• Eric Close is an American actor, best known for his roles in "Without a Trace", "Suits", and "Nashville".
• He was born in 1967 in New York City and grew up in San Diego, California.
• He graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
• Close has been married to Keri Close since 1995 and they have two daughters.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $4 million, acquired through his acting career.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 24, 1967
SpouseKeri Close
Fact2 siblings: younger brothers Randy and Christopher

Eric Close is an American actor, who is most widely recognized for starring as Martin Fitzgerald in the Golden Globe Award-winning TV mystery crime drama series “Without a Trace”. Additionally, he is popular for portraying the recurring character of Travis Tanner in the TV comedy drama series “Suits”, as well as for starring as Teddy Conrad in the musical drama series “Nashville”.

Early Life, Childhood and Education

Eric Randolph Close was born under the zodiac sign of Gemini on the 24th May 1967, in New York City’s borough of Staten Island, the eldest of three sons of orthopedic surgeon Frederic Close and his wife Eva, and of American nationality and white ethnicity.

He has two younger brothers named Christopher and Randy Close. Eric spent his early childhood moving between the states of Indiana and Michigan, before the family eventually settled in San Diego, California, when he was seven.

In 1985 Close matriculated from Valhalla High School, after which he attended the University of Southern California from which he graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.

Acting Career

Interested in acting from an early age when he appeared in several school plays, upon graduation Eric decided to try his luck in the movie-making industry.

He made his debut acting appearance in the theatre play “Rat Songs” in the late 1980s, and his debut on-screen appearance came in 1991, with a support role in the TV movie “Keeping Secrets”, which led him to appear in an episode of the TV series “MacGyver” later that year. His first big screen appearance occurred in 1992, with another support role in the critically praised crime drama film “American Me”.

To greater prominence he came later in 1992, when he was cast for the recurring role of Sawyer Walker in the NBC TV’s romantic drama daytime soap opera “Santa Barbara”, in the course of the next year appeaing in over 90 episodes of the series.

For this performance, Eric was honored with a nomination for the Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Male Newcomer. He then appeared in the drama film “Taking Liberty”, before appearing in two 1994 TV movies – “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – Hercules and the Lost Kingdom” and “Without Consent”.

Through 1994 and ‘95, Close starred as Brick McKenna in the TV adventure drama series “McKenna”, while from ‘95 to ‘96 he portrayed the recurring role of William ‘Billy’ Griffin in the two-time Golden Globe Award-nominated television drama series “Sisters”.

Additionally, in 1995 he was cast for the leading role in the TV drama film “The Stranger Beside Me”. Through 1996 and ‘97 he played the character of John Loengard in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning NBC TV’s Sci-Fi series “Dark Skies”, and by the end of the 1990s era, Eric Close had added two more notable engagements to his portfolio – between 1998 and 2000 the recurring character of Vin Tanner in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning CBS TV’s western series “The Magnificent Seven”, while from 1999 to 2000 he starred as Michael Wiseman in over 20 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated TV Sci-Fi comedy drama series “Now and Again”; the latter engagement earned him a nomination for the Saturn Award given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Eric Close

In the beginning of the 2000s, Close landed leading roles in the TV movie “Follow the Stars Home” as well as in the romantic film “Liberty, Maine” before being cast for the recurring role of John in the Golden Globe Award-nominated mini TV Sci-Fi drama series “Taken” in 2002. To greater prominence he came later that year when he was cast for the recurring role of Martin Fitzgerald in the Golden Globe Award-winning CBS TV’s mystery drama series “Without a Trace” – in the course of the next several years, Eric appeared in over 160 episodes of the show, before it was eventually called off in 2009. For his performance, he earned a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award.

In 2010 Eric made several brief appearances in TV series such as “Seven Deadly Sins” and “Criminal Minds“, before landing the supporting role of Michael Dorset in the TV drama series “Chaos”. However, the real breakthrough in his acting career occurred in 2011, when he was cast for the memorable role of Travis Tanner in the critically praised television legal drama series “Suits”, which he occasionally portrayed through the show’s following five seasons.

Between 2012 and 2015, Close starred in the recurring role of Teddy Conrad in the ABC TV’s musical drama series “Nashville“, before appearing in the TV thriller movie “Christmas Crime Story” in 2017. During 2018, he was cast in the war drama film “Indivisible” as well as in the western movie “Legal Action”. Some of his most recent on-screen appearances include the television series “Hooked”, and in TV movies “A Christmas Love Story” and “Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday”, all in 2019.

