Eric Gilliland

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Eric Raymond Gilliland is an American television producer, writer, actor and whistler.

Early life[edit]

Gilliland was born and raised in Glenview, Illinois, United States. He graduated from Glenbrook South High School in 1980 and earned a MFA from Northwestern University School of Communication in 1984.


Year Show Role Notes
1988-9 Who's the Boss? story editor, writer
1990-1 The Wonder Years writer
1992-3 Roseanne writer, co-producer Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Writers Guild of America Award nomination
1993-4 Roseanne supervising producer GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
1995-6 Roseanne writer, co-exec producer, exec producer GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
1998 That's Life creator
1998-9 Welcome to New York executive producer
2000 That '70s Show writer, consulting producer
2006-9 My Boys writer, consulting producer
2011 Mr. Sunshine writer, co-exec producer
2012 Downwardly Mobile co-creator, writer, exec producer [1]


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Samantha actor: Hendricks starring Martha Plimpton
1994 Teresa's Tattoo actor: Police Officer directed by Julie Cypher
2004 Hair High voice actor: Spud directed by Bill Plympton
2006 Shortbus actor: Himself directed by John Cameron Mitchell
2007 The Ultimate Gift actor: Flight Attendant starring James Garner
2007 God Grew Tired of Us co-producer directed by Christopher Quinn


Gilliland is an accomplished whistler.[2][3][4] His whistling has appeared on Sam Winch's The Lullabadeer,[5] a number of Sumack albums, and on the soundtrack for an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. He also provided whistling accompaniment to Martha Plimpton's performance of Thunder Road on NPR's Studio 360.[6]


  1. ^ "Roseanne Barr's Comeback Comedy 'Downwardly Mobile' Lands at NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Martha Plimpton". Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Shubow, Charles. "'Stars in the Margin' Huge Hit at the Zipper Factory". Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "STAGE TUBE: Martha Plimpton Performs 'Thunder Road' on Studio 360". Retrieved 6 January 2018. 

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