Biography Part 1

I was born in NYC in 1958. Four years later my father died and my family moved to Westchester New York. Growing up in the 60’s there were no contemporary role models for boys. The “WAR” was wrong, the “Establishment” was wrong; it was the beginning of blaming the white man for everything that was wrong in the world. With no role models I guess I turned to movie leading men. All the stars were my role models, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper and Cagney, Bogart, Spencer Tracy. They were all my secret role models.
In high school I started working in a fast food place and by the end I was working in a regular restaurant. I liked restaurants and the work the chef in a restaurant suggested if I planned to make a career in restaurants that I should get a degree like he did. He suggested I apply to a great school in upstate New York. I was accepted and I studied there for one year and then got a job at a great restaurant in NYC owned by Warner LeRoy which would soon prove to be an interesting coincidence. A year or so later I was working on Columbus Avenue in a chic place with a French chef, living off Columbus Avenue, life was cool, I was secure and was looking forward to a career in NYC as a chef.
blog_080229.jpgIt was kind of surreal when I remember it but this is how it happened. There was a bar in my neighborhood where a girl friend worked that I spent most nights in. One of those nights a pretty little woman sat next to me and wanted to know all kinds of things about me, we chatted and began to think it odd. Especially after I said lighten up my girl friend works here. That’s when she said, Listen I am an agent for actor and I think you should have lunch with me and we can talk. I blew her off but she came back several times and one of the waitresses where I worked said, Go ahead, are you kidding there are a million actors in this town with no agent and one wants to rep you, don’t be stupid. Even the chef said, Go have lunch with her and then my brother also said why not.
We had lunch, she gave me an acting teacher to see, Rachel Ward was in the class before she started working. Beautiful chicks were talking to me. Once I got over stage fright and started to understand the craft I was hooked. I really liked acting class, doing scenes from plays that my heroes had done, there was a feeling of transcendence when a scene was really working.
I studied acting during the day and worked in restaurants at night, life had taken on a new meaning, I was doing something only special people could do, artists. This went on for a year or so and then it happened.
Well that’s all for now.

22 thoughts on “Biography Part 1

  1. More please?
    I would love to know how you got over stage fright. I suffer something like that though I have never been on stage. Just the thought of it sends me into cardiac arrest!

  2. Hello Mr.Paré!
    Thanks for posting that interesting blog.It’s nice,that you let us know a bit of your life story!
    Susi from Germany

  3. Wow Michael, I loved your new blog! The men you mentioned were the same ones I always loved too. Weren’t they great men? You chose some good ones to copy. Am looking forward to many more of your blogs. Good luck with all of your wonderful new movies and I’m looking forward to seeing each and every one of them. AFA Geri Palmisano

  4. Thank you for what I hope is only the first installment on your career, Michael. The rep you described in your blog saw your great potential, and I am so glad she didn’t give up!!
    Stage fright, the nemesis of many of us.

  5. Great to hear your story!I hope we are going to hear more from you. It is hard to believe you suffered stage fright!It was great that you did get over it.It was interesting your role models the male role models were a lot stronger than the female role models in that era.Keep up the blog your fans love it.
    Robbyn

  6. Just finished watching Eddie and The Cruisers for the umpteenth time with my wife who watched it for the first time – amazing movie and amazing performance – so many of your movies have become classic cult moives…Streets of Fire the Eddie Series….great stuff…you must be very proud

  7. It is so wonderful to hear about you in your own words…just watched the Eddie & the Cruisers movies yet again, and I still love them, and you!! I had a crush on you for the longest time, and it’s renewed every time I see your movies! Thanks so much for letting your fans know how you’re doing!

  8. Dear Michael, I’d like to wish you and your wonderful and blessed Easter! I also wish you lots of luck with ALL of your movies that you have been working on. You must be exhausted, but at least your’e working, right? Thanks for the movies. Take care and don’t over do it. With lots of love and admiration, your BIGGEST FAN Geri

  9. I am a big fan and follow your career. I was thrown off a bit by a statement in your blog; (it was the beginning of blaming the white man for everything that was wrong in the world). The 60’s were an interesting period of time for all of us.

  10. hello we all love the cruisers movies at our house from your fans in glasgow!

  11. I enjoyed hearing how you grew into a great and wonderful actor. I would like to hear more of your life and how you got to where you are today. I love ya and always will.
    Mona

  12. Hi Michael. I have an odd question. I was also born in NY, Westchester county to be exact. You stated in your blog that you were in the restaurant business so I wanted to ask if you’d ever heard of Rocky Lee’s? Today it is called Turtle Bay in downtown NY. I know it’s strange, I just felt compelled to ask.
    Thanks.

  13. Hello. I’m always curious as to why people who become famous to any extreme,(Dennis Rodman, another example) wish to totally ignore any mention of a Michigan connection. You attended my High School for a brief period and sort of dated the girl who had the locker next to mine. Her name was Vicky Henderson. Years after you left and did the "Cruiser" movies, I always recalled you as being, very cute, quiet and polite. It was kind of a shock that you would want to lead such a public life. Anyway, I’m wishing you well, and hoping that you will enjoy a sucessful and lasting career rejuvination!
    Linda (Gorbutt) Scavo

  14. Hello. I’m always curious as to why people who become famous to any extreme,(Dennis Rodman, another example) wish to totally ignore any mention of a Michigan connection. You attended my High School for a brief period and sort of dated the girl who had the locker next to mine. … Years after you left and did the "Cruiser" movies, I always recalled you as being, very cute, quiet and polite. It was kind of a shock that you would want to lead such a public life. Anyway, I’m wishing you well, and hoping that you will enjoy a sucessful and lasting career rejuvination!
    Linda (Gorbutt) Scavo

  15. Linda Scavo–are you the Linda Gorbutt I went to school with? Lake Fenton?
    If so, I would love to hear from you!
    All the best!
    Jeffrey Alan Hall
    jeffreyalanhall.com

  16. Michael, You and the late, great Robert Mitchum are my favorite actors.
    I had a website for you that Yahoo’s Geocities wiped out because they went down. I am friends with Sandy Mouat, who owns the Michael Pare Media Forum.
    Here’s my Robert Mitchum Tribute site:
    htt://robertmitchum.webs.com
    It’s so cool how you say that he was one of your role models because when I first saw you in Eddie and the Cruisers I saw Mitchum in you. Your "realness" and the good manly looks!"
    Jane Kostopoulos
    Phoenix, AZ

  17. Hello Mr Michael!
    I admire you very much since I first saw in "Werewolf", and of course, being a big fan of the 80`s music, I totally loved your performance in "Eddie and the Cruisers".
    Wish you a happy Easter and good luck with your future projects!
    cheers from Romania,
    caddie

  18. I love you Michael Pare we watched
    the three movies Eddy and the Cruisers 1 and 2 we LOVED it and then we watched Streets of Fire.That was my favorite 1 out of watching the 3 im 10 going on 11 soon i also have facebook
    Its Kaitlyn Reitman .

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