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Eric Roberts received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in Runaway Train, as well as Golden Globe nominations for King of the Gypsies and Star 80. Roberts recently received critical acclaim for his starring role in the motion picture It's My Party and in the Emmy nominated television film remake of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.

Roberts can be seen in the independent feature film La Cucaracha, for which his performance has won wide acclaim from critics. Written by Jim McManus and directed by Jack Perez, La Cucaracha received the Best Film award at the 1998 Austin Film Festival.

Recently Roberts starred in the HBO Pictures' original film Lansky. In the film, based on the true story of mobster Meyer Lansky (Richard Dreyfuss), Roberts plays the role of notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel.

Additionally, Roberts starred in the TNT original film Purgatory, which garnered ratings that have made the film the most-watched original movie on basic cable. The film follows a band of outlaws who descend upon a defenseless Western outpost and come to question their path when they discover that the town's ghostly inhabitants are not who they appear to be.

Roberts appeared in the Emmy nominated mini-series The Odyssey for director Andrei Konchalovsky (Runaway Train) and starred in ABC's critically acclaimed dramatic television series C-16.

Born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Atlanta, Roberts received his early stage training from his father, who ran a touring theatre company. At 17 years old, Roberts went to London to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and later at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Having appeared in nearly 100 plays, Roberts distinguished his theatre career with a Theatre World Award for his role in Burn This.

Additional film credits include The Pope of Greenwich Village, Raggedy Man, The Coca Cola Kid, Nobody's Fool, Miss Lonely Hearts, Final Analysis, Heaven's Prisoners, The Nature of the Beast and The Specialist.

updated 19-Aug-2002


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