Actor | Writer | Director
“Some of my greatest strides as a person have come from exploring myself through my writing or purging some demon in my acting. The beauty and power contained in these visions of light and human expression has been a huge source of fascination for me and I have only begun to wrap my head around all of its magic.”
Born in Philadelphia, Michael came from a line of German sailors on one side and American Delaware Indians on the other. As a 10 year-old, Michael directed his first film entitled The Tire. It was shot with a super-8 camera his mother bought him. He continued making short films into his late teens. During his early teens, Michael had a few small parts in film and television.
Living with his dog in a truck for six months in Los Angeles to save money, he worked odd jobs and construction, accepting small roles to gain experience. His first lead came with the film Final Impact (1992) for which Variety deemed him "a promising newcomer." Michael worked in a series of low-budget films before landing a part in the TV series Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993), and was the second choice for the role of Robin in Batman Forever (1995).
He wrote and directed the independent film Killing Cupid (2005), which gained him a Best Director nomination at the ‘Action On Film’ Film Festival in 2005, as well as winning Best Fiction Film at the Hollywood Fiction Film and Video Festival in 2006.
Michael wrote and appeared in the psychological thriller/western Dual (2008), which won Best Independent Action Film. His second directorial work was the drama God's Ears (2008). He currently stars in Our Father opposite Michael Gross, premiering August 2014, and is in post-production on his third directed film, Bring Me The Head of Lance Henriksen.