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. 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]

In the end credits of the Roseanne series finale, Roseanne says "Thank You" to Eric Gilliland who had left the show at the end of season eight. Gilliland was set to remain as executive producer through season so many, he was under the impression that the show's eighth season would be the last. He had remained on the show for a total of four years, longer than any other executive producer on the show. Roseanne asked him back to help write and run the final episode, which he did as a favor due to his respect for the show.


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]


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