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Also Known As: Christopher Noth Died:
Born: November 13, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Madison, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor, waiter

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Imposing in stature, Chris Noth was readily identified with his roles as Detective Mike Logan on the long-running series "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and, perhaps even more famously, as the charming rogue Mr. Big on "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). Learning his craft in Yale's drama program and on the stages of New York City and Los Angeles, the young actor found work on various television series, including a recurring turn on the seminal police ensemble drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) in 1986. After a series of forgettable made-for-TV movies, Noth landed his career-making role on "Law & Order," which he maintained for five years before a desire for artistic change prompted his departure in 1995. A few years of forgettable television and indie film projects followed before Noth signed on for what would arguably become his signature role - the rich, commitment-phobic Mr. Big for six seasons of the hugely popular "Sex and the City" series. Seemingly destined to reprise his most popular roles, he went back to work as Logan for three seasons of the spin-off series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ), then back into arms of Carrie Bradshaw for the big screen adaptation of "Sex and...

Imposing in stature, Chris Noth was readily identified with his roles as Detective Mike Logan on the long-running series "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and, perhaps even more famously, as the charming rogue Mr. Big on "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). Learning his craft in Yale's drama program and on the stages of New York City and Los Angeles, the young actor found work on various television series, including a recurring turn on the seminal police ensemble drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) in 1986. After a series of forgettable made-for-TV movies, Noth landed his career-making role on "Law & Order," which he maintained for five years before a desire for artistic change prompted his departure in 1995. A few years of forgettable television and indie film projects followed before Noth signed on for what would arguably become his signature role - the rich, commitment-phobic Mr. Big for six seasons of the hugely popular "Sex and the City" series. Seemingly destined to reprise his most popular roles, he went back to work as Logan for three seasons of the spin-off series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ), then back into arms of Carrie Bradshaw for the big screen adaptation of "Sex and the City" (2008). He continued his lucky streak on television as Julianna Margulies' scandalous politician husband on the legal drama "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ). The hallmark of Noth's respectable career by now had become portrayals of strong, direct, often callous men - usually with an irrepressibly rakish twinkle in their eye.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tree House, The (2015)
2.
 Sea Isle (2014)
3.
 Attachment (2014)
4.
 After the Ball (2014)
5.
 Elsa and Fred (2014)
6.
 Lovelace (2013)
7.
8.
 My One and Only (2009)
9.
 Frame of Mind (2009)
10.
 Sex and the City (2008)
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Raised in Connecticut, England, Yugoslavia and Spain
1979:
Had early stage credit, appearing in the Manhattan Theatre Club's "Just a Little Bit Less Than Normal"
1982:
Feature acting debut, "Smithereens"; played a transvestite prostitute
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Acted in productions at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, La Mama Etc., The Circle Repertory Theater, and the Mark Taper Forum, where he acted in the original staging of "The Kentucky Cycle" as part of the Plays in Progress series
1985:
Had the title role in a production of "Hamlet" directed by Zoe Caldwell at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut (date approximate)
1986:
Appeared in the feature "Off Beat"
1986:
TV acting debut, playing a misguided young police officer in the "Look Homeward Ninja" episode of "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)
1986:
Made TV-movie debut with a supporting part in the Ann Jillian as twins thriller "Killer in the Mirror" (ABC)
1986:
Featured in the drama "Apology" (aired on HBO)
1987:
Appeared in the true crime miniseries "At Mother's Request"
1987:
Had a cameo in "Baby Boom" as a yuppie customer of a country store
1989:
Debut leading role in a feature film, "Jakarta," the first English-language film shot in Indonesia with a native company
1990:
Played the role of Sergius in a production of George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man" staged at the Roundabout Theater
1990:
Made TV series debut as regular Detective Mike Logan on NBC's acclaimed crime drama "Law & Order"
1993:
Starred in the NBC TV-movie, "In the Shadows, Someone's Watching"
1994:
Co-starred in "Where Are My Children?" a fact-based ABC telefilm
1995:
Guest starrred on an episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," as Detective Logan in a "Law & Order" crossover
1995:
Featured in the CBS miniseries "Sidney Sheldon's 'Nothing Lasts Forever'"
1996:
Played the father of a teenager who seeks to return a captured lion to the wilds of Africa in "Born Free: A New Adventure" (ABC)
1997:
Guest starred as a rapist recently released from prison on an episode of "Touched By an Angel"
1997:
Co-starred in the Spanish-American War-set historical miniseries "Rough Riders" (TNT)
1998:
Had recurring role as Mr Big, the attractive and charming but emotionally distant love interest of New York columnist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the HBO comedy series "Sex and the City"
1998:
Reprised his "Law & Order" character in the NBC TV-movie "Exiled"
1999:
Acted in the drama feature "Texas Funeral," co-starring Robert Patrick and Joanne Whaley
1999:
Cast in the 1999 independent drama "Searching for Paradise" (released on video in 2003).
2000:
Made Broadway debut as star of the revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man"
2001:
Starred in and produced the NBC movie "Steve Martini's The Judge"
2005:
Guest-starred on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as police Detective Mike Logan, his character from 1990-95 on "Law & Order"; Joined the cast as a regular in fall 2005; left show in 2008
2005:
Cast opposite Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear in the romantic comedy "The Perfect Man"
2008:
Reprised the role of 'Mr. Big' (John James Preston) for "Sex and the City: The Movie"
2009:
Co-starred in the indie comedy, "My One and Only," loosely based on a story about George Hamilton's early life
2009:
Cast as a disgraced politician, opposite Julianna Margulies, in the CBS drama "The Good Wife"
2010:
Reprised his role of 'Mr. Big' (John James Preston) for "Sex and the City 2"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("The Good Wife")
2011:
Joined an all star cast for the revival of Broadway's "That Championship Season"
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Marlboro College: Marlboro , Vermont - 1978
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1985

