Paré at a 2008 film screening
|Born||Michael Kevin Paré
October 9, 1958
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Katselas (1980-1982; divorced)
Marisa Pare (1986-1988; divorced)
Marjolein Booy (1992-present; 1 child)
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 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). 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. Paré frequently appears in Uwe Boll's works.
Awards and nominations
- Best actor: 2012
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