A handsome, dark-haired actor balancing elegant good looks with an engaging ingenuousness, Eddie Cahill had the distinctive appeal and palpable flair that made him one to watch. First coming to prominence with guest roles on such popular series “Sex and the City” (2000), “Friends” (2000-2001) and “Felicity” (2000), he finally headlined his own show in Glory Days (2002), playing the burned-out writer Mike Dolan. TV audience now can watch him playing homicide Detective Don Flack “CSI: New York” (2004-?). The American actor is also known for his roles in the movies Miracle (2004) and Lords of Dogtown (2005).
6-foot-2-inch Cahill was named one of E! Online’s Sizzlin’ Sixteen brightest up-and-coming Stars of the year in 2001. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, where he lives with his girlfriend.
Childhood and Family:
Eddie Cahill was born Edmund P. Cahill on January 15, 1978, in New York City, New York to an Italian mother and an Irish father. He was raised in and around the New York City area, where he began performing on the city’s stages. He has two sisters, one older and one younger. Cahill attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York and after graduating in 1996, he studied acting at New York University.
A New York native, Eddie Cahill got his start on the city’s stages and received rave review as an almost innocent hustler in Nicky Silver’s Off Broadway play “The Altruists“(2000), starring with Joey Slotnick and Sam Robards, at the Vineyard Theatre. The same year, he made his television debut with a memorable guest spot on the HBO popular series “Sex and the City,” as Sarah Jessica Parker’s younger boyfriend, Sean. Cahill gained even more attention when he landed a recurring role on the NBC worldwide hit “Friends,” in which he portrayed Tag, Jennifer Aniston’s assistant, with whom she falls somersaulting in love, from 2000 to 2001.
Cahill next appeared as the vicious, drug dealing boyfriend of new girl Molly (Sarah-Jane Potts) in three episodes of The WB’s college-set series “Felicity” (2000), a role that gave the actor a chance to demonstrate his versatility, and made guest appearances in series “Charmed” (2000) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2001), playing victimized male guide.
In 2002, Cahill eventually booked a regular role on the WB comedy show “Glory Days,” created by Kevin Williamson and also starring Poppy Montgomery and Jay R. Ferguson. He starred as Mike Dolan, a burned-out writer who revisited his hometown only to be frigidly received by the friends he named in the tell-all book that launched his career. Although the series was well-received by audience and critics, it was axed after only nine episodes. Undaunted, the actor continued to make appearances in the shows “Haunted” and “Dawson’s Creek” (both 2002).
Following a short hiatus, Cahill made his leap onto the silver screen in the well-crafted Cinderella sports story Miracle (2004), in which he had a captivating turn as real-life 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team goalie Jim Craig. He went on to appear in the film Lords of Dogtown (2005), along side Heath Ledger, Nikki Reed and Rebecca De Mornay.
Currently, Cahill plays homicide Detective Don Flack in the newest addition to the “CSI” franchise “CSI: New York,” which debuted in 2004.