Chris Noth

Active - 1981 - 2016  |   Born - Nov 13, 1954 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Family & Personal Relationships, Mystery

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A veteran of film and television, Chris Noth is probably best known for his work on Law and Order and HBO's Sex and the City, the latter of which featured him as the charming but terminally untrustworthy Mr. Big, erstwhile boyfriend/bad habit of the series' heroine, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker).

Hailing from Madison, WI, where he was born November 13, 1954, Noth moved around a lot throughout his childhood, living in England, Yugoslavia, and Spain. Returning to the States, he studied with the storied acting coach Stanford Meisner before being accepted into the prestigious Yale School of Drama.

Noth got his start on the stage and in television performing at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT, and appearing in productions with theater companies across the country, including the Manhattan Theater Club and Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. Working in television beginning in 1982, he did a number of shows before breaking into film with small parts in Off Beat (1986) and the Diane Keaton comedy Baby Boom (1987).

Noth's big break came in 1989, when he was chosen to play Det. Mike Logan on Law and Order. Noth portrayed the young policeman for five seasons, winning both critical nods and fans, many of whom were saddened when his Law and Order contract was not renewed in 1995.

Noth continued to work on television and did minor work in films such as Naked in New York (1994) before getting his next big break in the form of Sex and the City (1998). As Big, he was one of the few male characters who could hold his own in the presence of the series' strong female protagonists, played by Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, and Kristin Davis. The show proved to be an enormous critical and commercial hit, in the process winning Noth more fans. He would reprise the role for subsuquent big screen adaptations of the show, in addition to other films like My One and Only and Lovelace. Noth would also enoy successful turns on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife, and Titanic: Blood and Steel.

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  • The youngest of three boys whose widowed mother, CBS reporter Jeanne Parr, was often at work, he wasn't a stranger to mischief. He was sent to boarding school by his mother after he took a neighbor's car for a joyride and damaged it when it rolled into another neighbor's house.
  • Lived in a cabin he built himself while he studied American transcendentalism at Vermont's nontraditional Marlboro College.
  • Performed in 25 plays while he was a student at the Yale School of Drama. 
  • Co-owns the Cutting Room, a Manhattan nightclub, and Once Upon a Teacup, a chain of kid-friendly tea rooms in Canada.
  • Named his son Orion after his favorite constellation.