Eric Anthony Roberts (born April 18, 1956) is an American actor. His career began with a well-received performance in King of the Gypsies (1978), for which he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for New Star of the Year – Actor. He went on to earn a second Golden Globe nomination for portraying Paul Snider in Star 80, as well as Globe and Academy Award nominations for his supporting role in Runaway Train (1985). Through the 1990s and 2000s he maintained dramatic film and TV film roles while appearing in TV series. His TV work includes three seasons with the sitcom Less than Perfect and a recurring role on the NBC drama Heroes. His sisters Julia Robertsand Lisa Roberts Gillan, and daughter Emma Roberts, also have acting careers. He achieved recent recognition for his feat of acting in over 150 films between 2013 and 2015.