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The formative years...

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French-American actor Michael Vartan made his handsome presence felt in several European and independent films before getting his Hollywood studio break in the romantic comedy Never Been Kissed (1999).

Born in Paris and raised in the small Normandy town of Fleury, Vartan moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to be with his American mother. Though he began taking acting classes in Los Angeles, Vartan nabbed his first film roles in the French productions Un Homme et Deux Femmes (1991) and Promenades d'Ete (1992). Still working in Europe, Vartan gained international attention as the doomed lover of the fabled title character in Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani's Fiorile (1993).

Returning to the Hollywood fold, Vartan appeared in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) and The Pallbearer (1996). He played more substantial roles, however, in the indie AIDS drama Touch Me (1997) and college crime thriller The Curve (1998), as well as playing Julianne Moore's brother in Sundance entrant The Myth of Fingerprints (1997). Vartan finally earned his first starring role in a Hollywood studio production when star/executive producer Drew Barrymore insisted that he be cast opposite her in Never Been Kissed. As undercover reporter Barrymore's "high school" teacher, Vartan was an adult-teen dream come true; the movie went on to become Vartan's first Hollywood hit. Vartan was not so lucky, however, with his next Hollywood film, the critically lambasted Madonna vehicle The Next Best Thing (2000).

After he was impeccably cast as Lancelot in the lavish TV miniseries adaptation of The Mists of Avalon (2001), Vartan stayed with TV to play CIA agent Michael Vaughn, ally of Jennifer Garner's double agent Sydney Bristow, on the stylish, critically praised ABC action series Alias (2001). ~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide


 

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MICHAEL VARTAN TRVIA

Michael has green eyes.

He is left handed.

Michael trys to play Hockey twice a week.

Before becoming an actor, he was a pool-hall hustler and once made $2,000 doing that in one night.

At one time her played pool 14 hours a day.

Mike hates to shave.

Speaks French as well as English fluently.

Michael is 6' and about 190lbs.

Born in Fluery Normandy - a small village, population 300.

Favorite color is orange.

He is a Mets and Los Angeles Kings fan.

Michael HATES the Atlanta Braves.

He left school at age 16 because it was: "Too boring"

His parents divorced when he was 5.

He is an only child excpet for his half brother Nicolas.

Michael is an avil musician and plays the guitar.

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At a Glance

Date of Birth: Michael Vartan was born 27 November 1968
Education:
He left school at age 16 because it was: "Too boring
Family History:His father is French and mother American. Unfortunately his parents got divorced when he was only five, so he spent his childhood drifting between France and the U.S.

First Professional  Role:made his acting debut in the French film Un homme et deux femmes (1991)
Astrological Sign: