Besides being such a talented and well acclaimed actor, his personal profile is still a matter of secret. He is creating debate in the media as they are unknown about his love affairs and married life. He is now aged 53 years old and his nationality is American.
As a child, Eriq attended Weaver High School and the Artists Collective, Inc.. He was also enrolled at Juilliard School's Drama Division. He stayed there for about two years as the member of Group 13 in the early 1980s. He was also enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in fine arts and he finally earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1984. Within a year, he was offered the acting role in the play Henry V. In the late 1980s, he appeared in several on and off Broadway shows. He got his rise in fame after he portrayed the role of Darryl in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America. He is also known for his appearance in several movies and TV shows. He is also well acclaimed for playing the role of Dr. Peter Benton in the NBC drama series ER. For this role, he earned the salary of $27,000,000 and his net worth is $40 million.