Eriq La Salle

  • Birth Name: Erik Ki La Salle
  • Birth Place: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Was asked to leave a four-year program at Juilliard after two years because instructors didn't think he'd be able to overcome his inner-city speech patterns.
  • Made his TV debut in 1985 as reporter Mike Rivers on One Life to Live.
  • Earned three NAACP Image Awards for his work on ER as Dr. Peter Benton.
  • Wrote, directed and starred in the 1996 short film Psalms from the Underground, about a black female militant; Mel Gibson later bought the rights.
  • Founded the production company Humble Journey Films in 1997.
  • Published his debut novel, Laws of Depravity, in 2012.

Awards

  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Angela Johnson — Ex-fiancée
  • Ada Haynes — Mother

College

  • Attended Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States; New York University, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Theater Arts, 1984)

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