Who is Michael DeLuise, and where is he today?
Michael Robert DeLuise was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 4 August 1969 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, film director and producer, and is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of one of the lead characters – Officer Joey Penhall – in the police procedural series “21 Jump Street”, created by Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh, and which also starred Johnny Depp and Dustin Nguyen. The story follows a police unit of young-looking people specializing in apprehending young criminals – the film won two awards and was nominated for two others.
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Childhood and education
Michael was raised alongside his two brothers, Peter and David, in Los Angeles by their father Dom DeLuise, who was an American actor, film director and producer known for his role in the film “Fail-Safe”, the hidden camera reality TV series “Candid Camera” and the satirical western black comedy “Blazing Saddles”, and their mother Carol Arthur, an actress known for her supporting roles in movies created by Mel Brooks. Michael’s brother Peter is today an actor and a writer, while David is an actor.
Michael made his debut film appearance at the age of 10, when he was cast to appear in the action comedy drama “Hot Stuff” which starred his father, but then focused on his education.
Michael attended a local high school, at which he also played both football and soccer, but upon matriculation in 1987, he decided to concentrate on an acting career.
Roles in movies
Twelve years after his debut appearance, Michael was invited to play Pizza Delivery Boy in the drama “Little Secrets”, and the year 1992 saw him appear in two movies: he played Alan in the comedy “Wayne’s World”, and Matt Wilson in another comedy – “Encino Man”.
In 1993 he portrayed Douglas Hall in the drama “The Man Without a Face” starring Nick Stahl, Mel Gibson and Margaret Whitton, and which is about Chuck who wants to leave home but can’t enroll at a boarding school – the film was nominated for three awards.
In the same year, he played the lead character in the thriller “Midnight Edition” written and directed by Howard Libov, which also starred Will Patton and Clare Wren, and in 1996 he portrayed Bob Mann in the comedy “The Shot” written and directed by Dan Bell. He then appeared in the crime drama science fiction “Hard Time: The Demolition”, followed by support roles in several movies such as “Discord”, “The Master of Disguise” and “Comedy Hell”.
The year 2007 saw him portray Detective Soreson in the romantic thriller drama “He Was a Quiet Man”, written and directed by Frank A. Cappello, and which starred Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert and William H. Macy – the story follows an office worker who becomes famous after saving a girl’s life; the film won three awards.
Michael’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2008 romantic comedy “Patsy”, written and directed by Anton Jarvis, the short action “Circles” directed by Yael Shulman in 2008 as well, and in 2009 the drama “The Shift”, which starred Wayne Dyer and Portia de Rossi.
Roles in TV series
Michael made his debut TV series appearance in 1985, when he guest starred as The Boyfriend in a single episode of the anthology series “Amazing Stories”, then in 1986 he appeared in several episodes of the sitcom “One Big Family”.
The year 1988 saw him play Jay Warner in two episodes of the comedy “Eisenhower and Lutz”, while he also played Mitch in two episode of the sitcom “My Two Dads”.
The following year saw him guest as Stoner No. 2 in the drama “TV 101”, and after being praised for his performance in “21 Jump Street”, Michael appeared in an episode of the legal drama “L. A. Law”, and two episodes of the drama “Sunset Beat” in 1990.
Michael gained recognition in 1993, when he portrayed Andy Sipowicz, Jr. in 12 episodes of the police procedural drama “NYPD Blue”, and also in 1994 when playing one of the lead characters, Tony Piccolo in the science fiction series “SeaQuest DSV”. The year 1997 saw him portray Officer Phil Roussakoff in the ensemble police drama “Brooklyn South”, and then appear in a single episode of the sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun” in 1998, three episodes of the sitcom “Some of My Best Friends” in 2001, and a single episode of the comedy “Las Vegas” in 2004.
Three of Michael’s most recent roles in TV series have been in 13 episodes of the comedy drama “Gilmore Girls” in 2004, which starred T. J., two episodes of the police procedural series “CSI: NY” in 2005, and a single episode of the comedy drama “Bunheads” in 2013.
Michael has won a single award – a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Television New Dramatic Series in 1998.
Directing and producing
Michael has directed three movies: he worked on the comedy “Almost Pregnant” and the thriller “Stringer” both in 1992, and another comedy – “Between the Sheets” – in 2003.
He’s also served as the executive producer of three movies: “Between the Sheets”, the short drama “Quid Pro Quo” in 2006, and the documentary musical “The Source Family” in 2012.
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Love life and wife
Michael is quite secretive when it comes to his love life but it’s known that he was in a relationship with Sherrie Rose, an American actress, film producer and director, who is known for her roles in the Italian natural horror movie “Killer Crocodile” in 1989, the action movie “No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers” in 1990 and the psychological thriller “Unlawful Entry”. The two dated from 1988 to 1990, and eventually became engaged but subsequently split – there are rumors circulating the internet that Sherrie became his wife, but that they divorced not long after. Michael was also in a relationship with the pornographic actress Lynn LeMay.
Michael hasn’t talked about any other women he might have dated before meeting Sherrie, and as of September 2020, he is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Michael has been interested in music from a very early age, and today can play both the piano and guitar – he likes to listen to classical music and is also a fan of jazz and blues, while two of his favorite performers are Frank Sinatra and Muddy Waters.
He’s also a talented painter, and is known for his portrait “Michael & Mom” which he completed in 2011.
One of Michael’s main hobbies is still travelling, and his acting career has made it possible for him to travel around the world, while a few of his favorite cities are Venice in Italy, Paris in France and Dubrovnik in Croatia.
His favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, and a few of his favorite movies are “Taxi Driver”, “Catch Me If You Can” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”.
Michael is 51 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall and weighs around 145lbs (66kgs).
As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $12 million.