Chris Noth

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Chris Noth
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Noth in 2008
Christopher David Noth

(1954-11-13) November 13, 1954 (age 64)
Other namesChristopher Noth
EducationMarlboro College (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1981–present
Tara Wilson (m. 2012)

Christopher David "Chris" Noth (/nθ/ NOHTH;[1] born November 13, 1954) is an American actor.[2] He is known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Mike Logan on Law & Order (1990–95), Big on Sex and the City (1998–2004), and Peter Florrick on The Good Wife (2009–16), he reprised his role of Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2005–08), and reprised his role of Mr Big in the films, Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for Sex and the City in 1999 and for The Good Wife in 2010, he studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Noth was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the youngest of three sons of Jeanne L. Parr (March 30, 1924 – May 20, 2016), later a CBS News correspondent, and Charles James Noth, an insurance salesman turned marketing-company executive who died in a car accident in 1966.[2][3][4]

Noth has German, Irish and English ancestry.[5] During childhood, Noth traveled with his mother and brothers throughout the United Kingdom, Spain and Czechoslovakia.

Noth spent part of his undergraduate years at Marlboro College, where he built a cabin for himself,[2][6] he earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1985, where he acted in some 25 plays and was a pupil of acting coach Sanford Meisner.[7]


Noth played small parts in films, including Smithereens (1982) and Baby Boom (1987) before his first starring role in the low-budget 1988 film Peluru dan Wanita (Bullets & Women) in Indonesia. Noth joined the cast of Hill Street Blues in the sixth season in 1986, where he was billed as "Christopher Noth." He also appeared in Another World. He filmed a pilot for the legal/police drama series Law & Order in 1988. In 1990, NBC began airing the show, which slowly gained recognition from critics and fans.[8] Noth was fired from the show in 1995, due largely to creative friction with series creator Dick Wolf,[9] he reprised the Logan character in 1998 for the Law & Order TV movie, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie.

In 1998, Noth returned to prime-time television when he took the role of Carrie Bradshaw's enigmatic on-again, off-again boyfriend "Big" on HBO's Sex and the City,[8] he played the role for six years, during which he also appeared in a small role as Helen Hunt's husband in the hit film Cast Away (2000), and starred in a Broadway revival of The Best Man. In 2001, he played an FBI agent on a three-episode arc of Crossing Jordan, re-uniting him with Law & Order co-star Jill Hennessy. Noth returned to the role of Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2005, joining the show in its fifth season following a guest appearance on a fourth season episode.[8] On this spin-off of the original Law & Order, Noth's detective team alternated episodes with Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe's characters. On June 26, 2008, it was announced that Noth was leaving the series, and that Jeff Goldblum would be joining the cast as Detective Zach Nichols.[10]

Noth reprised the role of Big for the Sex and the City film, released on May 30, 2008.[11] and its 2010 sequel. Noth starred with Julianna Margulies in the CBS series The Good Wife, which debuted on September 22, 2009; also in 2009, Noth became the spokesperson for the North American market for the Biotherm line of male skincare products.[12]

Noth starred in a revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 Broadway play The Best Man in 2000, and also starred in a Broadway revival of the 1972 play That Championship Season in 2011, playing Phil Romano, a role originated by his one-time Law & Order co-star Paul Sorvino.[13] In 2013 he appeared in the Napa Valley, California, theater festival Plaza Del Sol with other performers including Dennis Haysbert.[citation needed]

Noth played the character Jack Robertson in the Doctor Who episode "Arachnids in the UK".[14][15]

In 2019 Noth appeared with Isabelle Huppert in an Off-Broadway production of Florian Zeller's The Mother.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Noth is co-owner of The Cutting Room, a music venue in New York City that opened in late 1999, with Steve Walter, a former student at Berklee College of Music.[17][18][19][20]

Noth met his wife, actress Tara Lynn Wilson, while she was working the bar at The Cutting Room; the couple began dating in 2002. Their son, Orion Christopher Noth, was born in January 2008,[21] and the couple married on April 6, 2012.[22][23][24]

Prior to his marriage to Wilson, Noth was in a long-term relationship with actress/model Beverly Johnson. Johnson starred with Noth in the Law & Order season 3 episode "Consultation".

