Who is Eric Lange?
Born under the sign of Pisces on the 19th of February 1973, in Hamilton, Ohio USA, Eric Lange is a 48-year old Caucasian theatre, movie and television actor, producer and vocal performer of Danish descent. He is probably best known across the globe thanks to his myriad of appearances on the cinema canvas and the TV screen, the most prominent of which is by far his portrayal of the notoriously controversial real-life FBI legend Bill Stechner in world-renowned “Narcos”, from 2016 to 2017, and subsequently “Narcos: Mexico” from 2018 which is ongoing, and is more high-quality screen time for him. Over the course of his frequently lucrative acting career since 1996, Lange has accomplished undeniable success.
Not sure why Jim Henson is trending, but I’m still waiting for someone to hire me to play him. pic.twitter.com/rcbpLhoz2P
— Eric Lange (@MrEricLange) February 20, 2021
Early life: Chapter one unclarified
Eric was raised apparently an only child in his birthplace, by parents whose names and professions are unknown to this day, the only viable information being that they at some point had emigrated from Denmark. Lange’s childhood fascinations and activities are also a mystery, leaving this page to be filled another time. He attended Fairfield High School in his birth state, from where he matriculated in 1991. Lange then enrolled into Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he is rumored to have studied acting, though this is unconfirmed, but he does have a bachelor of arts degree obtained in 1995, after which Eric immediately set out to look for roles.
Career: Chapter two – the Norse conqueror
Lange found his first role the next year, starring uncredited as Singing Waiter in the musical entitled “High School High”. He then took to the theatre as well, and has alternated between the stage and the camera for most of his life since. His first credited appearance was as Dr. Larson in two episodes of “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 1998. His next role came in 2001, and from then to 2010 he totaled almost 30 roles, the most prominent of which served as his breakthrough in Hollywood. In 2009 Eric starred as Stuart Radzinsky in seven episodes of the highly acclaimed adventure drama fantasy TV series entitled “Lost”.
He was subsequently seen as Patrick Lieber in “CSI: Miami” in 2011, and as Erwin Sikowitz in “Victorious” from 2010 to 2013. Eric’s most popular role yet was televised in 2016 portraying the villainous benefactor Bill Stechnher in “Narcos”. From 2011 and up to and including 2020, Eric has been involved in almost 40 productions, the most recent of which is as the aforementioned FBI agent in the series’ continuation entitled “Narcos: Mexico”, from 2018 to 2020, with a guaranteed appearance in the upcoming season.
An absolute transformation
While Eric is most certainly an accomplished actor, he is now also one of the few who can say they’ve truly transformed for at least one role.
The character of Lyle Mitchell in the biography crime drama TV mini-series entitled “Escape at Dannemora” from 2018 has a very distinct behavior pattern which not many performers could bring to life, but Eric ultimately landed the role and fully lived up to the task. While that’s not the most famous role Eric has ever had, it is his greatest acting accomplishment to this day. The transformation he managed to pull off to fit the character was so painstakingly difficult to construct that Forbes magazine simply had to interview him. He was never before or after seen looking so different from the way he usually does, and this feat requires taking method acting to the extreme.
While he hasn’t yet claimed any awards for this performance, he was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award in the Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television category.
A legend’s plight
In the interview with Forbes, Eric reveals his transformation process, adding that even his voice changed naturally once he obtained the teeth that resembled those of the real man who he was going to portray in the documentary mini-series.
Among other things, he mentions thinking ‘How in God’s name can I become anywhere close to this?’, adding that he was ‘terrified and also interested, knowing this is not an opportunity that comes along that often, to really transform like that, in the company of Ben and Patricia and Paul, and I thought, ‘I have to Figure this out.’ I went on a journey to go from A to Z.’ Eric refers to highly accomplished actors Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano.
Going stronger than ever
With “Escape from Dannemora” and “Narcos”/”Narcos: Mexico” under his belt, Eric’s popularity and collegiate respect has never been higher.
The final two roles are as Lou Burke in eight episodes of “Brand New Cherry Flavor”, and as a still unspecified character in “Day Shift”, both of which are set to be released in late 2021.
Last but not least
What most of Eric’s fans don’t know is that he’s also a theatre actor, and while there’s no actual chronological archive of his stage performances, their names are still known. Thus far, he has performed in 17 plays, with the lead role in 12 of them.
Aside from his joint Streamy Award nomination in the Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series category for “Easy to Assemble” from 2008 and three other screen nominations, Eric was also nominated twice for his immaculate portrayal in the theater, for the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as Boolie in “Driving Miss Daisy” at the Rubicon Theatre Company, and for the same award but in the Best Actor category, thanks to his performance as Elliot Cooper in Geffen Playhouse’s “The Country House.”
Love life: Chapter three – a wife and two children
Eric’s early dating history isn’t publicly stated, but it’s well-known that he dated a Caucasian sales rep from California called Lisa Sabatino for a few years, prior to marrying her in a private ceremony at an undisclosed location on the 9th of November 2013. They have two children together, the older born on the 12th of December 2014, the second a daughter, but there’s no more information about her. Eric and Lisa have always been a happy couple as far as the public is concerned, and they’re very likely to remain that way in the years to come. They and their children live together at an undisclosed location in California.
What is Eric Lange’s net worth?
Eric’s net worth is estimated at $10 million in mid-2021.