CSI’s Nick Stokes
“I got a lot of recognition from that role. I mean, like, I’d be in a Burger King getting a burger and the girl at the window goes, ‘Hey, you’re the guy who kissed Julianna Margulies on ER.’” George Eads on his character Nick Stokes
American actor George Eads first came to public notice as the striking paramedic who woos Julianne Margulies on the popular NBC series “ER” (1997-1998). He then made a name for himself as a TV star with his role as forensic investigator Nick Stokes on the hit CBS crime series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000-current), in which he earned a SAG Award and a Teen Choice nomination. Additionally, the charismatic and handsome actor has had roles in numerous TV films, including Crowned and Dangerous (1997), The Spring (2000), Just a Walk in the Park (2002), Second String (2002) and Evel Knievel (2004).
Personally speaking, Eads was once romantically involved with Monika Casey. The 5-foot-11-inch actor has two Harley Davidsons, a silver Cadillac Escalade and a Porsche 911. He is also part owner of the Hollywood eatery “CineSpace,” which is a “Dinner and a Movie” type of restaurant.
Childhood and Family:
George Coleman Eads III, who would later be famous as George Ends, was born on March 1, 1967, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Arthur Coleman “Cappy” Eads, a former district attorney, and Vivian Baker, a school superintendent. They later divorced. Growing up in Belton, Texas, 130 miles south of Fort Worth, George attended Belton High School, where he was excelled in football. After graduating in 1985, he studied marketing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he earned his degree in 1990. At college, he became a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. George has an older sister, Angela Eads Tekel, who is a lawyer in Waco, Texas.
After graduating from college, George Eads worked as a copy machine salesman before quitting his job to pursue a career in acting. A Texas native, he headed to Los Angeles, California, in 1994 by using a pickup truck borrowed from his stepfather. Eads made his film debut in the less than unforgettable Dust to Dust, in 1994, and had his first guest starring role in Fox’s “Strange Luck,” the next year. A costarring regular role on the short-lived Aaron Spelling drama “Savannah” and a supporting role in the NBC TV-movie drama The Ultimate Lie followed in 1996 before the young actor offered a notable recurring role on the NBC hit medical drama “ER” (1997-1998), where he was cast as Greg Powell, the attractive medic who threatens to woo nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) away from Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney). Also in 1997, he portrayed the former lover of a killed beauty queen in the ABC TV-movie Crowned and Dangerous, opposite Yasmine Bleeth.
Continuing to make his mark on television, Eads took on a supporting role, opposite Kyle MacLachlan, Alison Eastwood and Joseph Cross, in the supernatural thriller The Spring (NBC, 2000) and a regular role on the sitcom “Grapevine” (CBS, also 2000), as Thumper Klein, a womanizing sportscaster. Unlucky for Eads, the show was cancelled after only five episodes. The actor gained his big break when he won the role of Nick Stokes on the breakout hit crime drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (CBS, 2000-current). Also starring Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen, Eads and his co-stars soon found themselves part of a top-rated series on television. A top ten series in its first season, “CSI” received three Emmys and become the No. 1 hit in America by its third season.
Once a TV star, Eads started earning offers for more significant roles. He appeared in many television films while working regularly on the series, such as playing Adam Willingford on Just a Walk in the Park (2002, alongside Jane Krakowski), Tommy Baker in the football-themed Second String (2002, with Jon Voight) and Frank ‘Shorty’ Austin in the western Monte Walsh (2003, starred Tom Selleck). He also had a title role as the legendary daredevil in the TNT biopic Evel Knievel (2004).
Also in 2004, Eads and co-star Jorja Fox became the subject of hostile publicity. During income negotiations on the CSI show, the two were fired after reportedly not attending the first day of shooting during the series’ fifth season. The actor later explained that his absence from work was because of oversleeping, not salary disputes. Soon after, he and Fox were rehired by CBS to appear in the subsequent seasons. He then jointly won a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2005, and nabbed a 2006 Teen Choice nomination for Choice Actor, for his work the show.