Walker’s acting career began in 1976 when he appeared in a
Jack In The Box commercial at the age of 6. He was chosen along
with the rest of his tackle football team to appear in two spots,
one as football players, and the other as soccer players. Eric enjoyed
acting in the two commercials so much that he pleaded with his father
Gene Walker for 4 years to get him into acting. Finally, his father
said yes, and with the help of his older sister Teressa (Walker)
Espinoza, Eric was able to officially begin an acting career in
1980. Eric's sister Teressa went to school with the actress who
appeared in Pipi Longstocking movies. It was through her that Eric
was able to acquire the phone numbers of several agents. The first
agent who interviewed Eric, ended up signing him immediately on
However, Eric's career got off to a rocky start, so he began studying
acting in 1981, at the request of his agent Beverly Hect with veteran
acting coach Virgil Frye (father of Soleil Moon Frye, known from
television's Punky Brewster and Sabrina The Teenage Witch).
Eric studied the craft of acting with Virgil Frye more than 8 years
along side classmates Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn, Colors,
The Burbs, Memphis Belle, Sweet Home Alabama), Noah Hathaway and
Barrett Oliver (from The Neverending Story), and Sean Penn (I Am
Sam), as well as Corey Feldman (Goonies, Lost Boys).
After only 1 year of training with Virgil, Eric started getting
small acting parts. He Co-Starred with Dyan Cannon and Barry Newman
in Having it All, Directed By Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samauri).
In addition, Eric had a guest appearance on the hit television series,
Webster, Starrring Emmanuel Lewis. During this time Eric also appeared
in 10 different television commercials for various toy companies
including Carolina Pride Hot Dogs.
finally after nearly 4 years of hard work and trying to make it
as an actor, Eric got his big break when he was cast to star in
George Lucas's Ewok Movie. Initially it was scheduled to be an hour
after school special for CBS. But it would soon become something
more significant as ABC entered into, and then won a bidding war
for the television rights against CBS. It then became a special
two-hour movie event. It premiered on Thanksgiving Night November
25th, 1984 and was renamed The Ewok Adventure. The movie had a budget
of 2 million which was considered high by 1984 production standards,
and even went 1.5 million over budget. George Lucas released it
overseas as a major motion picture by 20th Century Fox, under the
name Caravan of Courage. The movie was a big ratings success for
ABC with some 65 million viewers. It is believed to be one of the
most recorded VHS movies of all time.
movie spawned a low rated controversial sequel in which critics
and Star Wars Fans blasted Lucas for killing off Eric's character
Mace Towani and the rest of the family except for the little sister
Cindel Towani, played by Aubree Miller.
movies are now again available as a double feature for the first
time on DVD under the name Star Wars: Ewok Adventures, Caravan of
Courage and Ewoks The Battle for Endor.
After the working for George Lucas, Eric had a break in his career
because of an over zealous agent who unwisely repeatedly turned
down numerous starring parts and auditions. After a few years Eric’s
contract with his agent at the time ran out, and he was then able
to switch agents. Shortly after he soon became a working actor again.
Some of his new roles included his co-starring with Mickey Rooney
in the Disney Movie "Little Spies", and he also won a
small supporting role as Robert Downey Jr's brother in the film
"Less Then Zero".
still acting in movies, Eric attended the Los Angeles High School
for the Performing Arts alongside such well-known actors as Anthony
Anderson (Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Kangaroo Jack,
Hustle & Flow) and Jenna Elfman (Darma and Greg). Eric grew
into a fully-fledged actor seasoned with not just instinct but the
kind of effective acting techniques used in communicating the entire
spectrum of human emotion.
addition, he has since continued to work on movie projects such
as Miracle Alley and a number of other smaller-scale short films.
He was severely bitten by the ‘behind the scenes film making
bug’ thanks to George Lucas and Producer Thomas G. Smith,
who rented them a video camera during the production of The Ewok
Adventure film. This allowed Eric and actor Warwick Davis (Willow,
Harry Potter) to navigate around the production set filming behind
the scenes material at ILM, Skywalker Ranch and even the Lucasfilm
addition to this Eric continued his acting in movies like the 1990s
comedy hit And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird. In the short
film Miracle Alley, written by G.K. Holland. Eric plays the part
of George Peabody III, a thoroughly unpleasant and nasty character.
Miracle Alley was well received by the news media due to its humanitarian
element. All of the film production costs (including the cast and
crew) were donated and all of the proceeds from the movie were donated
to Volunteers of America to help create a broader awareness of the
homeless worldwide. CNN, E! Entertainment Channel, and Entertainment
Tonight covered this miracle in the making. And now plans are in
the works for a feature length version of this short film for a
Christmas 2007 release called: The Legend of Miracle Alley (www.miraclealley.com).
Eric is also writing a book called 'Growing Up On Sky Walker
Ranch’, In collaboration with Marco Froemter noted
Star Wars Official Magazine of Germany Writer (who currently has
writing assignments for Lucasfilm’s IndianaJones.Com and Star
Wars.Com), and G. K. Holland (Star Walker author and creator). The
book will chronicle the positive experiences and life affirming
lessons Eric learned while working with George Lucas and Lucasfilm
Ltd. It will contain a lot information never heard or released about
the inner workings of the Star Wars Universe. The book’s title
is meant more as an allegory and not to be taken literally.
Ever becoming more and more attentive and fascinated with the Hollywood
movie making process, Eric began working behind the camera as a
Director and Editor on recent projects such as Melashenko Family:
God's Leading Through The Generations. Eric wrote, edited, and directed
the Melashenko project which won a special Golden Halo Award from
the Southern California Motion Picture Council for having positive
moral family values.
has gathered a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience in film
production. So today he is busy Directing, Editing, and Writing
a number of various independent production and commercial projects.
He is also writing several book and movie projects of his own, including
a special documentary.
Projects – Star Walker
And then there is the huge new exciting multi-media project called
Star Walker. The project has a web presence at
Below is an excerpt from an upcoming two part interview by noted
European Journalist Marco Froemter: “What is Star Walker?
Is it just another new movie series following the fame and success
of classics like Star Trek or Star Wars? Or will it be just another
series of books like Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings? Will
it just jump on the band wagon along with successful series like
Stargate? Audiences have seen so many releases that a new project
can hardly top the already seen releases. Yet, Star Walker promises
to be a brand new franchise in so many different ways. Star Walker
promises to be an action-packed adventure spectacle with lots of
state-of-the-art special effects, exciting martial arts, explosive
action, and intriguing story lines.”
Eric’s long time friend, business associate, and martial arts
teacher writer G. K. Holland is currently busy writing the first
of a series of up to 20 books based on the Star Walker story, including
the first screenplay based on the first of these books. One of the
lead characters of the first Star Walker movie is loosely based
on Eric Walker’s life. The first book is due to be finished
soon and a publisher will soon be secured. It’s interesting
to note that Holland's writing of Star Walker initially began as
a wedding present for Eric Walker who married his then-girlfriend
Nhu Tran in South Vietnam in August, 2002.
check back on Eric Walker.Net for future updates on all the projects
he is currently working on. Eric looks forward to what the future
holds in a galaxy of opportunity that is right within his reach.