About Robert Eli

Born and raised in West Hartford, CT, Rob is a proud graduate of The Juilliard School, Group 37.  He also trained at The Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and The National Theatre Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He is currently a member of The Actors Center in New York.  

Rob recurs as Principal Gilchrist on The Netflix series “The OA” produced by Plan B and Anonymous Content.  Recently he has appeared on NBC shows "Chicago Med" and "Blindspot". He is currently filming an episode of “Blue Bloods” for CBS and later this year will appear in the feature film “A+” starring friend and classmate Finn Wittrock.  Other television credits include "House of Cards”, “Elementary”, “Hostages”, “Fringe", “Civil”,  "All My Children", "Guiding Light", "As The World Turns" and "Odd Mom Out". 

On stage he has appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout’s Tony Award Nominated Production of Tartuffe, Lincoln Center’s World Premiere of Noah Haidle’s Saturn Returns (directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher), the World Premiere of The Pretty Trap (the one act original version of Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie opposite Katherine Houghton), as well as many more productions Off Broadway and Regionally including Williamstown, Westport Country Playhouse, The Alley, Long Wharf, The Old Globe, Chautauqua, The English Theatre of Frankfurt,  and a 20 year relationship with his home town theatre Hartford Stage, appearing in half a dozen productions, assistant directing, countless readings and workshops, most notably his award winning performances as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps and Macduff in Macbeth directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. Rob was most recently seen in the Primary Stages production of Perfect Arrangement at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Rob is also a competitive runner, a member of the NYRR, and has raised money through his running for The American Cancer Society, Team Hole in the Wall and created a scholarship in memory of his friend and classmate Jared Nathan for a Juilliard drama student. He competed in the 2016 New York City Marathon, finishing 6,950 out of 52, 273 runners.  

Rob is married to the most incredible woman in the world, his best friend Kate.