Eric Da Re ,was born in Los Angeles, California, United States is an American actor who is primarily famous for playing the notorious criminal" Leo Johnson" on the cult TV show, Twin Peaks and its prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
He is the son of the late actor Aldo Ray, and is of Italian descent. His mother is Johanna Ray, an award-winning casting director (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Showgirls), who did casting for Twin Peaks.
Da Re's first role was in the TV movie Into the Homeland in 1987, which was directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, who would later go on to direct Da Re in the show that brought him fame, Twin Peaks. After a few more roles in TV movies he landed the role of" Leo Johnson" in the 1990 cult classic Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch. Da Re went on to work with Lynch again as a casting assistant for Wild at Heart (1990), as" Leo Johnson" in the Twin Peaks prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and as a property buyer for Lost Highway (1997).
In 1992 he was" Bernie" in Critters 4, fourth film of the Critters series. He also had roles in the Paul Verhoeven film Starship Troopers (1997) and in Ted Bundy (2002).
He is sometimes credited as Eric Da Re, Eric DaRae or Eric Dare.
Eric attended Horace Mann elementary and Beverly Hills High School with fellow actor Nicolas Cage.