Christopher Backus is well known both for his professional life and his personal life. He is an American, actor, filmmaker, and scriptwriter. Beyond his career, he is also known as the husband to the Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion actress, Mira Sorvino. The two notably got married after being in a relationship for a short period of time.
For his career, Backus has appeared in multiple movies and TV shows and has been involved in making quite a number of films. He got his start in the industry in 2004 with appearances in Benjamin Splits and NBC’s Will & Grace, an iconic American sitcom which was created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. To learn about the actor, read more on his profile below.
Christopher Backus – Biography
Christopher Paul Backus was born on the 30th of October 1981, in Mission Viejo, California. His father, Terry Backus, worked as a lawyer and his mother, Teryl Backus was a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Sadly, he lost his father at the age of three. Christopher grew up with his mother and sister, Michele Backus, in Kansas City, Kansas.
However, there is no information about Backus’s educational background but from his success in life so far, it is obvious that he is a smart and talented man.
He got started in Hollywood in 2004 shortly after moving from New York to Los Angeles. His first roles were in Will & Grace and Benjamin Splits. He also featured in TV shows like The O.C, Life on Mars, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sons of Anarchy, The Mentalist, and Perception.
Improving his résumé, Christopher Backus also starred in Redline, 3 Days Gone, Nick Vallelonga’s All in, Nothing Personal and Elevator. Having made a name for himself, Backus played the role of a suffering lead singer of an indie rock band in the 2008 TV show HUGE (not be confused with the 2010 TV series named Huge which starred Nikki Blonsky, Hayley Hasselhoff, Ari Stidham and Gina Torres among others). Christopher also appeared in the Canadian four-hour mini-series The Last Templar.
In 2011, Backus appeared alongside Mira Sorvino, Patti Lupone, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle, and Michael Rispoli in the film, Union Square which was first screened at the Toronto Film Festival. He also took on the challenge of playing the German-American actress, singer, fashion icon and film star – Marlene Dietrich in My Fair Lidy.
Other projects he has featured in include Hard Breakers, Ezna Sands’ Theo, Yellow Rock, Elevator and Among Friends. Christopher Backus was on board to direct The Sessionist but left the project due to creative differences.
Wife & Children
In August 2003, Christopher Backus met Mira Sorvino at a mutual friend’s party, the pair dated for several months before tying the knot in the presence of their families and friends at a courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. They then proceeded to Capri, Italy for a rooftop ceremony.
Backus and his wife have four children, two boys and two girls, whose names are Mattea – a daughter born on the 3rd of November, 2004; Johnny – a son born on the 29th of May, 2006; Holden – the second son and third child born on the 22nd of June, 2009; and Lucia – the youngest child and second daughter born on the 3rd May, 2012.
Facts About Mira Sorvino’s Husband
1. Net Worth
Backus has accumulated a whopping amount in net worth over the years, estimated at about $7 million. The details about how much he gets paid per movie or per episode of TV are unknown at the moment but from his accumulated net worth, it is obvious that he receives a very decent salary for roles.
2. He Is 14 Years Younger Than His Wife
Backus was just 23 years old when he married 37-year-old Mira Sorvino. Despite the age difference, their marriage seems to be progressing remarkably and there has not been any rumors or news of separation about the couple in the news or media.
3. He Is The Son-in-law Of The Actor, Paul Sorvino
Christopher Backus is the son-in-law to the American actor, businessman, sculptor, opera singer, and writer – Paul Sorvino, who is possibly best known for his portrayal of Paulie Cicero in the 1990 film Goodfellas. Paul, who began his career in 1956, is considered one of the most respected actors in the industry today. Beyond Goodfellas, he is known for his roles in NYPD, Law & Order, A Touch of Class, Reds, Nixon, The Rocketeer, Roman + Juliet and many more.