(1952-07-14) July 14, 1952 (age 63) New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Actor, director, producer
Eric Gerard Laneuville (born July 14, 1952) is an American television director and actor. His first acting roles were in the science-fiction film The Omega Man (1971) with Charlton Heston, the ABC television series Room 222 (1970–1973), and a brief appearance as one of the subway station muggers in Death Wish opposite Charles Bronson. His role as Luther Hawkins in the television series St. Elsewhere is his best known role. He also starred in A Force of One playing Charlie, the stepson of Chuck Norris. In more recent years, he frequently directs such one-hour dramas as Ghost Whisperer and Lost. He directed Body of Proof episode "Missing". He also had a cameo appearance in, Love at First Bite starring George Hamilton and Susan Saint James.
Laneuville began acting while attending Audubon Junior High School in the Crenshaw, Los Angeles, District. He often played juvenile characters younger than his own age. He appeared in several musicals staged at Audubon by drama teacher Mario Lomeli, including Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, and Oklahoma!. While taking drama courses at nearby Susan Miller Dorsey High School, he began acting professionally, co-starring as a troubled youth in an award-winning television movie and becoming a semi-regular cast member on Room 222, including one episode in which he appeared with his future Force of One co-star, Chuck Norris. He appeared in three episodes of Sanford and Son, as Esther's adopted son. In 1982, he landed the role of Luther Hawkins in the television series St. Elsewhere. He stayed with the series until it ended in 1988.
As his directing career took off, Laneuville's acting career continued only sporadically, usually in small cameo roles. His most recent on-camera appearance was on October 3rd, 2014, in a guest role on "Blue Bloods" in an episode he also directed. Prior to that, he had appeared as Dr. Lamar in the TV series Scrubs. He also appeared in the Fear of a Black Hat (1994), a mockumentaryparodying 1990s hip-hop culture.