Eric Close currently stars on the hit show “Nashville” by Oscar® Winning writer Callie Khouri for the ABC network/CMT. Close stars as Teddy Conrad, the mayor of Nashville and former husband to Rayna Jaymes played by Connie Britton. Before this, he starred for almost a decade on the hit CBS series “Without a Trace” and “Now and Again,” and then teamed up again with the network as the lead of their series “Chaos,” directed by Brett Ratner. He also recurs as lawyer Travis Tanner on the critically acclaimed USA series “Suits,” opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.
Prior to this, Close starred in the series “The Magnificent Seven,” “Dark Skies,” and “McKenna,” while taking on a number television movies and miniseries such as “Seven Deadly Sins,” “Hercules,” “Follow the Stars Home,” “The Stranger Beside Me,” “Long Island Fever,” “Without Consent,” and “Unanswered Prayers,” which was produced by Garth Brooks, and based on his hit song of the same title. Close also appeared in the Golden Globe®-nominated mini-series “Taken,” which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Close’s feature credits include Saving Angelo; Alvarez & Cruz; Liberty, Maine; The Sky Is Falling; Taking Liberty; and American Me.
Close graduated with a B.A. in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He then married his wife Keri in 1995 and has two daughters, Katie and Ella. Close and his family love philanthropy and traveling the world. He is a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as rock climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical fiction.