For his role as Dr. John Carter on “ER,” Noah Wyle has received five Emmy Award nominations, as well as three Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. He also won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
“Noah is a consummate professional and an extremely talented actor,” says “ER” executive producer John Wells, who first cast Wyle as the young, impressionable Dr. Carter eight years ago. “He has been the soul of ‘ER’ since Day One. The show's success would not have been possible without Noah’s performance as Carter.”
Wyle, one of six brothers and sisters, was born and raised in Hollywood, California. He developed a genuine interest in acting after his junior year in high school, when he participated in a theater arts program at Northwestern University. After graduation from high school, he found an apartment on Hollywood Boulevard and began studying with acting teacher Larry Moss.
Wyle scored his first professional role in the NBC miniseries “Blind Faith” and followed that with his first feature film, “Crooked Hearts,” in which he played a son in a dysfunctional family. A role in the Tom Cruise/Jack Nicholson starring-vehicle “A Few Good Men” followed. His big break came when he was given the pilot script to “ER,” and liked it so much he decided to audition for it -- despite his reluctance to accept a regular series role because of the five year commitment involved.
Since then, although his “ER” schedule is hectic and demanding, Wyle’s film career has flourished. He was most recently seen in “Enough,” opposite Jennifer Lopez, and his next appearance will be opposite Renee Zellweger in the upcoming “White Oleander.” He also starred as Steve Jobs in the cable movie “The Pirates of Silicon Valley,” in the independent film “The Myth of Fingerprints” with Roy Scheider and Blythe Danner, and as the President’s interpreter in the 2000 live television production of “Fail Safe.”
Wyle is the creative producer of his own Los Angeles theater company, the Blank Theater Company, which stages an annual young playwrights’ festival. He also recently acquired Second Stage Theater in Hollywood, where the company has mounted numerous successful productions.
Wyle 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. He enjoys basketball, traveling, photography and going to the movies. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, makeup artist Tracy Wyle; the couple is expecting their first child later this year. His birthday is June 4.