Actor Name: Eric Close
Nashville Character Name: Teddy Conrad
Given Birth Name: Eric Randolph Close
Birth Date: May 24, 1967
Birth Place: Staten Island, New York, USA
Homwtown: San Diego, CA
Star Sign: Gemini
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Marital Status: wife Keri Close (1995 - present)
First Nashville Episode: Pilot
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Most Notable Role(s): Michael Wiseman (Now and Again), Martin Fitzgerald (Without a Trace)
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Children: Katie Close (b. October 1998) and Ella Close (b. April 2001)
Siblings: younger brothers Randy and Christopher
Schooling: Graduated from Valhalla High School in 1985.
About the character: Teddy ConradTeddy and Rayna first met as kids, part of Nashville’s country club, cotillion crowd. Teddy’s family boasts a proud history of public service, but Teddy’s father faltered because of alcohol, and Teddy’s accomplishments have been scattered as well. While he’s had some success in business and real estate, his last land deal nearly cost the family their savings.
Today, Teddy’s looking to hit the professional reset button and shed the “Mr. Rayna Jaymes” labels. He’s down, but not out, and looking for a win.
He’d do just about anything to get one.
About the actor: Eric CloseAfter starring for almost a decade on CBS’ “Without a Trace” and “Now and Again,” Eric Close once again teamed up with the network as the lead of their series “Chaos.” Recently he appeared in four episodes of the critically-acclaimed television series “Suits,” opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.
Prior to his longtime series work, Close starred in the series “The Magnificent Seven,” “Dark Skies” and “McKenna,” while taking on such long-form features as “Seven Deadly Sins,” “Hercules,” “Follow the Stars Home,” “The Stranger Beside Me,” “Long Island Fever,” “Without Consent” and “Unanswered Prayers,” which was produced by Garth Brooks and based on his hit song of the same title. Close was also in the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries “Taken,” executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and his feature credits include “Saving Angelo,” “Alvarez & Cruz,” “Liberty Maine,” “The Sky is Falling,” “Taking Liberty” and “American Me.”
Close graduated with a BA in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He married his wife, Keri, in 1995 and has two daughters. He and his family love philanthropy and traveling the world. Close is a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as rock climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical fiction. He can be followed on Twitter @EricRClose.