Notes

Noth is pronounced so that it rhymes with BOTH not MOTH

Noth on "Law & Order", recognition, and the fact that he feels the series' edge has been somewhat compromised: "The Emmys are weird. You have to nominate yourself. I just won't do it. We've done some pretty heavy stuff for TV. I'm proud that we can get that gritty reality.

"What happens is a show becomes successful. Then they want to keep it popular, and it becomes harder to take risks, for fear of offending someone." --to James Brady in PARADE MAGAZINE, May 14, 1995

Asked by TIME OUT NEW YORK's Brett Martin if he would play Batman, Noth replied: "Who wouldn't play Batman? But I walked out of that picture. And they're snobby about TV? You've got to be kidding me. Hell, I did 'Touched By an Angel' because I thought the part was interesting. People say '"Touched By an Angel"?!' and I say '"Batman & Robin"'?!' That said, would I play Batman? Sure. But I'd be the first to tell you it's a piece of shit." --quoted in the July 17-24, 1997 issue

Noth on his departure from "Law & Order": "Here's what went down, by my fifth year I was really burned out. I wasn't making any bones about it. I was saying it in the press. I might have been tempted for a s---load of money to stay another year. Now, Dick [Wolf] got wind of that--and also I think my agents called and said 'You better triple his fee'--and there was a lot of miscommunication. I should have gotten in a room with Dick before all that. It looked like we hated each other, and that's not true. We disagree on many aesthetic things, but we can work together." --From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, November 8, 1998

"I think he's a leading man who is incredibly versatile. He can be the straight man, and he's wonderful with character parts. He's got tremendous integrity on screen." --CBS vice president of drama development Nina Tassler, upon the annoucement of Noth's development deal with CBS, quoted in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, September 1, 1999

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companion:
Beverly Johnson. Model; actor. Separated in 1995.

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mother:
Jeanne Parr. Former TV reporter. Worked for CBS.
father:
Charles Noth. Insurance salesman. Died in March 1966.
brother:
Charles Noth. Older.
brother:
Michael Noth. Older.
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