Michael Kevin Paré (born October 9, 1958) is an American actor. 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 when he met an 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 sequelEddie 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).
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.
He has starred in television commercials in Japan. He has married three times. His first wife, from 1980 to 1982, was film producer Lisa Katselas Paré. He was married to Marisa Roebuck from 1986 to 1988, and in 1992 he married his present wife, Marjolein, a former fashion model.
Studied at the Culinary Institute of America in his „salad” days and was working as a chef when his strikingly hunky looks opened the door for modeling work.
Trained with acting guru Uta Hagen in the early 1980s.
Has three brothers and six sisters. His father, who died of leukemia when Michael was about 5 years old, was French-Canadian and his mother is Irish.
Was on the wrestling team in high school.
Has made a lucrative living appearing on the side in Japanese commercials and in print ads.
Contrary to persistent rumors, he was not the original choice to play the Punisher/Frank Castle in Punisher (1989).
When he is not working on films, he lives full time in Los Angeles, California with his wife Marjolein, a former fashion model.
Best known for his role as 1960s rock icon Eddie Wilson in the cult film Eddie i krazowniki(1983).
His father, Francis Pare, owned print shops, and his mother, Joan Pare, is a homemaker.
[on his favorite movie role] I always say it was Eddie (1983) because the director had come to me and said, „Listen, if you fuck this up we’re gonna fire you. We’ll get Rick Springfield, he’s waiting to do the role.” So there was a tremendous amount of pressure.
[on working with John Carpenter] John is another one of these guys like David Lynch where nobody questioned or added or had anything to say except „Yes John.” That’s very comforting for an actor to be working for a director who knows exactly what he wants.
[on director Walter Hill] I think Walter is a writer at heart. Writers aren’t always that good at communicating in person. He’s also a tough son-of-a-bitch. He’s like a cowboy. His director’s chair was made out of leather and on the back of it read „Lone Wolf”. He used to frequent gun clubs and he wasn’t a very delicate guy. I can remember on Streets of Fire, we were doing some ADR for the film. We were doing a love scene. When they said, „We need to ADR the love scene.” I really freaked out. I had never done a love scene before Streets of Fire. I was really a new actor, and I really needed help to get through it. I panicked, and the Producer on Streets of Fire, Joel Silver, called Walter and somehow persuaded him to come over and direct me through the ADR. Streets of Fire was a big picture for me, and I was overwhelmed. I think that bothered Walter. I think he thought that I was a needy guy. He was used to working with actors who had experience like Nick Nolte or David Carradine. I’ve always wondered why Walter has never wanted to work with me again. I think he was too much of gentlemen to tell me that I was too needy at the time.
[on typecasting] You know, I think it’s a mistake to not do what Hollywood wants to market you as. Because then they say, ‚Okay fine, we’ll get someone else’.
[on Streets of Fire] It was a big action movie that they were going to shoot in Hollywood. Eddie & The Cruisers had been made for five million dollars. So that wasn’t really a big film budget wise. Streets of Fire was going to be a big studio movie. It had Walter Hill as director and Diane Lane had signed on and that was all I needed.
[on Bad Moon] I was living in Holland and I happened to be in L.A. and I got a call that Eric wanted to meet me. So I met him on the Warner Brothers lot and it was with his producer, I think. And I had read the script a couple times… especially the transformation sequence, you know, in the Blue Room or whatever that restaurant is on the lot. And I told him I loved it, I loved the story and I’d love to be in a werewolf movie. I then went on specifically about the transformation sequence and he’s like, ‚Yep, yep, uh huh. We shoot in Vancouver’. And so I said, ‚Okay, what’s the next step, what do I have to do to get this?’ and he said, ‚Just say yes.’
[on Rick Moranis] Here is the thing…in movies you aren’t supposed to do things for real. You can’t really hit someone, you can’t really stab someone. Someone will get hurt. A comedian can go at you full bore because he can’t inflict any physical damage. He drove me nuts. Some people say that our relationship is the best work in the film. It was a very antagonistic relationship. When I looked at him, I had some very serious anger towards him. In reality, what I should’ve done was punched him right in the face the minute that he got into the car in that first scene. It would’ve been funny to have Rick wear a bandage across his nose the end film.
[on Streets of Fire] They told me that it was going to be a trilogy. What happened was that all of the people that made Streets of Fire left Universal Studios and went to 20th Century Fox. It was made at Universal, so they owned the rights to the story. So it was left behind. I was told by Joel Silver that the sequel was going to be set in the snow, and the following film would be set in the desert.