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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 24 January 1948London, England, UK
Height 5' 8┬Ż" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Former British hard rock singer and front man of the 1970s Los Angeles band Detective, who were one of the featured acts on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label and were produced to sound as much like Led Zeppelin as possible. A longtime friend & confidant of Led Zeppelin leader Jimmy Page, Michael Des Barres married Jimmy Page's longtime girlfriend, the notorious Rock groupie, Pamela Des Barres, herself also a former girlfriend to WHO drummer Keith Moon, composer Todd Rundgren, and experimental rocker Frank Zappa. She was also a former-member of the famed 1960s groupie clique "The GTOs." The couple had one child, a son named Nicholas Dean.

Michael Des Barres has appeared on television and film a great many times and is considered quite a skilled actor. Indeed, he is probably much better known as an actor, having made appearances on highly rated television shows like Roseanne (1988), St. Elsewhere (1982), and especially as "Dog" on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), where he and Detective actually performed. He also did terrific work in a recurring role on MacGyver (1985) as Murdoc, a demented assassin bent on killing the title hero. In the 1980s, he briefly fronted Duran Duran offshoot Power Station.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

In addition to two weekly syndicated radio shows, Roots & Branches and The Michael Des Barres Show, Michael Des Barres has appeared in countless feature films and hit television shows such as NCIS, Nip/Tuck, The Finder, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver. Michael has also been featured in music videos for Maroon 5 and Rihanna and co-stars with Robert Carlyle in the just-released film California Solo. Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa's legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen and released "Hot 'n Sticky," the first true live rock 'n roll album to come out in decades.

A European Marquis, Michael was raised in England and now lives in Los Angeles. His enduring love of Delta blues and the rock and soul of the mid-60s beat boom, carries forth from his days as the front man for such seminal 1970s bands as Silverhead and Detective, a band personally signed by Jimmy Page to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song records in 1975.

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", which later became a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion; the track has been featured in numerous movies throughout the years. His album Carnaby Street garnered a first-round Grammy nomination and two SiriusXM "Songs of the Week" last year, and he has just released a live follow-up album, Hot 'n Sticky.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kitty Page

Spouse (2)

Pamela Des Barres (29 October 1977 - 18 July 1991) (divorced) (1 child)
Wendy Hamilton (1974 - 1975) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

Appeared on the original WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) as "Sir Charles 'Dog' Weatherbee," member of the fictional British hard-rock band "Scum of the Earth." Fourteen years later, he became a regular cast member of The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991) as disc jockey Jack Allen.
Replaced Robert Palmer as lead singer of Power Station when Robert Palmer was unable to tour with the group in 1985.
He wrote the lyrics to the song "Cleo Rocks" for MacGyver (1985), episode #4.9 of the same name.
He appeared on MacGyver (1985) as "Murdoc", an insane and ruthless villain who always seems to come back from the dead. His was originally slated to be a one-time appearance. Yet because he did such a good job, producers Henry Winkler and John Rich gave Michael Des Barres a recurring role.
As a member of Power Station, Michael Des Barres co-wrote and co-performed "We Fight For Love", the end-title-song for Commando (1985). He did not, however, appear in the movie.
His last name is pronounced "Deb-Barr".
Was invited by Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor to succeed Freddie Mercury as the lead singer of Queen. Des Barres turned them down because he wasn't sure he'd be right for the task.
Des Barres formed his first band Silverhead in England in 1972. They recorded two albums and toured the U.S., Europe and Japan, before disbanding in 1974.
Has a son, Nick Des Barres (born September 30, 1978), with ex-wife Pamela Des Barres.
He appeared in both Superboy (1988) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).

Personal Quotes (1)

[on turning down Queen's offer to have him as their new lead singer] Freddie Mercury's shoes are very hard to fill. What threw me off, more than anything else, were the high heels.

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