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Born: Lowell, Massachusetts US. Aug 30, 1963

Actor

His Greek American paternal family hailed from the Greek island of Lesbos. He is fluent in English, Greek, Italian and Spanish. A natural performer, Chiklis began entertaining his family with celebrity imitations when he was just five years old. As a child, Chiklis appeared in regional theater productions and earned his Actor's Equity card at age 13. He later attended Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Growing up, his childhood idol was the heroic comic book character Ben Grimm, aka The Thing of the Fantastic Four. In fact, at the age of 18, he told his brother that if a Fanatastic Four movie was ever made, he would play Ben Grimm. He lived his fantasy and got to play what he called "my dream role" in 2005 when he played the character in "The Fantastic Four".

He is very proud of his Greek heritage and encourages his daughters to learn of Greece and the Greek language. Frequently writes in Greek characters on shows he appears in. He loves traveling overseas, especially to his house in Lesbos, Greece and loves Greek dancing.

Michael Chiklis' first major recognition came in 2003, as he won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role as Detective Vic Mackey on The Shield. He received a Golden Globe that same year for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama as well. In 2004 and 2005, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

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