Michael Chiklis Biography
Michael Chiklis is an American actor and television producer.Chiklis was born on August 30, 1963 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
His mother, Katherine (née Vousboukis), is a hospital administrative aide, and his father, Charlie Chiklis, runs a hair/beauty salon.
Michael Chiklis Career
After graduation, Chiklis moved to Brooklyn, New York City and was cast in the role of John Belushi in the controversial biopic Wired in 1989. The film was panned in general and flopped at the box office.He also guest starred in several popular television series such as Miami Vice, B.L. Stryker, Wiseguy, L.A. Law, Murphy Brown, and Seinfeld alongside bit parts in films like Nixon.
Chiklis’ first successful role was in The Commish, a police comedy/drama that ran from 1991–1996 on ABC. Chiklis played Anthony “Tony” J. Scali, a police commissioner in a small city in upstate New York. After The Commish, Chiklis starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Daddio.
After playing Curly Howard in the 2000 TV movie The Three Stooges, Chiklis decided to reinvent his image. With his wife’s help, he spent six months on an extensive workout regimen and shaved his head. He turned up to audition for The Shield looking nothing like the pudgy, friendly character of The Commish. Winning over creator Shawn Ryan, Chiklis nabbed the leading role of the show’s anti-hero, LAPD Detective Vic Mackey. He won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for the role. Chiklis received a Golden Globe Award that same year for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama as well. Between 2004 and 2005, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series but did not win. Chiklis later parodied his role as Vic Mackey in “Monstourage,” an episode of Robot Chicken. The skit involved Mackey accidentally switching places with Ben Grimm.
Since 2000, Chiklis has taken up a number of voice roles, voicing Chihiro’s father, Akio, in the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Roman/King Webster in the direct-to-video feature The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina. He has also performed in several episodes of Family Guy and had a voice role in Heavy Gear: The Animated Series.
In 2005, he starred in Fantastic Four as Thing and reprised the role in its 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Being a fan of the comic book series, he had dreamed of playing the character if ever there was a Fantastic Four movie being produced. Chiklis was often praised for his performance in a film that otherwise earned mixed reviews. His wife visited him on set during the filming but was not aware that he would be in his full bodysuit and makeup as The Thing; she was totally unprepared for seeing him like that and found it very distressing, having to be guided from the set in order to collect herself.
Chiklis had a role in the 2008 film Eagle Eye as the United States Secretary of Defense.
In the wake of Bernard Madoff scandal, Chiklis is developing a series at FX about a similar investment scheme. The project, called House of Cards, concerns a group committing an elaborate scam similar to the Madoff fraud. Chiklis had been developing the project since February 2008 after he and his wife became victims of a Ponzi scheme themselves. Cards will likely center on the leader of the scheme, with Chiklis planning to executive produce but not star.
Chiklis later starred in the ABC television series No Ordinary Family, which premiered on September 28, 2010,as part of the 2010–11 television season and ended in April, 2011. He also co-starred in the CBS Crime drama Vegas.
In March 2014, it was announced that Chiklis had been cast in American Horror Story: Freak Show, the fourth season of the FX anthology series.
In 2014 Chiklis also played a small part towards the end of the FX series Sons of Anarchy, where he appears first on the episode ‘Rose Red’, he played a trucker who first encounters Gemma on her way to her father at a truck stop. Then in the series finale, his character races head-first (unintentionally), in his truck, into Jax Teller.
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In 2015 he appeared in Gotham as Captain Nathaniel Barnes.In a nod to Chiklis’ time on the Strike Team on The Shield, his character established a similarly named “Strike Force”. Michael Chiklis will be releasing his first solo album “INFLUENCE” in September 2016. Chiklis wrote and produced the album at his own Extravaganza Music Studio.
Michael Chiklis Wife
Chiklis is married to Michelle Chiklis.
Michael Chiklis Kids
Chiklis has two kids named Odessa Chiklis and Autumn Chiklis.
Michael Chiklis Age
Chiklis is 54 years of age.