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|Born||Ronald Jason Eldard
February 20, 1965
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Ronald Jason "Ron" Eldard (born February 20, 1965) is an American actor.
Eldard, the second youngest of seven children (4 sisters and 2 brothers), was born in Long Island, New York. Eldard's mother died in a car accident when he was a child, and Eldard and his siblings were sent to live with various family members. He attended grade school in Utah while living with his aunt and uncle. At age 13, Ron moved to Ridgewood, Queens to live with his sister Lana and her husband.
Eldard attended JHS 93 annex in the 7th grade and then JHS 93 in the 8th and 9th grades. He worked at a local fast food restaurant called Chicken Galore where he often wore the "Chicken Suit" mascot costume. He was locally known, by friends & co-workers, for copying the performances of Steve Martin and Robin Williams, and would perform various skits when given the opportunity.
Eldard is a former Golden Gloves boxer.
Eldard graduated from the New York High School for the Performing Arts' Drama Department.
He also performed street magic in Manhattan.
Eldard made his film debut in the 1989 comedy True Love, written and directed by Nancy Savoca, and co-starring Annabella Sciorra. This film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Eldard has performed on Broadway in critically acclaimed productions of On the Waterfront, Biloxi Blues, Bash: Latterday Plays, and Death of a Salesman. The latter two were filmed for Showtime productions.
Eldard is also known for his evocative role as sympathetic street thug John Reilly in the 1996 film Sleepers which co-starred Brad Pitt, Billy Crudup, Jason Patric, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Minnie Driver.
Eldard met Julianna Margulies in an acting class in 1991, and they developed a close relationship. She was an actress on ER from its first season, and, for the second season, he played a recurring character, often appearing opposite her as a paramedic called Shep. He was billed just below her in Ghost Ship in 2002. Their relationship ended in 2003.
|One Life to Live||Blade||Television series|
|1991||Drop Dead Fred||Mickey Bunce|
|1992||Jumpin' Joe||Joe Dugan||Television film|
|Arresting Behavior||Officer Donny Walsh||Television series|
|Scent of a Woman||Officer Gore|
|1993–1994||Bakersfield P.D.||Detective Wade Preston||Television series|
|1995||Sex & the Other Man||Bill Jameson|
|Last Supper, TheThe Last Supper||Pete|
|1995–1996||ER||Paramedic Ray 'Shep' Shepard||Television series|
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Glen Waddell|
|1996–1997||Men Behaving Badly||Kevin Murphy||Television series|
|1998||Deep Impact||Oren Monash|
|When Trumpets Fade||Pvt./Sgt./Lt. David Manning||Television film|
|1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Emmet Carey||Television series|
|Delivered||Reed||aka Death by Pizza|
|Runner, TheThe Runner||Edward Harrington|
|Mystery, Alaska||Matt 'Skank' Marden|
|2000||Death of a Salesman||Biff Loman||Television film|
|2001||Bash: Latter-Day Plays||Television film|
|Black Hawk Down||CWO Michael Durant|
|2002||Just a Kiss||Dag|
|2003||House of Sand and Fog||Lester|
|2005||Fathers and Sons||Tom||Television film|
|Blind Justice||Detective Jim Dunbar||Television series|
|Already Dead||Thomas Archer|
|2008||Tenth Circle, TheThe Tenth Circle||Daniel Stone||Television film|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Geno Parnell||Television series|
|2011||In Plain Sight||Carl Harris||Television series|
|Super 8||Louis Dainard|
|2013||Justified||Colton "Colt" Rhodes||Television series|