The range of his work is evident in his most recent films. Eldard will next be seen in Father's and Sone, a Showtime movie directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Eldard played helicopter pilot Mike Durant who was captured by the Somolians in Ridley Scott's Academy Award nominated Black Hawk Down. He then starred opposite Marisa Tomei and Taye Diggs in Fisher Steven's independent minded comedy Just a Kiss, and with Julianna Margulies and Gabriel Byrne in Joel Silver's supernatural thriller, Ghost Ship.
After a brief appearance as the cop who puts an end to Al Pacino's driving spree in Martin Brest's Scent of a Woman, Eldard starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Courtney B. Vance in Stacy Title's black comedy, The Last Supper, and appeared opposite Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt and Billy Crudup in Barry Levinson's Sleepers.
Eldard followed with a heroic role in the DreamWorks blockbuster, Deep Impact, with Morgan Freeman and Robert Duvall, which grossed over $350 million worldwide, and then turned again to comedy, starring opposite Russell Crowe in the light-hearted Mystery Alaska.
He will next be seen in the Michael Cuesta directed Roadie, in which he plays a grown up child roadie" for the Blue Oyster Cult who must now face his life as an adult. Recent stage work includes his performance in the Tony Award-winning production of Death of a Salesman, recreating the role of Willy Loman's son, the lost golden boy, Biff.
In 1999, Eldard gave a stand-out performance in Neil LaBute's disturbing triptych of monologues, Bash, with Calista Flockhart and Paul Rudd, which played to sold out audiences in New York and Los Angeles.
Earlier, his work in off-Broadway productions of Aven U Boys, directed by Fred Zollo, and Servy ‘N' Bernice 4ever, directed by Terry Kinney, established him as one of the New York theater's finest young actors. Eldard wrote a one-man show, Standing Eight Count, which he performed at Naked Angels, and then inherited Brando's mantle, starring as conscience-stricken dockworker Terry Malloy in the Broadway production of On The Waterfront,
On television, Eldard starred in a memorable arc opposite Julianna Marguilies on E.R, and went on to display his gift for comedy in the NBC half hour, Men Behaving Badly, More recently, he starred opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh in Angelica Huston's critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina and drew raves for his extraordinary performance as the lead in the HBO original movie, When Trumpets Fade, directed by John Irvin.
Eldard is in the middle of shooting the lead role in the ABC pilot Blind Justice, where he plays a blind detective. The pilot is being executive produced by Steven Bochco, with Gary Fleder directing. Ron plays opposite Marisol Nichols, who plays his detective partner.
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Ron Eldard Facts
|Ronald Jason Eldard
|February 20, 1965 (59)
|Long Island, New York, USA
|5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Ron Eldard compared to you?
|When Trumpets Fade
|Drop Dead Fred
|Scent of a Woman