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Michael Vartan was born on 27th November 1968 in France, the only child of parents who got divorced when he was only five. Michael's father, Eddie Vartan, was born in Bulgaria, of Armenian and Bulgarian descent on one side, and of Hungarian Jewish descent on the other. Michael's mother, Doris (Pucher), is a Polish Jewish immigrant. Michael spent his childhood shuttling between France (where his father, a musician lived) and the U.S (where his mother lived). He is a nephew of singer Sylvie Vartan. At the age of eighteen, after deciding against joining the French military service (mandatory for all males above 18 in France) Michael shifted to the States. He hadn`t really thought about becoming an actor. He enrolled in an acting school after being told by many people that he had the potential for it. He made his acting debut in the French film Un homme et deux femmes (1991) and followed that with another French film called Promenades d`été (1992). It was with the Italian film Fiorile (1993), in which he played (rather ironically), a French soldier that he made his international debut. He considers The Pallbearer (1996), in which he starred with David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow to be his first big American movie.
He gave an impressive performance in The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) as Jake, who, during a Thanksgiving family reunion tries to gain some perspective into the nature of love and family relationships. Michael`s true mettle as an actor was seen when he played a character that he has described as being most unlike him. The role was that of the English Lit teacher-cum-Prince Charming Sam Coulson in the 1999 hit Never Been Kissed (1999) and it catapulted Michael to never experienced popularity and adulation. He followed his much talked about NBK performance with similar good ones in The Next Best Thing (2000) and _It Had to Be You (2000/I)_ . Meanwhile, he joined stellar company by being one among the biggest names in Hollywood to feature on shows like "Ally McBeal" (1997) and "Friends" (1994).
He also played the role of the legendary Lancelot in the serialized version of Marion Zimmer Bradley`s novel _"Mists of Avalon, The" (2001) (mini)_ . In 2001, he became a regular feature on TV playing CIA agent Michael Vaughn in the series "Alias" (2001). Still playing the character, he has described it as being more close to home than his previous roles. Hockey is a passion with Michael. He also enjoys other sports, as much for the joy of playing them as for the therapeutic value he derives from them! He continues rendering impressive performances in films, his latest being One Hour Photo (2002).
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Full Name at Birth
Michael Sumner Georges Vartan
Eddie Vartan (Bulgarian-born, was one quarter Armenian, one quarter Bulgarian, and one half Hungarian Jewish)
Doris Vartan (Polish Jewish)
Sylvie Vartan (aunt)
Ian La Frenais (step father)
Melbourne Victoria Australia, France
David Halliday (cousin), Sylvie Vartan (aunt)
Michael S. Vartan (born November 27, 1968) is a French-American actor, best known for his role as Michael Vaughn on the ABC television action drama Alias and also known for his role on the TNT medical drama Hawthorne.
Lycée Français de Los Angeles
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Thruline Entertainment, Inc.
Print advertisement for Gap (2004), Appeared in a television ad for the 2004 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
Southern Cross tattoo on his right arm to show his love for Australia
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