Michael Paré Biography

Michael Paré is an American actor, known for his role as ‘Eddie Wilson’ in the cult classic ‘Eddie and the Cruisers’. With his boyish charm, striking looks, and sculpted physique, Paré has captivated audiences with his performances. Originally on the path to becoming a chef, Paré was discovered by a talent scout and introduced to the world of entertainment. While he started his acting career on TV, he has since appeared in numerous Hollywood B-movies and action films.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Michael Kevin Paré
  • Age: 65 Years, 65 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Marjolein Booy, Lisa Katselas (m. 1980–1982), Marisa Roebuck (m. 1986–1988)
    • Father: Francis Paré
    • Mother: Joan Paré
  • Occupation: Chefs, Actors
  • Height: 6’1″ (185 cm), 6’1″ Males
  • Notable Alumni: The Culinary Institute Of America
  • City: Brooklyn, New York City
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers
  • Education: The Culinary Institute of America

Childhood & Early Life

Michael Kevin Paré was born on October 9, 1958, in Brooklyn, New York. He was the eighth of 10 children, with a French-Canadian father and an Irish mother. His father passed away when Paré was just over 5 years old, leaving his mother to raise the large family on her own. They had to move from Brooklyn to Westchester, New York.

During junior high, Paré and his two younger sisters moved to Fenton, Michigan, to live with an uncle and their 12 cousins. In high school, Paré showed interest in physical activities and was part of the wrestling team. He also worked part-time at fast-food joints and later in regular restaurants.

Early Inspirations and Career Plans

Growing up in the 1960s, Paré felt he lacked real role models. Instead, he turned to leading men on the silver screen for inspiration, including James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, and Marlon Brando. After finishing school, Paré planned to pursue a career as a chef and restaurateur. He enrolled in a one-year course at The Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, New York, based on the advice of a chef he was working with at the time.

Entry into Acting

While working as a sous chef at a French restaurant in Columbus Avenue, Paré was discovered by talent agent Yvette Bikoff. This led him to take acting classes and do print modeling during the day while working in restaurants at night. He studied under Uta Hagen and Marvin Nelson and had the opportunity to meet actor and director Rachel Ward.

During his internship at a famous Central Park restaurant, Paré responded to a talent development program for ABC run by George Selznick. This marked a turning point in his acting career, and Selznick became his unofficial agent. Paré’s first break came as Tony Villicana in Stephen J. Cannell’s TV series The Greatest American Hero in 1981. He then landed a lead role in ABC’s TV film Crazy Times in 1981, alongside Ray Liotta.

Rise to Fame and Career Challenges

Paré’s breakthrough came with the film Eddie and the Cruisers in 1983, where he played the role of Eddie. This made him an overnight movie star. He went on to appear in several big-banner films such as The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Streets of Fire (1984), Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989), and Into the Sun (1992). He also gained popularity in Japan through commercials and print advertisements.

However, the failure of films like Streets of Fire at the box office led Paré to star in many low- and medium-budget projects and cable-TV films. He also starred in the TV series Houston Knights in 1987, which was canceled after 31 episodes. Paré had another opportunity in the big league when director John Carpenter approached him for a role in Village of the Damned in 1995, but the film was unsuccessful.

Despite the ups and downs in his career, Paré’s films such as Sunset Heat, Falling Fire, Warriors, and First Light were released in theaters overseas before reaching the American audience.

Recent Career and Personal Life

In 2012, Paré received the Best Actor award at the PollyGrind Film Festival for his role in the film Road to Hell, which was inspired by his earlier film Streets of Fire. In recent years, he has appeared in big-budget movies such as The Lincoln Lawyer and City of Lies, sharing the screen with stars like Matthew McConaughey and Johnny Depp.

Paré has also dabbled in theater, appearing in plays in Los Angeles, Toronto, and off-Broadway. He has also produced TV movies and contributed to soundtracks.

Paré has been married three times. His first marriage was to film producer Lisa Katselas from 1980 to 1984. He then married Marisa Roebuck from 1986 to 1988. In 1992, he married former fashion model Marjolein Booy, with whom he has a child.

Despite his career challenges, Paré has continued to pursue his passion for acting and has left a mark in the industry.

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