Strausser Speer Wyle (born June 4, 1971; last name pronounced /'wa?li/)
is an American TV and film actor, perhaps best known for his role
as Dr. John Carter on the television drama ER. Wyle was named one
of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine in 2001.
Wyle, the middle of three children, was born in Hollywood, California,
the son of Marjorie (née Speer), a registered orthopedic
head nurse, and Stephen Wyle, an electrical engineer. Noah's
parents eventually split in the late seventies and his mother later
remarried to James C. Katz, a film restorationist with three
children of his own from a previous marriage. Wyle's paternal grandparents,
Edith and Frank Wyle, founded the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art
Museum. Edith Wyle was an expressionist painter who also created
The Egg and The Eye, an innovative café and shop on Wilshire
Boulevard in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, which soon
became the preferred hangout for artists, travelers and dreamers.
Wyle was raised in a Reform Jewish home. He was educated at The
Thacher School in Ojai, California, and graduated with the class
of 1989. Wyle participated in a theater arts program at Northwestern
University after his junior year of high school and appeared in
high school plays even winning an award for a play he wrote. After
graduation he studied with acting teacher Larry Moss while living
in a small apartment on Hollywood Boulevard.
Wyle was first seen in the Paul Bartel film "Lust in the Dust"
(a western exploitation/parody which starred Tab Hunter, Lainie
Kazan and Divine) as an extra in the local gang running the small
town of Chile' Verde.
later parts were a mini-series and featuring in the movie Crooked
Hearts (1991) in 1990. In 1993 he worked in another feature, "There
Goes My Baby." After appearing in several local plays in Los
Angeles, he was cast in the box-office hit "A Few Good Men,"
in which he played a Marine jeep driver who testified in court.
Wyle’s big break came when he was given the pilot script for ER.
He also appeared in the feature "Swing Kids" as a leader
in the Hitler Youth, and in the independent movieThe Myth of Fingerprints
with Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Julianne Moore. Additionally,
he starred as Lancelot opposite Sheryl Lee in the TV movie Guinevere.
Recently, Wyle starred in the original film, “The Librarian: Quest
for the Spear” with Sonya Walger and in its sequel "The Librarian:
Return to King Solomon's Mines" opposite Gabrielle Anwar. His
other work has included a critically-acclaimed turn as Steve Jobs
in the Emmy nominated “Pirates of Silicon Valley” (1999). He has
also appeared in several feature films including: “White Oleander”
opposite Renée Zellweger, “Enough” opposite Jennifer Lopez,
the independent feature “Donnie Darko,” as the President's interpreter
in the 2000 live-television production of “Fail Safe,” and in the
independent film, “The Californians.”
was the only major cast member of ER to have been with the show
since its inception (1994) when he left after its eleventh season
(2005). His performances on the show earned him Emmy Award nominations
in each of its first five seasons. As part of an ensemble) he was
nominated several times for the Screen Actors Guild Award, he was
recognized with three Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting
Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
and won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor in a Drama
Series. Wyle left the series at the end of the 2004-2005 season,
although he returned in guest appearances for four episodes in each
of the next two seasons. He stated that he left because he wanted
to spend more time with his family and friends and to make room
for the upcoming generation.
with his film and TV career, Noah has also been making some theater
moves. Among others he appeared in a Los Angeles stage production
of The 24th Day with Peter Berg in 1995, and with The Blank Theatre
Company,he did the play "The Who", and more recently he
did "Lobster Alice", with Nicholas Brendon, where he played
surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, as a producer he will premiere
"Missouri Waltz" soon.
the year 2000 Wyle was also featured in the U.S. Got Milk? advertising
campaign, which tries to rise consciousness to the importance of
to the Guinness World Records 2005 Special 50th Anniversary Edition,
Wyle became the holder of a "Highest paid TV drama actor per
episode" record during the 2003/04 season, earning approximately
$400,000 per episode. While on ER, Wyle's estimated salary was $9
million a year.
Wyle was linked to several women during ER´s first seasons
including Samantha Mathis, "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston
and ER co-star Sherry Stringfield. While filming The Myth of Fingerprints
in 1996, he met make-up artist Tracy Warbin. After proposing to
her on Valentine´s Day 1999, they married on May 6, 2000.
Together they have a son Owen Strausser Speer Wyle (9 Nov 02) and
daughter Auden Wyle ( 15 Oct 05). Tracy being pregnant with Auden
was announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
bought Bo Derek's ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California, in June
1999, for approximately $2.5 million. They listed their Los Feliz
(Los Angeles) home at close to $4.4 million. The traditional-style
house was designed by architect Paul Williams, was built in 1934
and has a theater, a detached guest house-office and a landscaped
yard with city views, a pool, a koi pond, a patio and a fire pit.
In 1999, Wyle made an appearance during the beginning of Steve Jobs'
Macworld Expo Keynote presentation, initially pretending to be Jobs.
When the audience caught on, Jobs himself appeared and began to
banter with Wyle. It was a practical joke by Jobs and Wyle in
light of the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, although he was erroneously
credited and introduced as "Noah Wylie" by Jobs.
devotes much of his free time to the international non-profit organization
Doctors of the World and to his work as a member of the Human Rights
Watch Council. Wyle also serves as the voluntary artistic producer
of the Blank Theatre Company in Hollywood, which stages annual young
playwrights festival and whose alumni include Ed Asner, Sarah Michelle
Gellar, D.B. Sweeney, James Kerwin, Amber Benson, Megan Henning,
Travis Schuldt, Warren Davis, Grant Show, and Nicholas Brendon.
He also recently acquired Second Stage Theater in Hollywood, where
the company has mounted numerous successful productions.
was the spokesperson for The Cover the Uninsured campaign in 2004,
which had as Honorary Co-Chairs former Presidents Gerald R. Ford
and Jimmy Carter. The Cover the Uninsured Week is annually held
in the United States of America and focuses attention on the plight
of nearly 44 million Americans who go without health care coverage.
The campaign includes several events among different communities,
health and enrollment fairs, press conferences and business seminars
all over the U.S.
Year Title Role Notes
2008 W. Don Evans currently filming
Nothing But the Truth Avril Aaronson post-production
Boy of Pigs Mike Stafford awaiting release
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice Flynn Carsen (TV Movie)
2006 The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines Flynn Carsen
2005 The Californians Gavin Ransom
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Flynn Carsen (TV Movie)
2002 White Oleander Mark Richards
2001 Scenes of the Crime Seth
Donnie Darko Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff
1999 Pirates of Silicon Valley Steve Jobs (TV Movie)
1997 The Myth of Fingerprints Warren
1996 Eye for an Eye Officer Jack Carter
1994 There Goes My Baby Michael Finnegan
Guinevere Lancelot (TV Movie)
1993 Swing Kids Emil Lutz
1992 A Few Good Men Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes