Eric Roberts Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Sep 04, 2023 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 11, 2022
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Discover amazing facts about the well-known celebrity, Eric Roberts, in this article.
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About Eric Roberts

Eric Anthony Roberts is a famous actor who has been in the entertainment industry for over four decades.
On April 18, 1956, Eric Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. He has starred in some big blockbuster hits and has won numerous awards for his work.
Eric Roberts' career started in the movie 'King Of The Gypsies' (1978) with a leading role, whereby he gained his first Golden Globe Award nomination. He earned another Golden Globes nomination for playing Paul Snider in the film 'Star 80' (1983). His brilliant rendition in 'Runaway Train' (1985), where he portrayed Buck McGeehy, a prison fugitive, made him receive a third Golden Globe nomination and a nomination for the Academy Awards for the Best Supporting Actor.
In a career traversing more than 40 years, Roberts has accumulated more than 600 credits, such as 'Raggedy Man' (1981), 'The Pope Of Greenwich Village', 'Runaway Train', 'The Specialist' (1994), 'National Security', 'The Dark Knight' (2008), 'The Expendables' (2010), and many more. Apart from films, he appeared in several television shows, including 'Less Than Perfect', 'Heroes', and the soap opera 'The Young And The Restless'. He was the only non-UK actor to play The Master in the popular television show 'Doctor Who'.
Since the '70s, Eric Roberts has been among those few actors with over 600 credits in blockbusters, independent films, animated films, TV series, animated series, and many more. Keep reading to know more interesting and fun facts about Eric Roberts.

Eric Roberts Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Eric Roberts' net worth?

The well-known American actor, Eric Roberts, has an estimated net worth of around $8-10 million. He amassed this wealth from his career as a successful actor.

How much does Eric Roberts earn per year?

Eric Roberts has multiple sources of income from his acting career. His estimated income per year is unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Eric Roberts?

Eric Roberts stands at the height of 5 ft 10 in (178 cm).

How old is Eric Roberts?

Since Eric Roberts was born on April 18, 1956, he is 66 years old as of 2o22.

Childhood And Education

Eric Roberts was born to Betty Lou and Walter Roberts in Biloxi, Mississippi. He has two siblings, Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, who became successful actors. He and his sisters got exposed to the theater scene from a young age as they grew up around actors, and it had a substantial influence on them.
Following his parents' divorce, Eric stayed in Аtlаntа along with his father while hіѕ mother and sisters mоvеd tо Smyrna, Georgia. His parents separated when he was 15 years old. He went to Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Eric Roberts' parents co-founded the Atlanta Actors And Writers Workshop and opened an acting school for children in Decatur, Georgia.
At the young age of five, Eric took his first steps toward stardom when he participated in the Atlanta Actors And Writers Workshop in Georgia. He then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to pursue a career in acting, which he continued pursuing at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York after two years.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Eric Roberts' partner?

Eric Roberts was involved in several relationships. Initially, he dated the American model, Sheil Kennedy. Then, Roberts was in a long-term relationship with Sandy Dennis from 1980-1985. In 1985, he dated the American actress and singer Dana Wheeler. Following this, he dated Kelly Cunningham from 1988-1991, and the couple had a daughter named Emma Roberts, who would turn out to be a successful actress. Emma Roberts had her acting debut at the age of 10. Currently, Eric is married to Eliza Garrett Roberts. He has two stepchildren from Eliza Roberts' previous marriage.

Career And Professional Highlights

After graduating from acting school, Eric appeared in the soap opera 'Another World' in 1977, and it made him gain recognition as the show was successful. Later on, Eric was discovered by an agent, Bill Treusch, who assisted him in landing a role in a movie. Eric's first film debut was 'King Of The Gypsies', a movie directed by Frank Pierson. The movie was successful as it became a hit, and his outstanding performance made him earn his first award nomination, that is, a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1985, he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the film 'Runaway Train' for playing the fugitive convict, Buck. He received the Theatre World Award for his first Broadway performance in 'Burn This' in 1987.
He played the leading role in 'Raggedy Man', a 1981 American drama film. But shortly after, he was in a road accident that left him with wounds on his face that transformed his looks to a certain extent. This transformation in his appearance altered the roles that he later played. He started taking roles as a villain in movies like 'Star 80', in which he played the role of Paul Snider, a villainous character. His remarkable performance made him receive the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor.
In 1996, Eric starred in the television miniseries rendition of 'In Cold Blood' as Perry Smith. For his role, he received a Golden Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor In A Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television.
He had appeared in several films, including 'The Coca-Cola Kid' (1985), 'Best Of The Best', 'The Immortals' (1995), 'La Cucaracha' (1998), 'Purgatory' (1999), and many more. In 2008, he played Sal Maroni, a Gotham City Mafia boss who employs The Joker to extinguish the supposed superhero in the blockbuster movie 'The Dark Knight'.
Aside from the film industry, he has starred in many TV shows, such as 'The Drew Show', 'The Hunger', 'Less Than Perfect', and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'. In 2010, he appeared in the movie 'The Expendables', directed by Sylvester Stallone. Other noteworthy TV shows he has had a role in include 'Suits', 'Heroes', 'Hawaii Five-O', 'Entourage', 'Code Black', 'Code', 'Will & Grace', and many others.
In 2012, he was cast in the lead role in 'Deadline', a mystery drama film. In 2015, he starred in the Nigerian comedy-drama movie 'A Trip To Jamaica', which broke records for the first film to hit $30 million in the first weekend and the fastest to earn $100 million in just 17 days. In 2021, he played the character of The Master in 'Masterful', which was a special audio drama release to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that role.

Best Known For…

 Eric Roberts is an award-winning actor well-known for his supporting role in 'Runaway Train'. He is also best known for his outstanding performance in the film 'Best Of The Best'.

Charity Work

Eric has supported several charities, including Precious Paws, The Natural Child Project, Best Friends, Animal Society, Children Mending Hearts, Farm Sanctuary, Feed the Children, Hear The World, Helen Woodward Animal Center, The Humane Society, and others.

What awards has Eric Roberts won?

Eric is a well-known actor who has received various nominations and awards. To name a few, he won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Musical or Comedy Series in 2003, the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award in 2015, the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor in 1983, and the Golden Orange Lifetime Honorary Award in 2018. Apart from this, he has earned several Golden Globes nominations and two Academy Awards nominations.

Other Interesting Eric Roberts Facts And Trivia

  • Eric Roberts often plays scheming villains with thick full hair and a rough, smoke-burnished voice.
  • He lives with his wife and cats in Los Angeles.
  • He is the older brother of the famous actress Julia Roberts.
  • He is the brother-in-law of Tony Gilland and Daniel Moder.
  • He took Tae Kwon Do and Jujutsu lessons for a short period.
  • In 2020, he became a grandfather for the first time when his daughter, Emma Roberts, gave birth to her son.

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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