Before becoming a professional actor, Ron Eldard studied acting at the New York High School for the Performing Arts, performed as a street magician in Manhattan, and was a Golden Gloves boxer. He made his film debut in the 1989 film True Love, and followed it up with a supporting role in the cult comedy Drop Dead Fred. Since then, Eldard has appeared in such films as Scent of a Woman, The Last Supper, Sleepers, Deep Impact, Black Hawk Down, Ghost Ship, House of Sand and Fog, and Super 8. He has also acted on such TV series as ER, Men Behaving Badly, Homicide: Life on the Street, Blind Justice, and Justified. He turns 48 today.