Michael T. Weiss is an American actor, best known for playing ‘Jarod’ in the hit action series ‘The Pretender.’ Michael was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up watching a lot of films. His father worked in the steel industry, while his mother was a housewife. Michael had a fascination for appearing in front of the camera ever since he was a kid, and he appeared in a lot of local TV advertisements as a kid. He graduated high school from ‘Glenbrook North High School’ and immediately began auditioning for TV and film roles. He made his on-screen debut with a small role in the 1980 film ‘Ordinary People.’ In 1985, he received the first big break of his career, when he was signed to play a supporting role in the soap opera ‘Days of Our Lives.’ After playing supporting roles in series such as ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘2000 Malibu Road,’ he played a key role in the 1996 series ‘The Pretender,’ for which he received nomination for a ‘Satellite Award.’ He also appeared in the titular role in the 2001 series ‘The Legend of Tarzan.’ In addition, he has also appeared in films such as ‘Confessions of an Action Star’ and ‘Until the Night.’
Childhood & Early Life
Michael T. Weiss was born on February 2, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, into an upper-middle-class family. He grew up with an older sister named Jamie Sue Weiss, who is a makeup artist who has worked in several films.
Michael’s father worked as an executive in the steel industry. His mother was a homemaker.
He grew up in the northern part of Chicago, where the winters were long and hard. Hence, Michael spent a good part of his childhood staying back at his house. With nothing much to do, he spent his days watching TV and films. Thus, he became seriously interested in the idea of becoming an actor when he was still quite young.
Growing up, he attended acting classes and auditioned for advertisements. He thus began his showbiz career with some local commercial advertisements for small companies.
He graduated high school from ‘Glenbrook North High School,’ in Northbrook, Illinois. Also interested in acting, he appeared in many of his high school’s theatrical productions.
He also attended acting classes at Chicago’s famous ‘Second City’ acting institute. Soon, he made the big move to California and enrolled at the ‘University of Southern California,’ where he pursued a BFA degree in acting. As he continued to study to become an actor, he also did theater and began auditioning for TV and film roles.
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In 1980, at the age of 18, he made his Hollywood debut with the role of an “extra” in the drama film titled ‘Ordinary People.’ After the release of the film, Michael waited for several years to make an acting comeback, which happened in 1985.
He was signed to play the supporting role of ‘Mike Horton’ in the soap opera titled ‘Days of Our Lives.’ He appeared on the show as a recurring character for 5 years, until 1990. Meanwhile, he did not sit idle and appeared in guest roles in series such as ‘The Twilight Zone.’
In 1988, he appeared in one of the main roles in the TV horror film titled ‘Howling IV: The Original Nightmare.’ The direct-to-video film was received poorly by both critics and audiences.
In the next couple of years, he appeared in supporting roles in TV films such as ‘Take My Daughters, Please’ and ‘The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake.’
The early 1990s turned out to be fruitful for his acting career, as he appeared playing a supporting role in the 1991 drama series ‘Dark Shadows.’ He appeared in 11 episodes of the series.
He then appeared in another supporting role, as ‘Roger Tabor’ in the long-time soap opera ‘2000 Malibu Road.’ He appeared in only six episodes of the soap opera in 1992.
After appearing in a single episode of the erotic drama series ‘Red Shoe Diaries,’ he made his huge acting breakthrough, appearing in the lead role in the series titled ‘The Pretender.’ He played ‘Jarod’ in the series, which went on air in September 1996 and became a huge success immediately.
Michael played a young man on the run from the authorities, who could impersonate anybody. The series got consistently high ratings and ran for four seasons, covering 86 episodes. Michael became a recipient of many awards and accolades for his performance in the series such as a ‘Saturn Award’ and a ‘Golden Satellite Award.’
In 1999, he played a supporting role in the series ‘Profiler,’ reprising his role of ‘Jarod.’
In 1996, he starred in the crime drama ‘Freeway,’ essaying the role of ‘Larry.’ The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, but that did not stop the film from failing at the box office.
In 2000, he appeared playing one of the lead roles in the drama film ‘Net Worth.’ He also voiced the character of ‘Tarzan’ in the animated film ‘Tarzan & Jane.’ Additionally, he appeared in supporting roles in the films ‘Written in Blood’ and ‘Until the Night’ in the early 2000s.
He was mostly seen in small roles in series such as ‘Crossing Jordan.’ He also voiced ‘Tarzan’ in the animated series ‘The Legend of Tarzan.’ In the more recent years, he has appeared in a small role in the series titled ‘Young Justice.’
Family & Personal Life
Michael T. Weiss is a private man, and he has shared no details about his family life or romantic involvements yet.
Apart from being an actor, he is also an accomplished scuba driver.
He can modify his voice pattern and speak in many accents, based on the roles he plays.