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Real Name: Chris Noth
Birthday: August 13th

Biography And Filmography:

Daunting in height, Chris Noth was quickly acknowledged with his high-profile roles as Detective Mike Logan on the television series “Law & Order” (1990- ) and, possibly even more legendary, as the attractive scoundrel Mr. Big on “Sex and the City” (1998-2004). But his resume also combined stage, screen and television work going back as far as 1982. Tall, dark and gorgeous, he gives a powerful screen authority, but with charisma to spare and during his career, made a name for himself playing candid, sometimes even coldhearted characters.

Born in 1954, he was the youngest of three brothers to parents Jeanne Parr, a television reporter, and Charles, an insurance salesman who died when Christopher was only eight. After his father passed away, he spent his early years traveling to England, Spain and Czechoslovakia, never living in one area very long. He studied at Marlboro College in Vermont, earning an MFA of Fine Arts at Yale, where he studied drama under Sanford Meisner. Getting as much experience as he could, he performed in over 25 plays at Yale, and went on to the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT, the Manhattan Theater Club in New York City, and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. 

His  first movie role was a transvestite prostitute in “Smithereens” (1982), and for many years roles did not improve in quality, while working in dull movies like “Killer in the Mirror” (1986), “Apology” (1986) and “Baby Boom” (1987). Nevertheless there was one bright spot: a returning role as Officer Ron Lipsky on the much-admired television cop drama “Hill Street Blues” (1981-87), a role which seemed to foreshadow his next and most important career move.

As Detective Mike Logan on “Law & Order,” Chris survived a lot longer than many of his co-stars on the show for an astounding one hundred episodes from 1990 and 1995. Creator and executive producer Dick Wolf’s view of the police show was an update of the 1960s “Dragnet” recipe, with each episode using the first half on investigation and police work; the second half on the legal course of action. The television show used very real graphic realism, showing bloody crime scenes and horrendous murders. His character Logan seemed to be confrontational and impulsive under the stress of his work, but always kept his professionalism on the job. Audiences of the series were disappointed when his contract was not renewed in 1995 among rumors of onset fighting and arguments. When it came time to leave, “Law & Order” dealt with his disappearance by simply having Logan reassigned after he gets into trouble on the job. 

The actor did not get away from Detective Logan for long, as the actor replayed his role for another thirty episodes of the show’s, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2005-07) and then the TV movie, “Exiled: A Law & Order Movie“ (1998) and “Homicide: Life on the Streets” (1993-99).

After his run on “Law & Order,” he found himself getting the unusual role on the unlikely hit series “Touched by an Angel” (1994-2003 ), and in movies like “The Deli” (1997), “A Texas Funeral” (1999) and “Cold Around the Heart” (1997). He also starred in the 2001 Broadway edition of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man,” opposite the talented Charles Durning, Michael Learned, Spalding Gray and others. He also got a supporting role in a the movie “Cast Away” (2000) with Tom Hanks, as the husband of Chuck Noland’s widow. 

Noth then hit pay dirt when he landed the role of the mysterious Mr. Big on “Sex and the City”, a series based on the writings of Candace Bushnell, telling the story of the lives of four single best friends living and surviving in New York City.

Joining the series in season one, Mr. Big was stylish, refined, clever, charismatic and completely impossible in his romance with the show’s lead character, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). “Mr. Big” was the kind of man who gave men in general a bad name, but the sort of forbidden fruit that all women had gone for at some turn in their lives. 

Out of the numerous boyfriends collected by the love hungry Ms. Bradshaw, Mr. Big was the most outstanding – both to her character as well as series fans who loved Mr. Big. His role won him Golden Globes nominations in both 2000 and 2003. The show, itself, wound up as one of HBO’s biggest smash hits, drawing both female and male viewers into the stressful picture of Manhattan and its gorgeous people. 

When “Sex and the City” ended its run in 2004, creator Darren Star and writers gave fans what they had been waiting for – Mr. Big running off to Paris to finally show his never-ending love to Carrie. Following his “Sex and the City” work, Chris put aside some of his money from two smash hit television shows and created a bar, "The Cutting Room", as well as the private club, "The Plumm". 

He was then hired and cast in  "The Perfect Man" (2005) with Heather Locklear, a Hilary Duff movie with the actor as an unaware ideal match for Duff's single mother. His next film “Frame of Mind” (2008) featured him as a New Jersey detective who uncovered new leads in the JFK assassination. 

To the delight of his fans, it was finally announced that the adored group – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon – were finally in filming for “Sex and the City: The Movie,” following gossip that Kim Cattrall and Parker had not got along with each other on the set for years. The production had been delayed for two years when Cattrall insisted on creative control and a high salary close to that of Parker's. But all was cleared up by spring of 2008, when shooting started on the streets of New York City, with paparazzi looking for spoiler photo opportunities at every turn. 

When a photo of a cast member in a wedding dress on the same set as Noth appeared on the Internet, fans of the couple believed Nr. Big and Carrie had finally gotten married, but the cast stayed silent. For the actors fans, the biggest reward was the learning of Mr. Big’s real name - John James Preston.

 

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