Mike Vogel is an American model-turned-actor, who is considered one of the best talents to have joined the Hollywood fraternity in the last decade. His opening performances on the TV show ‘Grounded for Life’ and in movies such as ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ made him instantly popular on both the big and the small screens. He has seen substantial success with critically acclaimed movies such as ‘The Help.’ An overview of his career so far displays a lot of stability and quality in the work he does. A person of faith, Vogel has strong religious inclinations, which he developed during his formative years. His choice of educational institutes, the ‘Philadelphia College of Bible’ & ‘Cairn University,’ is a testimony of his spiritual bent in itself. He is a devout family man who prioritizes his wife and three children over his work and takes pride in the family values he has inculcated in them.
Childhood and Early Life
Mike Vogel was born on July 17, 1979, in Abington, Pennsylvania, to Jim and Kathy Vogel. He was raised in Warminster, PA, along with his two younger siblings, brother Daniel Aaron, who is now a filmmaker, and sister Kristin.
He attended the ‘William Tennent High School’ in Warminster, where he was part of the wrestling team in his freshman year. He studied history at the ‘Philadelphia College of Bible’ for a year. In 1998, he enrolled at ‘Cairn University’ in Langhorne, PA.
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Vogel started his TV career as a contestant in the ‘Nickelodeon’ action-sports competition series ‘Guts.’ He then earned a modeling assignment with ‘Levi’s.’ His first real TV project was ‘Fox Network’s popular comedy series ‘Grounded for Life’ (2001). The show was on air for 4 years between 2001 and 2005, with him featuring in the recurring role of ‘Dean Piramatti.’ He took a break from TV for almost 6 years after the show was canceled in 2005. Vogel appeared in 15 episodes of the series between 2001 and 2004. The show was canceled after two seasons but was immediately picked up by ‘The WB.’ They aired the remaining three seasons.
While ‘Grounded for Life’ was still being aired on TV, Vogel got his first break on the big screen, in the ‘Warner Bros.’ teen comedy ‘Grind’ (2003). Immediately after the movie was released, he was offered the lead role in ‘MTV’s musical version of ‘Wuthering Heights,’ where he showcased to the world that he was more than just a young actor and that he also had an excellent voice.
Another addition to his streak of successes in 2003 was ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ a remake of the American cult classic of the same name. The film did tremendously well at the box office, catapulting this young talent to fame.
Needless to say, the quality of work he was offered in the coming years was a newcomer’s dream come true. He was cast opposite Blake Lively in the 2005 comedy–drama movie ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.’ His next big release of the year was the Anne Hathaway-starrer crime drama ‘Havoc.’ He played the character of Kevin Costner’s son in the romantic comedy ‘Rumor Has It,’ starring Jennifer Aniston.
He welcomed 2006 with his blockbuster movie ‘Poseidon,’ which amassed huge revenues at the international box office. For the next few years, he maintained a constant presence on the silver screen, with movies such as ‘Caffeine’ (2006), ‘The Deaths of Ian Stone’ (2007), ‘Open Grave’ (2009), and ‘Across the Hall’ (2009).
In 2010, he made a comeback on TV with the ‘CBS’ medical drama ‘Miami Medical,’ which ran only for 13 episodes between April and July that year. His big screen releases that year included ‘She’s Out of My League,’ ‘Blue Valentine,’ and ‘Heaven’s Rain.’
The year 2011 was significant to this actor’s career, with the release of the period drama ‘The Help.’ The film was an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name. The list of accolades received by this film was unending. The film received four ‘Academy Award’ nominations, five ‘BAFTA’ nominations, four nominations for the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award,’ and five ‘Golden Globe Award’ nominations. The list of award wins for this film was equally long. Vogel won the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture,’ along with the rest of the cast.
In 2013, he appeared in Howard Goldberg’s comedy film ‘Jake Squared’ and Josh C Waller’s crime mystery ‘McCanick.’ He returned to TV the same year, for a short stint in the psychological horror series ‘Bates Motel.’ The series depicted the early life of ‘Norman Bates,’ the lead character from the 1959 novel ‘Psycho.’
He appeared in the lead role in the ‘CBS’ mystery drama ‘Under the Dome,’ a TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The series developed over three seasons, between June 2013 and September 2015.
His more recent works include movies such as ‘The Case for Christ’ (2017) and ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (2017) and TV shows such as The Brave’ (2017–2018).
Personal & Family Life
Mike Vogel married his girlfriend, former model Courtney, in 2003. The couple has three children. Their oldest daughter, Cassy Renee Vogel, was born in 2007. They welcomed their second daughter, Charlee B Vogel, into the world in 2009. In 2013, the couple was blessed with a son, Gabriel James Vogel.
In an interview given in 2015, Vogel expressed his pride in his healthy family life, given the dismal state of marriages in the film industry. He also revealed that prioritizing family over work was the secret behind his happy conjugal life.
Both his maternal and paternal grandfathers fought in World War II.
Before signing his big-budget movie ‘Poseidon,’ Vogel was supposed play ‘Angel’ in the movie ‘X-Men: The Last Stand.’ He, however, chose to work in ‘Poseidon.’
He was on ‘BuddyTV’s list of ‘TV’s Sexiest Men’ in 2011.