Michael Paré

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

Michael Paré
Michael Paré at a 2008 film screening
Michael Kevin Paré

(1958-10-09) October 9, 1958
EducationThe Culinary Institute of America
OccupationActor, chef
Years active1981–present
Lisa Katselas
(m. 1980; div. 1982)

Marisa Pare
(m. 1986; div. 1988)

Marjolein Booy
(m. 1992)
Partner(s)Nancy Allen (1984–1985)
Parent(s)Francis and Joan Paré

Early life

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 descent. 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)[3] and The Philadelphia Experiment (1984). (Paré also appeared in the 2012 remake of The Philadelphia Experiment.) 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. The actor frequently appears in Uwe Boll's works.

Personal life

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, with whom he has one child.


Awards and nominations


PollyGrind Film Festival[4]

  • Best actor: 2012


  1. 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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