Some people have more than one talent, and this is the case of Eriq La Salle, who is known not only for his portrayal of Peter Brenton in the famous television 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?
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Early life and education
Erik Ki La Salle was born on July 23, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, where he and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Ada Haynes, after her parents divorced. He attended Weaver High School and upon graduation became a member of Hartford’s interdisciplinary cultural institution called Artists Collective, Inc, where he studied African Diaspora art and culture.
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In 1980, he joined the Drama division of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and remained a member of Group 13 for two years – he was supposed to stay for four years, but the instructors did not think La Salle could overcome his inwardness. -model town speech, and so they asked him to leave.
Eriq then enrolled in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and in 1984 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Acting Program. During this time, he decides to make Eriq La Salle his professional name.
La Salle began as a stage actor in New York – his first notable role was in Joseph Papp’s version of “Henry V”, performed at the Shakespeare in the Park festival. This led to him performing in various off-Broadway and Broadway plays.
In 1985, he made his film debut playing in the films “Rappin'” and “Cut and Run”. Just a year later, he was cast as a guest star on several TV series, such as “Spenser: For Hire”, “ABC Afterschool Specials”, and “One Life to Live”. He also played Deputy Bernie Miles in the drama thriller “Where Are the Kids.”
The same thing happened in 1987, when he made appearances in “Another World”, “Vietnam War Story”, “Mariah” and “Leg Work”, and appeared in the detective film “Five Corners”, opposite Jodie Foster and Todd Graff.
In 1988, he played the role of Darryl Jenks in the movie “Coming to America”, with Eddie Murphy. Before the early 1990s, La Salle was also in the television series “Knightwatch” and “Gideon Oliver”, as well as the TV movies “When We Were Young” and “Magic Moments”.
In the early 1990s he starred in films such as “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Color of Night”, acting alongside Bruce Willis, Jane March and Ruben Blades, and appeared in several television series such as “LA Law “, “Quantum Leap”, “Under Suspicion” and “Scenario”. During this time, he also played the recurring character Michael Stoven in the television 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 television series “ER”; his portrayal of Peter Benton earned him worldwide fame, appearing in over 170 episodes and remaining on the show until its end in 2009.
He won several awards for his contribution, including the Magnolia Stage Award in the Best Supporting Actor category 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 Best Actor in a Drama Series in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
In 1996 he appeared with James Earl Jones and Don Cheadle in the biopic “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault”, and in 1999 he starred in “Mind Prey”, a television adaptation of the novel by John Sandford of the same name of a detective trying to solve a kidnapping case.
La Salle starred alongside Robin Williams in the drama film “One Hour Photo,” in which he played Detective James Van Der Zee. The same year, he directed “Crazy as Hell”, with Michael Beach and Ronny Cox, and for his role as a minor actor in this film, he won the Black Reel Award for best independent actor in 2003.
Also in 2003, he appeared in the detective television series “The System”, in which he played Andrew Evans, and the same year appeared in an episode of “The Twilight Zone”. Two years later, in 2005, he starred in David Ogden’s thriller “Inside Out”, and the following year in “Johnny Was”, playing Julius, and co-starring with Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin and Laurence Kinlan.
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In 2010, La Salle made cameo appearances in two episodes of “24”, portraying the UN Secretary General. The following year he starred as Evan ‘E-Mo’ Morris in the television series ‘A Gifted Man’, appearing in five episodes over a two-year period. He also portrayed Everton Thompson in the television series “How to Make It in America”.
La Salle appeared in the television series “Blackout” in 2012, in which he played George Lumas. In 2015, he played the character of Hektor Martin in several episodes of the science fiction series “Under the Dome”, and the following year he played the role of Dr. Brainerd in the television series “Angie Tribeca”. His last feature film appearance was in 2017, when he played Will Munson in “Logan,” alongside Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen.
Other career endeavors
In addition to being an actor, La Salle is also a director and producer; he has directed episodes of several television series, including “Soul Food: The Series”, “The Twilight Zone”, Showtime’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” – for which he was nominated for the NAACP Image Awards for directing Outstanding in a Drama Series – and “CSI: NY.” He also directed an episode of the famous television series “Lucifer”, titled “Wingman”. He was the writer and 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, “The Laws of Depravity”, was published in 2012.
La Salle is the founder of the production company called “Humble Journey Films” in 1997.
His hobbies include billiards, table tennis and weightlifting.
La Salle likes to keep his personal life private – unlike his business endeavors. It is unclear whether or not he dated anyone from the Hollywood scene. However, some rumors claim that he was in a relationship with a woman named Angela Johnson, and the two were even engaged, but broke up after several years. As of May 2020, it is assumed that he is single.
He is rather active on various social media platforms including Twitter where he has over 40,000 followers.
Eriq La Salle earns a lot of money from his other career endeavors, but most of his fortune by starring in television series such as “ER” – his three season salary for this work earned him the impressive sum of $27 million! Because of all this, as of May 2020, his net worth is estimated to be around $25 million. He owned a mansion in Beverly Hills, California, USA, which went up for sale in 2019 for $7.9 million!
La Salle is of African-American descent. He is 1.87m (6ft 2in) tall and weighs around 90kg (200lbs) – he has an athletic build and takes good care of his body. Her hair is short and black and her eyes are dark brown.