Michael O'Leary

Recent Role:

Frederick 'Rick' Bauer (1983 - 91; 95 - Present) on Guiding Light

Born:

3/27/1958, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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  • Michael O`Leary is an American actor best known for playing the part of "Dr. Rick Bauer" on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light.

    Michael was working as an usher for The Price is Right when he first heard about an audition for Guiding Light. The show needed someone to help audtion actresses for the parts of Mindy and Beth. He took that job, knowing it would be over once the roles had been cast. Unexpectedly, the actor playing the part of Rick Bauer was fired and O'Leary hired to replace him. He's played the part off-and-on since 1983.

     Michael married Joni Parker in 1987 and they have two daughters, Katie and Caroline.

    A resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Michael also sells real estate in the area.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Michael O'Leary

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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    • Michael: I work out just about every morning or at least three or four days a week. I do a 45-minute circuit training with dumbbell free weights, about 10 minutes of ab workout, and about 30 minutes on a bike. I also try to do yoga once a week.

    • Michael: I'd love to be a writer, you know? A playwright.

    • Michael: (On former co-star Grant Aleksander) He was so generous, patient and supportive with me. Grant is a very selfless actor. When he gets into a scene with me, he is always trying to find a way to go to my strengths because, as actors, we are sort of different. Grant is a technician. He is very meticulous. He is always trying to find a way to make it the best it can be.

    • Michael: (On taking over the role of Rick Bauer on "Guiding Light") It's very difficult to replace someone. I was a wreck anyhow, so getting through the first week-and-a-half was tough.

    • Michael: I'm constantly just cutting up. That's the thing; I don't take anything seriously.

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    • Michael got into acting after appearing in a McDonald's commercial while in college.

    • Michael, and his Guiding Light co-star Mandy Bruno, paid tribute to The Price Is Right's Bob Barker in a special "Find Your Light" segment on Wednesday, May 16, 2007.

    • Michael loves to do impressions. He had the chance to use the skill on Guiding Light's 70th anniversary episode, where he played both an young boy and an old man. He can mimic everyone from President Jimmy Carter to Guiding Light co-star Jordan Clarke.

    • Michael studied acting with Stella Adler and Larry Moss in Los Angeles, and with William Esper in New York.

    • Michael once worked as a door-to-door salesman.

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