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SpouseMarjolein Booy, Marisa Roebuck, Lisa Katselas
MarkHooded blue eyes
FactContrary to persistent rumors, he was not the original choice to play the Punisher/Frank Castle in The Punisher (1989).

Michael Paré is an American actor, best known for his roles in the films “Eddie and the Cruisers” and “The Philadelphia Experiment”.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Paré began his acting career in the early 1980s with roles in the films “Fame” and “Fort Apache, The Bronx”. He went on to star in the 1984 film “Eddie and the Cruisers”, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

Paré’s other notable film roles include “The Philadelphia Experiment” (1984), “Streets of Fire” (1984), “The Virgin Suicides” (1999), and “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (2009). He has also appeared in numerous television series, including “Miami Vice” (1984-1985), “Moonlighting” (1985-1989), “ER” (1997-1998), and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1999-2001).

Paré has been married twice and has three children. His first marriage was to actress Theresa Russell from 1984 to 1993. His second marriage is to actress Cindy Ambuehl, with whom he has two children.

Paré has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameMichael Paré
Height1.85 m
EducationThe Culinary Institute of America


SpouseMarjolein Booy, Marisa Roebuck, Lisa Katselas
ParentsFrancis Paré, Joan Paré


MoviesStreets of Fire, Eddie and the Cruisers, Bad Moon, Traded, The Philadelphia Experiment, Village of the Damned, The Virgin Suicides, Hope Floats, Maximum Conviction, BloodRayne: The Third Reich, The Lincoln Lawyer, Rampage, Komodo vs. Cobra, Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!, Moon 44, Bone Toma...
TV ShowsStarhunter, Houston Knights, The Greatest American Hero

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#Marks / Signs
1Muscular physique
2Hooded blue eyes
3Deep raspy voice


1[on Streets of Fire (1984)] They told me that it was going to be a trilogy. What happened was that all of the people that made Streets of Fire left Universal Studios and went to 20th Century Fox. It was made at Universal, so they owned the rights to the story. So it was left behind. I was told by Joel Silver that the sequel was going to be set in the snow, and the following film would be set in the desert.
2[on Rick Moranis] Here is the thing... in movies you aren't supposed to do things for real. You can't really hit someone, you can't really stab someone. Someone will get hurt. A comedian can go at you full bore because he can't inflict any physical damage. He drove me nuts. Some people say that our relationship is the best work in the film. It was a very antagonistic relationship. When I looked at him, I had some very serious anger towards him. In reality, what I should've done was punched him right in the face the minute that he got into the car in that first scene. It would've been funny to have Rick wear a bandage across his nose the end film.
3[on Bad Moon (1996)] I was living in Holland and I happened to be in L.A. and I got a call that Eric [Red] wanted to meet me. So I met him on the Warner Brothers lot and it was with his producer, I think. And I had read the script a couple times... especially the transformation sequence, you know, in the Blue Room or whatever that restaurant is on the lot. And I told him I loved it, I loved the story and I'd love to be in a werewolf movie. I then went on specifically about the transformation sequence and he's like, "Yep, yep, uh huh. We shoot in Vancouver." And so I said, "Okay, what's the next step, what do I have to do to get this?" and he said, "Just say yes.".
4[on Streets of Fire (1984)] It was a big action movie that they were going to shoot in Hollywood. Eddie and the Cruisers had been made for five million dollars. So that wasn't really a big film budget wise. Streets of Fire was going to be a big studio movie. It had Walter Hill as director and Diane Lane had signed on and that was all I needed.
5[on typecasting] You know, I think it's a mistake to not do what Hollywood wants to market you as. Because then they say, "Okay fine, we'll get someone else.".
6[on director Walter Hill] I think Walter is a writer at heart. Writers aren't always that good at communicating in person. He's also a tough son-of-a-bitch. He's like a cowboy. His director's chair was made out of leather and on the back of it read "Lone Wolf". He used to frequent gun clubs and he wasn't a very delicate guy. I can remember on Streets of Fire, we were doing some ADR for the film. We were doing a love scene. When they said, "We need to ADR the love scene." I really freaked out. I had never done a love scene before Streets of Fire. I was really a new actor, and I really needed help to get through it. I panicked, and the producer on Streets of Fire, Joel Silver, called Walter and somehow persuaded him to come over and direct me through the ADR. Streets of Fire was a big picture for me, and I was overwhelmed. I think that bothered Walter. I think he thought that I was a needy guy. He was used to working with actors who had experience like Nick Nolte or David Carradine. I've always wondered why Walter has never wanted to work with me again. I think he was too much of gentlemen to tell me that I was too needy at the time.
7[on working with John Carpenter] John is another one of these guys like David Lynch where nobody questioned or added or had anything to say except "Yes John." That's very comforting for an actor to be working for a director who knows exactly what he wants.
8[on his favorite movie role] I always say it was Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) because the director had come to me and said, "Listen, if you fuck this up we're gonna fire you. We'll get Rick Springfield, he's waiting to do the role." So there was a tremendous amount of pressure.


