Who is Eric Mabius?
American actor Eric Harry Timothy Mabius was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA, on 22 April 1971, under the zodiac sign of Taurus. He’s been credited with appearing in more than 70 movies and TV series, and is probably still best known for his portrayal of Matt in the 2002 science fiction action horror film “Resident Evil”, which Paul W. S. Anderson wrote and directed, and which starred Ryan McCluskey, Michelle Rodriguez and Milla Jovovich. It follows a group of people who are fighting a supercomputer, which has turned over 100 scientists into cannibals; the film was nominated for seven awards.
Education and early life
Eric was raised in Harrisburg alongside his brother Craig, by their father Craig Mabius and mother Elizabeth (nee Dziczek); Eric’s father worked at the living history museum Allaire Village as an historian.
Eric and his family moved to Amherst, Massachusetts when he was 14, and he then enrolled at Amherst Regional High School; during his final year there, he was voted ‘Most Dramatic Girly’ by his peers. It was while at Amherst Regional that he became interested in acting, appearing in several school plays, mostly playing lead roles.
Upon matriculating in 1989, Eric moved to Yonkers, New York State and enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in film theory in 1993.
Roles in movies
Eric’s debut film appearance was in the popular 1995 comedy drama “Welcome to the Dollhouse”, written and directed by Todd Solondz, and which starred Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato and Victoria Davis. It follows the lives of a 13 years old girl, her younger sister and older brother, and the film won four of its 21 award nominations.
A couple of Eric’s following roles were in the 1995 drama “The Journey of August King”, the 1996 biographical drama “I Shot Andy Warhol”, and the 1997 horror thriller drama “Black Circle Boys”. In 1999, Eric portrayed Greg McConnell in the critically acclaimed romantic drama “Cruel Intentions”, directed by Roger Kumble, and which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. It follows two step siblings who are attending an elite preparatory school in Manhattan, New York City and have made a plan for the headmaster’s daughter to lose her virginity; the movie won eight of its 22 award nominations.
Eric started off the 2000s with 2001 roles in the thriller “Tempted” and the action thriller drama “On the Borderline”, and the 2002 romantic drama “Dancing at the Harvest Moon”. In 2006, he was cast to star as Ben in the romantic comedy “A Christmas Wedding”, directed by Michael Zinberg, and which also starred Sarah Paulson and Richard Blackburn. It follows Ben and Emily who met on Christmas Day, and have now decided to marry on Christmas Day, following a two-year relationship. Eric appeared in only one other movie in the remainder of the 2000s: the 2007 romantic horror comedy “Nature of the Beast”.
Watch the film, "How To Fall In Love". Harold White (Eric Mabius) hires Annie Hayes (Brooke D’Orsay) to be his dating coach, but will he realize she’s the only date for him?
The year 2012 saw him play the lead character Harold White in the romantic comedy “How to Fall in Love”, directed by Mark Griffiths, and which also starred Brooke D’Orsay and Jody Thompson. It follows an accountant who’s hired a dating coach, without realising that she was his high school crush.
Eric’s since appeared in only a couple of movies; three of his most recent roles have been in 2019 in the sports crime drama “Inside Game” and the romantic comedy “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, and the 2021 mystery comedy drama “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made”.
Roles in TV series
Eric’s debut TV series role was in the 1997 episode “… And the Hand Played On” of the mystery thriller drama “Chicago Hope”, and the remainder of the ‘90s saw him appear in only two more TV series, both in 1999 – the episode “Borrowed Time” of the crime horror drama “Millennium”, and the episode “Fate, Hope and Charity” of the family drama “Party of Five”.
The year 2005 saw him play Dean Jack Hess in the romantic comedy drama “The O. C.”, which Josh Schwartz created, and which starred Peter Gallagher, Adam Brody and Mischa Barton. It follows a young adult who’s become involved with a group of wealthy teenagers living in Newport Beach, California; the series aired from 2003 to 2007 and won 15 of its 37 award nominations.
Eric’s also known for his playing Daniel Meade, of one of the main characters in the popular romantic comedy drama “Ugly Betty”, which Fernando Gaitan and Silvio Horta created, and which also starred Tony Plana and American Ferrera. It follows the life of smart but ugly girl Betty, the series aired from 2006 to 2010, and won 54 of its 176 award nominations.
Eric could then have been seen playing supporting characters in the 2011 action crime drama “Chase”, the 2012 crime comedy drama “Franklin & Bash”, and the 2013 thriller drama “Scandal”.
He’s since appeared in only two TV series, with his most recent role having been his portrayal of Jack Nesbitt in seven episodes (2015) of the action drama “Chicago Fire”, which Derek Haas and Michael Brandt created, and which today stars Eamonn Walker, Christian Stolte and Taylor Kinney. Set in Chicago, Illinois the series follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics, it’s been airing since 2012, and has won six of its 29 award nominations.
Eric’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Head Trip”.
— Nica Kos (@Nicakos) December 15, 2018
Eric received special thanks for the 2000 drama movie “Beyond the Pale”.
He sang the songs “Joy to the World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in the 2014 movie “Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas”.
Eric produced the 2018 romantic comedy movie “Welcome to Christmas”, and the 2019 romantic comedy film “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”.
He’s made a guest appearance in talk-shows “Home & Family”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “Let’s Dive In”, amongst others.
Awards and nominations
Eric’s won four of his 10 award nominations. He and his colleagues won a 2011 Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble – Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, for their performance in “Where the Road Meets the Sun”. Eric then won a 2013 Golden Angel Award for Best Supporting Actor at the Chinese American Film Festival, for “Shen Qi”.
In 2019, he and his colleagues won a San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast and a Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles Award for Best Ensemble Cast, both for their performance in “Inside Game”.
Love life and wife
Eric met his non-celebrity American wife Ivy Sherman during a health education class, while they were both still attending Amherst Regional High School; Ivy’s today working as an interior designer, and prefers to stay away from media.
The two married in a small and private ceremony on 27 February 2006, attended by not more than 100 of their family members and friends. Ivy gave birth to their son Maxwell Elliot Mabius on 15 June 2006, and their second son Rylan Jaxson Mabius followed on 7 December 2008; Eric and Ivy are keeping their boys away from the media’s attention, thus not a lot about them is known.
There are many people who believe that Eric hasn’t been with any women other than Ivy, but he’s yet to confirm this; he’s married to Ivy Sherman as of October 2022, and they have two sons.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Eric’s brother Craig’s today living in Gloucester, Massachusetts and works at Varian Semiconductor.
Eric’s a huge fan of the critically acclaimed mystery series “House”.
He spends his spare time doing carpentry and other woodwork.
Eric wanted to portray FunBoy in the hit 1994 action crime movie “The Crow”, but the role eventually went to the late American actor Michael Massee; during filming, Michael fired the gun which accidentally killed American actor Brandon Lee, who was 28 at that time.
Eric also unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in the 1997 mystery horror movie “Scream 2”.
He loves to eat mustard, and puts in on nearly everything.
Eric’s favorite actor is the late Marlon Brando, and some of his favorite movies include “Last Tango in Paris”, “On the Waterfront” and “Mutiny on the Bounty”.
Height, eyes and net worth
Eric’s age is 51. He has brown hair and blue eyes, his height’s 5ft 10ins (1.77m) and he weighs around 180lbs (81kgs).
Eric’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million, as of October 2022.