Michael was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest in Washington State. He studied Business Administration at The University of Washington with plans to attend Law school. However, after having overcome a bout with malignant melanoma at the age of 19 - the same cancer that took his father's life only one year earlier - he decided to take a break from school and move to Los Angeles to pursue his secret and lifelong desire of acting. With his sister Shari’s prompting and support, Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1983.
Michael quickly rose to the rank of working actor with many guest star appearances in the top tier television programs of the 80’s and 90’s. Additionally, he secured supporting roles in several studio films, from “The Babe” as baseball legend Lou Gehrig opposite John Goodman to “Diggstown” as Frank Mangrum alongside Academy Award winners James Woods and Lou Gossett Jr. He also played John Shanssey in “Wyatt Earp” with Kevin Costner. Other notable films include Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line,” Ulu Grosbard’s “Deep End of The Ocean” alongside Michelle Pfeiffer as well as several independent films such as “5 Aces” with Charlie Sheen, “Rage,” with Nicolas Cage, “The Perfect Family” with Jason Ritter and Kathleen Turner and “The Frozen Ground” with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack.
Michael can most recently be seen in the critically acclaimed FX event series, “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson” as well as Showtime’s Emmy nominated series “Ray Donovan” in major recurring roles. Prior to that Michael was a series regular on the Emmy winning series, “Southland.” He is currently starring as Tom Matthews in Freeform’s new show “Beyond.”