Eric Balfour

Eric Salter Balfour (born April 24, 1977) is an American actor and singer. He is the lead singer of Born as Ghosts, formerly known as Fredalba. He made his film debut in the drama Shattered Image (1998), followed by roles in What Women Want (2000) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). His roles on television include Milo Pressman on the action-thriller TV series 24, a recurring role in the HBO drama Six Feet Under as Claire's boyfriend, and Duke Crocker in the supernatural series Haven.

Eric Balfour
Balfour in 2010
Eric Salter Balfour

(1977-04-24) April 24, 1977
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1991–present
Erin Chiamulon (m. 2015)

Early life

Balfour was born to a Jewish family[1][2][3] in Los Angeles, California, the son of David Balfour, a chiropractor, and Sharon (née Salter), who works as a marriage and family counselor.[4] He has a younger sister, Tori.[5]

He described his household growing up as "creative" and said that his family often made trips to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.[6]


Balfour appeared on the kids TV show Kids Incorporated for one season in 1991. During the early 1990s, he had a variety of minor juvenile roles on television series such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Arresting Behavior, Boy Meets World and Step by Step. In 1997, he appeared in the pilot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Jesse McNally, one of the show's first victims. He appeared as a regular cast member in three short-lived TV shows. Veritas: The Quest was cancelled after four episodes in 2003, Hawaii was canceled after seven episodes in 2004, and Sex, Love & Secrets was canceled after four episodes. Also in 2005, Balfour starred in the sexually explicit Canadian drama Lie with Me opposite Lauren Lee Smith. In March 2006, Balfour debuted as Brian Peluso on producer Dick Wolf's short-lived NBC crime drama, Conviction, which lasted one season. Balfour was also a guest star on the hit show Dawson's Creek in the ninth episode of the first season.[7]

He starred in the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre opposite Jessica Biel. He played a minor character in several episodes of The O.C. as Eddie, Theresa's fiancé, and in the hit HBO show Six Feet Under as Gabriel Dimas, Claire Fisher's boyfriend.

Balfour appeared in seven episodes of the first season of 24 as computer technician Milo Pressman in 2001. Five years later, Balfour reprised the role for 19 episodes of 24's sixth season before leaving the show by his own request. Balfour appeared in Life on Mars as Eddie Carling, the brother of detective Ray Carling.

He was the face for the Valentino male fragrance Valentino V. In September 2009, Balfour appeared in an episode of Monk. In the same month, Balfour booked a recurring role on the drama show The Beautiful Life, but the show was canceled after its second episode and production was shut down immediately. In 2010, he starred in the Strause Brothers thriller film Skyline.[8] He starred as Duke Crocker on the Syfy drama Haven. Balfour co-starred with Missy Peregrym and Jeff Roop in the creature film Backcountry,[9] and he appeared as Spiro Dalon in an episode of Chicago P.D..

Personal life

After five years of dating, Balfour married fashion designer Erin Chiamulon on May 30, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California.[10] Balfour and his wife had a son, named Oliver Lion, on August 2, 2018.[11]


Film & Tv Movies
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Shattered Image Greg
1997 Trojan War Kyle
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Hippie Guy
1999 Scrapbook Andy Martin
2000 What Women Want Cameron
2001 America's Sweethearts Security Guard
2003 Rain Pvt. Morris
2003 Secondhand Lions Sheik's Grandson
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Kemper
2004 Face of Terror Saleem Haddad
2005 Be Cool Derek Scenes deleted
2005 Rx Andrew
2005 Lie with Me David
2005 In Her Shoes Grant
2006 The Elder Son Skip
2008 Hell Ride Comanche/Bix
2008 What We Take from Each Other Thief of Hands Short film
2008 The Spirit Mahmoud
2009 Rise of the Gargoyles Prof. Jack Randall
2009 Spread Sean
2009 Horsemen Taylor
2010 Dinoshark Trace McGraw
2010 Beatdown Victor
2010 Skyline Jarrod
2010 Do Not Disturb Frank Segment: "Rocketman"
2011 The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Will Edwards
2011 Cell 213 Michael Grey
2014 Backcountry Brad
2016 Little Dead Rotting Hood Sheriff Adam
2016 Tao of Surfing Dayne
2017 200 Degrees Ryan Hinds

