Noah Wyle

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Noah Wyle
Wyle at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
BornNoah Strausser Speer Wyle
(1971-06-04) June 4, 1971 (age 43)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Tracy Warbin (2000–2009)
Sara Wells (2014–present)
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Noah Wyle
Wyle at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
BornNoah Strausser Speer Wyle
(1971-06-04) June 4, 1971 (age 43)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Tracy Warbin (2000–2009)
Sara Wells (2014–present)

Noah Strausser Speer Wyle (/ˈwli/; born June 4, 1971) is an American film, television, and theatre actor. He is best known for his roles as Dr. John Carter in ER and as Tom Mason in Falling Skies. He has also played Steve Jobs in the 1999 docudrama Pirates of Silicon Valley, Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff in the cult hit Donnie Darko, and Flynn Carsen in The Librarian franchise. Wyle was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine in 2001.

Early life[edit]

Wyle, the middle of three children, was born in Hollywood, California, the son of Marjorie (née Speer), a registered orthopedic head nurse, and Stephen Wyle, an electrical engineer and entrepreneur.[1] His father was Jewish and his mother Episcopalian, and he was raised "fairly nondenominationally", around both faiths.[2][3][4][5] Wyle's parents divorced in the late 1970s, and his mother later married James C. Katz, a film restorationist[6] with three children of his own from a previous marriage. Wyle's paternal grandparents, Edith and Frank Wyle, founded the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum.[7] Edith R. Wyle was an expressionist painter who also created The Egg and The Eye, a café and shop in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles.[8]

Wyle was educated at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, and graduated with the class of 1989. Wyle participated in a theater arts program at Northwestern University after his junior year of high school and appeared in high school plays, even winning an award for a play he wrote. After graduation, he studied with acting teacher Larry Moss while living in a small apartment on Hollywood Boulevard.



Wyle’s big break came when he was given the pilot script for ER and was cast as medical student John Carter. Wyle was the only major cast member of ER to have been with the show since its inception (1994) when he left after its eleventh season (2005). His performances on the show earned him Emmy Award nominations in each of its first five seasons. As part of an ensemble he was nominated several times for the Screen Actors Guild Award, he was recognized with three Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television and won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Wyle left the series at the end of the eleventh season, although he returned in guest appearances for a four-episode arc during the twelfth season. He stated that he left because he wanted to spend more time with his family and friends and to make room for the upcoming generation. However, in 2009, Wyle returned to ER during its fifteenth and final season for five episodes, including the series finale. According to the Guinness World Records 2005 Special 50th Anniversary Edition, Wyle became the holder of a "Highest paid TV drama actor per episode" record during the 2003–2004 tenth season, earning approximately $400,000 per episode. While on ER, Wyle's estimated salary was $9 million a year.[9] Wyle has also appeared in the most episodes of ER, 255, four more than Laura Innes.*[10]


Wyle was first seen in the Paul Bartel film Lust in the Dust (a western exploitation/parody which starred Tab Hunter, Lainie Kazan, and Divine) as an extra in the local gang running the small town of Chile' Verde.

His later parts were a mini-series and featuring in the movie Crooked Hearts (1991) in 1990. In 1993 he worked in another feature, There Goes My Baby. After appearing in several local plays in Los Angeles, he was cast in the box-office hit A Few Good Men, in which he played a Marine jeep driver who testified in court. He also appeared in the feature Swing Kids as Emil Lutz, a leader in the Hitler Youth, and in the independent movie The Myth of Fingerprints with Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner, and Julianne Moore. Additionally, he starred as Lancelot opposite Sheryl Lee in the Television movie Guinevere. Recently, Wyle starred in the original film The Librarian: Quest for the Spear with Sonya Walger and in its sequel The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines opposite Gabrielle Anwar and in the third part of the series The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice alongside Stana Katic.

His other work has included a critically acclaimed turn as Steve Jobs in the Emmy-nominated Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). Steve Jobs was so impressed with the performance that he invited Wyle to step on stage as him at the opening of his annual speech at the Apple convention, a ruse which worked for several minutes and pleased attendees. He has also appeared in several feature films including White Oleander opposite Renée Zellweger, Enough opposite Jennifer Lopez, the independent feature Donnie Darko, as the President's interpreter in the 2000 live-television production of Fail Safe, and in the independent film The Californians.


Along with his film and television career, Wyle is also Artistic Producer of The Blank Theatre Company located in Hollywood, California. With the company, he has appeared on stage in the 1995 production of The 24th Day with Peter Berg, The Who (as part of the company's Young Playwrights Festival), and Lobster Alice, opposite Nicholas Brendon, where he played the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

For his work as one of the producers of 2005 Los Angeles Production of Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, he won an NAACP Theatre Award.[11]

Falling Skies[edit]

Wyle is the lead in TNT's sci-fi series Falling Skies. Wyle plays Tom Mason, a former Boston University history professor who becomes the second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of civilians and fighters fleeing post-apocalyptic Boston while fighting aliens who have wiped out 90% of humanity.[12] He is also the father of three boys, one of whom is captured by the aliens.

