Chris Noth

Chris Noth
Noth in 2008
Born Christopher David Noth
(1954-11-13) November 13, 1954
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Other names Christopher Noth
Education Marlboro College (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Tara Wilson (m. 2012)
Children 1

Christopher David "Chris" Noth (/nθ/ NOHTH; born November 13, 1954) is an American actor.[1] He is known for his television roles as Detective Mike Logan on Law & Order (1990–95), Big on Sex and the City (1998–2004), and Peter Florrick on The Good Wife (2009–16). He reprised his role of Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2005–08), and reprised his role of Big in the films, Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for Sex and the City in 1999 and for The Good Wife in 2010. Chris Noth also studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. He also portrayed Pompey the Great, in the 2003 miniseries Julius Caesar.

Early life

Noth was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the youngest of three sons of Jeanne L. Parr (March 30, 1924 – May 20, 2016), later a CBS News correspondent, and Charles James Noth, an insurance salesman turned marketing-company executive who died after a car accident in 1966.[1][2][3]

Noth has German, Irish and English ancestry.[4] During childhood, Noth traveled with his mother and brothers throughout the United Kingdom, Spain and Czechoslovakia. Chris reminds people that his last name rhymes with "both." [5]

Noth spent part of his undergraduate years at Marlboro College, where he built a cabin for himself.[1][6] He earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1985, where he acted in some 25 plays and was a pupil of acting coach Sanford Meisner.[5]


Noth played small parts in films, including Smithereens (1982) and Baby Boom (1987) before his first starring role in the low-budget 1988 film Peluru dan Wanita (Bullets & Women) in Indonesia. Noth joined the cast of Hill Street Blues in the sixth season in 1986, where he was billed as "Christopher Noth." He also appeared in Another World. He filmed a pilot for the legal/police drama series Law & Order in 1988. In 1990 NBC began airing the show, which slowly gained recognition from critics and fans.[7] Noth was fired from the show in 1995.[8] Personality differences between Noth and L&O creator/executive producer Dick Wolf settled down long enough to film a TV movie, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998).

In 1998 Noth returned to prime-time television when he took the role of Carrie Bradshaw's enigmatic on-again, off-again boyfriend "Big" on HBO's Sex and the City.[7] He played the role for six years, during which he also appeared in a small role as Helen Hunt's husband in the hit film Cast Away (2000), and starred in a Broadway revival of The Best Man. In 2001 he played an FBI agent on a three-episode arc of Crossing Jordan, re-uniting him with Law & Order co-star, Jill Hennessy. Noth returned to the role of Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2005, joining the show in its fifth season following a guest appearance on a fourth-season episode.[7] On this spin-off of the original Law & Order, Noth's detective team alternated episodes with Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe's characters. On June 26, 2008, it was announced that Noth was leaving the series, and that Jeff Goldblum would be joining the cast.[9]

Noth reprised the role of Big for the Sex and the City film, released on May 30, 2008.[10] and its 2010 sequel. Noth starred with Julianna Margulies in the CBS series The Good Wife, which debuted on September 22, 2009. Also in 2009, Noth became the spokesperson for the North American market for the Biotherm line of male skin-care products.[11]

Noth starred in a revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 Broadway play The Best Man in 2000, and also starred in a Broadway revival of the 1972 play That Championship Season in 2011, playing Phil Romano, a role originated by his one-time Law & Order co-star Paul Sorvino.[12] In 2013 he appeared in the Napa Valley, California, theater festival Plaza Del Sol with other performers including Dennis Haysbert.

Personal life

Noth is co-owner of The Cutting Room, a music venue in New York City that opened in late 1999, with Steve Walter, a former student at Berklee College of Music.[13][14][15][16]

Noth met his wife, actress Tara Lynn Wilson, while she was working the bar at The Cutting Room. The couple began dating in 2002. Their son, Orion Christopher Noth, was born in January 2008,[17] and the couple married on April 6, 2012.[18][19][20]

Noth also owned the semi-private club The Plumm with, among others, David Wells, Damon Dash, Joey McIntyre, and Bo Dietl.[21][22] Noth and Wilson owned Once Upon a Tea Cup, a tea-party themed restaurant franchise with branches in Windsor and London, Ontario (both locations now closed).[23]

He frequents Da Marino in New York City, where he has performed as a singer.[24][25]



1981Cutter's WayGuardUncredited
1981Waitress!Cowley's office
1986Off BeatEly Wareham, Jr.
1987Baby BoomYuppie Husband
1988Peluru dan WanitaFalco
1993Naked in New YorkJason Brett
1995Burnzy's Last CallKevin
1995Nothing Last ForeverDr. Ken Mallory
1997The DeliSal
1997Cold Around the HeartT
1998The Broken GiantJack Frey
1999Getting to Know YouSonny
1999The ConfessionsCamposo
1999A Texas FuneralClinton
1999PigeonholedDevon's father
2000The Acting ClassMartin Ballsac
2000Cast AwayJerry Lovett
2001Double WhammyChick Dimitri
2001The Glass HouseUncle Jack
2002Searching for ParadiseMichael De Santis
2004Mr. 3000Schiembri
2004Tooth FairyDadShort film
2005The Perfect ManBen Cooper
2008Sex and the CityMr. Big
2008Frame of MindSteve Lynde
2009My One and OnlyHarlan
2010Sex and the City 2Mr. Big
2010Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsLex Luthor (voice)
2010Sure Fire HitTony
2011From Up on Poppy HillAkio Kazama (voice)
20123,2,1... Frankie Go BoomJack
2013LovelaceAnthony Romano
2014Elsa & FredJack
2015After the BallLee Kassell
2016White GirlGeorge Fratelli
2016Chronically MetropolitanChristopher


1986Killer in the MirrorJohnny MathewsTelevision movie
1986Hill Street BluesOfficer Ron Lipsky3 episodes
1986ApologyRoy BurnetteTelevision movie
1987At Mother's RequestSteve KleinTelevision movie
1987I'll Take ManhattanFred KnoxTelevision movie
1989MonstersThe DevilEpisode: "Satan in the Suburbs"
1990–1995Law & OrderMike Logan111 episodes
1993With Harmful IntentDr. FerriesTelevision movie
1994Where Are My Children?Cliff VernonTelevision movie
1995Homicide: Life on the StreetMike LoganEpisode: "Law & Disorder"
1996Abducted: A Father's LoveLarry CosterTelevision movie
1996Born Free: A New AdventureDr. David ThompsonTelevision movie
1997Rough RidersCraig WadsworthTelevision movie
1997Touched by an AngelCarl AtwaterEpisode: "Full Moon"
1997Medusa's ChildTony DiStefanoTelevision movie
1998–2004Sex and the CityMr. Big41 episodes
1998Exiled: A Law & Order MovieMike LoganTelevision movie
2001Crossing JordanFBI Special Agent Drew Haley2 episodes
2001The JudgePaul MadrianiTelevision movie
2003Julius CaesarGnaeus Pompeius MagnusTelevision miniseries
2004Bad AppleMike TozziTelevision movie
2005–2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentMike Logan36 episodes
2009–2016The Good WifePeter Florrick101 episodes
2012Titanic: Blood and SteelJ. P. Morgan6 episodes
2016TyrantGeneral Cogswell10 episodes
2017Manhunt: UnabomberDon Ackerman7 episodes
2017–2018GoneFBI Agent Frank BoothLead role; 12 episodes[26]

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1994Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesLaw & OrderNominated
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2000Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmSex and the CityNominated
2003Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Television SeriesNominated
2009People's Choice AwardsFavorite CastSex and the CityNominated
2011Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmThe Good WifeNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated


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