Chris Noth

 

Date Of Birth

November 13, 1954
 

Biography

Golden Globe-nominated actor Chris Noth studied at the Marlboro College in Vermont, and later at the Yale School of Drama where he earned his MFA degree. He he made his film debut in the 1988 low-budget film Jakarta, and also appeared in television series such as Another World and Hill Street Blues.

In 1988, Noth appeared in the television pilot Law & Order. He played junior detective Mike Logan, a chauvinist whose short temper is caused by troubles and abuse he went through when he was a child. The program was eventually shown on NBC in 1990, and he rose to prominence as the show gained audiences. In 1995, however, he was fired over a salary dispute, and his character was written off.

In 1998, Noth made a return to television screens in the HBO comedy Sex and the City, where he played “Mr. Big,” Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) on-again, off-again boyfriend. He also patched up his differences with the producers of Law & Order, which led to the television movie Exiled, centering on his character’s whereabouts after leaving the program. He also had roles in films such as The Confession, Cast Away, Double Whammy and The Glass House. He also made a guest appearance on the television series Crossing Jordan in 2001.

Noth’s role as Mike Logan was resurrected in 2005, when he was made a regular in the spin-off series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. That time, Logan became part of the Major Case Squad, which investigates high-profile cases. He has also reprised his role as “Mr. Big” in the film version of Sex and the City: The Movie, which was released in 2008. Noth was also seen in the movie The Perfect Man, and has completed the film Frame of Mind.

At present, North appears on the drama series The Good Wife as Peter Florrick.
 

Place of Birth

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
 

Birth Name

Christopher David Noth
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

- The youngest of three boys whose widowed mother, CBS reporter Jeanne Parr, was often at work, Noth was no stranger to mischief. He was sent to boarding school by his mother after he stole and damaged a neighbor's car.

- Lived in a cabin he built himself while studying American transcendentalism at Vermont's nontraditional Marlboro College.

- He trained with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan.

-Performed in 25 plays while a student at the Yale School of Drama

- He co-owns the Manhattan bar called "The Cutting Room."

- His longtime girlfriend Tara Wilson gave birth to their son, Orion Christopher, on January 18, 2008 in Los Angeles.
 

Awards

None
 

Filmography

2011: Frankie Goes Boom - Jack

2009-present: The Good Wife (TV series) - Peter Florrick

2010: Sex and the City 2 - Mr. Big/John James Preston

2010: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (video) - Lex Luthor (voice)

2009: Frame of Mind - Steve Lynde

2009: My One and Only - Col. Harlan Williams

2005-2008: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series) - Detective Mike Logan

2008: Sex and the City - Mr. Big

2005: The Perfect Man - Ben Cooper

2004: Tooth Fairy (short) - Dad

2004: Mr 3000 - Schiembri

1998-2004: Sex and the City (TV series) - Mr. Big

2004: Bad Apple (TV movie) - Tozzi

2003: This Is Your Country (TV movie) - Host

2002: Julius Caesar (TV series) - Pompey

2002: Searching for Paradise - Michael De Santis

2001: Crossing Jordan (TV series) - FBI Agent Haley / FBI Special Agent Drew Haley

