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Short Info

Net Worth$25 million
Date Of BirthJuly 23, 1962
FactHe was nominated for a 1993 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Two Trains Running" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
PaymentsEarned $27,000,000 (for 3 seasons - 1999-2002) from ER (1994)


Introduction

Some people have more than one talent, and such is the case of Eriq La Salle, who is known not only for his portrayal of Peter Brenton in the well-known TV series “ER”, but also for being considered a spectacular director, producer and a writer. Where did he learn his acting skills? Does he have a wife?

Early life and Education

Erik Ki La Salle was born on 23 July 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut USA, where he and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Ada Haynes, after his parents divorced. He attended Weaver High School, and after matriculating became a part of the interdisciplinary cultural institution in Hartford, called Artists Collective, Inc, in which he studied the art and culture of the African Diaspora.

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In 1980 he joined the Drama Division of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, and remained a member of Group 13 for two years – he was supposed to remain for four years, but the instructors didn’t think La Salle could overcome his inner-city speech pattern, and so they asked him to leave.

Eriq then enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and in 1984 earned himself a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Acting Program. During this time he decided to make Eriq La Salle his professional name.

Career

La Salle started as a theater actor in New York – his first notable role was in Joseph Papp’s version of “Henry V”, played at the Shakespeare in the Park festival. This led to him being cast in various off-Broadway and Broadway plays.

In 1985, he made his feature film debut when he appeared in the movies “Rappin’” and “Cut and Run”. Just a year later, he was cast as a guest in several TV series, such as “Spenser: For Hire”, “ABC Afterschool Specials”, and “One Life to Live”. He also portrayed Deputy Bernie Miles in the drama-thriller “Where Are the Children”.

Similar happened in 1987, as he made guest appearances in “Another World”, “Vietnam War Story”, “Mariah” and “Leg Work”, and appeared in the crime film “Five Corners”, opposite Jodie Foster and Todd Graff.

In 1988, he co-starred as Darryl Jenks in the film “Coming to America”, co-starring with Eddie Murphy. Before the start of the ‘90s, La Salle was also in the TV series’ “Knightwatch” and “Gideon Oliver”, as well as in TV films “When We Were Young” and “Magic Moments”.

In the early 1990s, he was cast in films such as “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Color of Night”, acting alongside Bruce Willis, Jane March and Ruben Blades, and appeared in several TV series such as “L.A. Law”, “Quantum Leap”, “Under Suspicion” and “Screenplay”. During this time, he also portrayed the recurring character Michael Stoven in the TV drama series “The Human Factor”, but which was canceled after the first season.

In 1994 he made his breakthrough, when he joined the main cast of the most famous medical TV series “ER”; his portrayal of Peter Benton brought him worldwide fame, appearing in more than 170 episodes and remaining in the show until it ended in 2009.

Eriq La Salle

He won several awards for his contribution, most notably the Magnolia Stage Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in 1996, and (jointly) the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in years 1996-1999, and NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

In 1996 he appeared with James Earl Jones and Don Cheadle in the biographical film “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault”, and in 1999 he starred in “Mind Prey”, a TV adaptation of John Sandford’s novel of the same name about a detective trying to solve a kidnapping case.

La Salle acted alongside Robin Williams in the drama film “One Hour Photo”, in which he portrayed Detective James Van Der Zee. That same year he directed “Crazy as Hell”, starring Michael Beach and Ronny Cox, and for his minor acting role in this movie, he won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Independent Actor in 2003.

Also in 2003 he appeared in the crime TV series “The System”, in which he portrayed Andrew Evans, and that same year appeared in an episode of “The Twilight Zone”. Two years later in 2005, he starred in David Ogden’s thriller film “Inside Out”, and the following year in “Johnny Was”, portraying Julius, and co-starring with Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin and Laurence Kinlan.

In 2010, La Salle made brief appearances in two episodes of “24”, portraying the UN Secretary General. The following year, he was cast as Evan ‘E-Mo’ Morris in the TV series “A Gifted Man”, appearing in five episodes over a span of two years. He also portrayed Everton Thompson in the TV series “How to Make It in America”.

La Salle appeared in the TV series “Blackout” in 2012, in which he portrayed George Lumas. In 2015 he played the character of Hektor Martin in several episodes of the sci-fi series “Under the Dome”, and the following year guest-starred as Dr. Brainerd in the TV series “Angie Tribeca”. His final feature film appearance happened in 2017, when he portrayed Will Munson in “Logan”, alongside Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Dafne Keen.

Other Career Endeavors

As well as being an actor, La Salle is also a director and a producer; he’s directed episodes of several TV series, including Showtime’s “Soul Food: The Series”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” – for which he was nominated in the NAACP Image Awards for the Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series – and “CSI: NY”. He also directed an episode of the famous TV series “Lucifer”, called “Wingman”. He was the writer and the director of the short film “Psalms from the Underground” in 1996, but Mel Gibson later bought the rights.

La Salle is also a published writer – his first novel, “Laws of Depravity”, was published in 2012.

Personal Life

La Salle is the founder of the production company called “Humble Journey Films” in 1997.

