• Born in Defiance, Ohio, USA in 1970
• Primarily an actress working in movies
• Married to musician Scott Thomas, with 3 daughters
• Hobbies include playing guitar, collecting antiques, traveling, reading, cycling, and visiting museums and galleries
• Net worth estimated at over $1.5 million
Michelle Burke – current activities?
Michelle Burke was born in Defiance, Ohio USA. on 30 November 1970 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Jodi Kramer in the teen coming of age comedy movie “Dazed and Confused” released in 1993, which was written and directed by Richard Linklater, and which starred Wiley Wiggins, Jason London and Matthew McConaughey. The story follows high school students during their final day at school in the summer of 1976, and it won a Hall of Fame Star of Texas Award, and was nominated for three other awards.
Michelle is still working on her acting career, and is focused on appearing in movies rather than in TV series.
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Early life and education
Michelle was raised in Defiance as an only child by her father who was working as a lawyer, and her mother who was a housewife. She grew up dreaming about becoming an actress and a model, and although she appeared in many of the school plays performed at her high school, she never took any acting lessons as her parents couldn’t afford them. She was also physically active at high school, as she played soccer and lacrosse. Upon matriculation in 1988, Michelle didn’t enroll at college, but focused on her career as an actress.
Roles in TV series
Michelle made her debut TV series appearance in 1993, when she was cast to portray Stacy in the episode “The Bitch Is Back” of the teen comedy fantasy series “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”, which starred Corin Nemec, Billy Jane, and Troy W. Slaten and which follows a high school boy and his two friends who are tricking their families and their ‘enemies’.
The series received mixed reviews, but was nominated for eight awards.
The following year saw her play Jane in the episode “Operation Friendship” of the horror anthology series “HBO’s Tales from the Crypt”, which starred John Kassir and Roy Brocksmith, and which is closely based on the E.C. comic books released in the ‘50s. The series aired for seven years and was a huge success, winning 15 awards while it was nominated for 41 others, including seven Primetime Emmys. Michelle’s next role was in the comedy mystery medical crime series “Diagnosis: Murder”, in which she portrayed Tara Sampsono in a single episode, then in 1996 she guest starred as Melinda in the episode “Dragonslide” of the science fiction fantasy series “Sliders”, which starred Jerry O’Connell, Sabrina Lloyd and John Rhys-Davies.
It follows a genius kid and his friends who are travelling through parallel universes while searching for a way back home. It won one award, and was nominated for four others including a Primetime Emmy.
The year 1997 saw her appear as Claudia De Lena in the mini-series “The Last Don” based on the eponymous novel written by Mario Puzo, and she also appeared in the film’s sequel “The Last Don II” in 1998. Her first lead role came that year when she was invited to portray Josephine ‘Jo’ Behr in the Canadian family series “Little Men”, which also starred Spencer Rochfort and Corey Sevier, and which is about the widow Jo March Behr who is running a boy school, Plumfield. The series is closely based on the eponymous book written by Louisa May Alcott.
Some of Michelle’s most recent roles in TV series have been in single episodes of the science fiction series “Mysterious Ways” in 2001, the police procedural series “The Division” in 2002, and in another police procedural series – “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” – in 2011.
Roles in movies
Michelle made her debut film appearance in 1993 when she was invited to portray Connie Conehead in the comedy science fiction film “Coneheads”, which starred Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Robert Knott, and tells the story about the family of three aliens who find shelter on Earth. The movie was nominated for two awards.
In 1994, Michelle appeared as Nikki Reese in the sports comedy movie “Major League II”, which starred Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger and which won a Stinker Award for Worst Sequel, while it was nominated for another Stinker Award for The Sequel Nobody was Clamoring For.
Michelle’s following role was in the thriller movie “Midnight in Saint Petersburg” in 1996, starring Michael Caine as the British secret agent Harry Palmer. In 1997, she appeared as Sarah Valentine in the film “The Notorious 7”, which received rather poor reviews, and the same year saw her portray a Ranch Inmate in the film “Caged Hearts”, which was written and directed by Henri Charr and which received mixed reviews.
The year 1998 saw Michelle play Taylor in the made for television movie “Scattering Dad”, which starred Olympia Dukakis and Andy Griffith, and in the same year she played a supporting character in the romantic comedy movie “Telling You (Love Sucks)” which starred Peter Facinelli, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Matthew Lillard, and follows two college graduates working at a pizza place.
Michelle went on hiatus for four years from acting in movies, before she portrayed Lauren in the coming of age romantic film “LOL” which starred Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, and which won Miley a nomination for Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Romance; she also appeared in the short film “Ben and Becca” in the same year.
Some of her latest roles in movies have been in the short film “Second Chance” directed and written by Andrea Emanuela Bossoni in 2017, the horror movie “The Final Wish” released in 2018, and the thriller movie “Alone” directed by Vladislav Khesin in 2020, which has received rather poor reviews.
Love life and relationships
Michelle has been keeping details of her love life hidden from the media’s attention, but it’s known that she has been married to Scott Thomas, a musician, for over 15 years now.
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They met while Scott was performing with his indie rock band Ringside – the two were introduced by a mutual friend in 1992, and after three years of dating they married in a small ceremony attended by their closest friends and family on 1 April 1995. They decided not to have children right away as they wanted to focus on their careers, until in 1999 Michelle gave birth to their daughter Jill followed by their second daughter Jude in 2001, and third daughter Sadie in 2004.
Michelle, Scott, and Sadie are currently living together at their home in Studio City in California, while their two daughters Jill and Jude have already moved out.
Hobbies and other interests
After being motivated by her husband, Michelle became interested in learning how to play the guitar, and has been practicing for two years now, already playing many songs.
Her main hobby is collecting antiques, and she often goes to thrift stores where she usually finds such items for a very cheap price. She likes to travel and has been to many US states, mostly for work, while she has also been to South America as well as to Europe where she has visited Paris in France and London in England. Some of her other hobbies include reading, cycling and visiting museums and galleries, as she is a big fan of art.
In her spare time Michelle enjoys watching movies, while some of her favorite actors and actresses are Russell Crowe, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, and some of her favorite movies are “A Good Year”, “Taxi Driver”, and “Les Miserables”.
Appearance and net worth
Michelle is 49 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of June 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million.