Michael Paré

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Michael Paré
Paré at a 2008 film screening
Born Michael Kevin Paré
(1958-10-09) October 9, 1958 (age 58)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Katselas (1980-1982; divorced)
Marisa Pare (1986-1988; divorced)
Marjolein Booy (1992-present; 1 child)

Michael Kevin Paré[1] (born October 9, 1958) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Paré was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joan, a homemaker, and Francis Paré, who owned print shops.[1] He has six sisters and three brothers. Paré's father was of French-Canadian ancestry[2] and his mother of Irish ancestry.[citation needed] 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.

Acting career[edit]

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)[3] 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).

Paré won the best actor Award at PollyGrind Film Festival for the film Road to Hell playing again the role of Tom Cody.

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.


  • Crazy Times (1981) as Harry
  • The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983) as Tony Villicana
  • Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) as Eddie Wilson
  • Undercover (1983) as Max
  • Streets of Fire (1984) as Tom Cody
  • The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) as David Herdeg
  • Space Rage (1985) as Grange
  • Instant Justice (1986) as Scott Youngblood
  • The Women's Club (1987) as Patrick
  • World Gone Wild (1988) as George Landon
  • Houston Knights (1987–1988) as Sgt. Joey La Fiamma
  • Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989) as Eddie Wilson / Joe West
  • Dragonfight (1990) as Moorpark
  • Moon 44 (1990) as Felix Stone
  • Il sole buio (1990) as Ruggero Brickman
  • The Closer (1990) as Larry Freed
  • Empire City (1991) as Joey Andre
  • Killing Streets (1991) as Chris/Craig Brandt
  • The Last Hour (1991) as Jeff
  • Into the Sun (1992) as Capt. Paul Watkins
  • Blink of an Eye (1992) as Sam Browning
  • Sunset Heat (1992) as Eric Wright
  • Point of Impact (1993) as Jack Davis
  • Deadly Heroes (1993) as Brad Cartowski
  • Warriors (1994) as Colin Neal
  • Carver's Gate (1995) as Carver
  • Lunarcop (1995) as Joe Brody
  • Village of the Damned (1995) as Frank McGowan
  • Triplecross (1995) as Teddy 'T.C' Cooper
  • The Dangerous (1995) as Random
  • Raging Angels (1995) as Colin
  • The Colony (1996) as Alec Harken
  • Coyote Run (1996) as Pershing Quinn
  • Bad Moon (1996) as Uncle Ted
  • Merchant of Death (1997) as Jim Randell
  • 2103: The Deadly Wake (1997) as Tarkis
  • Strip Search (1997) as Robby Durrell
  • Falling Fire (1997) as Daryl Boden
  • Hope Floats (1998) as Bill Pruitt
  • Back to Even (1998) as Boyle
  • October 22 (1998) as Gary
  • The Virgin Suicides (1999) as Adult Trip Fontaine
  • Men of Means (1999) as Rico 'Bullet' Burke
  • Peril (2000) as Vincent
  • Sanctimony (2000) as Jim Renart
  • Space Fury (2000) as Konrad
  • A Month of Sundays (2001) as Tomas McCabe

Awards and nominations[edit]


PollyGrind Film Festival[4]

  • Best actor: 2012


  1. ^ a b Michael Pare Biography (1959-)
  2. ^ Lyman, Rick (September 28, 1983). "MICHAEL PARE: COOKING ON SCREEN, NOT IN THE KITCHEN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D01. 
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 1, 1984). "SCREEN: 'STREETS OF FIRE'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  4. ^ 2012 Pollygrind winners

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