Michael Kevin Pare (born October 9, 1958) is an American actor. Pare was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joan, a homemaker, and Francis Pare, who owned print shops. He has six sisters and three brothers. Pare's father was of French-Canadian ancestry and his mother of Irish ancestry. His father died from leukemia when Pare was five, leaving his mother to raise the large family of children. Pare was working as a chef in New York when he met an agent, Yvette Bikoff, who convinced him to try acting. His first starring role was as Tony Villicana on the television series The Greatest American Hero.
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