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Eric Petersen

Eric Petersen

In TV Land's upcoming original sitcom "Kirstie," Eric Petersen plays Arlo, the son that Maddie (Kirstie Alley) gave up for adoption at birth and suddenly turns up at her door looking to connect.

A veteran of the stage, Eric began doing theatre at Glenbard North High School in a suburb of Chicago. After graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, with a degree in Theatre Performance and Radio/TV, Eric took his first professional job at the famous Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan. It was there that he met his wife, fellow actress Lisa Marie Morabito.

The next stop for Eric was New York City, where he would live and work for 7 years. He took part in numerous workshops and readings of new plays and musicals before landing his big break as the lead in the 1st National Tour of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in the role of William Barfe. After touring the country for a year, Eric started his TV career with an appearance as a Bad Santa on "As The World Turns." He then was cast as a series regular in the Comedy Central pilot "Evan & Gareth: Trying To Get Laid," and also appeared on such New York series as "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU."

Eric made his Broadway debut in "Shrek: The Musical" as the standby for the role of Shrek while also appearing in the show as Papa Ogre and one of the Three Pigs. He then was cast as Shrek in the show's first National Tour. Eric's daughter Sophia Marie Petersen was actually born on the road and spent the entire first year of her life traveling the country with mom and dad.

After "Shrek," Eric, Lisa and Sophie decided to relocate to Los Angeles. Eric found success relatively quickly in the TV world with appearances on "Modern Family," "G.C.B.," and the hit Disney Chanel shows "Jessie" and "Pair Of Kings." He also returned to NYC for a stint in the hit Broadway play "Peter & The Starcatcher" before being cast in "Kirstie." Follow Eric Petersen on Twitter