When casting the part of ‘Apollo’ for the now famous episode of Star Trek, “Who Mourns For Adonais?”, there was a call out for an actor who could handle Shakespeare’s dialogue and had the stature necessary for the character. At the time, Mike was appearing at the Globe Theatre and was the one actor they recommended. Mike reprises his role of Apollo in the first episode of the award-winning web series Star Trek Continues titled, “Pilgrim of Eternity.”
Throughout the late ‘50s and ‘60s, Michael was under contract to Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. Michael starred or co-starred in many Tv shows of that era, all while appearing on stage in regional theatres around the country.
Some of his favorites besides Zorro with Guy Williams include his recurring role on The Alaskans with Roger Moore, the popular Twilight Zone episode in which he played one of three alien black leather-jacketed motorcycle riders, an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and a Doctor Kildare episode with Molly Picon entitled “The Eleventh Commandment.”
From 1968 to 1978, Michael lived in Rome and made films throughout Europe. When he arrived, he was immediately cast in 100 Rifles, and went on to make 26 films and dubbed over 500 films while he was in Italy. His last feature overseas was Mohammed(known also as The Messenger).
In 1979, after returning to Los Angeles, he was asked to co-star in a film with Franco Nero called Shark Fighters, which was made in Cozumel. When he returned, Michael was contracted to play a leading role on As The World Turns. He relocated to New York City where he lived for the length of his contract playing Nick Andropolous and even traveled to Greece to film segments of the soap opera. While living in New York, he was cast in a Broadway show, Breakfast With Les and Bes. After a few years on The Catlins, shooting in Atlanta, Michael returned to Los Angeles where he has worked in film, tv, stage and dubbing voices on hundreds of films and cartoons. He is a member of Theatre 40, where he has appeared in many productions, and was recently nominated for an award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama for his performance in Painting Churches.