Michael Nouri is known to be an American actor who has appeared in many films, stage productions, as well as television series throughout his career. He was born on December 9, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He made an appearance in the movie named The Watcher alongside Sidney Poitier and Julianne Moore and also played the role of Roger Kaplan in the movie entitled The Hidden alongside Kyle MacLachlan and Dennis Haysbert in 1987. Michael Nouri- From The Hidden to The Watcher

Early Life

Michael Nouri was born on December 9, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor, known for The Hidden (1987), Flashdance (1983) and The Terminal (2004). He was previously married to Vicki Light and Lynn Goldsmith. Other than acting, he also worked as a model before he became a film star. He got his first break with a small role in The Seven Minutes which starred Anthony Quinn. His next big break came with another small role in The Last Married Couple In America which also starred Alan Alda and Carol Burnett. After that he went on to play Roger Kaplan in The Watcher alongside Jim Carrey, Marisa Tomei and James Spader.

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Michael’s first major breakthrough came in 1978 when he landed a lead role in Angie, a television drama that debuted as part of ABC’s rotating lineup of shows. For his performance, Michael was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and was awarded Best Lead Actor by Viewers for Quality Television. In addition, Michael won a Golden Globe award for Most Promising Male Newcomer. He would go on to star in several other popular television dramas throughout the 1980s including Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), Dynasty (1981), Falcon Crest (1981) and The Colbys (1985). In addition to these roles on TV series, Michael also starred opposite Mel Gibson in 1984’s The River Rat.

Recent Projects

In 2015, Michael Nouri returned to television in a starring role on FOX’s The Grinder. Additionally, he made his feature film directorial debut with drama Last Cab To Darwin. Written by Ned Lander and starring Academy Award winner Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), and Robyn Malcolm (Mullet). He also starred in a French film titled Second Chances directed by Edouard Salier.

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Michael’s film career started in 1971 when he appeared in uncredited roles as a soldier, sailor or policeman in such films as Kelly’s Heroes, Fiddler on the Roof and Klute. He then became one of Hollywood’s most recognizable supporting actors throughout his career, appearing in over fifty feature films from 1977 until 2014. His first leading role was in 1983’s Flashdance opposite Jennifer Beals, followed by a starring role alongside Tom Berenger in 1985’s Platoon. In 1986 he starred alongside Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in The Name of the Rose.

Michael Nouri- From The Hidden to The Watcher
Michael Nouri- From The Hidden to The Watcher

Personal Life

Michael Nouri was born in 1945 in Washington, D.C. and raised in Riverdale, a suburb of New York City. His father, who emigrated from Iran before World War II, was an engineer; his mother was an artist who had worked at Newsweek and Town & Country.


For all his years in Hollywood, Michael’s most famous role isn’t even a speaking part. In fact, you don’t see Michael at all! He portrayed Roger Kaplan in The Watcher (2000), alongside Keanu Reeves. It was one of Michael’s first films after moving to Los Angeles from New York City.

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