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Sea­son 8 M-Net (*101) 19:30 & 20:30 Ac­tion

There’s dou­ble de­light with NCIS: LA (2009-cur­rent) tonight with back-to­back episodes! Twice the ac­tion, twice the gun­play and twice De­tec­tive Marty Deeks (Eric Chris­tian Olsen). And for once in his ca­reer, he’s not play­ing a goofy high school jock, like in 2001 spoof movie Not An­other Teen Movie. Deeks is the go-be­tween for the NCIS team and the LA po­lice units and we’ve done a lit­tle de­tec­tive work on him…

The 40-year-old is no re­la­tion to Olsen twins Mary Kate and Ash­ley from Full House (1987-1995). “I some­times pre­tend that we’re cousins and that they ride my coat-tails,” says Eric.

That doesn’t mean act­ing isn’t a fam­ily busi­ness – his older brother David is Eric’s stunt­dou­ble on NCIS: LA.

He was the top ice hockey star at Bet­ten­dorf High School in Iowa, but un­like the other jocks, “I was an in­tel­lec­tual too,” he jokes. Eric learnt to speak Chi­nese and Ja­panese and also worked on the school news­pa­per.

While Eric has played med-school stu­dents be­fore, in med­i­cal drama ER (1994-2009) he was so con­vinc­ing as a dy­ing burn vic­tim in a 1999 episode that he was con­sid­ered by the show for their Emmy Award sub­mis­sions.

He al­most quit act­ing to be a chef. “I was go­ing to au­di­tions dur­ing the day and culi­nary classes at night. Thanks to this NCIS thing, I only have time for one now,” he laughs.

What he does have time for is his fam­ily – Eric mar­ried Sarah Wright (Jane in drama se­ries 7th Heaven, 1996-2007) in 2012 and they have son Wy­att Oliver (4) and daugh­ter Esmé Olivia (1).

Eric’s wife Sarah.

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