Eric Close

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  • Birth Place: Staten Island, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Eric Close kicked off his acting career on a daytime soap before making the leap to prime time. But he initially had no luck at night, starring on a number of short-lived series (Dark Skies, Now and Again) that did little to advance his career. All that changed, however, with his high-profile role as a level-headed FBI agent on Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009. After ending his tenure on the series, Close took on a handful of smaller roles before landing one of the leads in the promising 2010 CBS pilot Chaos. The show's title proved fitting, however, and, after a months-long dispute between the network and the studio, the pilot was killed. Offscreen, the married father of two eschews the playboy lifestyle and is a devout Christian.

Fast Facts

  • Born in Staten Island, New York, his family moved several times before finally settling in San Diego in 1975.
  • Made his TV debut in 1991 on an episode of MacGyver.
  • Received a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer for his role as Sawyer Walker on Santa Barbara (1992-93).
  • Helped found a nonprofit group in Los Angeles that sends underprivileged kids on adventure trips.
  • Received a nomination---along with the rest of the ensemble cast---for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Without a Trace.
  • Has been known to include Bible quotes when signing autographs.


  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Christopher Close — Brother
  • Ella Close — Daughter
  • Frederick Close — Father
  • Randy Close — Brother
  • Keri Close — Wife
  • Katie Close — Daughter
  • Eva Close — Mother


  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in Communications, 1989); attended Instituto Internacional, Madrid, Spain


  • Birth Place: Staten Island, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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