Eric Michael Cole was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His first movie was Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) followed by his breakthrough role as Dean Preston in White Squall (1996), directed by Ridley Scott. Soon after he appeared in the HBO television film Gia (1998) in the role of T.J. with Angelina Jolie. During the course of his distinguished career, Eric has appeared on television in
edited and co-produced, Trash (2014), Sunken City (2014), the role of Jimmy (aka Hangman) in the horror film Hangman (2015) starring Jeremy Sisto and Good Grief (2017). Most recently, Eric wrapped a role in the film Black Antennae (2019), directed by Adam Mason and also a role in the new Steven Soderbergh film The Laundromat (2018) starring Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman. He also just finished shooting the
Birds of Prey (The Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) film, opposite Margot Robbie.
Off screen, Eric loves to dabble in writing and has penned lyrics for several vocal artists over the years. He also volunteers his time at several animal rescue organizations in the Los Angeles area. Eric is a highly skilled craftsman with a background in constuction and lends his free time to non profit organizations needing his help. With his genuine love for the art of acting, Eric continues to be a student and pursue his love of plays, as well as mentor actors of all ages, at the M.A.D. Acting Studio where he is also a partner.
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