Actor Eric Roberts

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 15, 2003

I'm crazy about Eric Roberts. What can you tell me about him?
—Sharon C., Virginia

If you didn't already know, Eric Roberts is Julia Roberts' older brother. Long known for playing bad guys, Roberts, 47, now is showcasing his lighter side. He's co-starring in the ABC comedy, Less Than Perfect, so you can see him on television every week. He also has guest-starred on sitcoms such as Frasier and The King of Queens, which he says was his favorite television guest appearance. Roberts was born in Biloxi, Miss., and was raised near Atlanta, where he started acting as a child in a local theater company. To hone his craft, Roberts completed a summer session in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After the session, he continued his studies and started working professionally in New York. Roberts was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Runaway Train. Other movie credits include The Pope of Greenwich Village and King of the Gypsies. Roberts recently co-starred in the Martin Lawrence/Steve Zahn comedy National Security. He lives is Los Angeles with his wife, Eliza, and their children. He likes to go horseback riding in his spare time.