His hobbies include playing billiards, table tennis and weightlifting.

La Salle likes to keep his personal life private – unlike his business endeavors. It isn’t known whether or not he’s dated anyone from the Hollywood scene. However, some rumors state that he was in a relationship with a woman named Angela Johnson, and that the two were even engaged, but broke up after several years. As of May 2020, it is supposed that he is single.

He is rather active on various social media platforms, including Twitter on which he has more than 40,000 followers.

Net Worth

Eriq La Salle makes a lot of money from his other career endeavors, but most of his fortune acting in TV series such as “ER” – his three-season salary for that work earned him an impressive $27 million! Because of all of this, as of May 2020 his net worth is estimated at around $25 million. He owned a mansion in Beverly Hills, California US, which was listed for sale in 2019 for a price of $7.9 million!

Physical characteristics

La Salle is of African-American descent. He is 6ft 2ins (1.87m) tall and weighs around 200lbs (90kgs) – he has an athletic build, and takes good care of his body. His hair is short and black, and his eyes are dark brown.

General Info

Full NameEriq La Salle
Net Worth$25 million
Date Of BirthJuly 23, 1962
Height1.88 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Television Director
EducationNew York University, Juilliard School
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsAda Haynes

Accomplishments

AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, NAACP Image Award for ...
MoviesComing to America, Logan, Crazy as Hell, Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, Relative Stranger, One Hour Photo, Drop Squad, The Salton Sea, Johnny Was, Jacob's Ladder, Color of Night, Megafault, Five Corners, Rappin', Mind Prey, Cut and Run, Inside Out, Conviction
TV ShowsER, The Human Factor, Retrosexual: The '80s, Under Suspicion

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Salary

TitleSalary
ER (1994)$27,000,000 (for 3 seasons - 1999-2002)

Quotes

#Quote
1So It's not like I go from being this disciplined person who has to get up and go to work to now I just lay around all day in my underwear eating Cheerios. I have this structure. I still have to do this and the difference is I'm doing this for me and my company.
2So that, to me, is important that audiences are treated with an amount of respect toward their intelligence. Most Hollywood films don't respect their intelligence.
3The films that have influenced me and the films that have motivated me and inspired me were films that resonated, films that made me think after I saw them.
4Ever since I've left, I've been doing nothing but this film and traveling, promoting and doing festivals. So the good thing is that I'm not sitting around pining over whether I made the right choice in leaving. I'm moving and grooving.
5I don't see me doing $100 million films because $100 million films, the very nature of them, you need to offend as few people as possible just to make your money back.
6Just trying to get a film made which is always difficult no matter what kind of a budget you have. Not having a budget makes it even more difficult. Having nineteen days and no budget makes it extremely difficult.
7Maybe It's not the biggest blockbuster film, but there will be some people that will see it, that will be debating it, that will be questioning their own sense of spirituality. If the film resonates, then I have succeeded in what I set out to do.
8Regardless of what people ultimately think about Crazy As Hell, It's not the type of film that, ten minutes after seeing it, you're only focused on what you want to eat.
9Well that's the point: People don't normally take away things from films anymore. You go and see a $100 million film, half an hour later, your biggest concern is what are you going to be eating.
10You can't do psychological thrillers. There's no audience. I've heard this. I've heard this from studios.
11But I try not to become preoccupied with that because with whatever direction I follow, with whatever advice I've followed or not followed, It's landed me in New York, in a very beautiful hotel, talking to people about something that I love. So I ain't that far off.
12I think that you make the best choice with the information that you have before you at that given time.
13But I did on projects that I produced, that I directed, that I acted in because it was important. I want to be a filmmaker. I don't want to be an actor who directs, I want to be a director. I want to be a filmmaker. So that's a big difference.
14Normally, we see characters that have God complexes. How interesting, I thought, it would be to capitalize on that. And say, OK, well fine, you have a God complex, well this person has a Satan complex. And the doctor chooses to treat him scientifically.
15Art should offend people because art should challenge people.
16I think American cinema, particularly, has become so disposable. It's not even cinema, It's just moviemaking.
17It's my company and I believe in the company that's why I started it.
18The Sixth Sense is not a good white film. Insomnia is not a good white film. They're just good films. So why we can't we have good films that happen to have black people, or Asian, or Latino, or any other minority group in them?

