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Eriq La Salle Biography

Birth Name:
Erik Ki La Salle
Birth Place:
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Profession
Actor, director, producer

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

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

Relationships

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