George Coleman Eads III(born March 1, 1967) is an American actor, known for his role as Nick Stokes on the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He later starred as Jack Dalton on the CBS action-adventure series MacGyver for three seasons.
Eads was born and grew up in Belton, Texas. His father is Arthur “Cappy” Eads, a retired district attorney who died November 1, 2011. His mother is Vivian Baker (née Athens). George graduated from Belton High School (1985) and from Texas Tech University (1989) with a degree in marketing. In college, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Prior to beginning an acting career, Eads worked as a copy machine salesman, as well as selling first aid and safety supplies for Cintas.
Eads drove to Los Angeles, California in a pickup truck borrowed from his stepfather, to pursue his acting career. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he could only drive during the day because the truck had two broken headlights. Eads got his big break on the prime time soap opera Savannah, in which he played the conniving Travis Peterson and later Travis’s twin brother, Nick Corelli.
Eads guest-starred as paramedic Greg Powell on ER in 1997 and worked on several made-for-television films such as Crowned and Dangerous (1997).
In 2000, Eads became one of the lead characters of the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, in which he portrayed a Las Vegas forensic scientist named Nick Stokes.
Parallel to CSI, Eads worked on made-for-television films, such as 2003’s Monte Walsh and 2004’s Evel Knievel.
In August 2013, prior to CSI’s 14th season, Eads reportedly took a leave of absence after having an altercation with a writer from the show over what was described as “creative issues”. On November 25, 2014, it was announced that Eads would be leaving the show, which in any event was not renewed for the following season; he only missed the series finale television movie, Immortality.
From 2016 to 2019, Eads starred as Jack Dalton in CBS’s reboot series MacGyver. In 2018, while the series’ third season was filming, Eads asked to be released from his contract so he could spend more time with his young daughter who resides in Los Angeles, as MacGyver is filmed in Atlanta. Producers ultimately agreed with Eads being written out of the show but left open the opportunity for him to return as a guest star in the future. The February 1, 2019 episode “Father + Bride + Betrayal” was his last on MacGyver.
In 2011, Eads married Monika Casey. In January 2014, they were reported to be expecting their first child, and later that year, Casey gave birth to their daughter, Dylan. The couple divorced in 2015.
In other media
In March 2009, Eads was voted as one of TV Guide’s Sexiest Male Actors in the TV Guide’s “Sexiest Stars” issue. The “Sexiest Stars” issue voted The Mentalist’s Simon Baker as the Sexiest Male Actor. Eads was not discouraged by this, however, and said that he was very appreciative of his fans calling him “sexy”. “It’s sweet and kind. It makes me want to work harder for them. It makes me want to be sexier.”
|1994||Dust to Dust||Black Wolf|
|2019||The Battle of Jangsari||Colonel Stephen|
|1995||Strange Luck||J.R. Dean||1 episode|
|1996||The Ultimate Lie||Ben McGrath||TV movie|
|1996–1997||Savannah||Travis Peterson (pilot episode); as Nick Corelli (in the series)||26 episodes|
|1997||Crowned and Dangerous||Riley Baxter||TV movie|
|1997–1998||ER||Paramedic Greg Powell||3 episodes|
|2000||The Spring||Gus||TV movie|
|2000||Grapevine||Thumper Klein||5 episodes|
|2000–2015||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nick Stokes||Main; All 15 Seasons|
|2002||Just a Walk in the Park||Adam Willingford||TV movie|
|2002||Second String||Tommy Baker||TV movie|
|2003||Monte Walsh||Frank “Shorty” Austin||TV movie|
|2004||Evel Knievel||Evel Knievel||TV movie|
|2004||Justice League Unlimited||Captain Atom (voice)||Episode: “Initiation”|
|2008||Two and a Half Men||George||Episode: “Fish in a Drawer”|
|2010–2012||Young Justice||Barry Allen/Flash (voice)||5 episodes|
|2016–2019||MacGyver||Jack Dalton||Main 51 episodes|
|2017||Michael Jackson’s Halloween||Vincent’s Dad||TV Special|
|2020||This Is Us||Football Coach||2 episodes|