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MICHAEL CHIKLIS (Callister) can be seen in FX's groundbreaking drama "The Shield” starring as Detective Vic Mackey, who leads the elite Strike Team unit with his own set of rules. The critically acclaimed series is currently in production on its seventh season. Chiklis has taken on the role of producer and director for several of the series' episodes. His first foray behind the camera began in the third season as he helmed the episode titled "Slipknot.”

Chiklis has earned numerous awards for his groundbreaking performance on "The Shield,” beginning with the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama in 2002. Time declared that Chiklis "gave TV's performance of the year.” He went on to win both the Emmy and Golden Globe in 2003. Since then, he has earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series in both 2004 and 2005.

Chiklis starred in 20th Century Fox's blockbuster live-action film "Fantastic Four,” as well as its sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He portrayed Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, one of Marvel Comics' most popular and beloved characters.

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 Equity card at age 13. He later attended Boston University's School of Performing Arts where he received his B.F.A.

Days after graduation, Chiklis auditioned for the role of John Belushi in the controversial film "Wired,” a role that he would eventually earn three years later. He also guest starred in several popular series such as "Miami Vice,” "L.A. Law,” "Murphy Brown” and "Seinfeld.”

In 1991 Chiklis captured 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. After "The Commish” wrapped, Chiklis went to Broadway and starred in the one-man show "Defending the Caveman.” His film credits include the horror thriller "Rise” opposite Lucy Liu, "The Tax Man” with Joe Pantoliano, "Do Not Disturb” opposite William Hurt and Jennifer Tilly, "Last Request” and "Body and Soul.” 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,” which was executive produced by Mel Gibson.


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