The Crow: Salvation
"I'm not very comfortable with (watching my performances). When I watch films or tv that I've done, I get very restless and tend to not sit still. A lot of actors are perfectionists, besides merely being egotists. So I see what I like to change about my performance, as opposed to the things that I tried and seemed to have landed well." Eric Mabius.
Indie favorite actor Eric Mabius was first noticed while appearing in the mid-'90s art-house hits Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) and Lawn Dogs (1997). He reached a wider audience while portraying the title role opposite Kirsten Dunst in the third sequel of the comic book-based thriller, The Crow: Salvation (2000). He was also credited in films like The Minus Man (1999), Cruel Intentions (1999) and Resident Evil (2002).
On TV, Mabius could be seen playing Mia Kirshner's boyfriend (2004-2006) on Showtime's drama "The L Word" and as the devious new Dean of Discipline at the Harbor High School (2005) on Fox’s teen comedy-drama “The O.C.” He is currently costarring with America Ferrera on ABC new most-watched drama, "Ugly Betty," playing Betty’s womanizing boss.
While Mabius greatly appreciates his fans, he is a private person who doesn't seek the limelight and doesn't appear at events which attracted tabloid snappers. In 2006, the 6' tall, dark-haired actor with striking eyes and pouty lips announced his engagement to his girlfriend of five years, interior designer Ivy Sherman.
Childhood and Family:
Of Polish, Irish and Austrian ancestry, Eric Harry Timothy Mabius was born on April 21, 1971 in Pennsylvania, but spent much of his life in Massachusetts. Eric, nicknamed Da Mabes, has a brother named Craig. Upon graduating from Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1990, he attended the renowned arts school, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, where he studied film, dance, and sculpture.
When not performing, Eric, who loves mustard and puts it on everything, likes to do woodwork and carpentry.
A graduate of the renowned arts school Sarah Lawrence College, Eric Mabius landed his earliest roles in smaller Off-Broadway productions. He eventually stepped on the big screen in writer-director Todd Solondz's Sundance Grand Prize Winner, the dark comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), playing the promiscuous guitar player and the object of Heather Matarazzo's affection.
Eric followed it up with a role as a musician in Mary Harron's biopic based on the life of Valerie Solanas and her relationship with Andy Warhol Warhol, I Shot Andy Warhol (1996; starring Lili Taylor and Jared Harris). That same year, he was also featured as an Amish arsonist in the CBS TV-movie Harvest of Fire and filmed writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's youth romance Myth America, which is still unreleased.
After guest starring in an October 1997 episode of CBS popular hospital drama "Chicago Hope," Eric had a featured role in John Duigan's controversial drama Lawn Dogs (1997; starring Sam Rockwell and Mischa Barton) and starred opposite Scott Bairstow in writer-director Matthew Carnahan's thriller-drama Black Circle Boys (also in 1997). He then appeared in a January 1999 episode of Fox’s grim, suspenseful series "Millennium" and returned to film with a small part as a closeted homosexual all-star football player in Roger Kumble's romantic thriller Cruel Intentions (1999; starring Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair), based on the 18th century French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. He was also featured in the Sundance Film Festival entries The Minus Man (starring Owen Wilson, Sheryl Crow and Dwight Yoakam), Hampton Fancher's take on Lew McCreary's novel with the same name, and Splendor, Gregg Araki's romantic comedy in which Eric plays a rich movie director that sweep Kathleen Robertson off her feet.
The new millennium saw Eric had recurring role as football coach Krupps on the WB’s teen dramedy "Popular" and starred opposite Kirsten Dunst in the sequel The Crow: Salvation, helmed by Bharat Nalluri. In the third movie based on "The Crow" comic by James O'Barr, Eric played the lead role of Alex Corvis, a young man wrongly executed for the murder of his girlfriend who later returns as The Crow to hunt down his girlfriend's true murderers. He also portrayed Matt Addison, a police officer who faked his I.D. only to gain access into "The Hive," in Paul Anderson's film adaptation based upon Capcom's survival horror series, Resident Evil (2002; alongside Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez).
In the subsequent years, Eric transformed into TV and could be seen playing Tim Haspel (2004-2006), Mia Kirshner's boyfriend, on Showtime's drama about the lives and loves of a group of lesbians and bisexuals and their friends, family and lovers in Los Angeles, "The L Word." He appeared on the series’ first season and returned for an episode in each of the second and third seasons. During that time, he also played the devious new Dean of Discipline at the Harbor High School on four episodes of Fox’s teen comedy-drama “The O.C.” and costarred with Tim Daly in the brief-lived ABC drama "Eyes." He was also spotted as a guest in a May 2006 episode of CBS crime-drama series "CSI: Miami."
More recently, Eric costarred opposite America Ferrera on ABC new dramedy, "Ugly Betty." In the show, based on the popular Colombian soap opera Yo Soy Betty La Fea and is adapted into an American setting by producer Salma Hayek, Eric played Betty’s playboy boss, Daniel Meade, the shallow, newly appointed Mode magazine editor in chief. "Ugly Betty," the underdog, sweet fish-out-of-water comedy, debuted on Thursday night (September 28, 2006) and has become the most-watched new series of the fall television season so far. It was seen by 16.1 million people in its debut, becoming ABC's largest audience in the time period with a scripted show since "Matlock" in 1995.
Adding to his TV and film works, Eric was also credited in numerous stage plays, including “The Seagull,” “The Zoo Story,” “Not Enough Rope” and “Dinner at Eight.” He will soon star alongside Sarah Paulson as a couple who plans to marry on this Christmas day in an upcoming TV movie called A Christmas Wedding.