Noth in 2008
Christopher David Noth
November 13, 1954
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Other names||Christopher Noth|
|Education||Marlboro College (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
Tara Wilson (m. 2012)
Christopher David Noth ( NOHTH; born November 13, 1954) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as NYPD 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 Mr 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.
Noth was born on November 13, 1954 in Madison, Wisconsin, the youngest son of pioneering news reporter Jeanne Parr. Parr was one of the first female correspondents for CBS News and host of her own CBS talk show The Jeanne Parr Show who went on to produce documentaries, author a book about the wives of star athletes, and run her own communications consultancy. His father was Charles James Noth, an insurance salesman turned marketing-company executive who was a decorated naval aviator Ensign in World War II and served on the USS Antietam (CV-36) during the Korean War. Charles came from a wealthy family in Chicago and his mother had Irish ancestry that traces back to Knockbride in Cavan County. Noth has two older brothers, attorney Charles James Noth II and therapist Michael Parr Noth.
Noth's family settled in Stamford, Connecticut when he was 5 as Parr went to be a weather reporter at a television station in New Haven, Connecticut. Noth grew up in Connecticut while his parents worked in New York City. Throughout his childhood he also travelled the world with his mother while she was on assignment. His parents separated when he was 9 or 10 and his father died in a car accident in 1966 when he was 11. During a brief second marriage, Parr left CBS and moved the family to southern California in the fall of 1969, returning to New York and CBS in the early 1970s. Parr wanted to send Noth to an all-boys boarding school for high school due to his delinquent behavior. However, he persuaded her to let him attend a coed boarding school called The Barlow School in Dutchess County, New York. According to Noth, this experimental arts high school with no grades completely changed his life to focus on the arts and saved him from juvenile delinquency. After graduating from high school, he moved to New York City with his girlfriend and worked at a school for the mentally disabled before attending college the following year.
Noth attended Marlboro College in Vermont originally intending to be a writer or poet and although the college did not have a theatre department, he discovered acting after joining the repertory theatre company to get out of Latin class. In his sophomore year, the rep theatre company was initiated with alumni who were well known actors in the area and he first appeared on stage in the play She Stoops To Conquer where he enjoyed the audience's unexpected laughter. After acting in a production of The Zoo Story by Edward Albee his goals were set on becoming a stage actor. At Marlboro College he received a classically oriented education, studied English literature, religion, and American transcendentalism, and lived in a cabin he built for himself. After graduation he was eager to perform in New York repertory theatre and was accepted into the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre to study with acting teacher Sanford Meisner. The school did not allow students to work in the theatre and Noth was expelled after a review of a Manhattan Theatre Club play that he was acting in appeared in The New York Times featuring a photo of him in 1979. For five years in New York City he worked as a waiter, caterer, and bartender to support himself while performing Off-Broadway before pursuing further studies in acting. Reading the biography of Laurence Olivier and about the English theatre in the '40s and '50s inspired Noth's decision to train more classically to appear in a wider variety of plays. He auditioned for Juilliard and Yale University and was accepted by both. He chose the shorter three year degree at Yale School of Drama where he got a scholarship and acted in 25 plays, earning an MFA in 1985.
After graduation from the Yale School of Drama, Noth told his agent he would not do television and went on the theater circuit. Noth initially avoided television as at the time he was aware that television had a bad reputation for serious actors and thought he could perform in plays and possibly get a movie as a result. However, roles were slow to come with theater starting to be less culturally prominent and he decided he could do television to survive. 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. In 1986, while working on Hill Street Blues, Noth heard that Zoe Caldwell would be directing Hamlet at the American Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, Connecticut and successfully auditioned for the title role. The play was performed for student groups in the spring season that year and Noth felt the enthusiastic response of students from the inner cities to Hamlet's soliloquies made it one of his greatest experiences.
He filmed a pilot for the legal/police drama series Law & Order in 1988. Noth recalls thinking his career was "in the toilet" when disparaged by five elderly women in the audience at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater while portraying a murderous bandit in an experimental Chilean play The Torch in the 1988/89 season. In 1989 he appeared in Arms and the Man at the Roundabout Theatre as Sergius Saranoff opposite Roma Downey as the play's heroine.
In 1990, NBC began airing the Law & Order, which slowly gained recognition from critics and fans. Noth was fired from the show in 1995, due largely to creative friction with series creator Dick Wolf. In 1995, after he left Law & Order, Noth had a supporting role in a CBS miniseries adaptation of the Sidney Sheldon novel Nothing Lasts Forever where he and Vanessa Williams portrayed lovers who are medical residents in a San Francisco hospital. In 1997, Noth played an opera composer who romances the wife (played by Dana Reeve) of his patron in Romulus Linney's play Patronage at Ensemble Studio Theatre and the cast was praised for it's strong performances by Variety and The New York Times. In the 1997 television mini-series Rough Riders on TNT he portrayed Craig Wadsworth, a member of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry formed by Theodore Roosevelt. In 1998, while working on Sex and the City before it's t.v. debut, Noth did his first radio-play as fortune-hunter Morris Townsend in the Voice of America production of The Heiress, an adaptation of the Henry James novel Washington Square, opposite Amy Irving in the title role. He reprised the role as Detective Logan in 1998 for the Law & Order TV movie, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie.
