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Michael Nouri
Nouri in 2009
Born (1945-12-09) December 9, 1945 (age 75)
Alma materRollins College
Emerson College
Years active1969–present
Lynn Goldsmith
(m. 1976; div. 1978)

Vicki Light
(m. 1986; div. 2001)

Michael Nouri (born December 9, 1945) is an American screen and stage actor.[1] He is best known for his television roles, including Dr. Neil Roberts on The O.C., Phil Grey on Damages, Caleb Cortlandt on All My Children, and Bob Schwartz on Yellowstone. He is also known for his starring roles in the films Flashdance (1983) and The Hidden (1987), and has appeared in several Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including the original production of Victor/Victoria.[2] He is a Saturn Award and Daytime Emmy Award nominee.

Early life

Nouri was born in Washington D.C. to Gloria (née Montgomery) and Edmond Nouri.[3] Edmond was an Iraqi immigrant from Baghdad who arrived in the United States on a Georgetown University scholarship, enlisted in the US Army during World War II, and subsequently became a writer for Stars and Stripes and The New Yorker.

Nouri grew up in New York City and Alpine, New Jersey. At age 14, after repeatedly getting into fights at school, he was transferred to an all-boys boarding school in Connecticut, where he became student-body president, and decided to be an actor after starring in a Gilbert and Sullivan play. He attended Rollins College and Emerson College, and worked as a waiter before landing his first role on Broadway in 1967. He was briefly a student under Guru Prem Rawat and was involved in his infamous three-day festival Millennium '73.


After starring in an Off-Broadway production of The Crucible, Nouri landed his first Broadway role in Forty Carats, which ran for two years. He made his film debut in 1969, with an uncredited role in Goodbye, Columbus. He appeared on several television soap operas, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for his role as Steve Kaslow on Search for Tomorrow. He portrayed Lucky Luciano in the crime drama miniseries The Gangster Chronicles and its theatrically-released feature film Gangster Wars.

In 1983, he had a starring role as Nick Hurley in the romantic drama Flashdance. Despite mixed reviews, the film was one of the highest-grossing films of 1983, and was nominated for several top awards, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Nouri won the role over several other well-known actors, including Mickey Rourke and Kevin Costner.[3]

Nouri has appeared in numerous television series and television films. He starred opposite Kyle MacLachlan in the cult sci-fi horror film The Hidden. He starred on the short-lived series Bay City Blues and Downtown, and on the sitcom Love & War. He starred in the Broadway production of the musical Victor/Victoria as King Marchan, opposite Julie Andrews. He appeared in three separate entries of the Law & Order television franchise, each time in different roles. He had recurring roles on the series The O.C., Damages, NCIS, and Army Wives. He returned to soap operas with a year-long stint on All My Children. More recently, he starred on the Paramount Network series Yellowstone for three seasons.

Personal life

Nouri has been married and divorced twice. His first marriage was to Lynn Goldsmith and his second marriage was to Vicki Light. He has two daughters, Hannah and Jennifer. He is an ambassador of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a result of one of his ex-wives being affected by the condition.



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Goodbye, Columbus Don Farber Uncredited
1981 Gangster Wars Charles "Lucky" Luciano
1983 Flashdance Nick Hurley
1986 The Imagemaker Roger Blackwell
GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords Boulder (voice)
1987 The Hidden Det. Thomas Beck
1988 Thieves of Fortune Juan Luis
1990 Little Vegas Frank de Carlo
Captain America Lt. Colonel Louis
Fatal Sky Jeff Milker
1991 The Psychic Theodore 'Ted' Steering
Total Exposure Dave Murphy
1992 Black Ice Ben Shorr
1993 Da Vinci's War China Smith
American Yakuza Dino Campanela
No Escape, No Return Dante
1994 Fortunes of War Father Aran
Inner Sanctum II Bill Reed
Lady In Waiting Jimmy Scavetti
1995 Hologram Man Edward Jameson
To the Limit Thomas 'China' Smith
1996 Overkill Lloyd Wheeler
2000 Finding Forrester Dr. Spence
2001 Carman: The Champion Freddie
Lovely & Amazing Dr. Crane
2002 Terminal Error Brad Weston
2003 Klepto Dr. Cohn
Stuey Vincent
2004 The Terminal Max
2005 Searching for Bobby D Angelo
Boynton Beach Club Donald
2006 Last Holiday Congressman Stewart
Invincible Leonard Tose
2009 The Proposal Chairman Bergen
2012 Any Day Now Miles Dubrow
2015 The Squeeze Jimmy Diamonds
2017 Teleios Nordham
Alex & the List Rabbi Baskin
Woman Walks Ahead Karl Valentine
2018 Con Man Uncle Joe


