Michael Pare

Michael Kevin Paré (born October 9, 1958) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Eddie and the Cruisers (1983), Streets of Fire (1984), and The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), and on the series Starhunter (2000–2004).

Paré was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joan and Francis Paré, who owned print shops. He has six sisters and three brothers. Paré’s father was of French-Canadian ancestry. His father died from leukemia when Paré was five, leaving his mother to raise the large family of children.

Growing up Paré was a fan of James DeanMarlon BrandoMontgomery CliftPaul Newman, and Robert Mitchum, and felt he was “a kindred spirit” to them.  He was working as a chef in New York City when he met talent agent Yvette Bikoff, who convinced him to try acting. In the early 1980s, he studied acting under Uta Hagen.  He shot a series of television commercials in Japan.

He also worked as a model. In August 1987, he appeared on the cover of the first issue of Men’s Fitness.  In 2017, it was ranked among Men’s Journals thirty best magazine covers.

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).[11] Paré also appeared in the 2012 remake of The Philadelphia Experiment. He starred as a tortured soldier named Brad Cartowski in the 1993 action film Deadly Heroes, directed by Menahem Golan.[12][13] Other films included Moon 44 (1990), Village of the Damned (1995), Bad Moon (1996), Hope Floats (1998),  and The Virgin Suicides (1999).

Paré is best known for his deep, raspy voice, muscular physique, rugged screen presence, and classic action hero demeanour. In his 2017 interview for Men’s Journal he revealed that as a young actor he wasn’t sure if he wanted to make a career as “the muscular leading guy”, and instead tried to follow in the footsteps of his idols — Marlon Brando and James Dean.

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 drama Houston Knights in 1987–1988 as well as the 2001 television series Starhunter. The actor frequently appears in Uwe Boll‘s works.

In 2022, it was announced that Paré will be starring in the horror film Camp Pleasant Lake with Jonathan Lipnicki.

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