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Ten fun facts about Eric Stoltz


1. Acclaimed Actor, Director, Producer (9/30/61)

Eric Stoltz, the acclaimed actor, director, and producer, was born on September 30, 1961 in Whittier, California. He is best known for his roles in films such as Mask, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Pulp Fiction, as well as his television roles in Mad About You, Glee, and Grey's Anatomy. Stoltz has also directed episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and 90210. He has been nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe for his role in Mask.

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2. From Rocky Dennis to Hollywood Icon

Eric Stoltz is an acclaimed actor who rose to fame for his portrayal of Rocky Dennis in the 1985 movie Mask. His performance was so powerful that it earned him a nomination for a Golden Globe Award, cementing his place in Hollywood history.

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3. Eric Stoltz Gains Insights from Jerry Ziesmer

Eric Stoltz worked as a production assistant on two movies, Say Anything... and Illegally Yours, in order to gain experience from the renowned first assistant director Jerry Ziesmer. Stoltz was eager to learn from Ziesmer, who had worked on a number of iconic films, including The Graduate, The Big Chill, and The Right Stuff. Stoltz's time as a production assistant on these two films proved to be invaluable, as he was able to gain insight into the filmmaking process from one of the most respected first assistant directors in the industry.

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4. Vegan Chef Shares Delicious Recipes

Eric Stoltz is a passionate vegetarian, having adopted the lifestyle for over two decades. He believes that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to live and has been an advocate for animal rights for many years. He has even gone so far as to create a vegan cookbook, which features a variety of delicious recipes that are both healthy and cruelty-free.

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5. Eric Stoltz let go from Back to the Future

Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly in the classic movie Back to the Future, but after only four weeks of filming, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale decided to let him go. They felt that his performance was too intense and didn't match the character they had envisioned. This decision ultimately led to Michael J. Fox being cast in the iconic role.

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6. Eric Stoltz Nominates for Tony Award for Best Actor

Eric Stoltz was recently nominated for Broadway's prestigious Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance in the restoration of Thornton Wilder's classic play, "Our Town". Stoltz's portrayal of the Stage Manager in the production was met with critical acclaim, and his nomination for the award is a testament to his talent and dedication to the craft. This is not the first time Stoltz has been recognized for his work on the stage, as he has previously been nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance in the off-Broadway production of "The Normal Heart".

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7. Actor Prepares for Role as Paraplegic

Eric Stoltz went to great lengths to prepare for his role in the movie The Waterdance, spending three months in a wheelchair to get a better understanding of the character he was playing. He wanted to be able to accurately portray the physical and emotional struggles of a paraplegic, so he immersed himself in the experience, learning how to move around in a wheelchair and how to interact with the world from a different perspective. His dedication to the role paid off, as his performance was praised by critics and audiences alike.

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8. Emmy-Nominated Director of Glee

Eric Stoltz is an acclaimed actor, director, and producer who has been a regular director on the hit TV show Glee since its inception in 2009. He has directed over 20 episodes of the show, including some of its most memorable moments, such as the iconic "Don't Stop Believin'" performance in the pilot episode. Stoltz has also directed episodes of other popular shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Mad Men. His work on Glee has earned him two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

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9. From Septic Tank to Stardom

In 1978, Eric Stoltz was cast for the role of Steve Benson in Erma Bombeck's comedy film, The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank. Stoltz was just 17 years old at the time, but he had already made a name for himself in the entertainment industry, having appeared in several television shows and films. His performance in the film was praised by critics, and it helped to launch his career as a successful actor.

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10. Cameron Crowe's Broken Promises

Despite being promised by Director Cameron Crowe that he would get a role, however small, in every film he makes, Eric Stoltz has not been cast in any of Crowe's films since Jerry Maguire. This is a stark contrast to the promise Crowe made to Stoltz, as he has gone on to make a number of films since then, including Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, and Aloha. Unfortunately, Stoltz has not been included in any of these projects, despite Crowe's initial promise.

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