Kaj-Erik Eriksen is a Canadian/American actor who is best known for his portrayal of David Scali on the ABC drama series “The Commish” (1991-1996), from which he picked up a Young Artist nomination, and as Danny Farrell in the USA Network hit series “The 4400” (2004-2007). He also played Carey Malone on Showtime's “Beggars and Choosers” (1999-2000) and Jeremy Peters on Fox's popular series, “Boston Public” (12 episodes, 2001-2002). Eriksen's film credits include “Quarantine” (1989), “The Water Game” (2002) and “88 Minutes” (2007).
Eriksen has dual citizenship of Canadian and American. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles, California. He is best friends with fellow “The 4400” actor Richard Kahan and actor/comedian Ed Ackerman.
Childhood and Family:
Kaj-Erik Eriksen, who is known with the nickname Kaiser, was born on February 15, 1979, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He entered showbiz as a model when he was still two years old. By age six, he had added acting to his endeavors.
Kaj-Erik enjoys photography, scuba diving and riding his ATV. He also loves music, and is a
fan of The Dave Matthews Band and Otis Redding. He studies martial arts, and has a black belt in Karate.
Kaj-Erik Eriksen made his television acting debut in 1987 in the CBS TV film “After the Promise” and in an episode of the NBC short lived series “J.J. Starbuck,” starring Dale Robertson as the title character. In the following year, he did his first of two guest appearances in the ABC hit series “MacGyver,” playing Jacob Miller in the episode “The Outsiders” (1988). He soon segued to the big screen with a part in the independent film “Quarantine” (1989), which was directed and written by Charles Wilkinson and starring Beatrice Boepple, Garwin Sanford and Jerry Wasserman.
Eriksen continued to land guest spots in television series like “Danger Bay” (2 episodes, 1990), “Neon Rider” (2 episodes, 1990-1992) and “Monkey House” (1 episode, 1991). He also appeared in the comedy film “Short Time” (1990), starring Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer and Teri Garr, and in the television movie “The Girl from Mars” (1991, as Ricky).
Eriksen's first big break arrived when he got the regular role of David, the teenaged son of Tony and Rachel Scali, on the ABC comedy/drama series “The Commish.” Centering on the work and home life of a suburban police commissioner in upstate New York, the show debuted on September 28, 1991 and went on to run for five seasons until January 11, 1996. The show received various awards and nominations, including a 1994 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series and a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Theresa Saldana). Eriksen was nominated for a 1993 Young Artist Award in the category of Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series for his performance.
During his tenure on “The Commish,” Eriksen worked on many other projects. He guest starred in the Canadian children's series “The Odyssey” (1 episode, 1992), “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (1995, as Zeke Matthews) and “Goosebumps” (1995, as Billy Harlan). He portrayed Patrick Reilly in the CBS TV film “Miles from Nowhere” (1992), opposite Myriam Sirois and Martin Cummins, Jonah in the Canadian made for TV drama film “Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter” (1993), starring Art Hindle, Rosemary Dunsmore and Susan Hogan, and Ethan Butterfield in the based on book TV film “Born Too Soon” (1993), starring Michael Moriarty, Pamela Reed and Terry O'Quinn.
After “The Commish” departed the airwaves, Eriksen relocated to Los Angeles and continued his career and schooling there. He starred along with Robert Urich and Kenny Vadas in the Gemini Award nominated TV film “Captains Courageous” (1996), helmed by Michael Anderson, and appeared as Joseph Dawkins in an episode of Showtime's paranormal series “Poltergeist: The Legacy” called “The Substitute” (1996). He went on to guest star in CBS'“Walker, Texas Ranger” (1998, as Ted MvGee), ABC's “Home Improvement” (1998, as Brian), CBS' “Promised Land” (1998, as Kevin Neary) and ABC's “Pray” (1998, as Shane). Eriksen returned to series television as a regular when he was cast as Carey Malone in the Showtime comedy/drama series “Beggars and Choosers” (1999-2000), opposite Beau Bridges, Colin Cunningham, Isabella Hofmann and Carol Kane. Although it received positive reviews from critics, the show suffered from low rating and was canceled after two seasons.
Eriksen co-starred with Eric Roberts, Jürgen Prochnow and Venus Terzo on the made for TV film “Heaven's Fire” (1999), directed by David Warry-Smith and written by Rob Kerchner and Charles Philip Moore, and with Patty Duke, William Devane and Natasha Melnick in the TV film “Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story” (2000), where he played the role of Rick Kincaid. He guest starred in an episode of “The Outer Limits” called “Something About Harry” (2000) and in an episode of “So Weird” called “The Great Incanto” (2001). Between 2001-2002, Eriksen played the recurring role of Jeremy Peters in the David E. Kelley series “Boston Public” and also contributed his voices to three episodes of the animated series “Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!.” In 2002, the actor supported Rochelle Greenwood, Ben Eberhard and Dawn Perkins in the Canadian action/comedy film “The Water Game,” by director/writer John Bolton.
After guest starring in USA Network's “Peacemakers” and Fox's “Tru Calling” (both 2003), Eriksen returned to Vancouver in 2004 to play Danny Farrell in the popular science fiction series “The 4400,” opposite Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Laura Allen, Patrick Flueger, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Chad Faust, among other actors. The show ran for four seasons on the USA Network from 2004 until its cancellation in 2007. While working on the show, Eriksen also took several other projects, including guest appearances in television shows such as “Stephen King's Dead Zone” (2004), “ Star Trek: Enterprise” (2004), “NCIS” (2005) and “Saved” (2006). The actor also portrayed Joey Walsh in the TV film “Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York” (2006), along with Costas Mandylor, Michael Ironside and Alexandra Paul, and had a small role in “88 Minutes” (2007), a thriller movie directed by Jon Avnet and starring Al Pacino, Benjamin McKenzie, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Deborah Kara Unger, Amy Brenneman, and Neal McDonough.
Following the demise of “The 4400,” Eriksen appeared as Henry Frost in an episode of “Criminal Minds” called “Identity” (2007). Two years later, he resurfaced in an episode of “The Closer” called “Blood Money” (2009), playing Allan Summers. The same year, he also played the role of Eric in the Canadian/American TV movie “Ice Twisters,” with Mark Moses, Camille Sullivan, Alex Zahara and Chelan Simmons.
Recently, in 2011, Eriksen starred as Richard Kerm in the Hallmark Channel TV film “Time after Time,”opposite Richard Thomas as Dick Kerm and Christine Chatelain as Jackie. He also guest starred in an episode of the NBC short lived sitcom “Perfect Couple” called “Perfect Exes.”