Michael Paré

Michael Kevin Paré (born October 9, 1958) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Streets of Fire (1984), The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Village of the Damned (1995), Hope Floats (1998), and The Virgin Suicides (1999).

Michael Paré
Michael Paré at a 2008 film screening
Michael Kevin Paré[1]

(1958-10-09) October 9, 1958 (age 61)
EducationThe Culinary Institute of America
OccupationActor, chef
Years active1981–present
(m. 1980; div. 1982)

Marisa Roebuck
(m. 1986; div. 1988)

Marjolein Booy
(m. 1992)
Partner(s)Nancy Allen (1984–1985)

Early lifeEdit

Paré was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joan, a homemaker, and Francis Paré, who owned print shops.[2] He has six sisters and three brothers. Paré's father was of French-Canadian ancestry.[3] His father died from leukemia when Paré was five, leaving his mother to raise the large family of children. Paré was working as a chef in New York City when he met a talent agent, Yvette Bikoff, who convinced him to try acting.[4]


His first starring role was as Tony Villicana on the television series The Greatest American Hero. His best-known film roles were as Eddie Wilson in Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) and its sequel Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989),[5] as well as Streets of Fire (1984)[6] and The Philadelphia Experiment (1984).[7] Paré also appeared in the 2012 remake of The Philadelphia Experiment. Other films included Moon 44 (1990), Village of the Damned (1995),[8] Bad Moon (1996),[9] Hope Floats (1998),[10] and The Virgin Suicides (1999).[11]

Paré won the Best Actor award at PollyGrind Film Festival for the film Road to Hell playing again the role of Tom Cody.[12]

On television, Paré starred with Michael Beck in the CBS police drama Houston Knights in 1987–1988,[2] as well as the short-lived 2001 science fiction television series Starhunter.[13] The actor frequently appears in Uwe Boll's works.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

He has married three times. His first wife (1980–1984) was film producer Lisa Katselas; his second wife, Marisa Roebuck (1986–1988); his present wife, Marjolein Booy (since 1992), a former fashion model, with whom he has one child.


Awards and nominationsEdit


PollyGrind Film Festival

  • Best Actor: 2012


  1. ^ "Michael Pare Biography (1959-)". Film Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Bobbin, Jay; Lawler, Sylvia (August 16, 1987). "HOUSTON KNIGHTS' TRIES AGAIN AT 8 P.M. TUESDAYS". The Morning Call. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Lyman, Rick (September 28, 1983). "MICHAEL PARE: COOKING ON SCREEN, NOT IN THE KITCHEN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D01.
  4. ^ Price, Jason (May 25, 2016). "BACK IN THE SADDLE: Michael Paré On His Career, Longevity and Role In 'Traded'". Icon Vs. Icon. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  5. ^ James, Caryn (August 18, 1989). "REVIEW/FILM; EDDIE DIDN'T DIE: HE JUST WENT FOR A SWIM". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 1, 1984). "SCREEN: 'STREETS OF FIRE'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2007.
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (August 17, 1984). "SCREEN: 'EXPERIMENT,' ON PHILADELPHIA PROJECT". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet (April 28, 1995). "FILM REVIEW; Demons' Eye Problems Compound Creepiness". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Thomas, Kevin (November 2, 1996). "'Bad Moon' a Straight-Ahead Werewolf Film". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Thomas, Kevin (May 29, 1998). "Buoyant 'Hope'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Thomas, Kevin (April 21, 2000). "'The Virgin Suicides' an Affecting, Somber Tale of Repressed Lives". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  12. ^ Moore, Debi (October 22, 2012). "Road to Hell Wins Nine Awards at PollyGrind Film Festival 2012". Dread Central. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Vlessing, Etan (September 16, 2013). "Canadian Sci-Fi Series 'Starhunter' to Relaunch as Web Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  14. ^ Child, Ben (October 28, 2016). "The 'world's worst director': are Uwe Boll's movies really that bad?". The Guardian. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  15. ^ Martin, Brett (May 14, 2008). "And the Award for Worst Director Ever Goes to…". GQ. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

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