Eric Roberts, who starred as a mob boss in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster "The Dark Knight," is an Academy Award(r) nominee for his role in "Runaway Train" and a three-time Golden Globe(r) nominee for "Runaway Train," "Star 80" and "King of the Gypsies." He won a Golden Satellite Award for the 2002 season of "Less Than Perfect," now in syndication.
In addition, Roberts received critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for his roles in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" in 2006 and "It's My Party" in 1996. He starred in "La Cucaracha," which won Best Film at the Austin Film Festival in 1998, and for which Roberts won Best Actor at the New York Independent Film Festival that same year. Other notable performances include his roles in "Final Analysis," "The Pope of Greenwich Village," "Raggedy Man," "Hollywood Dreams," "Babyfever," "Heaven's Prisoners" and "The Specialist." His highly anticipated reuniting with Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone will occur in the upcoming film, "The Expendables."
On television, Roberts has received international attention for recent roles in NBC's "Heroes," "Entourage" and "The L Word." He also made a profound impact in the Emmy(r)-nominated adaptation of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," directed by Jonathan Kaplan and co-starring Anthony Edwards. He joined the cast of the Starz series "Crash" for its second season, playing the kind of complex character Roberts is known for.
Roberts has also diversified into music videos, appearing in Sophie Muller's "Mr. Brightside" video for The Killers, and Brett Ratner's video for Mariah Carey's "Emancipation of Mimi."
In 1989, Roberts won the Theatre World Award for his role on Broadway in Burn This. He returned to the New York stage in 2003 in The Exonerated and appeared in the show's touring company as well.
Roberts was born in Biloxi, MS, and grew up in and around the Atlanta area. He began his career as an actor in his late teens in New York City on the soap opera "Another World."
Robert's daughter, Emma Roberts, is also an actress.