Year Title Role Notes
1974–75 Somerset Tom Conway Main cast
1975 Beacon Hill Giorgio Bullock Main cast; Season 1
1975–78 Search for Tomorrow Steve Kaslow Main cast
1977 Contract on Cherry Street Lou Savage Television film
1979 The Curse of Dracula Count Dracula Main cast; Season 1
The Last Convertible Jean RGR des Barres Miniseries; 3 episodes
1980 Nick and the Dobermans Nick Macazie Television film
Fun and Games Greg
1981 The Gangster Chronicles Charles "Lucky" Luciano Miniseries; 13 episodes
1983 Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Alex Shepherd Television film
1983–84 Bay City Blues Joe Rohner Main cast; Season 1
1984 Spraggue Michael Spraggue Television film
1985 Star Fairies Giant (voice)
1986 Between Two Women Harry Petherton
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues James Moretti
1986–87 Downtown Det. John Forney Main cast; Season 1
1988 Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story Charlie Wedemeyer Television film
1990 Shattered Dreams John Fedders
1991 Changes Peter Hallam
1992 In the Arms of a Killer Brian Venible
Exclusive Reed Pierce
The Sands of Time Jaime Miro
The Final Contract David Sloane
1992–95 Love & War Kip Zakaris Main cast; Seasons 1-3
1994 Eyes of Terror Lt. David Zaccariah Television film
1995 Between Love & Honor "Crazy" Joe Gallo
Burke's Law Judd Timmons Episode: "Who Killed the Tennis Ace?"
Victor/Victoria King Marchand Television film
1997 Law & Order Dr. Michael Cosgrove Episode: "Harvest"
1998 This Matter of Marriage Adam Barr Television film
Style & Substance Jeff Dennis Episode: "Chelsea's First Date"
Early Edition Stanley Hollenbeck Episode: "Nest Egg"
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Porfirio Rubirosa Television film
Law and Order SVU Dallas Warner Episode: "A Single Life"
2000–03 Touched by an Angel Greg Sawyer / Carl Northum 2 episodes
2001 Second Honeymoon Phillip Television film
Gideon's Crossing Cardiologist 2 episodes
61* Joe DiMaggio Television film
2003 The District FBI Agent Spencer Episode: "Sacrifices"
2003 The Lyon's Den Simon Freed Episode: "Beach House"
2003–07 Law and Order Criminal Intent Henry Webster / Elder Roberts 2 episodes
2004 The Practice Dwight Haber Episode: "Avenging Angels"
The West Wing Senator Roy Turner Episode: "Slow News Day"
Cold Case Kyle Silver Episode: "Maternal Instincts"
Medical Investigation Wes Douglas Episode: "You're Not Alone"
The Young and the Restless Elliot Hampton 17 episodes
Star Trek: Enterprise Syrran / Arev Episode: "The Forge"
2004–07 The O.C. Dr. Neil Roberts Guest; Season 1-2, main cast; Season 3, recurring; Season 4
2006 South Beach Warren Stella Episode: "Who Do You Trust"
CSI: NY Denney Lancaster Episode: "People with Money"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Milo Peterman 3 episodes
Without a Trace Byron Carlton Episode: "Run"
2007–11 Damages Phil Grey Recurring cast; Season 1-4
2008 Privileged Miles Franklin Episode: "All About Love, Actually"
2008–13 NCIS Mossad Director Eli David Recurring cast; Season 6-10
2009 Crash Wesley Thigpen 2 episodes
2010 Legend of the Seeker Frederick Amnell Episode: "Bound"
2009–10 Army Wives General Ludwig Recurring cast; Season 4
2010–11 All My Children Caleb Cortlandt Main cast
2011 House Thad Barton Episode: "Risky Business"
2012 Dark Desire Phil Television film
2013 Body of Proof Daniel Russo Episode: "Mob Mentality"
Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer Galen Anderson Television film
Major Crimes Congressman Steven Keller Episode: "Risk Assessment"
2014 The Exes James Malcolm Episode "The Old Man & the Holly
Taken Away Senator Worthington Television film
2015 The Slap Thanassis Miniseries; 5 episodes
Chicago P.D. Carlo Tafani Episode: "Never Forget I Love You"
2016 Blue Bloods Nick Constantine Episode "Town Without Pity"
Heartbeat Gérard Panttiere Episode: "Match Game"
2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Bob Guccione Episode: "Publish or Perish"
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Norman Blachford 2 episodes
Great Performances Himself Episode: "Ellis Island: The Dream of America" with Pacific Symphony"
2018–20 Yellowstone Bob Schwartz Recurring cast; Season 1-3

Stage (partial)

Year Title Role Theatre Notes
1968-70 Forty Carats Pat/Peter Latham (replacement) Morosco Theatre Also assistant stage manager
1977 Nefertiti Hapi Blackstone Theatre
1982 Booth Edwin Booth South Street Theatre
1995-97 Victor/Victoria King Marchan Marquis Theatre
2000 Call Me Madam Cosmo Constantine Ralph Freud Playhouse Reprise! Los Angeles
2001 South Pacific Emile de Beque Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
2001-02 National tour
2003 Camille Claudel Auguste Rodin Terris Theatre Goodspeed Musicals
2004 Can-Can Aristide Forestier New York City Center Encores!

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Award

Saturn Awards

Sitges Film Festival


  1. ^ "Michael Nouri". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Michael Nouri". Playbill. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  3. ^ a b "That Guy in Flashdance". Observer. February 16, 2004.

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