- 2018 Fashionista Randall

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Kids Incorporated Eric Main role (20 episodes)
1992 Arresting Behavior Billy Ruskin Recurring role (5 episodes)
1993 Bloodlines: Murder in the Family Matt TV film
1993 Danger Theatre Teenager #2 Episode: "An Old Friend for Dinner"
1993 Step by Step Michael Fielder Episode: "Never on Sunday"
1993–94 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Benjamin Avery Episodes: "The Incident", "Just One Lullaby"
1994 Animaniacs Jared Voice roles (2 episodes)
1995 Boy Meets World Tommy Episode: "Pop Quiz"
1995 Kirk Zack Episode: "The Crush"
1996 Champs Danny Episode: "For Art's Sake"
1996 No One Would Tell Vince Fortner TV film
1996 Townies Adam Episode: "The Good Job"
1997 Ink Danny Episode: "Devil in a Blue Dress"
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jesse Episodes: "Welcome to the Hellmouth", "The Harvest"
1997 Clueless Pizza Boy Episode: "Salsa, Chlorine & Tears"
1998 Dawson's Creek Warren Goering Episode: "Road Trip"
1999 Nash Bridges Cliff Morehouse Episode: "Shoot the Moon"
1999 The West Wing Frat Boy #3 Episode: "Mr. Willis of Ohio"
2000 Chicago Hope Jason Kerns Episode: "Hanlon's Choice"
2001 FreakyLinks Chapin Demetrius Episode: "Subject: Live Fast, Die Young"
2001 The Chronicle Mark Griffin Episode: "Only the Young Die Good"
2001 NYPD Blue Charles 'Spyder' Price / Eli Beardsley Episodes: "Peeping Tommy", "Two Clarks in a Bar"
2001–02, 2007 24 Milo Pressman Recurring role (8 episodes, season 1)
Main role (19 episodes, season 6)
2001–03 Six Feet Under Gabe Dimas Recurring role (12 episodes)
2003–04 Veritas: The Quest Calvin Banks Main role (13 episodes)
2004 Fearless Ryan TV pilot
2004 The O.C. Eddie Episodes: "The Telenovela", "The Goodbye Girl", "The Nana"
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Charlie Tibideaux Main role (8 episodes)
2006 Conviction A.D.A. Brian Peluso Main role (13 episodes)
2008 The Ex List Johnny Diamont Episode: Pilot
2009 Fear Itself Maxwell Episode: "Echoes"
2009 Life on Mars Eddie Carling Episode: "The Dark Side of the Mook"
2009 Rise of the Gargoyles Prof. Jack Randall TV film
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Max Goodwin Episode: "Salome in Manhattan"
2009 Monk Lenny Barlowe Episode: "Mr. Monk Is Someone Else"
2009 Valemont Eric Gracen Main role (23 episodes)
2010 Dinoshark Trace McGraw TV film
2010 Saving Grace Jesus Episode: "Loose Men in Tight Jeans"
2010–15 Haven Duke Crocker Main role (78 episodes)
2011 No Ordinary Family Lucas Winnick Episodes: "No Ordinary Love", "No Ordinary Animal"
2012 Christine Daniel Episodes: "Daniel", "Matthew", "Max", "Boy Magnet"
2013 The Eric Andre Show Himself Guest appearance
2016 Ray Donovan Nick Episode: "Norman Saves the World"
2017 A Midsummer's Nightmare Mark
2018 Chicago P.D. Spiro Dalon Episode: "Fathers and Sons"


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