Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 26, 2008

Keys to the town for Michael Chiklis: Andover's own TV bad boy to be honored tomorrow

Fans of "The Shield" know him as the bald-headed, loose-cannon detective Vic Mackey.

But having lived for a time with Michael Chiklis in New York City after the two graduated college, Selectman Jerry Stabile remembers Chiklis with a very different look.

Stabile came home one day to find the Andover native and future-award-winning actor sporting bleached hair and a crew-cut. An aspiring actor, Chiklis' new look was for an audition.

Such was life living in an apartment often full of unemployed actors and actresses, Stabile said.

"You never knew what you were going to see," said Stabile, who was working on Wall Street. "There was never a dull moment."

On June 27 Chiklis will be the featured attraction in Andover, the town in which he grew up.

At "Michael Chiklis Day," which will be marked with a 1 p.m. ceremony on the steps of Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St., the 44-year-old Andover High School graduate and Emmy Award winner will be honored for his career accomplishments.

Town officials plan to read a proclamation and give Chiklis a symbolic key to the town at the public event.

"I think that it's great when hometown folks like Mike go off and are successful and become celebrities," said Stabile. "It definitely reflects on the town. The impact that Andover had on him as a youth — he went through our school system, he participated in our sports and drama programs — I think that all had an effect on his course and now his celebrity."

Chiklis won an Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Mackey in cable network FX's "The Shield," which will enter its seventh and final season this fall. He also received a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama for his work on the popular television series.

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