Eric Close

'Without a Trace'

Eric Close had a close call a few months ago.

While shopping in a pet store with his 15-month-old daughter, he looked away for a moment, and when he turned back, she was gone. He became terrified, asked the store owners to close the place down and searched frantically.

“I thought to myself, ‘I’m doing a show about missing persons and my daughter is missing,’ ” says Close, who is one of the stars of the new CBS drama “Without a Trace.” She turned up almost immediately.

No harm done. But it was appropriate preparation for Close’s latest venture, playing Martin Fitzgerald, a rookie on a special FBI task force that is assigned to find missing persons.

“I loved it right away when I read it,” he says. “I’m always trying to look for different roles. I haven’t been involved in a story like this.”

Yet Close is among the ranks of the missing, at least in the eyes of the ardent followers of his last show, the canceled CBS drama “Now and Again.”

“You always go in wanting to do your best and hopefully it’ll find an audience and be successful. A lot of factors go into the longevity of a show. I try not to think too negatively,” he says.

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