From 2001 to 2002, he had a recurring role as the English teacher-poet August Dimitri in ABC's Once and Again, wherein Julia Whelan's character, a teenager, fell in love with his character. In 2003, he played his first leading TV role in Out of Order, which was canceled after five episodes.
In 2004, he appeared in The Butterfly Effect as a child molester; the following year, he guest-starred in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace as Debra Messing's love interest.
Stoltz received the Indie Sup(Y)port Award at the 1998 Los Angeles Film Festival.
During the first part of the 2000s, he starred with Gillian Anderson in The House of Mirth (2000), based on the novel by Edith Wharton.
He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his direction of the cable movie My Horrible Year! Beginning in 2007, Stoltz directed episodes of the drama series Quarterlife, which began airing as webisodes and were then picked up to air on the NBC network in 2008.
Stoltz played a serial killer in need of medical attention in three episodes of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy.
He became a regular director of Glee, directing a total of 12 episodes, including "Nationals", in which the Glee club finally wins the championship.
Stoltz starred as Daniel Graystone, inventor of the Cylons, in the science fiction television series Caprica, a prequel set 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica series.
Eric Stoltz (born September 30, 1961) is an American actor, director and producer.
He is known for playing the role of Rocky Dennis in the biographical drama film Mask, which earned him the nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, In the 1970s Stoltz joined a repertory company that performed ten plays at the Edinburgh Festival.
If the plot sounds like a gender-swapped version of Pretty in Pink…well, it is.
Test audiences hated that ending, so a new one was shot that found Andie ending up with Blane.