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Eric Laneuville
Eric Laneuville
Roles: Director
First Episode Directed: "The Other Side"
Last Episode Directed: "Key Move"
Episodes Directed: 7
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Eric Gerard Laneuville is an American television director, actor, and martial artist. His first acting roles were in the science-fiction film The Omega Man (1971) with Charlton Heston, the ABC television series Room 222 (1970–1973), and a brief appearance as one of the subway station muggers in Death Wish opposite Charles Bronson. His role as Luther Hawkins in the television series St. Elsewhere is his best known role. He also starred in A Force of One playing Charlie, the stepson of Chuck Norris. More recently, he frequently directed such one-hour dramas as Ghost Whisperer and Lost. He also directed the Body of Proof episode "Missing."

ActingEdit

Laneuville began acting while attending Audubon Junior High School in the Crenshaw, Los Angeles, District. He often played juvenile characters younger than his own age. He appeared in several musicals staged at Audubon by drama teacher Mario Lomeli, including Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, and Oklahoma!. While taking drama courses at nearby Susan Miller Dorsey High School, he began acting professionally, co-starring as a troubled youth in an award-winning television movie and becoming a semi-regular cast member on Room 222, including one episode in which he appeared with his future A Force of One co-star, Chuck Norris. He appeared in three episodes of Sanford and Son as Esther's adopted son. In 1982, he landed the role of Luther Hawkins in the television series St. Elsewhere. He stayed with the series until it ended in 1988.

DirectingEdit

Laneuville's first directing assignments were for episodes of St. Elsewhere. He has subsequently directed episodes of L.A. Law (1986), Quantum Leap (1989), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1990), NYPD Blue (1993), ER (1995), 413 Hope St., Gilmore Girls (2004), Lie to Me (2009), Monk (2005), The Mentalist (2009-12), Invasion, Medium, Lost (2005–08), Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris, Prison Break, Ghost Whisperer, and Grimm. In 1992 he won an Emmy for directing the episode "All God's Children" of the NBC series I'll Fly Away. He also directed the 2004 television film America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story.

As his directing career took off, Laneuville's acting career continued only sporadically, usually in small cameo roles. His most recent on-camera appearance was in 2014 in an episode of Blue Bloods, but before that, he last appeared in the TV series Scrubs in 2002. He also appeared in Fear of a Black Hat (1994), a mockumentary parodying 1990s hip-hop culture.

ProducerEdit

  • Bull (Executive producer)
  • 413 Hope St. (executive producer)
  • Midnight Caller (producer)
  • A Brand New Life (supervising producer)

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