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Eric Anthony Roberts

Birthplace: Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Grady Roberts and Betty Lou Bredemus
Husband of Private
Father of Emma Roberts
Brother of Private and Julia Roberts
Half brother of Nancy Motes

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About Eric Roberts

He is an American actor. His career began with King of the Gypsies (1978), earning a Golden Globe nomination for best actor debut. He starred as the protagonist in the 1980 dramatisation of Willa Cather's 1905 short story, Paul's Case. He earned both a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Runaway Train (1985). Through the 1990s and 2000s he maintained dramatic film and TV-movie roles while appearing in TV series. His television work includes three seasons with the sitcom Less Than Perfect and a recurring role on the NBC drama Heroes. His sisters Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, and daughter Emma Roberts, are actresses.

Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi into an extended family of Scottish, English, Irish, and Welsh extraction. Roberts' parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia off of Juniper Street in Midtown. Roberts' mother Betty filed for divorce in 1971 and it was finalized early in 1972. His younger siblings, Julia Roberts (from whom he was once estranged but with whom he reconciled in 2004) and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actresses. His mother later married Michael Motes and had a daughter, named Nancy Motes, who was born in 1976. Roberts was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Grady High School.

Roberts had his daughter Emma Roberts on February 10, 1991 with his then-girlfriend Kelly Cunningham. After that relationship ended, he married Eliza Garrett in 1992. His stepson, Keaton Simons is a singer-songwriter and his stepdaughter, Morgan Simons, is a chef. His daughter Emma has joined her father and aunts, Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan in the acting business.




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Eric Roberts's Timeline

April 18, 1956
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, United States
February 10, 1991
Age 34
Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, United States