Michael Vartan Net Worth: Michael Vartan is a French-American performer that has a net worth of $8 million dollars. Produced in Boulogne Billancourt, Hauts de Seine, France, in 1968, Michael Vartan lived in America as a kid before going back to his native state for high school. When he was 18 years old, he left France for Los Angeles to prevent the country ‘s military necessity and enrolled in acting school. He made his onscreen debut in a made-for-TV documentary in 1988’s “Black Leather Jacket”.
Michael Vartan went to appear in a number of foreign movies throughout the early ’90s and chose several little parts before getting larger characters in 1999’s “Never Been Kissed”, 2002’s “One Hour Photo”, 2005’s “Monster in Law”, and 2008’s “Jolene”. In 2001, Vartan got the TV component that made him a better known name in Hollywood, scoring the character of Michael Vaughn in TNT’s “Alias” alongside Jennifer Garner. Several years after, he got the key cast character of Dr. Tom Wakefield on “Hawthorne” for 30 episodes from 2009 to 2011. In 2003, he began dating his “Alias” co star Jennifer Garner, though they broke up the following year. Vartan is an active creature supporter and appeared in a PETA effort along with his dog, Millie.
Appeared in a television ad for the 2004 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. He stated that he hadn't been nervous while acting in 3 years, yet he was very nervous about appearing with the Stanley Cup.
Although born in France, he is not of French descent. Michael's father, Eddie Vartan, was born in Bulgaria. Michael's paternal grandfather, Georges Vartan, was of half Armenian and half Bulgarian ancestry (the family surname was originally "Vartanian"). Michael's paternal grandmother, Ilona (Mayer), was of Hungarian Jewish background; her father, Rudolf, was a prominent architect. Michael's mother, Doris Vartan (née Pucher), is of Polish Jewish background; she was born in Poland and later became an American citizen.
Plays hockey as often as he can. This attribute has also been given to his Alias (2001) character Michael Vaughn, who plays pickup hockey occasionally with his co-worker characters.
Avid sports fan.
Wanted to be a professional pool player before deciding to act instead. He played pool 12 hours a day, for 5 years.
Every actor will tell you it's so much more fun to play the bad guy because usually those characters are more complex and more broad and more interesting, and have more sides to them.
You just have to keep plugging away and if you get lucky enough to get a job, you get one.
You never know why or when the next job is coming. I actually like that. It's kind of exciting. I don't punch in. I don't have a 9 to 5 job. When you do work you're lucky enough to go to interesting places and meet mostly interesting and talented people, so it's really a great job if you can work.
I think the hardest thing about being an actor is between jobs when you don't know and wondering if you'll ever work again. It's kind of a crazy business.
I've always loved sports and hockey is a sport I play as much as I can. I love it. In a weird way it's like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one. I mean when I play hockey I don't think about anything.
I wish I were a character actor. Of course, if I played hockey without a mask, I could become one.
I hate gold. I'm sort of a sterling-silver guy.
I would rather do movies because I'm very lazy and the hours are much easier.
I'm not a bling-bling guy; I can't pull it off. I just look like an idiot.
The funny thing is I'm actually a Polish Jew who happens to be born in France. My mom is Polish and my dad is Bulgarian. I don't have an ounce of French blood. But I work it.