The two-hour premiere of Falling Skies was watched by 5.9 million viewers, making it cable television's biggest series launch of 2011 with more than 2.6 million adults 18–49 and 3.2 million adults 25–54.[13] The first season tied with the FX series American Horror Story as the biggest new cable series of 2011 among adults 18-49.[14]

On July 2, 2013, TNT renewed the show for a fourth season of 12 episodes to premiere summer 2014.[15] Wyle's performance earned him BuddyTV's #91 position on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[16]

On July 18, 2014, TNT renewed the show for a fifth and final season of 10 episodes to premier summer 2015.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage, family and residence[edit]

Wyle in 2009

Noah has a son, Owen Strausser Speer Wyle (born November 9, 2002), and a daughter, Auden Wyle (born October 15, 2005), with make-up artist Tracy Warbin. Wyle and Warbin were divorced in 2009

Wyle married Sara Wells in June 2014 in California.[18] The couple met in 2011 during a production at The Blank Theatre Company.

Appearances, interests, and philanthropy[edit]

In 1999, Wyle made an appearance during the beginning of Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote presentation, initially pretending to be Jobs. When the audience caught on, Jobs himself appeared and began to banter with Wyle.[19][20] It was a practical joke by Jobs and Wyle in light of the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.

Wyle devotes much of his free time to the international non-profit organization Doctors of the World and to his work as a member of the Human Rights Watch Council. Wyle also serves as the voluntary artistic producer of the Blank Theatre Company in Hollywood, which stages an annual young playwrights festival and whose alumni include Ed Asner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, D. B. Sweeney, James Kerwin, Amber Benson, Megan Henning, Travis Schuldt, Warren Davis, Grant Show, and Nicholas Brendon. He also recently acquired Second Stage Theater (Los Angeles) in Hollywood, where the company has mounted numerous successful productions.

Wyle was the spokesperson for The Cover the Uninsured campaign in 2004, which had as Honorary Co-Chairs former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter. The Cover the Uninsured Week is annually held in the United States of America and focuses attention on the nearly 44 million Americans who go without health care coverage. The campaign includes several events among different communities, health and enrollment fairs, press conferences, and business seminars all over the U.S. Additionally, Wyle is a supporter of animal rights and a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, dedicated to protecting and conserving wildlife for future generations.

In 2009, Wyle became a spokesperson for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), claiming that polar bears are "hanging on by a thread" and "may be extinct in our children's lifetime, due to the effects of climate change."[21]

In 2012, Wyle supported the disability rights group ADAPT.[22] On April 23, he was arrested during a protest on Capitol Hill to fight against Medicaid cuts for the elderly and people with disabilities.[23]

On May 13, 2013, Wyle appeared on Kentucky Sports Radio and predicted Andrew Wiggins would attend the University of Kentucky.


1985Lust in the DustYoung ManUncredited
1990Blind FaithEricTV movie
1991Crooked HeartsAsk
1992A Few Good MenCpl. Jeffrey Barnes
1993Swing KidsEmil Lutz
1994–2009ERDr. John Carter255 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–99)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1997–99)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1995–99)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000–01)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1994There Goes My BabyMichael Finnegan
1995FriendsDr. Jeffrey Rosen2-part episode: "The One With Two Parts"
1995The Larry Sanders Show'HimselfEpisode: "Eight"
1996Sesame StreetEpisode: "Maria in the Hospital: Part 1"
1997The Myth of FingerprintsWarren
1999Can't Stop DancingPoe
1999Pirates of Silicon ValleySteve JobsTV movie
2000Fail SafeBuck
2000Beggers and ChoosersDavis G. GreenEpisode: "The Naked Truth"
2001Scenes of the CrimeSeth
2001Donnie DarkoProf. Kenneth Monnitoff
2002White OleanderMark Richards
2004The Librarian: Quest for the SpearFlynn CarsenTelevision movie
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2005The CaliforniansGavin Ransom
2006The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's MinesFlynn CarsenTelevision movie
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2008W.Donald Evans
2008Nothing But the TruthAvril Aaronson
2008The Librarian: Curse of the Judas ChaliceFlynn CarsenTelevision movie
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2009An American AffairMike Stafford
2010Queen of the LotArron Lambert
2010Below the BeltwayHunter Patrick
2011–presentFalling SkiesTom Mason31 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2013Snake and MongooseArthur Spear
2013The World Made StraightLeonard


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  20. ^ "MacWorld Expo: A View from Afar". Archived from the original on 2006-12-10. 
  21. ^ "Save the polar bears". 
  22. ^ "Noah Wyle to be ADAPT Celebrity Fun Runner". 
  23. ^ Donnelly, Matt (April 23, 2012). "Noah Wyle arrested during Medicaid-cuts protest in D.C.". Los Angeles Times. 

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