Eric Barrett Winter (born July 17, 1976) is an American actor, author and former fashion model. He is known for his television roles as FBI Special Agent Craig O'Laughlin on CBS drama series The Mentalist (2010–2012), Dash Gardiner on the Lifetime fantasy-drama series Witches of East End (2013–2014), and Officer Tim Bradford on the ABC drama The Rookie. He is known for his film roles in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) and The Ugly Truth (2009).
Winter was born on July 17, 1976 in La Mirada, California. Grew up in La Puente, California Winter graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychology. To pay for college, he began modeling, and his career goal, which was to become a doctor, changed as he decided to pursue acting.
Before his acting roles, Winter was a male model and had some high-profile campaigns, such as one print campaign for Tommy Hilfiger. He appeared in a television commercial with Britney Spears for her fragrance, Curious.