Happy Birthday To Westport’s Eric Roberts

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Actor Eric Anthony Roberts turns 58 on Friday.
Actor Eric Anthony Roberts turns 58 on Friday. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Westport’s Eric Anthony Roberts!

Roberts, who has owned a home in Westport, turns 58 on Friday. The actor was born April 18, 1956, in Biloxi, Miss.

He got his start on the now-defunct NBC daytime soap opera "Another World," originating the role of Ted Bancroft from Feb. 14, 1977, to June 17, 1977.

His starring roles include "Raggedy Man" (1981), "The Pope of Greenwich Village" (1984), "The Coca-Cola Kid" (1985), "Nobody's Fool" (1986), "Best of the Best" (1989), "By the Sword" (1991), "Best of the Best 2" (1993), "The Immortals" (1995), "La Cucaracha" (1998), "Purgatory" (1999), and "Stiletto Dance" (2001). He also had major supporting roles in the films "Final Analysis" (1992), "The Specialist" (1994), and "Shannon's Rainbow" (2009). He played the Archangel Michael in "The Prophecy II" (1997).

He received Golden Globe nominations for his early starring roles in "King of the Gypsies" (1978) and "Star 80" (1983). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his role as the escaped convict Buck in the film "Runaway Train." In 1987, he won the Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut performance in "Burn This."

In 1996, he appeared in the "Doctor Who" television film in the role of the Master. As of 2011, he is the only American actor to play the role.

In 2010, he appeared in the action film "The Expendables" and "Hunt to Kill."

He starred in the 2012 mystery thriller "Deadline," playing the role of politically incorrect reporter Ronnie Bullock. 

He is a vegan and supporter of animal rights.

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