Eriq La Salle
Eriq La Salle
Personal details
Date of birth July 23, 1962
Birth place Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Years active 1985 to present
Character Peter Benton
Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 15
First episode "24 Hours"
Last episode "And in the End..."
Credits 171 episodes (see below)
Eriq La Salle, born July 23, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, is an actor, director, writer, and producer. He stars as Peter Benton from the first season to the eighth season. He reprises the role for the episodes "Old Times" and "And in the End..." for the fifteenth and final season.

He has also appeared in the daytime soap operas One Life to Live (in 1985) and Another World (in 1987). He played Darryl Jenks in the film Coming to America (1988).




  • Is one of four children.
  • Is an alumnus of the Artists Collective, Inc. in Hartford.
  • Attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division for two years as a member of Group 13 from 1980 to 1984.
  • Attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984.
  • Skilled in martial arts.
  • Nominated for a 1993 Joseph Jefferson Award for "Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play" for "Two Trains Running" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Wrote, directed and produced two short films that won awards at the Worldfest Houston film competition and the USA Film Festival.
  • Directed the Law & Order Season 8 episode Burned(, starring Mariska Hargitay, who played Cynthia Hooper for 13 episodes in season 4.
  • In addition to returning as Peter Benton for 2 episodes during the final season, he directed episode 15 “The Family Man”
  • Directed The Librarians Season 4 Episode 2, starring Noah Wyle. Eriq tweeted “20 years later and I still get to torment and boss Noah Wyle around. This time as a director. #TheLibrarians #Reunited”

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