From 1998-2004, 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. The role established Noth as a romantic comedian and he reprised it for the 2008 Sex and the City film and its 2010 sequel. In 2000, Noth made his Broadway debut as Senator Joseph Cantwell in a revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 play The Best Man, winning a Theatre World Award for his role. The revival also won a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding revival of a play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. He also had a small role as Helen Hunt's husband in the hit film Cast Away (2000) starring Tom Hanks. 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. In the 2002 premiere of Christopher Shinn's play What Didn't Happen at Playwrights Horizons, Noth's portrayal of Peter, a cynical, hard-drinking, popular novelist received positive reviews by the The New York Times and Variety.
From 2005-2008, Noth returned to the role of Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, joining the show in its fifth season following a guest appearance on a fourth season episode. On this spin-off of the original Law & Order, Noth's detective team alternated episodes with Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe's characters. In the 2005 rom-com film, The Perfect Man, Noth's portrayal of the romance expert from whom Hilary Duff's lead character models a secret admirer for her mother was described as "appealing in a thinly written role" by Variety magazine. Noth thought the film was an example some of the Hollywood movies offered to him that are "less than desirable". In 2005, Noth received rave reviews starring as petty criminal "Teach" in David Mamet's play Amercan Buffalo at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
In the CBS series The Good Wife (2009-2016) Noth starred as Peter Florrick, the disgraced and resurrected politician husband of the title character portrayed by Julianna Margulies. Noth was not a full-time regular on the series, leaving him time to do plays and indie films. In 2009, Noth guest-starred as an authoritarian military man in the film My One and Only starring Renee Zellweger as woman searching for a spouse, who almost marries him.
In 2011, Noth starred in a Broadway revival of the 1972 play That Championship Season, playing Phil Romano, a role originated by his one-time Law & Order co-star Paul Sorvino. In 2012, Noth portrayed tycoon J. P. Morgan, who helped finance the Titanic, in the Encore channel miniseries Titanic: Blood and Steel. In 2013, he portrayed Anthony Romano, a financier of Deep Throat, in the movie Lovelace. In 2014, Noth played the parasitic son-in-law of an ageing man, Fred, portrayed by Christopher Plummer in the film Elsa & Fred, with Shirley Maclaine as Elsa. In the 2015 movie After the Ball, Noth played an head of a Montreal fashion company that steals designs, starring Portia Doubleday as his estranged daughter.
Noth portrayed a sleazy lawyer in the 2016 film White Girl starring Morgan Saylor as his client who he rapes. In the 2016 film Chronically Metropolitan Noth's portrayal of a philandering professor/novelist was praised by Hollywood Reporter for "infusing his familiar-feeling character with intriguing nuances" and as "very good" by the Los Angeles Times. In 2017, Noth played FBI agent Don Ackerman on the Discovery channel's first original scripted series Manhunt: Unabomber, about the hunt for the serial killer Ted Kaczynski and was the narrator for the "Sharks and the City: New York" episode of Discovery channel's Shark Week. Noth also portrayed FBI agent Frank Novak who leads a task force on abduction and missing persons in Gone, a 12-episode procedural drama produced by NBC Universal, Germay's RTL network and France's TF1, that premiered in 2017 in Australia then aired in Germany, France, and the U.K. before airing in the U.S. in 2019. In 2018, Noth played the character Jack Robertson in the Doctor Who episode "Arachnids in the UK". In 2019 Noth appeared with Isabelle Huppert in an Off-Broadway production of Florian Zeller's The Mother.
Noth met his wife, Canadian-born 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, and the couple married on April 6, 2012.
Prior to his marriage to Wilson, Noth was in a five year relationship with actress/model Beverly Johnson until 1995. Johnson was a guest star in the Law & Order season 2 episode "Black Tie" and season 3 episode "Consultation".
Noth also owned the semi-private club The Plumm with, among others, David Wells, Damon Dash, Joey McIntyre, and Bo Dietl. 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).
