(1983 to 1986; 1987-1991; March 1995 to August 2005 [contract]; September 2005 to Janary 2006 [recurring]; February 2006 to Present [contract])
Although Michael majored in television production at California State University at Fullerton, his career goal was acting. Toward that end, he studied with Stella Adler and Larry Moss in Los Angeles, and with William Esper in New York.
His credits include the recurring role of Dr. Stewart Farmingham on the popular ABC series Doogie Howser, M.D.
; and Paul in It's a Small World
, part of an anthology series produced by David Lynch for HBO. He has appeared in films, on off-Broadway, and in national television commercials.
Most recently, on stage in Los Angeles, he was featured in Tea & Sympathy
, Auntie Mame
, and Scars
, which he co-starred in with Julie Osborne and co-wrote. He began writing plays at the encouragement of acting instructor Moss; his play, Rain
, was produced at Los Angeles' Tiffany Theater.
Michael and his wife Joni have two young daughters. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and raised in Diamond Bar, California, Michael often plays golf with good friend and co-star Grant Aleksander. His birthday is March 27.
Dr. Rick Bauer
1983 to 1986; 1987-1991; March 1995 to August 2005 [contract]; September 2005 to Janary 2006 [recurring]; February 2006 to Present [contract]
Law & Order
Doogie Howser, M.D.
The Greatest American Hero
Gimme a Break!
Chips Part 2
Chips Part 1
Lovely But Deadly
Tea & Sympathy
Daytime Emmys Awards
Scars, which he also co-wrote
Nomination, Outstanding Young Man in a Daytime Drama Series (1985)
Soap Opera Digest Awards
PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Paul, Minnesota
DATE OF BIRTH: March 27, 1958
MARITAL STATUS: Married; Joni Parker [Nov 26, 1988]
CHILDREN: 2 daughters
ALMA MATER: Majored in Television Production at California State University at Fullerton
: Long-time vet O'Leary could be taken off contract. [Feb 2, 2004]
: Vets O'Leary, ver Dorn signed to new contracts. [Mar 8, 2004]
: GL reportedly offering contracts to fired veterans. [Feb 27, 2006]
: O'Leary, two others balk at GL contract offers. [Apr 2, 2006]