Chris Noth

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Chris Noth
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Noth in 2008
Born Christopher David Noth
(1954-11-13) November 13, 1954 (age 61)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Other names Christopher Noth
Alma mater Marlboro College
Yale School of Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Tara Lynn Wilson (m. 2012)
Children 1

Christopher David "Chris" Noth (/ˈnθ/ NOHTH; born November 13, 1954) is an American actor.[1] He is known for his television roles as Detective Mike Logan on Law & Order (1990–95), Mr. Big on Sex and the City (1998–2004), and Governor Peter Florrick on The Good Wife (2009–16). He reprised his role of Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2005–08), and reprised his role of Mr. Big in the films, Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). He has twice been nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television, once each for Sex and the City and The Good Wife.

Early life[edit]

Noth was born in Madison, Wisconsin, one of three sons of Jeanne L. Parr (March 30, 1924 - May 20, 2016), a former CBS News correspondent, and Charles James Noth, an insurance salesman turned marketing-company executive who died after a car accident in 1966.[1][2][3]

Noth has German and Irish ancestry.[4] During childhood, Noth traveled with his mother and brothers throughout the United Kingdom, Spain and Czechoslovakia. Chris reminds people that his last name rhymes with "both." [5]

Noth spent part of his undergraduate years at Marlboro College, where he built a cabin for himself.[1][6] He earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he acted in some 25 plays and was a pupil of acting coach Sanford Meisner.[5]


Noth played small parts in films, including Smithereens (1982) and Baby Boom (1987) before his first starring role in the low-budget 1988 film Peluru dan Wanita (Bullets & Women) in Indonesia. Noth joined the cast of Hill Street Blues in the sixth season in 1986, where he was billed as "Christopher Noth." He also appeared in Another World. He filmed a pilot for the legal/police drama series Law & Order in 1988. In 1990 NBC began airing the show, which slowly gained recognition from critics and fans.[7] Noth was fired from the show in 1995.[8] Personality differences between Noth and L&O creator/executive producer Dick Wolf settled down long enough to film a TV movie, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998).

In 1998 Noth returned to prime-time television when he took the role of Carrie Bradshaw's enigmatic on-again, off-again boyfriend "Big" on HBO's Sex and the City.[7] He played the role for six years, during which he also appeared in a small role as Helen Hunt's husband in the hit film Cast Away (2000), and starred in a Broadway revival of The Best Man. In 2001 he played an FBI agent on a three-episode arc of Crossing Jordan, re-uniting him with Law & Order co-star, Jill Hennessy. Noth returned to the role of Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2005, joining the show in its fifth season following a guest appearance on a fourth-season episode.[7] On this spin-off of the original Law & Order, Noth's detective team alternated episodes with Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe's characters. On June 26, 2008, it was announced that Noth was leaving the series, and that Jeff Goldblum would be joining the cast.[9]

Noth reprised the role of Big for the Sex and the City film, released on May 30, 2008.[10] and its 2010 sequel. Noth stars with Julianna Margulies in the CBS series The Good Wife, which debuted on September 22, 2009. Also in 2009, Noth became the spokesperson for the North American market for the Biotherm line of male skin-care products.[11]

Noth starred in a revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 Broadway play The Best Man in 2000, and also starred in a Broadway revival of the 1972 play That Championship Season in 2011, playing Phil Romano, a role originated by his one-time Law & Order co-star Paul Sorvino.[12] In 2013 he appeared in the Napa Valley, California, theater festival Plaza Del Sol with other performers including Dennis Haysbert.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Noth is co-owner of The Cutting Room, a music venue in New York City that opened in late 1999, with Steve Walter, a former student at Berklee College of Music.[13][14][15][16]

Noth met his wife, Tara Lynn Wilson, while he was working the bar at The Cutting Room. Wilson has appeared in Frame of Mind and Law and Order: Criminal Intent before Noth joined the cast. The couple began dating in 2004. Their son, Orion Christopher Noth, was born in January 2008,[17] and the couple married on April 6, 2012.[18][19][20]