2001: The Glass House - Uncle Jack

2001: The Judge (TV movie) - Paul Madriani

2001: Double Whammy - Chick Dimitri

2000: Cast Away - Jerry Lovett

2000: The Acting Class - Martin Ballsac

1999: Pigeonholed - Devon's Father

1999: A Texas Funeral - Clinton

1999: The Confession - Campuso

1999: Getting to Know You - Sonny

1998: Exiled (TV movie) - Detective Mike Logan

1998: The Broken Giant - Jack Frey

1997: Medusa's Child (TV movie) - Tony DiStefano

1997: Cold Around the Heart - T

1997: The Deli - Sal The Trash Man

1997: Rough Riders (TV movie) - Craig Wadsworth

1997: Touched by an Angel (TV series) - Carl Atwater

1996: Born Free: A New Adventure (TV movie) - Dr. David Thompson

1996: Abducted: A Father's Love (TV movie) - Larry Coster

1995: Nothing Lasts Forever (TV movie) - Dr. Ken Mallory

1990-1995: Law & Order (TV series) - Detective Mike Logan

1995: Homicide: Life on the Street (TV series) - NYPD Det. Mike Logan

1995: Burnzy's Last Call - Kevin

1994: Where Are My Children? (TV movie) - Cliff Vernon

1993: In the Shadows, Someone's Watching (TV movie) - Dr. Ferris

1993: Naked in New York - Jason Brett

1989: Monsters (TV series) - The Devil

1989: A Man Called Hawk (TV series) - Mr. Stringer/Stringer

1988: Jakarta - Falco

1987: Baby Boom - Yuppie Husband

1987: I'll Take Manhattan (TV mini-series)

1987: At Mother's Request (TV movie) - Steve Klein

1986: Apology (TV movie) - Roy Burnette

1986: Off Beat - Ely Wareham Jr.

1986: Hill Street Blues (TV series) - Off. Ron Lipsky

1986: Killer in the Mirror (TV movie) - Johnny Mathews

1988: Another World (TV series) - Dean Whitney/Jimmy

1982: Smithereens - Prostitute

1981: Waitress! - Cowley's Office
 

Nickname

Chris
 

Height

6' 1 1/2"
 

Quotes

(on doing "Law & Order"): "An hour-long procedural program can be deadening-and you have to fight it, you really have to fight it. It's excruciating hours and it's tough to do, but given what I just talked about, with all the factors and the people, I think we're doing some worthwhile stuff and I think people are starting to pay attention to that."

"New York used to be so much more than just a place to shop. It was life on the street for the eccentrics; it was an eccentric city. It had many different tastes. Now it's just one-a really rich one-with big tall glass buildings."

(on getting involved with Rainforest Action Network) "I'm an actor, and I'm not going to go off and be an activist for them because I'm doing my thing. But I just want to support people who have a commitment that is so strong-I want people to know, to join them."

(on the movie "Sex and the City") "I never, ever been on a set where there was that much interest in trying to figure out what was going on. Everyone got it in the papers completely wrong because everything is so out of context they don't understand just because they see someone in a wedding dress, it doesn't necessarily mean what they think it's going to mean. That's the beauty of the movie."

(on closure between Mr. Big and Carrie in "Sex and the City: The Movie") "It's a continuation. I mean, I'm not sure anything needs to be resolved. They're a part of each other's lives, through all the twists and turns, and there's a lot of different twists and turns, but it's life I guess. He's a big part of her life."

"I never talk about my private life. When you're in this business it becomes so precious. I don't understand when people open up about themselves to the press – it's so strange to me. "

"Since women ask me about male motives all the time, I can offer a bit of advice. If you feel like you're going to get hurt then you shouldn't be there in the first place. That's the way I look at relationships."

"People are so phobic and crazed about this word commitment. It's weird. Everyone has taken this word to a new height of morality."

"We want to find a quick and easy solution to love like they offer in Cosmo magazine. We want to solve our lives in an article titled 'How to Please Your Man and Keep Him Happy.' Please! Nothing is quick and easy in this life."

(on why he left "Law & Order") "Law & Order is completely story-driven and completely characterless, really. If you do that format for five years and you're an actor, you're bound to get bored. It wears on you. And it was really wearing on me. But you need a job, and I felt awfully blessed to be in New York City and to be doing a show that was considered intelligent in the world of TV. But hey, five years is enough time."

"I don't like NYPD Blue because it tries to pretend it's a New York show. You know it's shot in a Hollywood back-lot. It's so LA, so un-New York. They all try to talk New York. They all sound stupid. Law & Order is one hundred times more authentic."

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