to maintain?
A: Well, you know TV adds 10 pounds. My trainer in California worked very hard with me during the six weeks leading up to production. To maintain it requires healthy eating and exercising for at least an hour a day.
Q: What is your favorite movie? And do you plan (or hope) to be in a feature movie anytime soon?
A: It's a Wonderful Life. I plan and hope to be in a quality feature sometime soon.
Q: In your career, is there any one experience that you'd rather not have happened?
A: It's always a bummer when your show is canceled or when you don't get a part that you really wanted. But even so, I consider all those experiences positive. Because, ultimately, I learned something from them, and new doors were opened.
Ql: What was the happiest moment of your life, and why?
A: It's difficult to pick one because I have experienced a number of happy moments in my life. At this point, I have to say becoming a dad takes the cake.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Mexican food! Unfortunately, there aren't too many places in NYC to get it. Sushi takes a close second.
Q: Boxers or briefs?
A: Both, depending on what's clean.
Eric Close in ''Taken'' on DVD now
Eric Close stars in Taken, the Emmy award winning Science Fiction TV series from Steven Spielberg. Taken is an extraordinary chronicle of humankind's relationship with the mysterious extraterrestrials in its midst, this visionary adventure has been hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as "the best television miniseries since HBO's Band of Brothers."
Eric Close plays the part of Alien Visitor John in Taken. While visiting earth, he meets Sally Clarke (Catherine Dent) and impregnates her with his child, Jacob. However, Clarkes' two older children realized that there was something different about John (Eric Close). John must leave quickly to avoid the risk of being captured by local officials.
Eric Close's performance as Michael Wiseman in the CBS series Now and Again earned him the nod as one of People magazine's Breakout Stars of 2000. Eric Close, however, has been turning heads since he debuted as Sawyer Walker on the daytime drama Santa Barbara in 1992. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., and raised in San Diego, Eric Close studied communications at USC but turned to acting after a role in the stage production Rat Songs landed him an agent and offers of work. Eric Close has starred in such series as McKenna, The Magnificent Seven, Sisters and Dark Skies and such TV movies as Without Consent,The Stranger Beside Me and Follow The Stars Home. Eric's film credits include American Me, The Sky Is Falling, and romance-drama Liberty, Maine.
Now you can own Steven Spielberg's Taken miniseries with Eric Close on DVD, in a special six disc DVD set. The first five Taken DVD discs each contain two chapters from this sweeping, 10-part saga that chronicles the intersecting lives of three families, from the wartime skies of 1945 Europe to the deceptively bucolic vistas of the present-day American heartland. Disc Six is packed with special bonus features available only on DVD.
Taken Bonus Features available only on DVD:
The Cast of Taken
Watch interviews with the cast members including Eric Close, who discuss the intriguing roles their characters play in the 50-year saga of Taken.
A Singular Vision: The Directors
Meet the directors, who reflect on their individual approaches to bringing Taken to the screen - and who provide their perspectives on the phenomenon of alien abductions.
Eric Close breaks out with 'Now and Again'
"Now and Again" has made Eric Close look like an overnight success. But the actor says that's a misperception.
He has paid his dues on "Dark Skies," "Magnificent Seven" and "Sisters." None of those series, though got the immediate recognition that the CBS series did.
"You've heard of other series that started out and it took them a couple of seasons to really kind of get their legs," Close says. "This show -- right out of the gate -- has taken off and has sustained its audience. Everywhere I go now, walking around the street, people come up to say, 'We love your show.'"
On "Now and Again," which airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, Close plays a genetically engineered wonder man who has the brain of a deceased pilot. The story has elements of action, drama, comedy and romance. Close says he had an inkling it would be a hit.
"I just had this feeling (that) this one could click," he says. "And there was a real buzz about it. ... The other thing was that when the show aired, the press was really positive to us, and that was something new to me."
Close went on a strict diet when the show began, and has since abandoned it. "It's impossible," he says. "They keep putting me in these scenes with these steaks and potatoes with butter."
Most scenes, he says, depict him as "a guy who is a reluctant superhero. He is a family man. I am, myself. ... I'd give up my life for my family, like he would."