1His father, Francis Paré, owned print shops, and his mother, Joan Paré, was a homemaker.
2Best known for his role as 1960s rock icon Eddie Wilson in Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) and Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989).
3When he is not working on films, he lives full time in Los Angeles, California with his wife Marjolein, a former fashion model.
4Contrary to persistent rumors, he was not the original choice to play the Punisher/Frank Castle in The Punisher (1989).
5Has made a lucrative living appearing on the side in Japanese commercials and in print ads.
6Was on the wrestling team in high school.
7Has three brothers and six sisters. His father died of leukemia when Michael was about five years old. Michael's paternal grandparents, who were from Quebec, were French-Canadian, and Michael's maternal grandparents were Irish.
8Trained with acting guru Uta Hagen in the early 1980s.
9Studied at the Culinary Institute of America in his "salad" days and was working as a chef when his strikingly hunky looks opened the door for modeling work.




The Last Outlaw2014VideoSheriff Atherton
Assault on Wall Street2013Frank
Real Gangsters2013Frank D'Cecco 'Frankie'
How Sweet It Is2013Mike
Jet Set2013Ryan
The Come Up2012ShortRon Zimmermann
Maximum Conviction2012Chris Blake (as Michael Pare)
The Philadelphia Experiment2012TV MovieHagan
Gone2012/ILt. Ray Bozeman
Leverage2012TV SeriesFBI Special Agent Dennis Powell
House M.D.2011TV SeriesWarden Delaire
Blubberella2011The Commandant
Memphis Beat2011TV SeriesDave Hargrove
BloodRayne: The Third Reich2011Commandant Ekart Brand
The Lincoln Lawyer2011Detective Kurlen
Amphibious Creature of the Deep2010Jack Bowman
Cool Dog2010VideoDean
Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire2010Oda
Rampage2009Sheriff Melvoy
Direct Contact2009Clive Connelly
The Perfect Sleep2009Officer Pavlovich
Road to Hell2008Cody
Far Cry2008Paul Summer (as Michael Pare)
Alone in the Dark II2008VideoWillson
100 Feet2008The Ghost - Mike
1968 Tunnel Rats2008Sergeant Vic Hollowborn
Ninja Cheerleaders2008Victor Lazzaro
Dark World2008Harry
Furnace2007Detective Michael Turner
BloodRayne II: Deliverance2007VideoPat Garrett
Polycarp2007Detective Barry Harper
Seed2006Detective Matt Bishop
South Beach2006TV SeriesCharlie Evans
Saurian2006TV MovieJace Randall
Komodo vs. Cobra2005TV MovieMike A. Stoddard
Crash Landing2005Captain Williams
Gargoyle2004VideoTy "Griff" Griffin
Cold Case2004TV SeriesRandy Price
Starhunter2000-2003TV SeriesDante Montana
Red Serpent2003Steve Nichols
Fate2003Detective Cody Martin
Heart of America2002Will Prat
Blackwoods2001Sheriff Harding
A Month of Sundays2001Tomas McCabe
Sanctimony2000Jim Renart (as Michael Pare)
Space Fury1999VideoKonrad
Men of Means1999Rico 'Bullet' Burke
The Virgin Suicides1999Adult Trip Fontaine (as Michael Pare)
October 221998Gary (as Michael Pare)
Back to Even1998Boyle
Hope Floats1998Bill Pruitt
Merchant of Death1997Jim Randell
Falling Fire1997Daryl Boden
Strip Search1997Robby Durrell
2103: The Deadly Wake1997Tarkis
Bad Moon1996Uncle Ted (as Michael Pare)
Carver's Gate1996TV MovieCarver
The Colony1996TV MovieAlec Harken
Coyote Run1996Pershing Quinn
Raging Angels1995Colin
Triplecross1995TV MovieTeddy
Village of the Damned1995Frank McGowan
Lunarcop1995Joe Brody
The Dangerous1995Random
Warriors1994Colin Neal
Deadly Heroes1993Brad Cartowski
Point of Impact1993Jack Davis
Empire City1992TV MovieJoey Andre
Blink of an Eye1992Sam Browning
Sunset Heat1992Eric Wright
Into the Sun1992Capt. Paul Watkins
The Last Hour1991Jeff
