Ron Eldard

Ron Eldard
Born Ronald Jason Eldard
(1965-02-20) February 20, 1965
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present

Ronald Jason "Ron" Eldard (born February 20, 1965) is an American actor.

Early life

Eldard, the second youngest of seven children (4 sisters and 2 brothers), was born in Long Island, New York. He is of Irish and Scottish descent.[1] Eldard's mother died in a car accident when he was a child, and Eldard and his siblings were sent to live with various family members. He attended grade school in Utah while living with his aunt and uncle. At age 13, Ron moved to Ridgewood, Queens to live with his sister Lana and her husband.[2]


Eldard made his film debut in the 1989 comedy True Love, written and directed by Nancy Savoca, and co-starring Annabella Sciorra. This film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Eldard has performed on Broadway in critically acclaimed productions of On the Waterfront, Biloxi Blues, Bash: Latterday Plays, and Death of a Salesman. The latter two were filmed for Showtime productions.

Eldard is known for his role as Mickey Bunce in the cult comedy film Drop Dead Fred (1991).[3]

He is also known for his role as street thug John Reilly in the 1996 film Sleepers, which co-starred Brad Pitt, Billy Crudup, Jason Patric, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Minnie Driver.

On January 9, 2006 he debuted in the role of Father Flynn in the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production of Doubt opposite the British actress Dame Eileen Atkins. 2014 starred in the indie horror film Poker Night.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 True Love Michael
One Life to Live Blade Television series
1991 Drop Dead Fred Mickey Bunce
1992 Jumpin' Joe Joe Dugan Television film
Arresting Behavior Officer Donny Walsh Television series
Scent of a Woman Officer Gore
1993 Tribeca Phil Television series
1993–1994 Bakersfield P.D. Detective Wade Preston Television series
1995 Sex & the Other Man Bill Jameson
Last Supper, TheThe Last Supper Pete
1995–1996 ER Paramedic Ray 'Shep' Shepard Television series
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Glen Waddell
Sleepers John Reilly
1996–1997 Men Behaving Badly Kevin Murphy Television series
1998 Deep Impact Oren Monash
When Trumpets Fade Pvt./Sgt./Lt. David Manning Television film
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Emmet Carey Television series
Delivered Reed aka Death by Pizza
Runner, TheThe Runner Edward Harrington
Mystery, Alaska Matt 'Skank' Marden
2000 Death of a Salesman Biff Loman Television film
2001 Bash: Latter-Day Plays Television film
Black Hawk Down CWO Michael Durant
2002 Just a Kiss Dag
Ghost Ship Dodge
2003 House of Sand and Fog Lester
2005 Fathers and Sons Tom Television film
Blind Justice Detective Jim Dunbar Television series
2006 Freedomland Danny Martin
Diggers Jack
2007 Demons Gus Television film
Already Dead Thomas Archer
2008 Tenth Circle, TheThe Tenth Circle Daniel Stone Television film
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Geno Parnell Television series
2011 In Plain Sight Carl Harris Television series
Super 8 Louis Dainard
Roadie Jimmy Testagross
2013 Justified Colton "Colt" Rhodes Television series
Jobs Rod Holt
2014 Poker Night Cunningham


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