Of Irish and Polish descent, Eric Mabius was born on April 22, 1971. He grew up moving almost constantly. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the renowned arts school, Sarah Lawrence College. Immersing himself in acting, writing and film theory, college became the jumping-off point for Mabius' first roles in the theater in smaller Off-Broadway productions. He landed his first film role as the object of Heather Matarazzo's affection, the teen rock star, in Todd Solondz's Sundance Grand Prize Winner, Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995).
Mabius has appeared in more than 27 films - seven of which screened at Sundance - and over a dozen television projects. His credits include roles in many genres, ranging from action (Resident Evil (2002) and The Extreme Team (2003)), drama (Cruel Intentions (1999)), comedy (Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and Wirey Spindell (2000)), mystery (The Minus Man (1999)), horror (The Crow: Salvation (2000) and Black Circle Boys (1999)), and romance (Splendor (1999) and Dancing at the Harvest Moon (2002) (TV)). Showtime's groundbreaking series, "The L Word" (2004) and ABC's "Eyes" (2005) are but a few more in a long line of unique and varied projects he has chosen that have achieved critical and audience acclaim.
Eric Mabius brings a varied background to his work. He is the second of two sons of Craig and Elizabeth Mabius. Of Polish, Irish, and Austrian ancestry, he was born in Pennsylvania, but spent much of his life in Massachusetts. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he first came to the attention of movie fans with his film debut in Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). Since then, he has taken on a wide variety of roles, avoiding being typecast. He earned favorable notice for his performance as a high school gang leader in Black Circle Boys (1999). More roles followed, his best known being in the box office smash Cruel Intentions (1999), where he plays a prep school athlete who gets blackmailed. He got a starring role in The Crow: Salvation (2000), a sequel to the Brandon Lee film from a few years earlier. Another horror film which he appeared in was the science fiction action film Resident Evil (2002), in which he plays a policeman in the future. He won another prominent role in the Showtime TV drama "The L Word" (2004), which won him a new audience. He starred in another TV series, the high tech drama "Eyes" (2005), but although the series was well received, it never found an audience. But his standing wasn't damaged, and he continues to have a devoted fan base, particularly among audiences of independent films. In 2006, he gained more aplomb for his role in the surprise hit series "Ugly Betty" (2006), playing a womanizing executive.
While he greatly appreciates his fans, he is a private person who doesn't seek the limelight. Thus, he doesn't show up at events which draw tabloid photographers.
In February of 2006, he married his girlfriend of five years, interior designer Ivy Sherman, in New Orleans.
|Ivy Sherman||(27 February 2006 - present) 2 children|
Eric loves mustard and puts it on everything.
Auditioned for the role of FunBoy in The Crow (1994). The part went to Michael Massee, who fired the gun that accidentally killed Brandon Lee. Mabius went on to star in the lead of The Crow: Salvation (2000).
Has a brother named Craig.
Auditioned for Scream 2 (1997).
When not performing, he likes to do woodwork and carpentry to unwind.
He and his wife, Ivy Sherman, went to high school together.
Son, Maxwell Elliot Mabius, born June 15th 2006, with wife, Ivy Sherman.
One of his favorite shows is "House M.D." (2004).
His brother works for Varian Semiconductor in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The company's parking lot was used as a helipad for camera helicopters used to film The Perfect Storm (2000).
Son, Rylan Jaxson Mabius, born December 7th, 2008 in New York City, with wife, Ivy Sherman. The baby weighed a little more than 10 lbs.
I'm not very comfortable with (watching my performances). When I watch films or tv that I've done, I get very restless and tend to not sit still. A lot of actors are perfectionists, besides merely being egotists. So I see what I like to change about my performance, as opposed to the things that I tried and seemed to have landed well. Interview, February 22, 2004
A lot of people say, "Oh, you're that jerk on "Ugly Betty" (2006)". I don't blame people for having a pop, but I'd like to remind them that I'm not "Daniel Meade" - Interview, 2007.
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