Paré at a 2008 film screening
|Born||Michael Kevin Paré
October 9, 1958
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1981 – present|
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 and his mother of Irish 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 an 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). 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 1987–88, as well as the short-lived 2001 science fiction television series Starhunter. 2014 starred in the feature directorial debut film The Shelter of Actor John Fallon.
He has starred in television commercials in Japan. He has married three times. His first wife (1980-84) was film producer Lisa Katselas; his second wife, Marisa Roebuck (1986-88); his present wife, Marjolein Booy (since 1992), a former fashion model.
Awards and nominations
- Best actor: 2012
- Michael Pare Biography (1959-)
- Lyman, Rick (September 28, 1983). "MICHAEL PARE: COOKING ON SCREEN, NOT IN THE KITCHEN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D01.
- Maslin, Janet (June 1, 1984). "SCREEN: 'STREETS OF FIRE'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
- Barton, Steve (December 29, 2014). "The Shelter – Final Poster Makes the Sign of the Cross". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- 2012 Pollygrind winners
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