Eric Close

Eric Close

Birth name: Eric Randolph Close
Born: May 24, 1967
Age: 57
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
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Eric Randolph Close (born May 24, 1967) is an American actor, best known for his roles in television series, particularly as Martin Fitzgerald in Without a Trace and Teddy Conrad on Nashville.


Early life

Close was born in Staten Island, New York. Close's father is an orthopedic surgeon. Close is the eldest of three brothers. His family moved to Indiana, then to Michigan, and finally settled in San Diego when Close was seven years old.

Close graduated with a B.A. in Communications at the University of Southern California in 1989.


Close was interested in acting from an early age and had some stage experience in school, but did not decide to pursue an acting career until after college. His first role was in a theater production Rat Songs in L.A., after which he was offered a part in the film American Me (1992) and Safe House directed by Elena Mannus. He had a brief stint in daytime television when he played Sawyer Walker on NBC's daytime soap Santa Barbara from 1992 to 1993. He received a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer for his role as Sawyer Walker on Santa Barbara. Close later had leading roles on short-lived primetime shows such as McKenna (1994-1995), Dark Skies (1996-1997), The Magnificent Seven (1998-1999), Now and Again (1999-2000), and the Steven Spielberg miniseries production, Taken (2002).

Close is best known for his role on CBS drama Without a Trace as FBI agent Martin Fitzgerald. The show ran for seven seasons from 2002 to 2009. He later had recurring role on Suits, and was series regular on another CBS show Chaos. In 2012, Close began co-starring with Connie Britton in the ABC drama Nashville as Teddy Conrad, initially the husband of Britton’s character Rayna Jaymes and later the mayor of Nashville.

Personal life

Close married his wife Keri in 1995. They have two daughters Katie (born October 1998) and Ella (born April 2001). They are members of the Brentwood Presbyterian Church.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Keeping Secrets Young Michael (uncredited) Television film
1992 American Me Juvie Hall Attacker
1993 Taking Liberty Unknown
1994 Hercules and the Lost Kingdom Telamon Television movie
1994 Without Consent David Mills Television movie
1995 Long Island Fever Scott Parks Television movie
1995 The Stranger Beside Me Chris Gallagher Television movie
2001 Follow the Stars Home Mark McCune Television movie
2001 Liberty, Maine Unknown
2001 Sky Is Falling, TheThe Sky Is Falling Mike
2003 Alvarez & Cruz Charlie
2004 NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 N'Tom Price Television movie
2007 Saving Angelo Dad Short film
2010 Unanswered Prayers Ben Beck Television movie
2014 American Sniper DIA Agent Snead


Year Title Role Notes
1991 MacGyver Guard Episode: "The Prometheus Syndrome"
1992 Major Dad Jim Episode: "The 'L' Word"
1992-93 Santa Barbara Sawyer Walker 25 episodes
1994-95 McKenna Brick McKenna 13 episodes (5 aired)
1995-96 Sisters William 'Billy' Griffin 12 episodes
1996-1997 Dark Skies John Loengard 19 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
1998-2000 Magnificent Seven, TheThe Magnificent Seven Vin Tanner 22 episodes
1999-2000 Now and Again Michael Wiseman 22 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2002 Taken John 4 episodes
2002-09 Without a Trace Martin Fitzgerald 160 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2005 Kim Possible Crash Cranston (voice) Episode: "Team Impossible"
2010 Seven Deadly Sins (series) Jack Powell 2 episodes
2010 Criminal Minds Det. Matt Spicer Episode: "Our Darkest Hour"
2011 Chaos Michael Dorset 13 episodes
2011-15 Suits Travis Tanner 7 episodes
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Hugo Langdon 2 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Colin Barnes Episode: "Father Dearest"
2012-15 Nashville Teddy Conrad 61 episodes

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