January 22, 1962 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Alma mater||Bard College|
|Occupation||Actor, film director, screenwriter|
|Years active||1993 – present|
Early life and education
Schaeffer was born in New York City, New York and later graduated with a degree in drama and dance from Bard College. After graduating, he drove a New York City taxi for nine years, during which time he wrote two stage plays, a novel, twenty screenplays and various other works.
Schaeffer rose to fame with fellow actor/writer/director Donal Lardner Ward on the independent film, My Life's in Turnaround (1993), which was made in fifteen days for only $200,000. Schaeffer and Ward parlayed the film's success into Too Something (1995–1996), a short-lived sitcom that was briefly renamed New York Daze.
In 2000, he released the comedy Wirey Spindell, a semi-autobiographical tale. This was followed by the romantic comedy Never Again in 2001, starring Jill Clayburgh and Jeffrey Tambor, and Mind the Gap in 2004.
In recent years Schaeffer has been writing an autobiographical blog, I Can't Believe I'm Still Single, about his relationships and ongoing search for love. Schaeffer has turned the blog into a book, I Can't Believe I'm Still Single – Sane, Slightly Neurotic (But in a Sane Way) Filmmaker into Good Yoga, Bad Reality TV, Too Much Chocolate, and a Little Kinky Sex Seeks Smart, Emotionally Evolved ... Oh Hell, At This Point Anyone Who'll Let Me Watch Football.
In 2009, Schaeffer and Jill Franklyn created the half-hour dramedy series Gravity for Starz. The series about people who have failed at suicide – originally titled Failure to Fly – stars Schaeffer along with Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter. It began airing in April 2010 and on June 30, 2010, the show was cancelled.
Filmography and television work
Actor, director and screenwriter
|1993||My Life's in Turnaround||romantic comedy-drama||Splick|
|1995–1996||Too Something||situation comedy||Eric McDougal||television series|
|1996||If Lucy Fell||romantic comedy||Joe MacGonaughgill|
|1997||Fall||romantic drama||Michael Shiver|
|2000||Wirey Spindell||comedy||Wirey Spindell|
|2001||Never Again||romantic comedy||–||no acting|
|2004||Mind the Gap||comedy-drama||Sam Blue|
|2006||Starved (2005 series)||situation comedy||Sam||television series|
|2010||Gravity||comedy-drama||Detective Miller||television series|
|2011||They're Out of the Business||comedy||Splick||sequel|
|2011||After Fall, Winter||drama||Michael Shiver||sequel|
|1995||The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes||Rich Prentiss|
|1999||Everything's Relative||Marty Gorelick||television series|
|2001||First Years||Sam O'Donnell||television series|
|2001||One Night at McCool's||dark comedy neo-noir||Greg Spradling|
|2003||The Dead Zone||science-fiction suspense||Francis Ritter||television series
episode: "Valley of the Shadow" (January 5, 2003)
|2004||Century City||science-fiction legal drama||Darwin McNeil||television series|
|2004||Spanglish||comedy-drama||Rabid Sports Fan|
- Schaeffer, Eric (2007). I Can't Believe I'm Still Single – Sane, Slightly Neurotic (But in a Sane Way) Filmmaker into Good Yoga, Bad Reality TV, Too Much Chocolate, and a Little Kinky Sex Seeks Smart, Emotionally Evolved ... Oh Hell, At This Point Anyone Who'll Let Me Watch Football. New York City: Thunder's Mouth Press. ISBN 978-1-56858-337-2.
- Eric Schaeffer at the Internet Movie Database
- Eric Schaeffer at AllRovi
- Bankrate.com interview
- UGO interview
- Eric Schaeffer wants to marry you – Salon.com
- Whipping Boy – interview from Nerve.com