Noth also owned the semi-private club The Plumm with, among others, David Wells, Damon Dash, Joey McIntyre, and Bo Dietl.[25][26] Noth and Wilson owned Once Upon a Tea Cup, a tea-party themed restaurant franchise with branches in Windsor and London, Ontario (both locations now closed).[27]

He frequents Da Marino in New York City, where he has performed as a singer.[28][29]

Noth purchased the Ambhar Tequila artisan maker in 2018.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cutter's Way Guard Uncredited
Waitress! Cowley's office
1982 Smithereens Prostitute
1986 Off Beat Ely Wareham, Jr.
1987 Baby Boom Yuppie Husband
1988 Peluru dan Wanita Falco
1991 Boyz In The Hood Waiter
1993 Naked in New York Jason Brett
1995 Burnzy's Last Call Kevin
Nothing Last Forever Dr. Ken Mallory
1997 The Deli Sal
Cold Around the Heart T
1998 The Broken Giant Jack Frey
1999 Getting to Know You Sonny
1999 The Confessions Camposo
A Texas Funeral Clinton
Pigeonholed Devon's father
2000 The Acting Class Martin Ballsac
Cast Away Jerry Lovett
2001 Double Whammy Chick Dimitri
The Glass House Uncle Jack
2002 Searching for Paradise Michael De Santis
2004 Mr. 3000 Schiembri
Tooth Fairy Dad Short film
2005 The Perfect Man Ben Cooper
2008 Sex and the City Mr. Big
Frame of Mind Steve Lynde
2009 My One and Only Harlan
2010 Sex and the City 2 Mr. Big
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Lex Luthor (voice)
Sure Fire Hit Tony
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill Akio Kazama (voice)
2012 3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom Jack
2013 Lovelace Anthony Romano
2014 Elsa & Fred Jack
2015 After the Ball Lee Kassell
2016 White Girl George Fratelli
Chronically Metropolitan Christopher


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Killer in the Mirror Johnny Mathews Television movie
Hill Street Blues Officer Ron Lipsky 3 episodes
Apology Roy Burnette Television movie
1987 At Mother's Request Steve Klein Television movie
I'll Take Manhattan Fred Knox Television movie
1989 Monsters The Devil Episode: "Satan in the Suburbs"
1990–1995 Law & Order Mike Logan 111 episodes
1993 With Harmful Intent Dr. Ferries Television movie
1994 Where Are My Children? Cliff Vernon Television movie
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Mike Logan Episode: "Law & Disorder"
1996 Abducted: A Father's Love Larry Coster Television movie
Born Free: A New Adventure Dr. David Thompson Television movie
1997 Rough Riders Craig Wadsworth Television movie
Touched by an Angel Carl Atwater Episode: "Full Moon"
Medusa's Child Tony DiStefano Television movie
1998–2004 Sex and the City Mr. Big 41 episodes
1998 Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Mike Logan Television movie
2001 Crossing Jordan FBI Special Agent Drew Haley 2 episodes
The Judge Paul Madriani Television movie
2003 Julius Caesar Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus Television miniseries
2004 Bad Apple Mike Tozzi Television movie
2005–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mike Logan 36 episodes
2009–2016 The Good Wife Peter Florrick 101 episodes
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel J. P. Morgan 6 episodes
2016 Tyrant General Cogswell 10 episodes
2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Don Ackerman 7 episodes
2017–2018 Gone FBI Agent Frank Booth Lead role; 12 episodes[31]
2018 Doctor Who Jack Robertson Episode: "Arachnids in the UK"
2019 Very Important Person Chris Note (as himself) 1 episode
2019 Catastrophe James Cohen 1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1994 Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Law & Order Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Nominated
2003 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Television Series Nominated
2009 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cast Sex and the City Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film The Good Wife Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


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