Originally from San Diego, Michael started performing at the age of 14 with San Diego Jr. Theatre. At 17 he received his first professional paying job and from that point on made a living as an entertainer. As an actor, singer, and dancer Michael starred in Broadway shows throughout the country. Living in Los Angeles many years later, Michael focused on a television and film career and landed many roles.
Favorites roles include: NCIS: Los Angeles, working Ben Kingsley in the HBO film “Mrs. Harris,” “Suddenly Susan” with Brooke Shields, a recurring role as Dr. Smith on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” just to name a few.
Although Michael continues his career as an actor and on-camera host, he’s also directing and producing film projects. One of his most popular is the short film called “Foreclosed,” www.ForeclosedMovie.com.
As a singer Michael performed in Branson, Missouri, for four years as a featured soloist at the 2,300 seat Lawrence Welk Champagne Theatre with The Lennon Sisters, a 20 piece orchestra, and many other original Lawrence Welk television stars. He also appeared in three nationally aired Lawrence Welk television specials, released an album, performed live on the nationally aired Jerry Lewis “Stars Across America” MDA telethon, and headlined with his own cabaret style show on many different cruise lines throughout the world.
Another career highlight was being hired as an actor and principle dancer in FatBoy Slim’s music video “Praise You”, directed by Academy Nominated Director Spike Jonze. Because of the video’s popularity Michael performed “Praise You” with FatBoy Slim live at the MTV Music Awards in New York on 9/9/99, walking away with three of the four awards the video was nominated for. Then during the 2001 MTV Music Video Awards, “Praise You” was named the number one video of all time by the MTV viewers. In October of 2003, Spike Jonze released a short film entitled “Torrance Rises” starring Michael and the others from the fictional Torrance Community Dance Troupe.