A prolific Canadian actor of German and Inuit decent, Eric Schweig has excelled onscreen since his feature debut in the 1990 drama The Shaman’s Source. A notable key player in such subsequent features in the 1990s as The Last of the Mohicans, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale and The Scarlet Letter, he won the Grand Jury Award at the 2000 L.A. Outfest for his performance as a quiet and unassuming general store owner who unexpectedly falls for a New York artist in the independent drama Big Eden, which earned almost unanimous critical praise. He also starred in Ron Howard’s The Missing, Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story, Into The West, Shania: A Life in Eight Albums, Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis, One Dead Indian and the Emmy-winning Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Eric can currently be seen in the television series Cashing In, directed by Norma Bailey. He also plays a leading role in the one-hour dramatic series, Blackstone.

Schweig was adopted by a German family living in the Western Arctic shortly after his birth in the Canadian Northwest Territories in the summer of 1967, and though he would spend much of his youth living in Bermuda with his adopted family, the clan eventually returned to Canada to settle in Northern Ontario. Striking out on his own at the age of 16, Schweig made a living by framing houses before a role in a 1987 Ontario stage production of The Cradle Will Fall sparked an interest in acting.

In addition to his acting career, Schweig has also gained a solid reputation as an artist, which began with his friendship with acclaimed West Coast carver, Vern Etzerza. Schweig’s carved masks now sell around the world.