Michael Vartan

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Michael Vartan
Michael Vartan 2010 cropped.jpg
Vartan in July 2010
Born(1968-11-27) November 27, 1968 (age 46)
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Lauren Skaar (m. 2011; div. 2014)
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Michael Vartan
Michael Vartan 2010 cropped.jpg
Vartan in July 2010
Born(1968-11-27) November 27, 1968 (age 46)
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Lauren Skaar (m. 2011; div. 2014)

Michael S. Vartan (born November 27, 1968) is a French-American[1] actor, known for his role as Michael Vaughn on the American television action drama Alias, and his role on the TNT medical drama Hawthorne.

Early life[edit]

Vartan was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is the son of Eddie Vartan, a Bulgarian-born musician, and Doris (née Pucher), a painter and artist.[2][3] His paternal aunt is singer Sylvie Vartan and his stepfather is writer Ian La Frenais.[4] Michael's paternal grandfather was of Armenian and Bulgarian descent, while Michael's paternal grandmother was of Hungarian Jewish background.[5][6][7] Michael's mother is a Polish Jewish immigrant to the United States.[8][9][10] 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".[8][11] He has stated that he tends to be considered a Frenchman in the United States and an American in France.[12]

His parents divorced when he was five and he moved to the United States with his mother.[13] 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"[10] in Fleury, Manche, a small town in Normandy.[13][14] At the age of eighteen, Vartan moved back in with his mother in Los Angeles, telling her that he wanted to be an artist,[15] because he did not wish to fulfill the mandatory military service required in France.[10] 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.[16] He is bilingual, being fluent in French and English.[17]


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).[16] 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). He played the role of Lancelot in TNT's production of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon (2001). 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.[18] TNT canceled the series after its third season.[19]

Personal life[edit]

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

Vartan began dating his Alias co-star Jennifer Garner in mid-2003. After several months of rumors, their break-up was confirmed in August 2004.[20][21][22][23]

In March 2010, Vartan announced his engagement to Lauren Skaar, whom he met in a Whole Foods Market parking lot in Los Angeles in 2009.[24] The couple married on April 2, 2011 at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California.[25] Skaar filed for divorce in July 2014, citing irreconcilable differences.[26]

Vartan 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] He 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 boyTelevision film
1991homme et deux femmes, UnUn homme et deux femmesFred
1992Promenades d'étéThomas
1995To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie NewmarTommy
1996Pallbearer, TheThe PallbearerScott
1997Touch MeAdam
1997Myth of Fingerprints, TheThe Myth of FingerprintsJake
1998Curve, TheThe CurveChris
1999Never Been KissedSam CoulsonNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Drew Barrymore)
2000It Had to Be YouCharlie Hudson
2000Next Best Thing, TheThe Next Best ThingKevin Lasater
2000SandTyler Briggs
2001Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of AvalonLancelotTelevision film
2002One Hour PhotoWill Yorkin
2005Monster-in-LawDr. Kevin Fields
2007RoguePete McKell
2010High SchoolCalculus teacherUncredited
2011DemotedRodney McAdams
2011ColombianaDanny Delanay


1993SpenderPaul DucheyneEpisode: "Puck"
1993Fallen AngelsHarry StoneEpisode: "Murder, Obliquely"
1997FriendsDr. Tim BurkeEpisode: "The One with Chandler in a Box"
2000Ally McBealJonathan Bassett2 episodes
2001–2006AliasMichael Vaughn95 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Breakout Star
2005Kitchen ConfidentialMichel ValentineEpisode: "French Fight"
2007Big ShotsJames Walker11 episodes
2009–2011HawthorneDr. Tom Wakefield30 episodes
2012Go OnHimselfEpisode: "Bench-Clearing Bawl"
2012Ring of FireDr. Matthew Cooper2 episodes
2014Bates MotelGeorge Heldens6 episodes
2014SatisfactionDylan3 episodes


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  27. ^ "Michael Vartan Pens Love Letter To His Dog," People, 7 December 2011.
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  29. ^ "Rogue star Michael Vartan answers back". November 16, 2007. Retrieved on April 19, 2010

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