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Eric Close : biography

May 24, 1967 –

Eric Close (born May 24, 1967) is an American film and television actor.

Early life

His father is an orthopedic surgeon, and Close is the eldest of three brothers. His family moved to Indiana, then to Michigan, and finally settled in San Diego when Close was seven years old.

Close graduated with a B.A. in Communications at the University of Southern California in 1989, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Personal life

Close married his wife Keri in 1995. They have two daughters Katie (born October 1998) and Ella (born April 2001). They are members of the Brentwood Presbyterian Church.

Acting career

Close was interested in acting from an early age and had some stage experience in school, but did not decide to pursue an acting career until after college. His first role was in a theater production Rat Songs in L.A., after which he was offered a part in the film American Me (1992) and Safe House directed by Elena Mannus. He had a brief stint in daytime television when he played Sawyer Walker on NBC’s daytime drama Santa Barbara.

He returned to the stage with Thanksgiving Cries. He has had many guest appearances on television, and landed leading roles on such shows as McKenna (one season, 1994–1995), Dark Skies (one season, 1996–1997), The Magnificent Seven (two seasons, 1998–1999), Now and Again (one season, 1999–2000), and the Steven Spielberg produced miniseries Taken (2002).

Close co-starred on CBS’s Without a Trace as FBI agent Martin Fitzgerald from 2002 to 2009. He currently starring as Teddy Conrad, Connie Britton’s husband, in ABC drama series Nashville.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 American Me Juvie Hall Attacker
1993 "Taking Liberty"
2001 Follow the stars Home Mark
2001 Liberty, Maine
2001 The|Sky Is Falling|The Sky Is Falling (2000 film)}} Mike
2003 Alvarez & Cruz Charlie
2007 Saving Angelo Dad Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Keeping Secrets Young Michael (uncredited) TV movie
1991 MacGyver Guard Episode: "The Prometheus Syndrome"
1992 Major Dad Jim Episode: "The ‘L’ Word"
1992–1993 Santa Barbara Sawyer Walker 25 episodes
1994 Hercules and the Lost Kingdom Telamon TV movie
1994 Without Consent David Mills TV movie
1994 McKenna Brick McKenna Episode: "Splendor in the McKenna Grass"Episode: "The Pony"
1995 McKenna Brick McKenna Episode: "Racing in the Streets"
1995 Long Island Fever Scott Parks TV movie
1995 The|Stranger Beside Me}} Chris Gallagher TV movie
1995–1996 Sisters William ‘Billy’ Griffin 12 episodes
1996–1997 Dark Skies John Loengard 19 episodes
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Telamon Episode: "The Lost City"
1998–2000 The|Magnificent Seven|The Magnificent Seven (TV series)}} Vin Tanner 22 episodes
1999–2000 Now and Again Michael Wiseman 22 episodes
2001 Follow the Stars Home Mark McCune TV movie
2002 Taken John TV miniseries
2002–2009 Without a Trace Martin Fitzgerald 160 episodes
2003 Storyline Online Episode: "When Pigasso Met Mootsie"
2004 NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 N’Tom Price TV movie
2005 Kim Possible Crash Cranston (voice) Episode: "Team Impossible"
2010 Seven Deadly Sins Jack Powell Episode: "1.1"Episode: "1.2"
2010 Criminal Minds Det. Mark Spicer Episode: "Our Darkest Hour"
2010 Unanswered Prayers Ben Beck TV movie
2011 Chaos Michael Dorset 13 episodes
2011–2012 Suits Travis Tanner 4 episodes
2011 American Horror Story Hugo Episode: "Murder House"Episode: "Rubber Man"
2012–present Nashville Teddy Conrad Series regular