Michael Des Barres

Michael Des Barres

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Michael Philip Des Barres, Marquis Des Barres (born 24 January 1948) is a British actor and rock singer. He is known for playing the recurring role of Murdoc on the television show MacGyver and for replacing the late Robert Palmer in the band Power Station, fronting the band at the 1985 Live Aid concert. He is also the ex-husband of groupie, actress and author Pamela Des Barres and is written about extensively in two of her books, I'm With The Band and Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart.


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The only child of Marquis Philip and Marchioness Irene Des Barres, Michael Des Barres grew up in Surrey and attended a boarding school. He later attended the Corona Academy drama school in London and appeared in several plays. Married in England, he divorced his first wife (Wendy) after meeting Pamela in 1974. He married Pamela on 29 October 1977; the couple was divorced in 1991, remaining friends. Their son, Nicholas Dean Des Barres, was born 30 September 1978. Nick Des Barres was a contributor to the video game magazine GameFan, writing many of his articles under the apt pseudonym "Nick Rox". He also designed the Resident Evil movie poster.

A heavy alcohol and drug abuser during the 1970s, Des Barres has been sober since June 1981. He did volunteer addiction counseling and works with homeless teens. In 2006 he formed a new 10-piece soul band called the Michael Des Barres and Free Love Foundation, which disbanded in 2008. He is currently working on...
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