Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and grew up in and around the Atlanta, Georgia area. He began his career as an actor in his late teens in New York City. In 1989 Eric won the Theatre World Award for his role on Broadway in Burn This. He returned to the New York stage in 2003 in The Exonerated, which he appeared in as part of their touring company as well.
He is an Academy Award nominee for his role in Runaway Train and a three-time Golden Globe nominee for Runaway Train, Star 80 and King of the Gypsies. He also won a Golden Satellite Award for the 2002 season of Less Than Perfect.
He also made a profound impact in the Emmy nominated television adaptation of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, directed by Jonathan Kaplan and co-starring Anthony Edwards and starred in La Cucaracha, which won Best Film at the Austin Film Festival in 1998, and for which Eric won Best Actor in the New York Independent Film Festival that same year.
Other notable performances include his roles in Final Analysis, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Raggedy Man, Babyfever, Heaven’s Prisoners, The Specialist and The Grave.
in 1996 Roberts appeared in the BBC/Universal/FOX co-production Doctor Who TV Movie which was an attempt to reboot the struggling Doctor Who brand into a US friendly show. Even though the series was not picked up in the US, in the UK it was received well. Robert’s portrayal of The Master, whilst being seriously campy, was a guilty pleasure.
He was recently seen in Chris Nolan’s Batman – The Dark Knight, along with one of the most incredible casts ever assembled. This follows a stint on Heroesas Thompson, an associate of Mr. Bennet. He then reprised the role in the third-season episode “Villains”. He has also appeared recently in an episode of “Chuck” as well as the super shlocky Sy-Fy movie “Sharktopus.”
Roberts voiced the Superman villain Mongul in the animated series Justice League and reprised his role in Justice League Unlimited in the episode “For the Man Who Has Everything”. He performed the voice of Dark Danny in Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom.
He portrayed Seth Blanchard on the second season of the STARZ series, Crash, from 2009. In 2009 Roberts appeared as himself in “Tree Trippers”, a hilarious season five episode of Entourage. It was announced in June 2010 that he would be joining the cast of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless starting July 12.
Also in 2010, he appeared in the action film The Expendables. Later that year, he appeared alongside Steve Austin and Gary Daniels, his co-stars from The Expendables, in the 2010 action movie Hunt to Kill.
Eric looks forward to meeting all his fans at both the Sydney and Perth expos in 2012. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A Friday evenings during Preview Night (Supa Fan Pass required to attend).
* Autograph ($30 each) and photograph ($40 each) fees apply.
Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.