Erich was born and raised in Northern California and grew up playing like a performing artist and acting like a basketball player. In an effort to add letters, he entered a study abroad program in Hanoi and during this experience he researched sustainable development and studied the languages, cultures, and histories of Southeast Asia. Erich had found his calling and not long after graduating from University he relocated from California to Thailand.
Soon after arriving, Erich began working regularly in Thailand's local entertainment industry. He has worked extensively in the Thai and the international entertainment industry in various aspects of acting and production. For more than a dozen years he has been involved in local and international feature films, television dramas, action series, international, local TV commercials, music videos and various other television programs.
Erich went on to work with award winning Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang in the short film "Twelve Twenty" (2006) as Tim, the father of Thai sex symbol Paula Taylor, in the popular Thai TV3 series "Lady Maha-chon" (2006). He also worked with Paula in her TV debut "La-org-tet" in 2002 and again in the US feature film "Shadows" (2009) starring William Hurt and Cary Elwes.
Erich won the hearts of the Thai people for his role in the popular film "7 Pra-jan-barn" (2002) where he played the role of Mike the bootlegging GI who made his living by selling American oil to the Thais. This role quickly pushed Erich into the limelight making him a household name and a genuine celebrity in Thailand. In 2010 he worked on two video films dedicated to the Thai people. One film "Two Hands", he played a documentarian was created in honor of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Erich also played the role of Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu/Phraya Cholayuthyothin in "Siam Indra Prayot-ying", a film dedicated to Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramintharamaha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua or Rama 5, King Chulalongkorn.
Erich has appeared in numerous other feature film and TV projects including "Lazarus Papers" (2009), award winning film "Bitter/Sweet" (2009), "Bootleg Guru" (2005), "Gaeng mai gaeng mai geeow" (2005), "Lanka Daeng" (2004), "Champion Sabat-cho" (2003), "Mai Plaek Pba" (2001), "Pet Dta Maew" (2000), "Amnaad" (1999) and HBO production "A Bright Shining Lie" (1998) starring Bill Paxton and Eric Bogosian.
After an illustrious career in the Thailand Entertainment industry, Erich has relocated back to CA to pursue other opportunities in the US Entertainment industry.
Name: Erich Fleshman
Lives in: Oakland, California
Occupation: Actor and Voice Artist