Eric was born in Staten Island, New York, May 24th. His father is an orthopedic surgeon and his mother is an artist. Eric is the eldest of three brothers. His family moved to Indiana, then to Michigan and finally settled in San Diego when Eric was eight years old. He graduated with a B.A. in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He married Keri in 1995 and has two daughters, Katie and Ella. Eric and his family love philanthropy and traveling the world. Eric is a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as rock climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical fiction. He was interested in acting and film making from a very early age, and had some stage experience in school, but didn't decide to go for an acting career until after college. His first role was in a theater production "Rat Songs" in L.A. and was offered a part in the Edward James Olmos directed film American Me (1992) and "Safe House" directed by Elena Mannes for AFI. After doing those two films he returned to theater with "Thanksgiving Cries." He had many guest appearances on TV shows, and then started landing lead roles in shows such as "Dark Skies" (1996), "The Magnificent Seven" (1998), and "Now and Again" (1999), the CBS hit "Without a Trace" (2002) and most recently "Chaos" (2011) In 2015, Close also played the role of DEA Agent Snead in Clint Eastwood's war film "American Sniper." Eric joined the DGA as a director in 2007.
Often includes "Philippians 4:13" on his autographs. The verse reads, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.".
Graduated from Valhalla High School in 1985.
Volunteered for "Literacy Site" (June 26-30, 2006).