Eric Bruskotter (born March 22, 1966) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Cleveland Indians rookie Catcher Rube Baker in Major League II and Major League: Back to the Minors as well as his role as Private Scott Baker in the TV series Tour Of Duty. Bruskotter has an identical twin brother named Karl.
Bruskotter started acting in the mid-‘80s appearing in television shows like Mr. Belvedere and Amazing Stories. He gained notoriety when he appeared in the film Can't Buy Me Love in 1987. Later that year he appeared as Private Scott Baker in the TV series Tour of Duty, which followed the trials and tribulations of an army platoon, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam war. His identical twin brother, Karl Bruskotter (who sported a slightly different hairstyle so viewers could tell the two apart) also had a guest appearance on the series as Scott Baker's twin brother with a knack for causing mischief, Private Karl Baker. Bruskotter left the series after its first season, but reprised his role in a guest appearance during the show's third and final season.
After two seasons, he returned to feature films with roles on such films as Crimson Tide and In the Line of Fire. He is perhaps more known for his role as Rube Baker in Major League II and Major League: Back to the Minors. In 1997, Bruskotter had a role in the science fiction film Starship Troopers. During the film shoot he met Tami-Adrian George, who would accidentally kill his character in the movie and purposefully marry him in real life.
In the season 2 episodes of Sports Night entitled Kyle Whitaker's Got Two Sacks and The Reunion, he played Kyle Whitaker, an NFL player on an unnamed Cleveland based team who gets suspended because he is one of 6 other players caught in an illegal steroid abuse ring in which they got oral steroids illegally thru prescription fraud. In "the Reunion" Eric physically appears. The character is important to the back story to a main character Dana Whitaker a producer of the sport night sports show in the television show.
In 2007, Eric appeared in two episodes of 24 during Season 6.
In 2011, Eric appears as a suitor of Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) on Glee. He plays football recruiter/talent scout Cooter Menkins.
Eric is currently married to Tami-Adrian George. He is also a volunteer with the Best Friends Animal Society, an animal rescue group based in Kanab, UT. He usually works in the Cat Meet and Greet Tent during the Super Pet Adoption Festivals. He has also appeared in 2 different episodes of "Walker Texas Ranger," The episodes were Season 4 Episode 8 "The Lynching" as "Jonah Nelson". and Season 5 Episode 18 "Devil's Turf" as "Joey O'Bannon". and both times he played a mentally challenged young man.