Eric Tannerplayed by Joey Pollari
For Eric Tanner, basketball is his life. Having escalated to co-captain of the Leyland Knights basketball team, Eric pours everything he has into the sport. Excelling on the court also offers a brief escape from struggles at home. His mother, Lilah, and his father, Curt, are separated, leaving Eric and his younger brother, Peter, left to fend for themselves more often than not. Once the shocking pictures from the Captains’ Party spread around social media, both Eric’s public and personal life are exposed to further scrutiny.
Joey Pollari broke out as the star of MTV’s series The Inbetweeners, which took a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood. The show was based on the hit UK series and movie of the same title. For his performance, Joey was named in Variety as “One to Watch” in their Youth Impact Report.
Pollari followed up his breakout in The Inbetweeners with appearances on NBC’s Up All Night, opposite Maya Rudolph and Christina Applegate; FX’s Saint George, opposite George Lopez; TNT’s Major Crimes, and shot the NBC pilot Take It From Us from creator and executive producer Greg Malins (Friends, How I Met Your Mother).
Pollari has appeared in a number of stage productions, including appearances at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul. In 2009, he starred in Disney XD’s original movie, Skyrunners, for which he won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV movie. In 2010, he starred in Disney Channel’s Avalon High, opposite Britt Robertson.
Joey was born and raised in Minneapolis and splits his time between there and Los Angeles.