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Michael Des Barres
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Biographical Information
Born: 24 January 1948
Age: 71
Originally From: Sussex,England
Wife: Pamela Des Barres (1977–1991; divorced; 1 child)

Wendy Hamilton (19??–1974; divorced)

Parents: Marquis Philip and Marquise Irene Des Barres
Personal Information


Michael Des Barres was the actor for Murdoc in the original MacGyver series, and has played Nicholas Helman (Murdoc's mentor/teacher) in this new installation of the series. This will be his second time seen in the show, as he has appeared once during season two in the episode titled "Murdoc+Handcuffs." In that episode he was shot by Murdoc and it was thought he was killed, until this episode hinted that he wasn't. He returned in season 3 and is now imprisoned with Murdoc.

Life and Career Edit

Michael Des Barres is a European Marquis, raised in England and living in Los Angeles. As the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, he is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a week (5am-8am and 9pm-midnight PT). He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television and more than 40 feature films, and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter.

Over the past five decades, Michael has appeared in numerous feature films such as "To Sir With Love" with Sidney Poitier, "Pink Cadillac" with Clint Eastwood, "The Man From Elysian Fields" with Mick Jagger as well as countless television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver.

Michael Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song "Obsession," a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion.

Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa's legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic, released a live follow up to his 2012 album Carnaby Street called Hot 'n Sticky, and co-starred alongside Gene Simmons of KISS on an episode of CSI: Las Vegas. His latest album, "The Key to the Universe" was released in 2015 on FOD Records and was produced by Bob Rose.

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