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Date of Birth 25 December 1971Muldrow, Oklahoma, USA
Birth NameEric Dean Turic

Mini Bio (1)

Eric Dean is an American film, television, and stage actor based in Los Angeles, CA. Dean has appeared in more than 30 films, several television & web series, and numerous commercials.

Eric was born Eric Dean Turic on December 25, 1971 in Holland, Michigan and was raised by his mother Emma Sue Rogers in the small town of, Muldrow, OK. He has three brothers and one sister. Though Eric spent most of his childhood in Muldrow, his family also lived in Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Arizona as well as Juarez, Mexico

  • all while Eric was small child.

From his earliest memory, Eric recalls his mother singing and attributes his gravitating toward music and singing to her rousing renditions of songs including "Bill Bailey "and "Has Anybody Seen My Gal". Eric sang in both church and school choirs, and his interest in music expanded when he joined the band and played the saxophone in the 5th grade. He attended all the choir competitions and received consistent high marks for individual performance. Always drawn to the arts, throughout middle and high school Eric was involved in plays, choir, and the band. He was also a very good student and member of several clubs including 4-H, drama, science and the National Beta Club. He performed in several school plays, as well as community theatre. His first stage performance as a young adult was at The Ft. Smith Arkansas Little Theatre in "Annie Get Your Gun!" as Little Jake.

Eric received a partial theatre scholarship enabling him to attend the University of Tulsa, where he went on to graduate with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology. After college, Eric moved to New Mexico and worked in the corporate world as a marketing manager for five years, but consistently felt he was not fulfilled creatively. In 1999 at age 28, Eric made the crucial decision to relocate to Los Angeles where he would have the advantage of being able to audition full-time for films, television, and commercials. Shortly after his arrival, Eric signed with a commercial agent and began continuously booking commercials. In 2003, Eric had a banner commercial year, and decided to start a custom furniture business.

He then began focusing on acting for film, and booked several student films, experimental shorts, and shot his first independent feature, "Nine Lives" in 2004. Eric found himself becoming more successful in films as well as television, and in 2008 landed the role of Mark in the action/adventure film "Target Practice," which won numerous awards at film festivals nationally. Several features have followed, including the horror comedy "George's Intervention" (2009), the action-adventure film "Jaguar" (2011) and the romantic comedy "The Men Next Door" (2012).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TNG Public Relations

Trivia (7)

In 2004, Eric Dean Turic co-founded with partner Thomas Newsom a modern home furnishings store, DAVINCI in Los Angeles which offers custom furniture, unique accessories, and design services.
Eric was part of the 4-H Oklahoma Artistic Youth (OKAY). When in 7th grade, he traveled with OKAY throughout Oklahoma doing a musical that told the history of Oklahoma.
He graduated from University of Tulsa with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology.
Eric was born on Christmas day.
Eric began studying with acting coach Merilyn Carney in 2001, and continues to do so today.
Eric's grandmother was a lifelong loyal fan of her "story", soap-opera "Days of Our Lives". When he was working at an LA restaurant and was telling a diner about his granny and her favorite "story", Eric mentioned that he wanted to act on his granny's favorite show. Eric was shocked when the patron helped him get an audition, and Eric was ecstatic to be cast for an "Under 5" role. His grandmother was able to see Eric on her "story" before she passed away.
Eric was a volunteer archaeologist for a summer in Israel excavating King Herrod's Harbor in Caesarea. As a member of the American excavation team, he was the first to enter the vaults outside the Citadel and found the first body from the Crusader period.

Personal Quotes (1)

I love film and television. However, there is no greater rush than being on stage in front of a live audience. That is the greatest feeling of being alive.

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