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MICHAEL CHIKLIS (Chihiro's father) made his return to series television this past season with a starring role on FX's first original drama series "The Shield," a criticallyacclaimed police drama which will return for a second season in 2003. The role has garnered Chiklis an Emmy nomination, as well as the Television Critics Association Award for Best Drama Actor. In "The Shield" Chiklis stars as Detective Vic Mackey, a rogue cop and leader of the precinct strike force who operates under his own set of rules in his efforts to clean up the streets. For "Spirited Away," he lends his voice to the character of Chihiro's father, a get-ahead type businessman and chauvinist pig who finds himself unexpectedly turned into an actual pig. 

A natural performer, Chiklis began entertaining his family with celebrity imitations when he was just five years old. As a kid Chiklis appeared in regional theater productions and earned his Equity card when he was just thirteen. He later attended Boston University School of Performing Arts where he received his B.F.A. 

Just days after graduation, Chiklis auditioned for the role of John Belushi in the controversial film "Wired," a role that he would eventually land three years later. 

In 1991 Chiklis landed the title role on "The Commish" which aired on ABC from 1991-1996. Chiklis portrayed Tony Scali, the tough but fair-minded police commissioner who was beloved by his fellow officers. The role was based on an actual New York state police commissioner and originally called for an older man, but Chiklis won the producers over and made the role his own. 

Chiklis has also guest starred on such popular series as "Miami Vice," "L.A. Law," "Murphy Brown," and "Seinfeld." His additional television credits include a role as Chris Woods, the stay-at-home father on the NBC comedy "Daddio," as well as a starring role as Curly in the ABC movie "The Three Stooges", executive produced by Mel Gibson. 

Chiklis' theatre roles have included the off-Broadway productions "Return to Sender," "Tracks," and "Ersatz Life." He has also starred on Broadway in the one-man show "Defending the Caveman." His film credits include "The Tax Man" with Joe Pantoliano, "Do Not Disturb" opposite William Hurt and Jennifer Tilly, "Last Request," and "Body and Soul." 

The versatile actor lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Michelle, and his daughters Autumn, eight, and Odessa, two.

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