Killing Streets1991Chris / Craig Brandt
The Closer1990Larry Freed
Moon 441990Felix Stone
Il sole buio1990Ruggero Brickman
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!1989Eddie Wilson / Joe West
Houston Knights1987-1988TV SeriesSgt. Joey La Fiamma
World Gone Wild1987George Landon
The Women's Club1987Patrick
Instant Justice1986Sgt. Scott Youngblood
Space Rage1985Grange
The Philadelphia Experiment1984David Herdeg
Streets of Fire1984Tom Cody
Eddie and the Cruisers1983Eddie Wilson
The Greatest American Hero1981-1983TV SeriesTony Villicana
Crazy Times1981TV MovieHarry
American Violence2017post-productionMartin Bigg
Battle of the Drones2017post-productionKarl Kess
Povratak2017post-productionMichael Shreder
Raunch and Roll2016filmingCarl Weinstein
The Chameleon2016TV Movie pre-productionBoots
Worth Avenue2016TV Mini-Series announcedRichard Madison
Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins2016post-productionWarrant
The Cask of Amontillado2015Short completedFortunato
Nessie & Me2016Dad
The Red Maple Leaf2016Patrick Adams
The Infiltrator2016Barry Seal
Abattoir2016Richard Renshaw
WEAPONiZED2016/ICaptain Doug Rice
Decommissioned2016Detective Tom Weston
Starhunter Transformation2015TV Mini-SeriesDante Montana
Bone Tomahawk2015Mr. Wallington (as Michael Pare)
4Got102015Sheriff Olson
Sicilian Vampire2015Sammy
The Shelter2015/IThomas
The Vatican Tapes2015Det. Harris
Checkmate2015/ICaptain Raymond Mitchell Howard
La Trattoria Sitcom2015TV MovieMikey Valentino
No Deposit2015Mickey Ryan
SWAT: Unit 8872015Captain Mike Ryan
Evil Within2015Detective Lancaster
The Big Fat Stone2014Detective Farinelli
Wings of the Dragon2014Jackson Lee

Music Department

Raging Angels1995musician: lead vocals, Michael Paré Band


Komodo vs. Cobra2005TV Movie executive producer


Raging Angels1995performer: "The Hunger"


Heartaches1981office assistant


It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned2016Video documentaryHimself
Rumble on the Lot: Walter Hill's Streets of Fire Revisited2013Video documentaryHimself
Hello! Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Bailout: The Age of Greed'2013ShortHimself
Tales of an Ancient Empire: Behind the Scenes2012Video documentaryHimself
Raging Boll2010DocumentaryRing announcer
Making of 'Direct Contact'2009Video documentary shortHimself
1968: Tunnel Rats - Behind the Scenes2009Video shortHimself - Lieutenant Vic Hollowborn
Saturday Night Live 251999TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Deja View1986VideoHimself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Music Videos and Inside 'Streets of Fire'1984TV Special documentaryHimself (Tom Cody)
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesTom Cody


Won Awards

2016Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USAOutstanding Cast Performance - FeatureThe Red Maple Leaf (2016)
2016Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USAMale Action Performer of the YearTraded (2016)
2015Career Achievement AwardA Night of Horror International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Shelter (2015)
2015Best ActorBurbank International Film FestivalBest Actor4Got10 (2015)
2013Half-Life AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USAActor
2012Acting AwardsPollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las VegasBest ActorRoad to Hell (2008)

Nominated Awards

2016Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest Actor - FeatureTraded (2016)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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