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Eriq La Salle (born July 23, 1962; age 59) played the UN Secretary General during Season 8 of 24. La Salle was a big fan of 24 and wanted to be involved before the end.

Biography and career[]

Eriq La Salle was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. He is one of four children and was raised by his mother Ada Haynes. La Salle is an alumnus of the Artists Collective, Inc. in Hartford. He attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division for two years as a member of Group 13 (1980–84), then attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Acting Program in 1984.

After graduating, La Salle started acting in theater plays and soon landed in Broadway. At the same time, he started his TV acting career, appearing in soap operas like One Life to Live and Another World, as well as films like Rappin', Cut and Run, and Five Corners.

La Salle is perhaps most recognizable for his role as Dr. Peter Benton on ER (with Paul McCrane), which he played from 1994 to 2009. Other shows in which he has had recurring or lead roles are The System, A Gifted Man (with Rhys Coiro), and more recently Under the Dome (with Dean Norris).

Aside of acting, La Salle is a director and a writer. In 2012, he published his first novel titled Laws of Depravity.

Role on 24[]

Eriq La Salle played the UN Secretary General during Season 8 of 24. La Salle allegedly won the part after Fox had attached an advisory to the casting call saying:

"These are the final episodes, so if some of your name people would like to do something on the show, this is the time for them to do it".[1]

La Salle, who was a big fan of the show, decided to apply for the role before the show ended. He appeared in two episodes and was credited as a guest star.

24 credits[]

Selected filmography[]

  • Logan (2017)
  • Johnny Was (2006)
  • Inside Out (2005)
  • One Hour Photo (2002)
  • The Salton Sea (2002) (producer only)
  • Coming to America (1988)
  • Five Corners (1987)

Television appearances

  • Angie Tribeca (2016)
  • Under the Dome (2015)
  • A Gifted Man (2011-2012)
  • Covert Affairs (2010)
  • 24 (2010)
  • CSI: NY (2010) (director, episode "Pot of Gold")
  • ER (1994-2009)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2007, 2008) (director, episodes "Burned" and "PTSD")
  • Without a Trace (2006) (also director, episode "Desert Springs")
  • The Twilight Zone (2003) (also writer and director, episode "Memphis")
  • Quantum Leap (1992)


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