Making his professional acting debut as a teenager on Disney’s “Kids Incorporated” in 1991, Eric Balfour got his first breakout role as Gabe Dimas (2001-2003), Lauren Ambrose’s meth-addict boyfriend, on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Six Feet Under.” He followed it up with another notable role, as Milo Pressman, an independent technological contractor at the CTU, on the first season of Fox’s acclaimed action series “24.” He then co-starred with Denise Richards in UPN short-lived romantic drama series "Sex, Love & Secrets" (2005), playing Charlie the charming playboy, and played Brian Peluso (2006), a laid-back and irresponsible A.D.A., on NBC’s brief-lived hip law drama “Conviction.” Next, he is signed on to reprise his Milo role in the upcoming sixth season of “24.”
On the big screen, the 6' 2" tall and lanky actor could be seen in Trojan War (1997), Can't Hardly Wait (1998), Scrapbook (1999), What Women Want (2000) and America's Sweethearts (2001). After starring opposite Jessica Biel in a 2003 remake of the horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Eric went to support Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine in the 2005 drama comedy In Her Shoes and headlined the sexually explicit film that played at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, Lie with Me, as a sexually aggressive young man who begins a torrid affair with an equally aggressive young woman (played by Lauren Lee Smith). As for his upcoming film, he will team up with Shane West and Leelee Sobieski in a drama comedy movie about a Russian clarinetist living in Los Angeles, The Elder Son.
The actor also branched out in music and is the lead singer of the soulful Los Angeles rock band Fredalba, who re-released their debut album, Uptown Music for Downtown Kids, in October 2006.
On a more personal note, he became engaged to Eurasian actress and model Moon Bloodgood (currently starring on ABC’s series “Day Break”) on April 24, 2005.
Childhood and Family:
Of Russian, French, and Native American descendant Eric Salter Balfour was born on April 24, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, where Eric and his family used to hold Lakota Indian sweat lodges in their backyard. His mother is a psychologist and his father is a holistic-healer. Growing up in nearby Burbank, Eric attended High School in Burbank, California.
Lie with Me
Having begun performing since a young age, Eric Balfour started his professional acting debut as a teenager on Disney’s “Kids Incorporated” in 1991. The next year, he quit the show and landed guest appearances in shows like CBS sitcom “Step by Step,” CBS multi-Emmy Award winning dramatic series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World.” He also landed a recurring role as Jesse McNally, Xander’s (played by Nicholas Brendon) best friend on the WB cult series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in 1997.
On the big screen, Eric played supporting roles in such teen films as George Huang's Trojan War (1997; starring Will Friedle, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Marley Shelton), and Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan's Can't Hardly Wait (1998; starring Seth Green, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry and Lauren Ambrose). After a significant role as Justin Urich's more confident brother Andy in writer-director Kurt Kuenne's family drama Scrapbook (1999), Eric went to support Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy What Women Want (2000) and shared the screen with Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Joe Roth's romantic comedy America's Sweethearts (2001).
In 2001, Eric got his first breakout role as Gabe Dimas, Lauren Ambrose’s meth-addict boyfriend, on the pilot for HBO’s popular and critically acclaimed drama-comedy series “Six Feet Under.” Originally intended for just the pilot episode, his character became regular part of the show as creator Alan Ball liked the chemistry between him and Ambrose. He subsequently appeared on the show until 2003. Meanwhile, also in 2001, Eric scored another notable role, as Milo Pressman, an independent technological contractor at the CTU, on the first season of Fox’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning action series starring Kiefer Sutherland, “24.”
Following his appearances in those two high profile series, Eric received his first leading role in feature film, opposite Jessica Biel in the 2003 remake of the horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed by Marcus Nispel. That same year, he could be seen on several episodes of Fox’s popular teen drama “The OC,” playing Eddie, the boyfriend of Theresa (played by Navi Rawat).
The next year, TV viewers saw him playing regular roles in “Fearless,” a TV pilot which was based on a series of books by Francine Pascal and featured Rachel Leigh Cook as the main character, and NBC’s cop drama “Hawaii.” Unfortunately, “Fearless,” originally announced to air on the WB, was eventually cancelled before a single episode ever aired. And “Hawaii,” which debuted on August 31, 2004, was cancelled in October 2004, with only seven episodes aired.
In 2005, moviegoers saw Eric in Curtis Hanson's drama comedy based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner, In Her Shoes, with Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine, and in the sexually explicit film that played at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, Lie with Me. In the latter film, based on the novel by Tamara Berger, Eric starred as a sexually aggressive young man who begins a torrid affair with an equally aggressive young woman (played by Lauren Lee Smith). He also co-starred with Denise Richards in UPN short-lived romantic drama series "Sex, Love & Secrets," playing Charlie, the charming playboy who uses his position as a hairdresser to woo women.
Recently, in 2006, Eric landed a regular role as Brian Peluso, a laid-back and irresponsible Assistant District Attorney, on NBC’s hip law drama which only lasted for one season, “Conviction,” which centers the lives of young Manhattan prosecutors. Meanwhile, Eric has just completed her upcoming film, a drama comedy about a Russian clarinetist living in Los Angeles, The Elder Son, alongside Shane West and Leelee Sobieski. He is also signed on to appear in the acclaimed series “24” again, reprising his role as independent CTU contractor Milo Pressman.
Adding to his acting career, Eric, who appeared as a dancer in the music video for the song "Fergalicious" by former Kids Incorporated castmate Fergie, is also a talented musician. He is the vocalist for the soulful Los Angeles rock band Fredalba who re-released their debut album, Uptown Music for Downtown Kids, in October 2006. The album’s first single is “Gimme More.”