Michael Des Barres is an English actor and rock singer known for playing the recurring role of Murdoc on the television show MacGyver and for replacing Robert Palmer in the band Power Station.
Michael Des Barres is a European Marquis, raised in England and living in Los Angeles. As the host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21, he is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a week (5am-8am and 9pm-midnight PT). He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television and more than 40 feature films, and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter.
Over the past five decades, Michael has appeared in numerous feature films such as “To Sir With Love” with Sidney Poitier, “Pink Cadillac” with Clint Eastwood, “The Man From Elysian Fields” with Mick Jagger and “Diary of a Sex Addict” with Rosanna Arquette as well as countless television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver.
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,” a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion.
Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa’s legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic, released a live follow up to his 2012 album Carnaby Street called Hot ‘n Sticky, and co-starred alongside Gene Simmons of KISS on an episode of CSI: Las Vegas. His latest album, “The Key to the Universe” was released in 2015 on FOD Records.
In December of 2018, Michael married his longtime partner, Britta Hayertz.