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Eric Roberts

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Eric Roberts
Roberts in Sydney, Australia, 2012
Eric Anthony Roberts

(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 68)
EducationHenry W. Grady High School
Years active1977–present
Eliza Garrett
(m. 1992)
ChildrenEmma Roberts
Parent(s)Walter Grady and Betty Lou Roberts
RelativesJulia Roberts (sister)
Lisa Roberts Gillan (sister)
Keaton Simons (stepson)

Eric Anthony Roberts (born April 18, 1956) is an American movie, television, stage, and voice actor. He is known for his roles in King of the Gypsies and Paul's Case. He is also known for playing a Gotham Gangster Salvator Maroni in The Dark Knight. He was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and one Academy Award.

Early life[change | change source]

Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. His parents, Betty Lou (née Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces. They later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia off of Juniper Street in Midtown. Roberts' mother filed for divorce in 1971 and it was finalized early in 1972.[1] His younger siblings, Julia Roberts (from whom he was estranged until 2004) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors. His mother married Michael Motes and had daughter Nancy Motes in 1976. Roberts is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish ancestry.[2][3] Roberts was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied at Henry W. Grady High School.

Personal life[change | change source]

He was sued two times, one for drug related problems and the other for slamming his wife into a wall.[4] All charges were later dropped.

He is a vegan and supporter of animal rights.

Marriage and family[change | change source]

Roberts is currently married to Eliza Garret since 1992; they have a son and a daughter. He also has a daughter from an earlier relationship with Kelly Cunningham, Emma Roberts. He is the brother of Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Julia: Her Life", James Spada. St Martin's Press, New York. Page 32
  2. "Julia Robert's Swedish ancestors" in Swedish, Genealogi.se
  3. "Julia Roberts Isn't a Roberts" February 27, 2011, Huffington Post
  4. "answers.com". answers.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11.

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