Noth also owned the semi-private club The Plumm with Noel Ashman, David Wells, Damon Dash, Ann Dexter-Jones, Joey McIntyre, and Bo Dietl.[21][22] Noth and Wilson owned Once Upon a Tea Cup, a tea-party themed restaurant franchise with branches in Windsor and London, Ontario (both locations now closed).[23] He is also a supporter of Da Marino in New York City, where he has performed as a singer.[24][25]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cutter's Way Guard Uncredited
1981 Waitress! Cowley's office
1982 Smithereens Prostitute
1986 Off Beat Ely Wareham, Jr.
1987 Baby Boom Yuppie Husband
1988 Peluru dan Wanita Falco
1993 Naked in New York Jason Brett
1995 Burnzy's Last Call Kevin
1995 Nothing Last Forever Dr. Ken Mallory
1997 The Deli Sal
1997 Cold Around the Heart T
1998 The Broken Giant Jack Frey
1999 Getting to Know You Sonny
1999 The Confessions Camposo
1999 A Texas Funeral Clinton
1999 Pigeonholed Devon's father
2000 The Acting Class Martin Ballsac
2000 Cast Away Jerry Lovett
2001 Double Whammy Chick Dimitri
2001 The Glass House Uncle Jack
2002 Searching for Paradise Michael De Santis
2004 Mr. 3000 Schiembri
2004 Tooth Fairy Dad Short film
2005 The Perfect Man Ben Cooper
2008 Sex and the City Mr. Big
2008 Frame of Mind Steve Lynde
2009 My One and Only Harlan
2010 Sex and the City 2 Mr. Big
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Lex Luthor
2010 Sure Fire Hit Tony
2012 From Up on Poppy Hill Akio Kazama
2013 Lovelace Anthony Romano
2014 Elsa & Fred Jack
2015 After the Ball Lee Kassell
2016 White Girl George Fratelli
2016 Chronically Metropolitan Christopher Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Killer in the Mirror Johnny Mathews Television movie
1986 Hill Street Blues Officer Ron Lipsky 3 episodes
1986 Apology Roy Burnette Television movie
1987 At Mother's Request Steve Klein Television movie
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Fred Knox Television movie
1989 Monsters The Devil Episode: "Satan in the Suburbs"
1990–1995 Law & Order Mike Logan 111 episodes
1993 With Harmful Intent Dr. Ferries Television movie
1994 Where Are My Children? Cliff Vernon Television movie
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Mike Logan Episode: "Law & Disorder"
1996 Abducted: A Father's Love Larry Coster Television movie
1996 Born Free: A New Adventure Dr. David Thompson Television movie
1997 Rough Riders Craig Wadsworth Television movie
1997 Touched by an Angel Carl Atwater Episode: "Full Moon"
1997 Medusa's Child Tony DiStefano Television movie
1998–2004 Sex and the City Mr. Big 41 episodes
1998 Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Mike Logan Television movie
2001 Crossing Jordan FBI Special Agent Drew Haley 2 episodes
2001 The Judge Paul Madriani Television movie
2003 Julius Caesar Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus Television miniseries
2004 Bad Apple Mike Tozzi Television movie
2005–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mike Logan 36 episodes
2009–2016 The Good Wife Peter Florrick 101 episodes
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel J.P. Morgan 6 episodes
2016 Tyrant General Cogswell 10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1994 Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Law & Order Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Nominated
2003 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Television Series Nominated
2009 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cast Sex and the City Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film The Good Wife Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


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  2. ^ "Chris Noth Biography (1957?-)". Retrieved March 14, 2016. Full name, Christopher David Noth; born November 13, 1957 (some sources cite 1954 or 1956), in Madison, WI... 
  3. ^ "Charles James Noth". The New York Times. March 15, 1966. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Surviving are his widow, who is Jeanne Parr, the television weather reporter on Channel 2; three sons, Charles James 2nd, Michael and Christopher....  (subscription required)
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  5. ^ a b Retrieved June 21, 2010
  6. ^ Yahoo Movies Retrieved June 21, 2010
  7. ^ a b c Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio
  8. ^ Vancouver Sun Retrieved June 21, 2010
  9. ^ "Jeff Goldblum Has 'Criminal Intent,'Chris Noth leaving 'Law & Order' series". Zap2it. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  10. ^ Yahoo news: "More 'Sex' puts Big on big screen" Retrieved June 21, 2010[dead link]
  11. ^ Cosmetics mag Retrieved June 21, 2010
  12. ^ Broadwayworld.Com
  13. ^ Cutting Room web site Retrieved June 21, 2010
  14. ^ Meredith Goldstein & Christopher Muther (2007-10-07). "Grab a bite at a star-owned eatery". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  15. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Retrieved June 21, 2010
  16. ^ Lee, Linda (May 12, 2002). "GOOD COMPANY; There's a Party (and a Host) Somewhere Around Here". The New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  17. ^ Caplan, David (2008-01-20). "Chris Noth & His Girlfriend Have a Boy". People. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  18. ^ Chris Noth & His Girlfriend Have a Boy retrieved June 21, 2010
  19. ^ Baltimore Sun Retrieved June 21, 2010
  20. ^ Jordan, Julie; Lehner, Marla (2012-04-11). "Chris Noth Is Married". People. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  21. ^ "Chris Noth". Cityfile. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  22. ^ Chris Noth Biography - Yahoo! Movies Retrieved 2010-05-30
  23. ^ Once Upon a Tea Cup Retrieved June 21, 2010
  24. ^ Jeryl Brunner (2011). My City, My New York: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places. Globe Pequot. p. 63. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  25. ^ Austin Smith (September 29, 2010). "Chris Noth has second calling as singer". PageSix. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 

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