Eric Michels

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Eric Michels
BornJuly 2, 1964
DiedAugust 17, 2018(2018-08-17) (aged 54)
Cause of deathMurdered by drug overdose
OccupationActor and businessman
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Eric Michels (July 2, 1964 – August 17, 2018) was an American businessman and film actor. He was a human resources executive at the energy company SSE.[2]


Michels was born in 1964, in the U.S. and moved to Britain in the 1980s.[3] He married and had three children, but the marriage broke up in 2004 and he divorced in 2010.[4]

He was found dead at his home in Chessington on August 18, 2018 by his daughter.[5] He had been murdered in the early hours of August 17 by Gerald Matovu,[6] having been targeted on Grindr.[7][8] Matovu had written a message to Michels' 14-year-old daughter saying "Hello hun im a little busy talk soon".[9] Matovu was convicted of the murder in July 2019 and jailed for at least 31 years.[10]


He was known for his role as the Cocktail Party Guest in Skyfall (2012).[11] He also played Staff Sargeant James in World War Z (2013),[12] and FBI Operative in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).[13]



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  2. ^ Kirk, Tristan (May 22, 2019). "Actor 'murdered with chemsex drug overdose'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Saunders, Emmeline (November 23, 2018). "Bond actor Eric Michels 'poisoned to death by date rape drug'". Daily Mirror. MGN Limited. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Chemsex death trial: Gerald Matovu accused of killing Eric Michels". Surrey Comet. Newsquest. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dead James Bond extra Eric Michels 'targeted on Grindr'". BBC News. May 22, 2019. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Rodger, James (May 21, 2019). "James Bond actor Eric Michels killed by chemsex drug overdose after meeting fraudster, court told". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Duffy, Nick (May 21, 2019). "James Bond actor Eric Michels 'murdered after being targeted by Grindr thief'". Pink News. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Eric Michels murder: Serial killer Stephen Port's drug dealer convicted". BBC News. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Karim, Fariha (May 22, 2019). "Gerald Matovu: Grindr fraudster 'drugged and murdered James Bond extra'". The Times. Times Newspapers Limited. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  10. ^ PA Media (September 11, 2019). "Serial killer's drug dealer jailed for actor's murder". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  11. ^ Morgenstern, Danny (November 26, 2015). Schuhmann, Tim (ed.). James Bond für Besserwisser. Translated by Richter, Dirk. epubli. p. 504. ISBN 9783737578370.
  12. ^ Hamilton, Fiona (November 22, 2018). "Energy executive 'killed by club drug'". The Times. Times Newspapers Limited. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Hanlon, Tim (May 21, 2019). "Skyfall actor 'murdered with chemsex drug' during plot 'to steal from gay men'". Daily Star. Express Newspapers. Retrieved May 22, 2019.

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