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 at a 2008 film screening
Michael Kevin Paré
October 9, 1958
|Education||The Culinary Institute of America|
(m. 1980; div. 1982)
(m. 1986; div. 1988)
|Partner(s)||Nancy Allen (1984–1985)|
Paré was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joan, a homemaker, and Francis Paré, who owned print shops. He has six sisters and three brothers. Paré's father was of French-Canadian ancestry. 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.
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), as well as Streets of Fire (1984) and The Philadelphia Experiment (1984). Paré also appeared in the 2012 remake of The Philadelphia Experiment. Other films included Moon 44 (1990), Village of the Damned (1995), Bad Moon (1996), Hope Floats (1998), and The Virgin Suicides (1999).
On television, Paré starred with Michael Beck in the CBS police drama Houston Knights in 1987–1988, as well as the short-lived 2001 science fiction television series Starhunter. The actor frequently appears in Uwe Boll's works.
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.
- Crazy Times (1981) as Harry
- The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983) as Tony Villicana
- Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) as Eddie Wilson
- Undercover (1983) as Max
- Streets of Fire (1984) as Tom Cody
- The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) as David Herdeg
- Space Rage (1985) as Grange
- Instant Justice (1986) as Scott Youngblood
- The Women's Club (1987) as Patrick
- World Gone Wild (1988) as George Landon
- Houston Knights (1987–1988) as Sgt. Joey La Fiamma
- Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989) as Eddie Wilson / Joe West
- Dragonfight (1990) as Moorpark
- Moon 44 (1990) as Felix Stone
- Il sole buio (1990) as Ruggero Brickman
- The Closer (1990) as Larry Freed
- Empire City (1991) as Joey Andre
- Killing Streets (1991) as Chris/Craig Brandt
- The Last Hour (1991) as Jeff
- Into the Sun (1992) as Capt. Paul Watkins
- Blink of an Eye (1992) as Sam Browning
- Sunset Heat (1992) as Eric Wright
- Point of Impact (1993) as Jack Davis
- Deadly Heroes (1993) as Brad Cartowski
- Warriors (1994) as Colin Neal
- Carver's Gate (1995) as Carver
- Lunarcop (1995) as Joe Brody
- Village of the Damned (1995) as Frank McGowan
- Triplecross (1995) as Teddy 'T.C' Cooper
- The Dangerous (1995) as Random
- Raging Angels (1995) as Colin
- The Colony (1996) as Alec Harken
- Coyote Run (1996) as Pershing Quinn
- Bad Moon (1996) as Uncle Ted
- Merchant of Death (1997) as Jim Randell
- 2103: The Deadly Wake (1997) as Tarkis
- Strip Search (1997) as Robby Durrell
- Falling Fire (1997) as Daryl Boden
- Hope Floats (1998) as Bill Pruitt
- Back to Even (1998) as Boyle
- October 22 (1998) as Gary
- The Virgin Suicides (1999) as Adult Trip Fontaine
- Men of Means (1999) as Rico 'Bullet' Burke
- Peril (2000) as Vincent
- Sanctimony (2000) as Jim Renart
- Space Fury (2000) as Konrad
- A Month of Sundays (2001) as Tomas McCabe
- Blackwoods (2002) as Sheriff Harding
- Heart of America (2002) as Will Prat
- Red Serpent (2003) as Steve Nichols
- Fate (2003) as Detective Cody Martin
- Starhunter (2000–2003) as Dante Montana
- Cold Case (2004) as Randy Price
- Gargoyle (2004) as Ty "Griff" Griffin
- Crash Landing (2005) as Captain Williams
- Komodo vs. Cobra (2005) as Mike A. Stoddard
- BloodRayne (2005) as Iancu
- Furnace (2006) as Detective Michael Turner
- Saurian (2006) as Jace Randall
- South Beach (2006) as Charlie Evans
- Seed (2007) as Detective Matt Bishop
- Polycarp (2007) as Detective Barry Harper
- Postal (2007) as Panhandler
- BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007) as Pat Garrett
- Dark World (2008) as Harry
- Ninja Cheerleaders (2008) as Victor Lazzaro
- 1968 Tunnel Rats (2008) as Sergeant Vic Hollowborn
- 100 Feet (2008) as Mike Watson
- Road to Hell (2008) as Tom Cody
- Alone in the Dark II (2008) as Willson
- Far Cry (2008) as Paul Summers
- The Perfect Sleep (2009) as Officer Pavlovich
- 1968: Tunnel Rats - Behind the Scenes (2009) as Sergeant Vic Hollowborn
- Direct Contact (2009) as Clive Connelly
- Rampage (2009) as Sheriff Melvoy
- Cool Dog (2009) as Dean Warner
- Job (2010) as Detective Remar
- Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010) as Oda
- Amphibious Creature of the Deep (original title: Amphibious 3D) (2010) as Jack Bowman
- Room and Board
- Blubberella (2011) as Commandant
- Bloodrayne: The Third Reich (2011) as Ekart Brand
- The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) as Detective Kurlen
- House (2011 TV show)
- The Philadelphia Experiment (2012) as Hagan
- Gone (2012) as Lt. Ray Bozeman
- Leverage (2012) as FBI Special Agent Dennis Powell (Season 4: Episode 17)
- Maximum Conviction (2012) as Chris Blake
- Assault on Wall Street (2013)
- Suddenly (2013)
- Real Gangsters (2013)
- How Sweet It Is (2013)
- The Big Fat Stone (2014)
- Bone Tomahawk (2015) as Mr. Wallington
- No Deposit (2015) as Mickey Ryan
- Sicilian Vampire (2015) as Sammy
- The Good, the Bad and the Dead (2015) as Sheriff Olson
- The Infiltrator (2016) as Barry Seal
- Traded (2016) as Clay Travis
- The Red Maple Leaf (2016)
- Nessie & Me (2016)
- Jason's Letter (2017)
- The Neighborhood (2017)
- Global Meltdown (2017)
- Battle of the Drones (2017) as Karl Kess
- Reborn (2018)
- A Christmas in Royal Fashion (2018)
- City of Lies (2018) as Varney
- Mayday (2019)
- Till Death (TBA) as Joey
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Best Actor: 2012
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