Noah Wyle, famously known as Dr Carter in “ER”, is a seasoned American Primetime Emmy (five) and Golden Globe award-nominated television, theatre, and film actor, who has appeared in several films including “A Few Good Men.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Born Noah Strausser Speer under the Gemini zodiac sign on 4 June 1971, in Hollywood, California, Wyle is 50 years old as of 2021. He was born to Stephen Wyle who worked as an entrepreneur and electrical engineer and his wife Marjorie Wyle (nee Speer) who is an orthopedic head nurse – his parents are of Episcopalian (maternal side) and Russian-Jewish roots. Noah’s parents parted ways in the late ‘70s when he was a child, and his mother wedded the film restorationist James Katz, who had three children from his previous marriage).
Wyle’s paternal grandparents are Frank and Edith Wyle, famous for founding Wyle Laboratory, Los Angeles Folk Art and Craft Museum.
Noah attended the Ojai-based Thacher School in California, and completed his studies in 1989. He was a very active actor when he was in high school, and later featured in Northwestern University’s Theatre Arts program, where he wrote plays, which saw him winning several awards. After he graduated, the Hollywood-born star took acting training under Larry Moss, during this time living in a small apartment on Hollywood Boulevard.
Interests and Interesting Facts
Noah devotes most of his spare time to Doctors of the World, an international non-profit organization, and is also an active member of several councils such as the Human Rights Watch.
He’s a voluntary Artistic Producer of Hollywood’s Blank Theatre Company, which has held several annual playwrights festivals, and its alumni include Grant Show, Ed Asner, D. B. Sweeney, Megan Henning, and several others.
Wyle is a great spokesman, and was Cover the Uninsured spokesperson in 2004 – the organization aims at helping more than 40 million Americans who do not have medical insurance.
He is also an animal lover and animal rights activist who believes that wildlife should be conserved for future generations, and is an environmentalist who comes in as World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) spokesman.
As a philanthropist, Wyle supports ADAPT disability rights groups financially, and has participated in most of their protests such as 23 April 2012’s Capitol Hill demonstration, during which he was arrested, which was held to fight against ‘unlawful’ medical cuts for people living with disabilities and other senior American citizens.
Wyle made his film debut in 1985 when he appeared in the western film “Lust in the Dust,” which starred Lainie Kazan, Tab Hunter and Devine. He caught the public attention with his performance in the critically acclaimed film “A Few Good Men” (1992) playing a Marine Jeep driver, before appearing in the feature film “There Goes My Baby” (1994).
He was next seen portraying Emil Lutz in “Swing Kids”, then in “The Myth of Fingerprints” (1997) together with Julianne Moore, Blythe Danner and Roy Scheider before he played Steve Jobs in 1999’s “Pirates of Silicon Valley.”
2000 saw Wyle portraying Buck in “Fail-Safe”, before he appeared in “Donnie Darko” as Prof Kenneth in the year that followed. The Californian actor is credited with his performance in “The Librarians: Quest for the Spear”, and its sequels from 2004-2008. Additionally, he’s appeared in several other films, such as “Below the Beltway” in 2010, 2014’s “The World Made Straight”, and recently in 2017’s “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House”, and “Shot” as Mark Newman.
Appearance in “ER” and Major TV Series Works
Noah appeared in the 1990’s NBC miniseries “Blind Faith”, before he landed the major role of Dr John Carter in the award-winning series “ER” from 1994. He was one of the most youthful members when he joined its cast, and won several Emmy Awards in the show’s five initial seasons – he appeared in its 11 seasons, and then appeared in five episodes of its last season (season 15) to become a Guinness World Records holder of ‘the most generously compensated series character per scene’, paid roughly $400,000 per episode, approximately $9 million annually.
Noah appeared in “Friends” as Dr Jeffrey in 1995, and in “Sesame Street” as Dr Colburn in the year that followed. From 2011 to 2015, he made an appearance in TNT’s “The Falling Skies” science fiction, in which he assumed the protagonist role of Tom Mason. He also lent his voice in the animated series “Phineas and Ferb”, and then appeared in 2015’s “Drunk History.” Wyle’s most recent roles have been in “The Romanoffs” (2018), in which he portrayed Ivan, and in 2019’s “The Red Line” as Daniel Calder.
As Blank Theatre Company’s artistic producer, Noah has contributed to many plays, including 1995’s “The 24th Day” opposite Peter Berg, “The Why,” and “Lobster Alice” in which he played Salvador opposite Nicholas Brendon. In 2005, he produced “the Wild Party” by Michael J. LaChiusa, for which he bagged an NAACP Theatre Award.
Awards and Nominations
Between 1995-2000, Noah was nominated for 18 awards which included several Golden Globes for the best-supporting actor in Miniseries, series, and television film, a few PrimeTime Emmy awards for outstanding supporting actor/actress in Drama Series, a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor, and many others for his performance in “ER.” He jointly bagged four Screen Actors Guild for outstanding ensemble’s performance in drama series in 1996 to ‘99. Additionally, he won 2003’s Prism Award for best performance in a drama series.
Wyle met make-up artist Tracy Warbin during the filming of “the Myth of Fingerprints.” He married her in 2000 and they subsequently welcomed two children together, a son and a daughter, named Owen Speer Wyle (born 9 November 2002) and Auden Wyle (born 15 October 2005) respectively. However, the duo separated in early 2009 and divorced in the year that followed.
The “ER” star wedded his second wife, Sarah Wells, in 2014, in a colorful wedding ceremony held in California. The duo met when they were performing with Blank Theatre Company; they’ve welcomed a daughter, Frances, born on 22 June 2015.
Body Measurements and Physical appearance
Noah is of white ethnicity, and has short dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He’s 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, weighs around 165lbs (75kgs), and has two tattoos on his left wrist – an ‘O’ to reference his son Owen and had written his daughter Auden’s name above it.
Noah has made a name for himself in Hollywood and has earned his net worth through his primary career as an actor, while seemingly leading a modest lifestyle. He is worth approximately $27 million as of late 2021.