NAME: Eddie | OCCUPATION: THESPIAN BABY!
FAVORITE ACTORS: Denzel, Russell Crowe, James Earl Jones, Laurence Olivier
FAVORITE ATHLETE: Ali, Deion Sanders, Lynn Swann, Walter Payton
FAVORITE SINGER: Michael Jackson, Weezy, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, R.Kelly
BIGGEST AMBITION: Acting greatness, seeing the world and philanthropy.
PERSONAL MOTTO: WHY CAN’T I BE ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS MENTIONED WITH PICASSO, MOZART, ALI AND BRANDO…WHY NOT!?
A POETIC OPENING
From the white-chalked, manicured fields of grass, to the hardwood floors of the stage, to the silver screen of Hollywood, Eddie Goines has transitioned from the National Football League to professional acting at its highest level. “I am incredibly blessed to have lost something I loved so dearly in football, and found something I’m equally passionate about in the wonderful world of acting.”
Eddie Goines was born to Gloria Jean Goines and Eddie Goines in Jackson, Tennessee, and raised in Lakeland, Florida. His mother gave him his winning smile and personality and ability to get along with virtually anyone, and his father instilled a discipline, determination and belief in him that is unshakable. The oldest of six, Eddie grew up an astute honor roll student and an elite football player.
FOOTBALL—THE GREATEST HEARTBREAK EVER
He attended one of the nations very best football programs in the Lakeland High School Dreadnaughts, and played under Coach Bill Castle, who was voted the Coach of the Century in the football rich state of Florida. After virtually no playing his first year at LHS and experiencing many doubts to his career, Eddie finally took the field and ended up producing one of the greatest careers the school and central Florida has ever seen.
Eddie was voted All-Area, All-State, and also made the All-Decade team and signed a scholarship to North Carolina State University. After sitting out his first season and at the end of the depth chart, Eddie quickly emerged as one of the all-time greats to play at N.C. State and the Atlantic Coast Conference, despite a career shortened by injury. He was a three time 1st All-Atlantic Coast Conference, an All-American, held virtually every school receiving record and is arguably the greatest receiver ever at a school that boast talents like NFL All-Pros Torrey Holt, Koren Robinson, Jerricho Cottchery, Haywood Jeffries, and Mike Quick.
Eddie also continued his excellence in the classroom. He was an Academic All-American and made the All-Academic Atlantic Coast Conference team four years in a row. He’s the only student-athlete in conference history to achieve such honors. Eddie Goines capped his career by being voted the Student Commencement Speaker at the spring Graduation Ceremonies.
Eddie’s football career came to an unfortunate end the eighth game of the season, when he tore his knee and needed re-constructive surgery. The Seattle Seahawks still drafted him. Injury riddled seasons and numerous major knee surgeries followed throughout his three years in Seattle and a fourth with the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts. He was never healthy enough to play, and soon he and his love—football, parted ways.
THE EVOLUTION OF THE THESPIAN—New York
After a brief stint as a news and television reporter, another love grabbed a hold of Eddie. He met acting and it was love at first sight. Eddie began his acting career in New York. His first play was under the legendary Gertrude Jeanette in Harlem. She taught him as much as any acting coach or director has since. Afterwards, he was ready to embrace his newfound passion and bombard his newly minted aspirations. More theatre followed along with indie films and then numerous appearances on all of the soap operas: All My Children, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and Guiding Light.
Eddie’s first major break was co-starring with Charles Barkley in a Coors Beer commercial directed by the great Spike Lee. He also did commercials for products like Dockers, Jordache, and Nike to name a few. A little known fact, and one of the last big jobs for Eddie in New York, is that he played the main character, C.J., in the record breaking video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” Another interesting tidbit is that Eddie has been chosen as the featured model on the box cover for two major hair companies. The first was Soft Sheen in which the box featuring him never made it to the shelf. The second is Just For Men, and is still currently on the shelves.
THE CITY OF DREAMS- Los Angeles
The whole time he was making strides in New York, he couldn’t avoid the calling of the screens of Hollywood. Upon arriving he immediately booked Passions and an indie film. Shows such as Las Vegas, Law & Order, and My Name is Earl, amongst others, have followed. He’s also remained loyal to the theatre with lead roles in hit plays: L.A. Weekly Theatre Pick of the Week’s “Lesson Before Dying,” long running cabaret show “Harlems Night,” Will Smith produced and Random House author Donald B. Welch’s “My Brothers Keeper,” and award winning playwright Levy Lee Simon’s “Same Train.”
Last year Eddie was in the blockbuster movie debut in the hit film “American Gangster” starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. This smash hit broke box office records all over the world. It was a thrill for him to be in his fist major feature with his two favorite contemporary actors. The fan favorite horror film “Marco Polo,” in which he plays the lead role, made its debut in the American Black Film Festival. Marco Polo received a Best Feature nomination for the festival and was a fan favorite.
IF I WERE A BOY… BEYONCE!
An unexpected thrill came in an opportunity to work with the top entertainer in the world, Beyonce Knowles. Eddie plays her romantic lead in the hit song “If I Were a Boy.” The video has burned up the charts, and is being talked about as a leading candidate for video of the year. “If I Were A Boy” comes across as a mini-film as it delves into common problems that riddle relationships across the world. This powerful video is one to remember.
Eddie continues to audition and creates his own projects as well through his production company NYAD (Not Your Average Dreamer).
Eddie Goines is driven to achieve greatness, and wants his name right alongside the Denzels, Brandos, James Earls, Oliviers, and Poitiers. Hopefully in time we’ll say . . . Goines. He thanks God for the opportunities given to him and he thanks all of his family, friends, and fans for their continued support.