Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Highest Rated: 94% Rogue (2007)

Lowest Rated: 2% Nina (2016)

Birthday: Nov 27, 1968

Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

A handsome, light-haired French-American actor, Michael Vartan began to study his craft as a way to meet people shortly after arriving in Los Angeles. Discovering a knack for performing, he soon lent his engaging presence to a variety of feature projects worldwide. Having completed a number of French productions, most notably "Un Homme et deux femmes" (1991) and the following year's "Promenades d'ete", Vartan made his international debut in 1993's "Fiorile", an Italian film directed by the famed Taviani brothers. In this acclaimed time-spanning film, Vartan played a captivating dual role. He made his US film debut with a featured role in the cross-dressing comedy "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995) and the following year co-starred in the comedy "The Pallbearer" as Scott Edelman, best friend of David Schwimmer's Tom Thompson. In 1997, Vartan gave a breakthrough performance in "The Myth of Fingerprints", starring as a sweet but unambitious son returning to the family home for Thanksgiving along with his brother, two sisters and girlfriend Margaret (Hope Davis). Next up was "Touch Me" (1998), in which he appeared as a lecherous but charming health club manager who gets involved with an aerobics instructor (Amanda Peet) in this AIDS-themed drama. He could also be seen in "The Curve/Dead Man's Curve", a college-set black comedy given a limited regional release before landing on video shelves, following the urban legend that roommates of a suicide victim get an automatic 4.0 GPA as condolence. 1999 would see the actor come to the forefront as a leading man with starring roles in two films. In the romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed", he was cast as a young teacher lovestruck by an undercover reporter posing as a student (Drew Barrymore) while the indie "It Had to Be You" teamed him with Natasha Henstridge in a tale of a couple who discover a mutual attraction while planning their respective weddings. In 2000 he had a supporting turn in the Madonna-Rupert Everett comedy "The Next Best Thing," and took the leading role in the drama "Sand," as a man whose life is upended by the arrival of his troublemaking family. Despite the regular flow of feature film work, television would prove to be the medium that would elevate Vartan from actor to star. His early TV work included a memorable guest appearance as the handsome son of Courtney Cox's much older boyfriend (Tom Selleck) on a 1997 episode of NBC's "Friends" before landing a two-episode love interest stint on "Ally McBeal" in 2000. He had a high-profile turn as the legendary knight Lancelot opposite Anjelica Huston, Joan Allen and Julianna Margulies in the acclaimed CBS miniseries "The Mists of Avalon" in 2001, the same year he was cast in his breakthrough as Agent Michael Vaughn, the tortured love interest of college-girl-turned-spy Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) on the adventure series "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06). His character was killed off in 2005, after rumors of Vaughn's impending demise prompted rabid fans to protest his departure. Vartan's increased profile as a result of his "Alias" role led to more work in features: in the creepy indie drama "One Hour Photo" (2002) he was the husband and father in a family that soon becomes the obsession of a disturbed photo processor played by Robin Williams. Next was a role in the romantic comedy "Monster-In-Law" (2005) as Jennifer Lopez's perfect man whose domineering mother (Jane Fonda) tried to destroy the couple's relationship. A starring role in Australian horror "Rogue" (2007) and a key supporting part in Jessica Chastain-led indie drama "Jolene" (2008) were followed by the broad comedy "Demoted" (2011) and French action drama "Colombiana" (2011). During this period, Vartan starred opposite Jada Pinkett-Smith on hospital drama "Hawthorne" (TNT 2009-2011). Vartan stayed busy in television for a number of years, playing guest shots and arcs in series including "Bates Motel" (A&E 2013-17) and "Satisfaction" (USA 2014-15) before returning to full-time series work on Hollywood drama "The Arrangement" (E! 2017- ). The same year, Vartan also costarred in the thriller "Small Town Crime" (2017).

Highest rated movies

One Hour Photo
Small Town Crime
The Myth of Fingerprints
Wild Flower
Never Been Kissed
The Pallbearer




79% 67% Small Town Crime Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 29% Crawlspace John Alexander (Character) - 2016
2% 23% Nina Radio Interviewer (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Fire Dr. Matthew Cooper (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Within John Alexander (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 23% Demoted Rodney (Character) - 2011
27% 67% Colombiana Danny (Character) $36.7M 2011
48% 43% Jolene Brad (Character) - 2008
94% 53% Rogue Pete McKell (Character) $7.7K 2007
18% 55% Monster-in-Law Kevin (Character) $82.9M 2005
82% 65% One Hour Photo Will Yorkin (Character) $31.6M 2002
No Score Yet 42% Sand Tyler Briggs (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 44% It Had to Be You Charlie Hudson (Character) - 2000
19% 36% The Next Best Thing Kevin (Character) $15.0M 2000
55% 69% Never Been Kissed Sam Coulson (Character) $55.5M 1999
11% 53% Dead Man's Curve Chris (Character) - 1998
60% 56% The Myth of Fingerprints Jake (Character) $541.1K 1997
No Score Yet 38% Touch Me Adam (Character) - 1997
45% 18% The Pallbearer Scott (Character) $5.7M 1996
57% 57% Wild Flower Jean/Massimo (Character) $413.1K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man and Two Women Unknown (Character) - 1991


No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
59% 86% God Friended Me Jeffrey (Guest Star) 2018
62% 79% The Arrangement Terence Anderson (Character) 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Postnup Unknown (Character) 2017
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2014 2017
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2017
95% 93% Rectify Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
82% 83% Satisfaction Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
93% 91% Bates Motel George Heldens (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Morning Buzz Live Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Fire Dr. Matthew Cooper (Character) 2012
No Score Yet 28% HawthoRNe Dr. Tom Wakefield (Character) 2009-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kilborn File Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2008
6% No Score Yet Big Shots James Walker (Character) 2007-2008
86% 90% Alias Midhael Vaughn (Character),
Michael Vaughn (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mists of Avalon Lancelot (Character) 2001
61% 75% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
82% 94% Friends Dr. Tim Burke (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guide Unknown (Character)