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Actor Eric Stoltz Unmasked

An Evening with Eric Stoltz at UCR Palm Desert

Actor, producer and director discusses his life and career Jan. 13

(December 15, 2006)

Palm Desert, Calif. ( — Actor, director and producer Eric Stoltz joins professor Charles Evered on stage Saturday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. for UCR Palm Desert’s first “Nuts and Bolts of the Entertainment Industry” event of the new year. The series is designed to showcase the meeting of theory and practice as entertainment figures of distinction share their views and experiences.

The event is a reunion of sorts; Stoltz starred in Evered’s play “The Shoreham,” produced in Oct. 2001 at The Black Dahlia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Stoltz, a theater-trained actor who has starred in both independent and studio films, was born in Los Angeles and raised in both Santa Barbara and American Samoa. By the age of 14 he was earning money by playing piano for local musical theater productions, including “Mame,” starring Anthony Edwards.

His first film appearance was in 1982 in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” But he garnered attention and a Golden Globe nomination starring as Rocky Dennis in “Mask” in 1985 and in John Hughes “Some Kind of Wonderful” in 1987. He later starred in “Memphis Belle,” “The Triangle,” “The Butterfly Effect” and “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.”

In 1988 Stoltz made his Broadway debut in “Our Town,” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. In the 1990s he built an eclectic resume that included “Pulp Fiction,” “The Waterdance,” and “Mr. Jealousy,” which he himself produced. He continued to appear on the New York Stage both on Broadway in “Three Sisters” and “Two Shakespearean Actors” and off-Broadway in “The Importance of Being Ernest” and “The Glass Menagerie.”

Among his many television program appearances are roles on “Chicago Hope,” “Will & Grace,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and in the television and cable movies “A Killer in the Family,” with Robert Mitchum, and “The Passion of Ayn Rand” with Helen Mirren.

He has also directed a short film titled “The Bulls”, as well as the highest rated episode of “Law & Order” in 2005, titled “Tombstone.”

Evered and Stoltz may be available for media interviews prior to the Jan. 13 event. To inquire about availability, call Mary Clemmer at (760) 834-0926 or by e-mail at There is no admission charge for the event but reservations are appreciated at (760) 834-0597 or by an e-mail to


The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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