Ever Wondered What Happened To This Sanford & Son Actor? Found Him!

Posted On : October 14, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 5.23.35 PMFirst off, can somebody point us in the direction of the fountain of youth Eric Laneuville is sipping from? Back in the day he often played characters that were younger than what his real age was and now we see why.
eric now2 Like we mentioned earlier, Eric is now 63, but he looks more like 43! Could his anti-aging have something to do with the fact that he’s been living a well-off, stress-free life? Based on how his career has been thriving behind the scenes, probably so.

You see, our main man Eric is a very in-demand director who has directed far more TV shows and movies than he’s acted in roles, and has been doing so for the past few decades, ever since the mid 80’s.

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St. Elsewhere cast

Sure we’ve seen Eric in various shows like St. Elsewhere and Room 222 back in the day, but it’s his director’s hat that has kept him in the biz. He’s directed TV shows that range from Doogie Howser, ER, and Everybody Hates Chris, to the TV show he’s currently directing, which is the ABC TV drama series, Mistresses. We would name all of his credentials, but we’d be here all night…it’s that many, so hopefully we’ve given you a good taste of Eric’s range and how many projects he’s touched and turned to platinum.
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Eric Laneuville on the set of "Mistresses"
Eric Laneuville on the set of “Mistresses”

In 2014 Eric, along with Debbie Allen and Stan Lathan, were honored by the Director’s Guild of America for ‘their outstanding careers in television and their groundbreaking contributions to greater diversity behind the camera.’

Director's Guild of America execs with Eric Laneuville (2nd from left); Debbie Allen (3rd from left); and Stan Lathan 3rd from right)
Director’s Guild of America execs with Eric Laneuville (2nd from left); Debbie Allen (3rd from left); and Stan Lathan 3rd from right)

As far as Eric’s personal life, he’s pretty much the type of cat who likes to fly under the media radar, but we do know that he has a son named Sean Laneuville and the guy pictured below has been reported as being his son, Sean. We have received no confirmation that this guy is in fact his son, but they actually look alike and this guy’s name is in fact Sean Laneuville, so check out this pic of Sean but don’t quote us on this one, LOL…
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Eric has a younger brother, who was also the winner of the 5th season of the reality TV contest, Amazing Race. His name is Chip and below is a photo of him and his big brother hanging out…

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Eric Laneuville with his brother, Chip.

Overall it’s still hard to get those images of “Esther” and “Woodrow’s” adopted son out my head whenever I see Eric Laneuville’s face, no matter how old he gets. Eric has come a long way since his Sanford and Son days, but the impression he left on us old schoolers as the teenager with the big ‘fro will forever be etched in our old school memories.
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