If you are a fan of the CBS show, NCIS: Los Angeles, without a doubt you are very familiar with Barrett Foa. He has been playing the character, Eric Beale, on the show as part of the main cast since 2009. The actor who plays the hunky intelligence analyst has been an actor in Hollywood since 2001, eight years before he made his debut on the popular cop show.
For many television fans, Barrett Foa is one of the few household names that stand out as the number of actors and actress in the medium continues its exponential increase due to the explosion in popularity of television as the leading form of entertainment. Here is a quick look at the life of one of television’s favorite actors.
Barrett Foa’s Biography
Certainly, there are those who might not be familiar with Barrett, especially a minority of television fans who are not keen on the police procedural genre. For those people, they might not know that the actor, who began his life as a professional actor at the turn of the millennium in 2001 was born on the 18th of September, 1977.
Barrett Foa was born in New York City, specifically in Manhattan. He was born to parents, Linda Rimanich and Conrad Foa. He was one of two children born to his parents, with the other being a brother named Justin.
Barrett Foa has so far been an excellent television actor and that display of excellence can be traced back to his time as a child. At the age of three, the Manhattan-born actor was able to put together a puzzle in record time. This feat earned him a place in the prestigious Dalton School, where he spent his middle and high school years.
During his time at Dalton, Foa frequently attended a summer program at Interlochen Arts Camp where he fell in love and began the pursuit of a career in theatre. Following high school graduation, Barrett Foa proceeded to the University of Michigan where he continued his interest in theatre as a profession by studying theatrical studies. He graduated from the program with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in musical theatre performance. His training also included time at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in London, where he studied Shakespeare and acting.
When it comes to becoming an actor, especially a good one, the academic experience is never enough and Barrett Foa, before he was spewed out of school as one of the thousands of fresh graduates, began taking internships at Johnson-Liff Casting. While there, Foa got a real-life understanding of the casting process and what is expected of an actor.
When most college students took their summer to relax and have fun with their families and childhood friends, Foa used his summers as a means to further improve his knowledge and experience of his chosen field. Among the above-mentioned summer activities, he spent time working with different summer stock theater groups such as the notable Maine State Music Theatre and New London Barn Playhouse.
That dedication is why it comes as no surprise that he got his first major role in college, getting cast to play Jesus in an off-Broadway production of Godspell. His first Broadway production came in 2001 as part of the original cast of the hit musical, Mamma Mia!
Early on into his career, Barrett Foa spent several years working in the theatre for various productions before he made his debut onscreen as Dylan in an episode of Six Degrees. He starred as a guest star for a couple of shows before he was cast as part of the main cast for NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009. So far, the actor has starred in a total of nine onscreen roles, all of which are on television.
Barrett Foa has quite an extensive career in theater and much more than that is his time as Eric Beale on NCIS: Los Angeles. Having been appearing on the show since 2009 as part of the show’s main cast, it isn’t a surprise that the actor has been able to build a total net worth of $3 million. He currently lives in a house worth $1.3 million.
Are Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith Married?
There are many pieces of evidence that show that Barrett is quite a talented actor. One of them is his onscreen relationship with actress Renee Felice Smith his co-star on NCIS: Los Angeles. Their onscreen chemistry on the show as lovers was so strong that it sparked rumors of both of them being in a real-life relationship. Unfortunately, they are not actually dating in real life, they are just simply great actors.
Is He Gay?
Those who might be disappointed in the news about Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith can be soothed by the fact that Barrett is a gay man. The actor came out on the social media platform Instagram on 23rd of February, 2019 when he announced he would be starring on the iconic show, Will & Grace as a love interest for Will.