Noth purchased the Ambhar Tequila artisan maker in 2018.
|1986||Off Beat||Ely Wareham, Jr.|
|1987||Baby Boom||Yuppie Husband|
|1988||Peluru dan Wanita||Falco|
|1991||Boyz n the Hood||Waiter|
|1993||Naked in New York||Jason Brett|
|1995||Burnzy's Last Call||Kevin|
|Cold Around the Heart||T|
|1998||The Broken Giant||Jack Frey|
|1999||Getting to Know You||Sonny|
|A Texas Funeral||Clinton|
|2000||The Acting Class||Martin Ballsac|
|Cast Away||Jerry Lovett|
|2001||Double Whammy||Chick Dimitri|
|The Glass House||Uncle Jack|
|2002||Searching for Paradise||Michael De Santis|
|Tooth Fairy||Dad||Short film|
|2005||The Perfect Man||Ben Cooper|
|2008||Sex and the City||Mr. Big|
|Frame of Mind||Steve Lynde|
|2009||My One and Only||Harlan|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Mr. Big|
|Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||Lex Luthor (voice)|
|Sure Fire Hit||Tony|
|2011||From Up on Poppy Hill||Akio Kazama (voice)|
|2012||3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom||Jack|
|2014||Elsa & Fred||Jack|
|2015||After the Ball||Lee Kassell|
|2016||White Girl||George Fratelli|
|1986||Killer in the Mirror||Johnny Mathews||Television movie|
|Hill Street Blues||Officer Ron Lipsky||3 episodes|
|Apology||Roy Burnette||Television movie|
|1987||At Mother's Request||Steve Klein||Television movie|
|I'll Take Manhattan||Fred Knox||Television movie|
|1989||Monsters||The Devil||Episode: "Satan in the Suburbs"|
|1990-1995||Law & Order||Mike Logan||111 episodes|
|1993||In the Shadows, Someone's Watching||Dr. Ferris||Television movie|
|1994||Where Are My Children?||Cliff Vernon||Television movie|
|1995||Homicide: Life on the Street||Mike Logan||Episode: "Law & Disorder"|
|Nothing Last Forever||Dr. Ken Mallory||Television miniseries|
|1996||Abducted: A Father's Love||Larry Coster||Television movie|
|Born Free: A New Adventure||Dr. David Thompson||Television movie|
|1997||Rough Riders||Craig Wadsworth||Television miniseries|
|Touched by an Angel||Carl Atwater||Episode: "Full Moon"|
|Medusa's Child||Tony DiStefano||Television movie|
|1998-2004||Sex and the City||Mr. Big||41 episodes|
|1998||Exiled: A Law & Order Movie||Mike Logan||Television movie|
|2001||Crossing Jordan||FBI Special Agent Drew Haley||2 episodes|
|The Judge||Paul Madriani||Television movie|
|2003||Julius Caesar||Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus||Television miniseries|
|2004||Bad Apple||Mike Tozzi||Television movie|
|2005-2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Mike Logan||36 episodes|
|2009-2016||The Good Wife||Peter Florrick||101 episodes|
|2012||Titanic: Blood and Steel||J. P. Morgan||6 episodes|
|2016||Tyrant||General Cogswell||10 episodes|
|2017||Shark Week||Narrator||Episode: "Sharks and the City: New York"|
|2017||Manhunt: Unabomber||Don Ackerman||7 episodes|
|2017-2018||Gone||FBI Agent Frank Booth||Lead role; 12 episodes|
|2018||Doctor Who||Jack Robertson||Episode: "Arachnids in the UK"|
|2019||Catastrophe||James Cohen||Episode #4.5|
|Very Important Person||Chris Noth||Episode #2.12|
|1994||Viewers for Quality Television||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Law & Order||Nominated|||
|1995||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|1996||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2000||Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Sex and the City||Nominated|||
|2001||Theatre World Awards||Theatre World Award||The Best Man||Won|||
|2003||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Television Series - Musical or Comedy||Sex and the City||Nominated|||
|2009||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Cast||Sex and the City||Nominated|||
|2011||Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||The Good Wife||Nominated|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2015||GQ Men of the Year Turkey||GQ International Icon Of The Year||Chris Noth||Won|||
|2016||La Costa Film Festival||Shining Star Award||Chris Noth||Won|||
|2017||North Fork TV Festival||Canopy Award||Chris Noth||Won|||
Surviving are his widow, who is Jeanne Parr, the television weather reporter on Channel 2; three sons, Charles James 2nd, Michael and Christopher....(subscription required)
'JUST A LITTLE BIT LESS THAN NORMAL'-Josh Clark and Christopher Noth are in Nigel Baldwin's drama, today at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Alec Baldwin...segued into his presentation...handing over a Theatre World Award to Chris Noth for making his Main Stem premiere in "Gore Vidal's The Best Man."
Chris Noth winner of the GQ International Icon Of The Year award, attends the GQ Men Of The Year 2015 award ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey...
GQ Türkiye dergisinin 'Men of the Year' ödül töreni için ?stanbul'a gelen 'Sex and the City' dizisinin oyuncusu Chris Noth ..." / Turkey's magazine GQ 'Men of the Year' award ceremony came to Istanbul for 'Sex and the City' series of player Chris Noth ...