When Michael joined One Life to Live, he was given the choice to play the role of John McBain or the role of long time character, Todd Manning. Michael chose John McBain since he knew that the actor who had previously portrayed Todd Manning had a big following.
Michael is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Michael was nominated for a Gemini award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Total Recall 2070.
Michael released a graphic novel called "Soul Stealer" in 2008.
Michael lives in New York City with his wife, Ginevra.
In 1992, People magazine named Michael as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in its annual "Most Beautiful People" issue.
At the Soap Opera Digest Awards Michael won the award for Favorite Triangle for One Life to Live shared with co-stars Renee Elise Goldsberry and Melissa Archer.
In 2002 he was nominated at the The Daytime Emmy Awards for America's Favorite Villain for Port Charles.
Michael is 6'1" (1.85 m).
Michael has written a acclaimed book of poetry called Eighteen Straight Whiskeys which is based on is early life experiences.
He has a dog named Boutros.
Michael's mother Joan died in 1994.
Michael has a younger brother Keith and he is a Navy pilot.
Michael was in Playgirl in December 2000.
Michael: I grew up wanting to be Jack Kerouac, and I wound up on a soap, and I think I was just very young and very arrogant and self-involved. I was like, How did I wind up here?
Michael: I wear the same thing to every audition — a black T-shirt, the same pair of jeans, and motorcycle boots — whether I'm reading for a preppy murder or whatever. I've never relied on costumes or the right hair. With me it comes from here (pointing to his heart).