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George Eads Biography

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Birth Name: George Eads
Born: 03/01/1967
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Born March 1, 1967 in Fort Worth, TX, Eads was raised by his father, Arthur, a district attorney, and his mother, Vivien, a school superintendent, and grew up in the town of Belton, TX, where he was a star football player at Belton High School. After graduating in 1985, Eads went on to study marketing at Texas Tech University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta's Texas Epsilon Chapter. Graduating with a bachelor's in 1990, he went on to work as a copy machine salesman before quitting his job in order to pursue his dream of acting. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1994, Eads began to audition for film and television roles, and made a rather inauspicious screen debut in the little-seen feature "Dust to Dust" (1994). Still, he was building a résumé, and the following year he debuted on television with a guest spot on "Strange Luck" (Fox, 1995-96) before landing a regular role on the short-lived Aaron Spelling drama "Savannah" (The WB, 1996-97). Though his character was killed off in the pilot, Eads appeared in flashback for subsequent episodes and returned to the series for the second season as his dead character's mysterious twin.

Having established himself on the small screen, Eads went on to land roles in two television movies, "The Ultimate Lie" (USA, 1996) and "Crowned and Dangerous" (ABC, 1997), starring Yasmine Bleeth and Jill Clayburgh. He next landed a three-episode arc on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) as a charming paramedic who threatens to woo Julianna Margulies away from George Clooney, while appearing in the supernatural thriller "The Spring" (NBC, 2000). Eads went on to land a regular role on the short-lived sitcom "Grapevine" (CBS, 2000), where he played Thumper Klein, a womanizing sportscaster, for five episodes before the series was canceled. His luck changed when he landed the role of Nick Stokes on the crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ), which turned out to be the break he was looking for. Portraying the strong-willed, but empathetic forensic investigator Nick Stokes opposite series stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, Eads had finally arrived, thanks to being part of a long-running, top-rated show for well over a decade.

A household name with the success of "CSI," Eads began receiving offers for more prominent roles. He went on to appear in a number of TV movies while working regularly on the series, including the comedy "Just a Walk in the Park" (ABC Family, 2002) with Jane Krakowski, the football flick "Second String" (TNT, 2002) alongside Jon Voight, as well as the Western "Monte Walsh" (TNT, 2003) with Tom Selleck. In 2004, he began working as a voiceover actor with a role as Captain Atom on the popular animated series, "Justice League Unlimited" (Cartoon Network, 2004-06), before landing his highest-profile role to date, starring as the famed 1970s daredevil, "Evel Knievel" (TNT, 2004), co-starring Jaime Pressly and Beau Bridges. While his career was at a high point, Eads was suddenly embroiled in a widely publicized conflict on the set of "CSI." During salary negotiations on the hit series, Eads and co-star Jorja Fox were fired after reportedly failing to show up on set for the first day of shooting during the series' fifth season. Eads later issued a public apology, claiming that his absence from work was due to oversleeping, not salary disputes, whereupon he and Fox were immediately hired back on and resumed work on the series. Meanwhile, he continued to work as a voiceover artist as Barry Allen/Flash on "Young Justice" (Cartoon Network, 2010- ), while landing a 2008 guest spot on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ).

By Shawn Dwyer