Personal Life

Despite his popularity and prosperous career within the moviemaking industry, the 53-year-old actor has somehow kept his private life far from the media’s attention, as there aren’t many relevant details available. However, since 25th June 1995 he has been married to Keri Close, with whom he’s welcomed two daughters, Katie and Ella born in 1998 and 2001 respectively.

Net Worth

The total of Eric Close’s net worth, as of mid-2020, has been estimated by authoritative sources to exceed the sum of $4 million. It has been entirely acquired through his on-screen acting career spanning nearly three decades since 1991.

General Info

Full NameEric Close
Date Of BirthMay 24, 1967
Height1.8 m
EducationValhalla High School, University of Southern California


SpouseKeri Close
ChildrenElla Close, Katie Close
SiblingsChristopher Close, Randy Close


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesAmerican Sniper, Unanswered Prayers, Follow the Stars Home, The Sky Is Falling, The Stranger Beside Me, American Me, Saving Angelo, Taking Liberty
TV ShowsNashville, Without a Trace, Suits, Now and Again, Dark Skies, The Magnificent Seven, Sisters, Taken, CHAOS, McKenna

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1Children: Katie Close (b. October 1998) and Ella Close (b. April 2001).
2Volunteered for "Literacy Site" (June 26-30, 2006).
3Graduated from Valhalla High School in 1985.
4Often includes "Philippians 4:13" on his autographs. The verse reads, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.".
52 siblings: younger brothers Randy and Christopher




Christmas Eve2017/Ipre-productionRandall Edwards
Nashville2012-2016TV SeriesTeddy Conrad
Pilot2016/IITV MovieBlair Monroe
Suits2011-2015TV SeriesTravis Tanner
American Sniper2014DIA Agent Snead
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2012TV SeriesColin Barnes
American Horror Story2011TV SeriesHugo Langdon
Chaos2011TV SeriesMichael Dorset
Unanswered Prayers2010TV MovieBen Beck
Criminal Minds2010TV SeriesDetective Matt Spicer
Seven Deadly Sins2010TV SeriesJack Powell
Without a Trace2002-2009TV SeriesMartin Fitzgerald
Saving Angelo2007ShortDad
Kim Possible2005TV SeriesCrash Cranston
NTSB: The Crash of Flight 3232004TV MovieN'Tom Price
Alvarez & Cruz2003Charlie
Storyline Online2003TV Series
Taken2002TV Mini-SeriesJohn
Liberty, Maine2001
The Sky Is Falling2001Mike
Follow the Stars Home2001TV MovieMark McCune
The Magnificent Seven1998-2000TV SeriesVin Tanner
Now and Again1999-2000TV SeriesMichael Wiseman
Dark Skies1996-1997TV SeriesJohn Loengard
Sisters1995-1996TV SeriesWilliam 'Billy' Griffin
Long Island Fever1995TV MovieScott Parks
The Stranger Beside Me1995TV MovieChris Gallagher
McKenna1994-1995TV SeriesBrick McKenna
Without Consent1994TV MovieDavid Mills
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Hercules and the Lost Kingdom1994TV MovieTelamon
Taking Liberty1993Adam
Santa Barbara1992-1993TV SeriesSawyer Walker
American Me1992Juvie Hall Attacker
Major Dad1992TV SeriesJim
MacGyver1991TV SeriesGuard
Keeping Secrets1991TV MovieYoung Michael (uncredited)


Nashville2014-2015TV Series 2 episodes
Without a Trace2007-2009TV Series 4 episodes


Nashville: The Whole Story2013TV Movie thanks


Dinner at Tiffani's2016TV SeriesHimself
Gimme a Sign: Engineering Now and Again2014DocumentaryHimself
Firestone Presents: My Finish Line2011TV MovieHimself
Signal-To-Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies2010DocumentaryHimself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2009TV MovieHimself
Hollywood on Fire2009DocumentaryHimself
CBS Cares2002-2009TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
On Screen2005TV SeriesHimself
Storyline Online 32004TV SeriesHimself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside Taken2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Daily Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Hunt for Amazing Treasures1996TV Series documentaryHost


Nominated Awards

2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWithout a Trace (2002)
2000Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Genre TV ActorNow and Again (1999)
1997Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Genre TV ActorDark Skies (1996)
1993Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Male NewcomerSanta Barbara (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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