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Eric Close and I have been friends for 25 years. Strauss Zelnick was correct when he said before introducing Eric and me that we would be friends for life. Eric is an amazingly successful actor who has starred in dozens of shows, including “Without a Trace” and “Nashville.”
When my oldest son, Sage, died, Eric was immediately on a plane from Oregon to Nashville and was there for my family in every way you can imagine. Not long after Sage died, Eric’s brother Christopher (also a close friend of mine) lost a long battle with cancer. We spent many hours discussing life, death, God, and eternity that year. These conversations inspired me to agree to do this podcast in the first place, so it’s fitting to have Eric on.
Eric is one of the kindest, full-of-life, genuine people I know. His family is full of people I admire and respect. Eric’s wisdom, surrender, and willingness to search for the truth make talking to him one of my most natural things. From the challenges of being a good human being in Hollywood to handling death the way God wants us to, I think you’ll find this conversation informative and inspiring. - Brad
Eric was born in Staten Island, New York, May 24. His father is an orthopedic surgeon and his mother is an artist. Eric is the eldest of three brothers. He graduated with a B.A. in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He married Keri Moyers in 1995 and they have two daughters, Katie and Ella.
Eric Close is an actor, director, and writer. He has starred opposite Tommy Flanagan in the Amazon film Legal Action (2018) as an attorney who must defend his brother-in-law on a murder charge. He can also be seen as Ltc. Jacobsen in the war drama Indivisible (2018), based on the true story about a family's real-life events during the 2007 Iraq War.
Close starred opposite Connie Britton in the hit series Nashville (2012), created by Oscar-winning writer Callie Khouri for the ABC network. Before this, Close starred for almost a decade in the critically acclaimed CBS series Without a Trace (2002), nominated for a Golden Globe for best ensemble cast. Close then teamed up again with the network as the lead of their dramedy series Chaos (2011), opposite Tim Blake Nelson. Close also starred as crafty lawyer Travis Tanner in the critically acclaimed USA series Suits (2011). On the feature side, Close joined Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (2014) for Warner Bros., playing DIA Agent Snead.
Past credits also include the series The Magnificent Seven (1998), Now and Again (1999), Dark Skies (1996), and McKenna (1994), while taking on a number of long-form features such as American Me (1992), Seven Deadly Sins (2010), NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 (2004), A Detour for Christmas (2016), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (1994), Follow the Stars Home (2001), The Stranger Beside Me (1995), Long Island Fever (1995), Without Consent (1994), and Unanswered Prayers (2010), which was produced by Garth Brooks. Not to mention the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries Taken (2002), which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Behind the camera, Close is also an accomplished director. In addition to directing episodes of Nashville (2012) and Without a Trace (2002), Eric finished directing and acting in his fourth feature for the Hallmark channel, which included the network's highest-rated Christmas film, Christmas at Graceland (2018), and Hallmark Hall of Fame's film A Christmas Love Story (2019), starring Kristin Chenoweth, Scott Wolf, and Close himself.