Michael Vartan

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Michael Vartan
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Michael Vartan in 2010
BornMichael S. Vartan
(1968-11-27) November 27, 1968 (age 45)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Spouse(s)Lauren Skaar
(m. 2011–present)
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Michael Vartan
Michael Vartan 2010 cropped.jpg
Michael Vartan in 2010
BornMichael S. Vartan
(1968-11-27) November 27, 1968 (age 45)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Spouse(s)Lauren Skaar
(m. 2011–present)

Michael S. Vartan (born November 27, 1968) is a French and American[1][2] film and television actor. He is probably best known for the role of Michael Vaughn on the American television action drama Alias. He most recently starred in the TNT medical drama Hawthorne.

Early life[edit]

Vartan was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is the son of Doris (née Pucher), a painter and artist, and Eddie Vartan, a Bulgarian-born musician.[3][4] His paternal aunt is singer Sylvie Vartan and his stepfather is writer Ian La Frenais.[5] Michael's paternal grandfather was of Armenian and Bulgarian descent, while Michael's paternal grandmother was of Hungarian Jewish background.[6][7][8] Michael's mother is a Polish Jewish immigrant to the U.S.[9][10][11] Vartan has said about his French background that "The funny thing is I'm actually a Polish Jew who happens to be born in France. My mom is Polish and my dad is Bulgarian. I don't have an ounce of French blood. But I work it".[9][12] He has stated that he tends to be considered a Frenchman in the United States and an American in France.[13]

His parents divorced when he was five and he moved to America with his mother.[14] He moved back to France to be with his father until his high school years, and grew up a "farm kid" in a "simple environment"[11] in Fleury, Manche, a small town in Normandy.[14][15] At the age of eighteen, Vartan moved back in with his mother in Los Angeles, telling her that he wanted to be an artist,[16] because he did not wish to fulfill the mandatory military service required in France.[11] In Los Angeles, he attended an acting school after he was told he possessed acting talent. He had also attended the prestigious Lycée Français de Los Angeles. Vartan now considers himself to be American and stated on the talk show Rove that he would like Australia to be his second home.[17] He is bilingual, speaking both English and French fluently.[18]


After starring roles in European films, including an acclaimed performance in the Taviani Brothers' Fiorile, and several smaller film roles, Vartan had noticeable supporting roles in major Hollywood movies, including Never Been Kissed (1999), One Hour Photo (2002) and Monster-in-Law (2005).[17] In 2007, he appeared in the Australian horror film Rogue, and starred in the film Jolene in 2008.

Vartan's most notable role to date has been as Michael Vaughn in the American television series Alias (2001–2006). Vartan has also had guest appearances on Friends (as Dr. Tim Burke, Tom Selleck's character's son) and Ally McBeal (as Jonathan Basset). He also appeared on the show Kitchen Confidential, which starred his former Alias co-star Bradley Cooper, as a French chef who was Cooper's rival. In September 2007, Vartan played James Walker, a main role in the ABC drama Big Shots. However, the show was canceled after one season.

Vartan is co-starred opposite Jada Pinkett Smith in TNT's series Hawthorne. Vartan replaced Jeffrey Nordling, who played the role in the pilot.[19] TNT canceled the series after its third season.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Vartan at the 23rd Genesis Awards, Beverly Hills, California, March 28, 2009

Over the course of his relationship with Alias co-star Jennifer Garner, he never made any public appearances with her. Garner confirmed their relationship in August 2003.[21] Vartan began dating Garner in mid-2003, and though rumors of their break-up began in March 2004,[22] Garner only confirmed the end of their relationship in August 2004.[23][24] On March 5, 2010, he announced his engagement to Lauren Skaar, whom he met in a Whole Foods Market parking lot in Los Angeles in 2009.[25] The couple married on April 2, 2011 at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California.[26] He has a dog named Millie, with whom he appeared in a PETA video about good canine care and to whom he wrote a "love letter" for an anthology.[27]

Vartan is a keen supporter of Australian rules football, having watched the game on numerous visits to Australia, in particular Melbourne. He is good friends with Brendan Fevola and supports Carlton.[28]

After the completion of the film Rogue, Vartan got a Southern Cross tattoo on his right arm to show his love for Australia.[29]


1988Black Leather JacketMotorcycle BoyDocumentary
1991Un homme et deux femmesFred
Promenades d'étéThomas
1993SpenderPaul DucheyneBBC TV Series - Season 3
1995To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie NewmarTommy
1996The PallbearerScott
1997Touch MeAdam
FriendsDr. Tim BurkeTelevision series
The Myth of FingerprintsJake
1998The CurveChris
1999Never Been KissedSam Coulson
2000It Had to Be YouCharlie Hudson
The Next Best ThingKevin Lasater
SandTyler Briggs
2001The Mists of AvalonLancelotTelevision miniseries
20012006AliasMichael VaughnTelevision series
2002One Hour PhotoWill Yorkin
2005Monster-in-LawDr. Kevin Fields
Kitchen ConfidentialMichel Valentine, French chefTelevision series
2007RoguePete McKell
Big ShotsJames WalkerTelevision series
20092011HawthorneDr. Tom WakefieldTelevision series
2010High SchoolCalculus Teacher
2014Bates MotelGeorgeTV series, season 2


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  2. ^ WE'RE NOT FONDA THIS ONE. J.Fo out-divas J.Lo in 'Monster' catfight that goes ogre the top. Oh well, that's shrew biz
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  16. ^ Colon, Suzan (November/December, 1997). "Q&A: Michael Vartan". Jane Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2007. 
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  18. ^ :: Michael Vartan – vartanfan[dot]com – fan site ::
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  20. ^ "TNT cancels 'HawthoRNe' after three seasons". 
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  22. ^ Buzzle Staff and Agencies, "Garner & Vartan Split?". Buzzle.com. March 24, 2004. Retrieved on January 23, 2007.
  23. ^ "Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan". Moono.com. August 21, 2004. Retrieved on January 23, 2007.
  24. ^ "Garner Confirms Love Split". AskMen.com. August 19, 2004. Retrieved on January 23, 2007.
  25. ^ "Michael Vartan of Alias is Engaged!". People.com. March 19, 2010.
  26. ^ "Alias Star Michael Vartan Gets Married!". Us Weekly. April 2, 2011.
  27. ^ "Michael Vartan Pens Love Letter To His Dog," People, 7 December 2011.
  28. ^ "Outback tests Michael Vartan". November 10, 2007. Retrieved on April 19, 2010.
  29. ^ "Rogue star Michael Vartan answers back". November 16, 2007. Retrieved on April 19, 2010

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