Eric Schaeffer (born January 22, 1962) is an American actor/writer/director in film and television.
Schaeffer graduated with a degree in drama and dance from Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. After graduating, he drove a NYC cab for 9 years, during which time he wrote two stageplays, a novel, 20 screenplays and various other works.
He rose to fame with fellow actor/writer/director Donal Lardner Ward on the 1993 independent film, My Life’s in Turnaround, which was made in 15 days for only $200,000. Schaeffer and Ward parlayed Turnaround’s success into Too Something, a short-lived television series that was briefly renamed “New York Daze.”
He signed on as a client of Creative Artists Agency and made a deal to direct, If Lucy Fell, for $3.5 million at Columbia TriStar.
In 1997, he starred opposite model Amanda de Cadenet in Fall, about a cab driver who picks up a model and takes her back to his apartment, where they begin a passionate affair. In… read more
I can see perfectly why every one of his films is deeply flawed, and the man is a complete tool, but he makes some of the most pathetically passionate material I have ever seen. This applies to Fall particularly -- it's easily his worst film but when his character is reading all of the love letters, you can tell Eric Schaeffer spent years writing his emotions down until it sounded so lonely, you want to cry. He is awful and incredible at the same time.