Exciting Up and Coming actor Erick Kaffka appearing in Untold Stories of the ER on March 14th on the Discovery Health Channel.
Diverse performer Erick Kaffka can be seen in an upcoming episode of "Untold stories of the ER" on March 14th on the Discovery Health channel. Erick plays a soldier wounded in Iraq who has lost his legs, a role that hits close to home for the talented actor.
In 1999, Erick was involved in a tragic accident that resulted in him becoming a double leg amputee. With a positive attitude, and a new outlook Erick continues acting and to develop a niche using his new skills with a wheelchair and prosthetics. He is still able to do "walking" roles so Erick's acting horizons have broadened to include Military and specialized amputee roles.
In 2001, he appeared as the body/stunt double for Orlando Jones in "Say it Isn't So". Orlando's character was a double amputee and CGI allowed the film studio to combine Erick's body with Orlando's face. Erick was painted from head to toe to look like he was African American and wore an afro wig. He had fun working with Orlando on his gait so he would look believable as a person with prosthetic legs. That role was a great confidence booster for Erick after his accident. Being one of a few double amputee actors in North America has put Erick on the radar for movie and television studios needing specific roles to be filled.
Scouted by a John Casablanca agent for modeling in 1997, Erick signed on and quickly branched into acting realizing that he really wanted to act for the rest of his life. He has appeared in several movies and television shows filmed in Vancouver and California including 'First Wave', 'Welcome to Paradox' and 'Police Academy: The Series'. As a stunt double you have seen him in 'Stargate SG-1' and 'The Sentinel,'
Born in Canada, Erick grew up in Southern California in Lompoc and Dana Point before moving to British Columbia. He attended Business Management at Capilano College and Sauder School of Business.
Erick would like the opportunity to address the perception that people with disabilities are limited. He had a "down" period like anyone when he lost his legs and stopped acting. "All it takes is a period of learning about yourself and how to do things differently. I am more positive today then ever, " says Erick. "The human spirit is powerful and can help you overcome anything. More than anything, I never want anyone to pity me."
Erick currently lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with his wife Alicia and his family. Erick enjoys boating, quading, writing and cooking. He previously owned a Mexican restaurant and can cook a mean Aztec rice dish and tortilla pie. His workouts consist of rolling his chair around all day, climbing stairs on his hands and boxing in his home gym. A type 1 diabetic, Erick supports the Canadian Diabetes Association and the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
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