Michael was born February 12, 1950 in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. He grew up in the area of Queen and Pape.
His father worked in maintenance while his mother raised Michael and his
four siblings. Michael attended the Ontario College of Art and worked
in the construction industry before
beginning his acting career. He originally took up acting only because
he felt it would help him as a writer, his goal at the time. When
he couldn't find work as an actor, he would often work on the set in whatever
capacity he could find. He continued to take roofing jobs even while
he was acting, and when he hurt his leg on the set of "Total Recall", he
was more concerned that he would no longer be able to do roofing, which
he still considered his "fall back" career. In 1996, Michael was
the Coach of the NHL Celebrity All-Star Hockey Team.
He has been married twice, and has a daughter named Adrienne, who acts and has worked as an Assistant Director. Adrienne appears with Michael in the movie "Captive". Michael has been married to Karen Dinwiddie since 1986. The couple had their first child, a daughter named Findlay (called "Finn") on November 30, 1998. Michael's close friend, and V costar, Mickey Jones, was the Best Man at his wedding to Karen. Thanks to Shelby for additional information. Also many thanks to Janine, and to Michael and Karen Ironside for allowing me to release the name and date of birth of their lovely daughter!
** As of November 1999, Michael has been filming a movie tentatively
entitled "Borderline Normal" in Regina, Saskatchewan. James
Whittingham, comedian and co-host of The James and Kevin Show
in Regina, was one of those chosen to work on the film. Though James'
role was brief, he reports that Michael was extremely kind on the set,
offering him encouragement and even suggesting lines. The film is
about a group of teenagers dealing with divorce. Michael plays the
main adult character -- the track coach of the main teen character.
His characters name is "Cap". For more information on James, please
visit his website for The
James and Kevin Show!
Due to Michael's lengthy and diverse career,
his Filmography page has been split into four sections. Click on
the appropriate Links below for a detailed look at his film career.
|Theatrical Releases -- 1992 to Present|
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