Michael is undoubtedly one of Toronto’s Hallmark
actors. Upon graduating from the prestigious National Theatre School of
Canada in 1984,
Michael worked constantly at most of the major theatres in Toronto. Within
six years, he was nominated for the Dora Award for Best Actor four times.
Within months of graduation, he had won the most coveted role in Canada
– the lead in Chasing Rainbows for the CBC. Between 1989
and 2004, Michael has been the lead in twelve feature films, numerous
films for television and an award winning mini-series.
For his work in the critically acclaimed Alliance/Atlantis
series, POWER PLAY, Michael won the Gemini as Best Actor for two consecutive
years in both 1999 & 2000. Michael’s film credits include Perfectly
Normal, Mile Zero, Diplomatic Immunity (1992 Genie Nomination for
Best Supporting Actor), Mustard Bath and DNA (premiered at TIFF/
earned a 2004 Actra Nomination for Outstanding Performance).
For television, Michael was the lead in mini-series
To Catch A Killer (won the 1993 American Television Award for Best
Mini-Series and earned Michael a 1993 Gemini Award Nomination for Best
Actor), in which Michael starred opposite Brian Dennehy. Among Michael's
numerous films for television are The Perfect Husband, Saving Emily
and The Interrogation of Michael Crowe, which earned Michael his
fourth Gemini Award for Best Actor. The Helsinki Roccamatios
won Michael the 1996 Gemini Award for Best Actor, while his work in Due
South that same year, earned him a Gemini Award Nomination for Best
Actor in a Supporting Role. Michael also starred opposite Gordon Pinsent
in CBC's Win Again, earning him a Gemini Nomination for Best
Following roles in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Lawrence
Kasdan’s French Kiss with Meg Ryan and The Prince
opposite Billy Dee Williams, Michael starred in the hilarious ‘mockumentary’
and cult favourite, And God Spoke, which premiered at The Sundance
Film Festival in 1994. And his work as the severely brain injured Dody
in Pale Saints, earned him a 1998 Genie Nomination for Best Actor
in a Supporting Role.
Soon to be released are the feature film Cube Zero and BBC's
highly anticipated Super Volcano. Michael currently resides in
Brooklin, Ontario with his daughter Dylan.