Teddy and ex-wife Rayna first met as kids, part of Nashville’s country club, cotillion crowd. Teddy’s family boasts a proud history of public service, but Teddy’s father faltered because of alcohol, and Teddy’s accomplishments have been scattered as well. While he had some success in business and real estate, he nearly lost his family their savings in a risky land deal.
Since divorcing Rayna, however, and shedding the “Mr. Rayna Jaymes” label, he’s had a bit more luck. He won a race to become the mayor of Nashville but professional misfortunes continue to follow Teddy, with his latest entanglement including mistakenly getting caught up with prostitutes and being blackmailed by Jeff Fordham to cover up a near-drowning incident at the music mogul’s home.
After starring for almost a decade on CBS’ “Without a Trace” and “Now and Again,” Eric Close once again teamed up with the network as the lead of their series “Chaos.” Recently he appeared in four episodes of the critically-acclaimed television series “Suits,” opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.
Prior to his longtime series work, Close starred in the series “The Magnificent Seven,” “Dark Skies” and “McKenna,” while taking on such long-form features as “Seven Deadly Sins,” “Hercules,” “Follow the Stars Home,” “The Stranger Beside Me,” “Long Island Fever,” “Without Consent” and “Unanswered Prayers,” which was produced by Garth Brooks and based on his hit song of the same title. Close was also in the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries “Taken,” executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and his feature credits include “Saving Angelo,” “Alvarez & Cruz,” “Liberty Maine,” “The Sky is Falling,” “Taking Liberty” and “American Me.”
Close graduated with a BA in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He married his wife, Keri, in 1995 and has two daughters. He and his family love philanthropy and traveling the world. Close is a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as rock climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical fiction. He can be followed on Twitter @EricRClose