Michael S. Vartan (born November 27, 1968) is a French-American film and television actor. He is probably best known for the role of Michael Vaughn on the American television action drama Alias. He most recently starred in the TNT medical drama Hawthorne. Vartan was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the son of Doris (nee Pucher), a painter and artist, and Eddie Vartan, a musician. His paternal aunt is singer Sylvie Vartan and his stepfather is writer Ian La Frenais. Vartan's Bulgarian-born father was of Armenian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian ancestry, and Vartan's American mother is Jewish and originally from Poland. Vartan has said about his French background that 'The funny thing is I'm actually a Polish Jew who happens to be born in France.
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