Eric Da Re

Eric Da Re (born March 3, 1965) is an American actor who played the notorious criminal Leo Johnson on the TV show Twin Peaks and its prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. He has worked behind the scenes in several other films by Twin Peaks creator David Lynch. He is the son of the actor Aldo Da Re (stage name Aldo Ray) and the casting director Johanna Ray, a frequent Lynch collaborator.

Eric Da Re
Born (1965-03-03) March 3, 1965 (age 55)
Years active1987—2002


Da Re was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is the son of the actor Aldo Ray (born Aldo Da Re), and is of Italian descent on his father's side. His mother is Johanna Ray, an award-winning casting director (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Showgirls), who did casting for Twin Peaks.

Da Re's first role was in the TV movie Into the Homeland in 1987, which was directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, who would later go on to direct Da Re in the show that brought him fame, Twin Peaks.[1] After a few more roles in TV movies he landed the role of Leo Johnson in the 1990 cult classic Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch. Da Re went on to work with Lynch again as a casting assistant for Wild at Heart (1990), as Leo Johnson in the Twin Peaks prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)[1] and as a property buyer for Lost Highway (1997).

In 1992 he was Bernie in Critters 4[1]. He also had roles in the Paul Verhoeven film Starship Troopers (1997)[1] and in Ted Bundy (2002).

He is sometimes credited as Eric Da Re, Eric DaRae or Eric Dare.

Eric attended Horace Mann elementary and Beverly Hills High School with fellow actor Nicolas Cage.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Into the Homeland Male Surfer #1 TV Movie
1989 Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! Chris (as Eric Da Re) Direct-to-video
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Leo Johnson
1992 Critters 4 Bernie
1994 Dead Connection Anthony the Bouncer
1995 The Takeover Venoku Direct-to-video
1995 Number One Fan Randall McSwain
1996 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Apartment Manager (as Eric da Re)
1997 Playing God Digiacomo
1997 Starship Troopers Medic
1997 The Player TV Movie
1998 Poodle Springs Guard TV Movie
2000 Lured Innocence Bartender (as Eric DaRae)
2001 Delivering Milo Doctor
2002 Ted Bundy Male Partygoer (as Eric Dare)


Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Flash Tyrone Episode: "Pilot"
1990-1991 Twin Peaks Leo Johnson 24 episodes (as Eric Da Re)
1993 SeaQuest 2032 Maxwell Episode: "To Be or Not to Be"
2000 NieA under 7 Nenji Yoshioka (voice only) 13 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks Leo Johnson Episode: "Part 17" (archive footage)


  1. ^ a b c d "Eric Da Re". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29.

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