Diverse performer Erick Kaffka continues to rise above any obstacles in his way to live out his dream of performing. His latest role is 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 on life, Erick continued acting and developed 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. He throughly enjoyed working with Orlando on his gait so he would look believable as a person with prosthetic legs. That role proved to be 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’.
One of Erick's goal in the realm of entertainment is 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.”
When he isn't pursuing his acting career with various roles in television and film, Erick stays active outdoors and enjoys boating, quading, writing and cooking. He is a terrific example of the value of rising above your personal challenges to make your dreams a reality.