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Short Info

Net Worth$25 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 30, 1963
SpouseMichelle Morán
MarkRasping voice
FactHe does charity work pertaining to autism, as Vic's son on The Shield (2002) suffers from the condition.

Michael Chiklis is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles in the FX police drama The Shield, the ABC superhero drama Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Fox science fiction police procedural The Commish.

Chiklis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1963, the son of Katherine (née Kokonos) and Charlie Chiklis. His mother is of Greek descent, and his father is of English and Armenian ancestry. He has two sisters, Dana and Nicole. He was raised in Andover, Massachusetts, and began his acting career in local theater productions.

Chiklis attended Andover High School, and then studied acting at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began his television career with guest roles on a number of shows, including The Commish, L.A. Law, and Doogie Howser, M.D..

In 2001, Chiklis won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series for his role as Detective Vic Mackey on The Shield. He has also starred in a number of films, including Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and American Ultra (2015).

Chiklis has been married to his wife, Michelle, since August 1992. They have two daughters, Olivia and Stella.

As of 2020, Michael Chiklis’ net worth is $30 million. He earns a salary of $100 thousand per episode of The Shield.

General Info

Full NameMichael Chiklis
Net Worth$25 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 30, 1963
Height1.7 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Musician, Film producer, Voice Actor, Television Director
EducationAndover High School, Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston University


SpouseMichelle Morán
ChildrenAutumn Chiklis, Odessa Chiklis
ParentsKatherine Chiklis, Charlie Chiklis
SiblingsPeter Chiklis


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, VGX Award for Best Performance by a Human Male
MoviesFantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Parker, When the Game Stands Tall, Eagle Eye, Rise: Blood Hunter, Spirited Away, The Rain Killer, Do Not Disturb, Pawn, Wired, The Three Stooges, Nixon, High School, Soldier, Taxman, Rupture, Body and Soul, Vince Uncensored
TV ShowsVegas, No Ordinary Family, The Shield, Daddio, The Commish, American Horror Story, Gotham, Heavy Gear

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#Marks / Signs
1Rasping voice
2Bald head and bold blue eyes


1The best part of being married is, everything we face in life, we face as a team. I don't do a thing - professionally or personally - without discussing it with my wife.
2Some people have questioned whether or not I can play a nice guy. Sometimes you can't win for losing.
3That pesky acting career has always gotten in the way of me doing something with music.
4I think one of the most humiliating moments of my life was putting on spandex, personally. It's always nice when four women pull you into spandex when you're in jockey shorts. Yeah.
5Prior to 'The Shield,' basic cable was just a wasteland of reruns and NASCAR. When we came along, I think there was a collective, 'Hey, if they can do that, why can't we?' from the basic-cable networks of the world. We ended up being the cornerstone for a network, and a great one.
6I usually work from the inside out but sometimes in comedy it's fun to work from the outside in.
7It's much less interesting as an actor playing someone who's purely good or purely evil.
8I've been a musician my whole life. I'm really enjoying making music again.
9Patience has never been my strong suit.
10I'm a workaholic. I could easily work 300-plus days of the year.
11My wife and I met when each of us was dragged to a party we didn't want to go to by friends. I was coming off a bad injury, but my roommate insisted I get out of the house and be around people. God love our friends; we've been together 20 years now!
12The most challenging part of being a dad is self-restraint. So often your instinct is to teach and tell. I am constantly reminding myself to listen to them.
13When something that occupies a giant space in your life comes to an end, then you have to go through a mourning period. I loved 'The Shield.' It was one of the hardest and one of the greatest experiences of my life. But having said that, I'm always thinking about what's next.
14I am the first to admit my iPad is the coolest thing in the world, but when we can be in a room together and really connect, or leave the gadgets home and go for a hike, then I'm happy.
15(1999) After Wired (1989), everyone was afraid to touch me for fear of reprisal. It was a bittersweet situation. All of a sudden, I was starring in a major motion picture and the next thing you know, I'm being asked by reporters, 'Do you think you'll be blackballed?' I literally went from appearing at the Cannes Film Festival, with the whole international press corps asking me questions, to being alone in my one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn with the phone not ringing. All the dreams and aspirations I'd ever had in my life were in question. It was a humbling, scary experience.
16A bricklayer lays bricks. I'm an actor, that's what I do.


