Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis

Born

8/30/1963, Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

Birth Name

Michael Charles Chiklis

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Michael Chilkis, Chick, Chicky
  • Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell on No Ordi...
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Biography

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Michael Chiklis was born into a Greek American family on August 30, 1963 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He showed an early love for acting, acquiring his Actor's Equity card at the age of 13. Raised in Andover, he attended the Boston University School of Performing Arts, where he received…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • At the age of five, Michael began performing by doing celebrity impression for his family.

    • He is in a band named Michael Chiklis Band and they released a single titled "Make Me High".

    • Michael's first TV acting appearance was in 1989 on the TV series Miami Vice, he played a cop.

    • As a ninth grader, Michael played Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H for a high school production of the show.

    • Michael shares the same birthday as baseball legend Ted Williams, August 30th.

    • Michael has a brother who was given the name Peter.

    • Michael is 3/4 Greek and his grandmother Irish making him 1/4th Irish.

    • Michael stands at 5' 8 1/2" tall.

    • In May 2007, Michael and his Fantastic Four co-stars, Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba, presented awards at the 2007 TV Week Logie Awards in Australia.

    • Michael was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Bald and Beautiful" section.

    • Michael Chiklis devotes time and energy to support Cure Autism Now (CAN). His character on the television show The Shield has two children diagnosed with autism.

    • In 1997, after his first television series, The Commish, wrapped, Michael Chiklis made his Broadway debut in the one-man-show Defending the Caveman.

    • Michael Chiklis was just in his late 20's when he was cast to play the 40ish Tony Scali in The Commish.

    • During junior high, high school and college, Michael Chiklis was a drummer for "Double Talk", a Yes/Peter Gabriel inspired local band.

    • Michael Chiklis was graduated from Boston University's School of Fine Arts in 1986. In his year, 2500 candidates applied, 80 were chosen, and Chiklis was one of only 18 to actually graduate.

    • Michael Chiklis earned his Actor's Equity card at the young age of 13, for a regional theater production of Romeo and Juliet.

    • Michael Chiklis won both the 2002 Emmy (for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series) and 2002 Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama) for his role as Detective Vic Mackey on The Shield.

    • Michelle Morán and Michael Chiklis were married in 1992. They have two daughters, Autumn Isabella (born in 1993), and Odessa Rose (born in 1999).

    • Michael's character on "The Shield", Vic Mackey, was named number 94 on "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters".

    • Michael Chiklis played "The Thing" in the 2005 Fantastic 4 movie. Chiklis struggled with the "hellish", hot, confining 60lb costume which took over 3 hours to put on every day.

  • Quotes

    • Michael Chiklis: A brick layer, lays bricks... I'm an actor, that's what I do.

    • Michael Chiklis: I played baseball, hockey and football in high school. And it has come in handy in my life, because working on a film set is like a team sport. You can't go onto a set and have it be all about you. Film is best when it's collaborative.

    • Michael Chiklis: (on Hollywood) In this town there's room for everyone. There are plenty of ugly-ass people who make it. And I'm one of them.

    • Michael Chiklis: As for starting a trend, bald is sexy and here to stay!

    • Michael Chiklis: (on his similarities to his character The Thing from "Fantastic 4") But he's a guy who has a hard, tough guy exterior but sort of a marshmallow inside, and that pretty much sums me up.

    • Michael Chiklis: (on "The Shield") Something I think audiences have always craved is that ambiguity. Don't we all possess both of those qualities, the dark and the light?

    • Michael Chicklis: (on being pigeonholed by industry executives) The friction comes from the fact that (being pigeonholed) is counter to everything we are as artists. We transform and change ourselves by the very nature of what we do.

    • Michael Chiklis: (on the challenge of handling Vic Mackey) And to be sure, some of the material is hard to let go of. It really has challenged me on a professional level where--I mean, it's affecting, and sometimes I've had to literally shake myself and consciously say, "OK, let this go." Otherwise it really could permeate my entire life.

    • Michael Chiklis: (on scary movies) I saw The Omen when I was 12, and that stayed with me a long time. And The Exorcist-those two freaked me the [expletive] out, especially the fact that they deal with God and the devil. Those are the reasons I don't watch horror movies anymore. If I see one, it would have to be during the day, so I can sort of laugh at it.

    • Michael Chiklis: (when asked if he thought "The Shield" was better than "The Sopranos") Nice try. I'm not touching that with a 10-foot pole.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • i am a shields finatic! i have watched every episode and own ever box set and right now i am a very un happy customer!!! so read a little of what i am upset about!! email me if u would like to hear moremoreless

    2.0
    i love the show and have been watching it from the begining. to be honest with you i was a little upset with season 5's dvd box set. i am used to the nice set that you can get and i went an bought the 5th season and was very very disappointed. for one usually it is not that small and the pictures look like someone photo copied them and threw them in there. and with season 6's premier i was a little upset it didn't hold up to the shields usually expectations!!moreless
  • Chiklis is best known for playing the cop killing pig Vic Mackey on "The Shield" outside of "The Shield" there's not much else to talk about.

    6.2
    Dirty cops have been around since the earliest movies of the 30's and 50's so I'am not that impressed with his work.

    Seeing as well that his character is so similar to the Dennis Franz character it's laughable to call "The Shield" groundbreaking. The character he plays is like an evil version of Franz's.



    He's a decent actor but overrated. There's no depth to Mackey. He's a dirty cop masquerading as a father (he's had several women while allegedly loving his wife), he's killed suspect broken laws. The character is much more one dimensional and in any other show would have been killed of a long, long time ago. His resume outside of "The Shield" is not that impressive either outiside of "The Commish". Dennis Franz will always be the first really tough cop on tv with Chiklis following in his footsteps.moreless
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