has been a friend of, and collaborator with, Neil LaBute since their days
together at Brigham Young University. Eckhart starred in LaBute's three
previous feature films: "Nurse Betty," "Your Friends &
Neighbors," and "In the Company of Men." For his performance in
the latter, Eckhart received the 1997 Best Debut Performance Award at the
Independent Spirit Awards.
The Northern California
native appeared in several of LaBute's plays while at Brigham
Young University. He subsequently worked and studied acting in New
York. His theater credits include Michael Cristofer's "Amazing
Grace," opposite Marsha Mason.
Eckhart's other film
credits include Sean Penn's "The Pledge" (opposite Jack Nicholson),
Steven Soderbergh's "Erin Brockovich" (starring opposite Julia
Roberts in her Academy Award-winning
role), and Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday."
He next stars in Jon Amiel's science-fiction action thriller "The
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