1Loves music, plays in a band and is an accomplished drummer.
2Is training in the Greek martial art of Pankration and Muay Thai Kickboxing once a week.
3Comic book writing legend and icon Stan Lee quoted Chiklis' performances as The Thing/Ben Grimm in both Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) as being his favorite of all the Marvel Comic characters to be adapted onto live film.
4The Fantastic Four (2005) co-star is a lifelong comic book fan, and rarely turns down an autograph request from children.
5As a kid, Michael was fiercely competitive in sports as he excelled in baseball, football, swimming, hockey and karate.
6Is a huge fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox.
7He loves classic rock.
8His real daughter, Autumn Chiklis, plays his character, Vic Mackey's, daughter Cassidy on The Shield (2002) He has said that his daughter is not to witness any violence on the show and is to be kept apart from all scenes except for the scenes she is in.
9His worst job was "unloading 18 wheel trucks for 12 hours a day".
10Always knew he wanted to be an actor even when advised against it by his parents who still supported him when he chose to act.
11His father owns a beauty salon.
12Has a brother called Peter.
13He is very proud of his Greek heritage and encourages his daughters to learn about Greece.
14Growing up, he liked the heroic comic book character Ben Grimm, aka The Thing of the Fantastic Four. In fact, at the age of 18, he told his brother that if a Fantastic Four movie was ever made, he would play Ben Grimm. He lived his fantasy and got to play what he called "my dream role" in 2005 when he played the character in Fantastic Four (2005).
15Is the only actor from Fantastic Four (2005) that is actually a fan of the comic book series.
16He does charity work pertaining to autism, as Vic's son on The Shield (2002) suffers from the condition.
17Moved to New York City the day of his graduation to pursue his career.
18His father is of Greek descent. His maternal grandfather was also of Greek origin, while his maternal grandmother was of half Irish and half English ancestry.
19After his series Daddio (2000) went off the air, his wife suggested that Chiklis slim his weight down and change his self image with a different look and a totally different acting part, even if they have to create one themselves for him. He then shaved his head, lost more than 40 pounds, worked out vigorously and the two of them started to write a "rogue cop" movie role for him. Chiklis eventually read The Shield (2002)'s pilot script (originally called "Rampart"), which was similar to his "rogue cop" movie script, and aggressively pursued the part of Vic Mackey until he got it. When he read for the the part, he channeled "anger" by being furious at the prospect of not getting it.
20Chosen over 200 other candidates for the role of John Belushi in the fantasy biography Wired (1989).
21Daughter, Odessa, was born in 1999.
22Daughter, Autumn Chiklis , was born on October 9, 1993.




Gotham2015-2016TV SeriesNathaniel Barnes
The Simpsons2016TV SeriesBoston American's Quarterback
Rupture2016/IBald Man
The Do-Over2016Carmine
Cuckoo2015TV MovieKen
Axe Cop2015TV Series
American Horror Story2014-2015TV SeriesDell Toledo
Sons of Anarchy2014TV SeriesMilo
When the Game Stands Tall2014Terry Eidson
Tough Justice2014Video short
Vegas2012-2013TV SeriesVincent Savino
Vince Uncensored2011TV MovieVince
No Ordinary Family2010-2011TV SeriesJim Powell
Two Men Have a Conversation2011Short
The Legend of Secret Pass2010Calabar (voice)
High School2010Dr. Leslie Gordon
The Shield2002-2008TV SeriesVic Mackey
Eagle Eye2008Defense Secretary Callister
The Fantasticar: State of the Art2007Video short
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer2007The Thing Ben Grimm
Rise: Blood Hunter2007Clyde Rawlins
The Shield2007Video GameDetective Vic Mackey (voice)
Fantastic Four2005/IBen Grimm
Fantastic Four2005Video GameBen Grimm (voice)
Stuart Little2003TV SeriesTiger
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina2002VideoRoman / King Webster (voice)
Heavy Gear: The Animated Series2001TV SeriesLt. Jan Augusta (voice)
Family Guy2000-2001TV SeriesHenessy / Cartoony Crewman / Mechanic / ...
Spirited Away2001Chihiro's Father (English version, voice)
Daddio2000TV SeriesChris Woods
Body and Soul2000Tiny O'Toole
The Three Stooges2000TV MovieJerome 'Curly' Howard
Godzilla: The Series2000TV Series
Carlo's Wake1999Marco
Last Request1999ShortVictim
St. Michael's Crossing1999TV SeriesBenjamin Arensen
Do Not Disturb1999Hartman
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles1999TV SeriesLt. Ross
Soldier1998/IJimmy Pig
Taxman1998Andre Rubakov
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesMatt Colletti
The Commish1991-1996TV SeriesTony Scali
Nixon1995TV Director
Seinfeld1991TV SeriesSteve Pocatello
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage1991TV SeriesOtis
L.A. Law1990-1991TV SeriesJimmy Hoffs
Maverick Square1990TV MovieFat Nicky
The Rain Killer1990Reese
Murphy Brown1990TV SeriesTony Rocket
Wiseguy1989TV SeriesCarlo Spoletta
Wired1989John Belushi
B.L. Stryker1989TV Series
Miami Vice1989TV SeriesNYPD Det. Jeffrey Whitehead