Facts

#Fact
1He was nominated for a 1993 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Two Trains Running" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
2BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1984)
3Auditioned for the role of Ben in Night of the Living Dead (1990).
4Wrote, directed and produced two short films that won awards at the Worldfest Houston film competition and the USA Film Festival.
5Skilled in martial arts.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Where Are the Children?1986Deputy Bernie Miles
ABC Afterschool Specials1986TV SeriesCharlie
Spenser: For Hire1986TV SeriesJeffrey Miller
Out of the Darkness1985TV MovieBobby
Inferno in diretta1985Fargas (as Eriq Lasalle)
Rappin'1985Ice
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesMike Rivers (1985)
Logan2017post-production
Angie Tribeca2016TV SeriesDr. Brainerd
Under the Dome2015TV SeriesHektor Martin
We Need Help2013TV SeriesPolice Officer
A Gifted Man2011-2012TV SeriesEvan 'E-Mo' Morris
Blackout2012TV SeriesGeorge / George Lumas
How to Make It in America2011TV SeriesEverton Thompson
Covert Affairs2010TV SeriesChristopher McAuley
242010TV SeriesUN Secretary General
MegaFault2009TV MovieCharley 'Boomer' Baxter
ER1994-2009TV SeriesPeter Benton
Relative Stranger2009TV MovieWalter Clemons
Without a Trace2006TV SeriesAaron Gibbs
Johnny Was2006Julius
Inside Out2005/IDoctor Peoples
Conviction2005TV MoviePeter Seidman
The Seat Filler2004Alonso Grant (uncredited)
The Twilight Zone2003TV SeriesRay Ellison
Biker Boyz2003Tariq 'Slick Will' (uncredited)
The System2003TV SeriesAndrew Evans
Crazy as Hell2002Man
One Hour Photo2002Det. James Van Der Zee
Mind Prey1999TV MovieLucas Davenport
The Larry Sanders Show1998TV SeriesEriq La Salle
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1998TV SeriesKing Menelaus
Psalms from the Underground1996Short
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault1996TV MovieDiego
Drop Squad1994Bruford Jamison Jr
Under Suspicion1994TV SeriesDet. LeBlanc
Color of Night1994Anderson
Empty Cradle1993TV MovieDetective Knoll
The Human Factor1992TV SeriesMichael Stoven
Quantum Leap1992TV SeriesBobby Lee
Screenplay1991TV SeriesEric
L.A. Law1991TV SeriesKenny Webster
Eyes of a Witness1991TV MovieMchumbo
Hammer, Slammer, & Slade1990TV MovieJack Spade
Jacob's Ladder1990/IFrank
A Different World1990TV SeriesProf. Paul Mann
B.L. Stryker1990TV SeriesMark Hastings Jr.
When We Were Young1989TV MovieVirgil Hawkins
Gideon Oliver1989TV SeriesEzra
Magic Moments1989TV MovieDancing Guy
Knightwatch1988TV SeriesDerek D.
Coming to America1988Darryl Jenks
What Price Victory1988TV MovieTrumayne James
Five Corners1987Samuel Kemp
Vietnam War Story1987TV SeriesK.C.
Mariah1987TV Series
Another World1987TV SeriesCharles Thompson

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chicago Med2016TV Series 1 episode
Chicago P.D.2016TV Series 1 episode
Murder in the First2016TV Series 1 episode
Once Upon a Time2016TV Series 1 episode
CSI: Cyber2015-2016TV Series 3 episodes
Lucifer2016TV Series 1 episode
Rosewood2015TV Series 1 episode
Under the Dome2014-2015TV Series 2 episodes
The Night Shift2014-2015TV Series 5 episodes
The Messengers2015TV Series 1 episode
Battle Creek2015TV Series 1 episode
Madam Secretary2014TV Series 1 episode
Crisis2014TV Series 1 episode
Notes from Dad2013TV Movie
Ringer2011-2012TV Series 2 episodes
A Gifted Man2012TV Series 1 episode
CSI: NY2010TV Series 1 episode
ER2009TV Series 1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2007-2008TV Series 2 episodes
Without a Trace2007TV Series 1 episode
The Twilight Zone2003TV Series 1 episode
Crazy as Hell2002
Soul Food2000TV Series 1 episode
Psalms from the Underground1996Short
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault1996TV Movie

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Salton Sea2002producer
Crazy as Hell2002producer
Mind Prey1999TV Movie producer

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rappin'1985performer: "Two of a Kind", "Snack Attack", "Courtroom" / writer: "Courtroom"

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Twilight Zone2003TV Series written by - 1 episode

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tricks of the Trade2015/IIShort additional thanks
Bloomers2011TV Series special thanks
Sworn to Justice1996very special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The View2015TV SeriesHimself
The Real2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2014TV SeriesHimself
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The John Kerwin Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Can We Take Off the Blindfold?2011DocumentaryHimself (Active Footage)
10 Minutes2010ShortHimself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Previously On: E.R.2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
ER2008TV SeriesHimself - Memorial Episode Introducer
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather2007TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
King: Man of Peace in a Time of War2007Video documentaryHimself
A Concert for Hurricane Relief2005TV SpecialHimself
Nova2005TV Series documentaryVoice
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'One Hour Photo'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Ultimate Jordan2001Video documentaryNarrator
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best TV-Series Drama
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1999TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1996-1999TV SeriesHimself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Essence Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Presenter
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Dramatic Series
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 18th Annual CableACE Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Michael Jordan, Above and Beyond1996Video documentaryNarrator
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Dramatic Television Series
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Dramatic Series / New Dramatic Television Series
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series & Presenter: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
ER2005TV SeriesPeter Benton
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Independent ActorCrazy as Hell (2002)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1999ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1996Magnolia AwardShanghai International TV FestivalBest Supporting ActorER (1994)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialRelative Stranger (2009)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Independent FilmCrazy as Hell (2002)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionER (1994)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1997Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesER (1994)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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