Vegas2012-2013TV Series co-executive producer - 21 episodes
No Ordinary Family2010-2011TV Series co-executive producer - 16 episodes
The Shield2004-2008TV Series producer - 58 episodes


Vegas2013TV Series 1 episode
The Shield2004-2008TV Series 4 episodes


High School2010performer: "Make Me High" / writer: "Make Me High"


Building Vegas2013Video short special thanks


Harry2016TV SeriesHimself
We the People: The Market Basket Effect2016DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Player / Himself - Panelist
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself (segment "Mean Tweets") / Himself - American Horror Story: Freak Show / ...
World Premiere2014TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2014TV SeriesHimself
Building Vegas2013Video shortHimself
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2005-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
CBS Cares2013TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2012TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2012TV SeriesHimself
America in Primetime2011TV Series documentaryHimself / Vic Mackey, The Shield
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular2011TV MovieHimself - Host
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2011TV SeriesHimself
The View2011TV SeriesHimself
The 37th Annual People's Choice Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter, Favorite Female Artist
Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
2010 American Music Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The ABC 2010 Red Carpet Premiere Event: No Ordinary Dramas2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHimself
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Moving Pictures Live!2010TV SeriesHimself
Last Call: The Final Episode2009Video documentary shortHimself
Eagle Eye: Is My Cell Phone Spying on Me?2008Video shortHimself
Eagle Eye on Location: Washington D.C.2008Video shortHimself
American Idol2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Rise of the Silver Surfer: Character Design with Spectral Motion2007Video shortHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2007TV SeriesHimself
Total Request Live2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
2007 MTV Movie Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The 2007 TV Week Logie Awards2007TV SpecialHimself / Ben Grimm (uncredited)
Deep Inside2007TV SeriesHimself
Life After Film School2007TV SeriesHimself
Rise of the Silver Surfer: Behind the Scenes Production Diaries2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Under the Skin2005Video documentary shortDetective Vic Mackey
Fantastic Tour2005Video documentary shortHimself
Making of 'Fantastic Four'2005Video shortHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2005TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2005TV SeriesHimself
2005 MTV Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Last Call with Carson Daly2005TV SeriesHimself
Dinner for Five2005TV SeriesHimself
Super Bowl XXXIX2005TV SpecialHimself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series [Drama]
Casting Session2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Shield: Breaking Episode 3152005Video documentaryHimself
Whose Curse Is Worse?: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
ESPY Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The 31st Annual American Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Curse of the Bambino2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
ESPY Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years of Hope and Humor2003TV SpecialHimself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hollywood Squares2000TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Dish2000TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual Drama Desk Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge1995TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Hey Moe, Hey Dad!2015TV Series documentaryHimself & various characters
Planet Voice2007TV SeriesBen Grimm
Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino2004TV Movie documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaThe Shield (2002)
2003Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Shield (2002)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Shield (2002)
2002TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Shield (2002)

Nominated Awards

2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActorAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story (2011)
2006MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TeamFantastic Four (2005)
2005Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Shield (2002)
2005OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Shield (2002)
2004Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Shield (2002)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Shield (2002)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Shield (2002)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Shield (2002)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaThe Shield (2002)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Shield (2002)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a New Drama SeriesThe Shield (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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