Michael played the role of General Jack Granger in the game Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.
Prior to acting, Michael attended the Ontario College of Art.
Michael got his facial scar by going through a plate glass door while drunk. He felt it could help him get interesting roles, so never had plastic surgery to correct it.
Michael uses the "method" style of acting.
Michael supplied voice work for 2002's Run Like Hell videogame.
Michael was the executive producer of the TV movie Probable Cause (1994).
In 1982, Michael was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for: Scanners.
In 1989, Michael was nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor for: One Boy, One Wolf, One Summer.
In 2002, Michael was nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for: Le Dernier chapitre: La Suite.
In 2003, Michael was nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The Last Chapter II: The War Continues.
In 1989, Michael was nominated for the ACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for: The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985) episode "The Fruit At The Bottom Of The Bowl."
Michael has supplied the voiceovers for the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation and World Wildlife Foundation commercials.
Michael narrated the documentary Moravian Massacre in 1996.
Michael appeared in the stage play Look Back in Anger in the 1990's.
Michael moved to Los Angeles, California, USA in 1982.
Michael's brother is a high school shop teacher in his hometown of Toronto, Canada.
Michael is 5' 11" (1.80 m) tall.
Michael supplies the voice for "Sam Fisher" in the Splinter Cell videogame series. He's said that this has become what people recognize him for most often.
Michael is married to Karen Dimwiddie. They have a daughter together named Findlay that was born in 1998. He also has a daughter named Adrienne from previous marriage.
Michael Ironside: The word "career" scares me! It's the sort of thing you say about dead actors, old guys. I think this festival wanted to do a retrospective on me a few years ago and I told them to fuck off. Jesus, that's for guys that are on crutches and in wheelchairs and that you need to spoon-feed.
Michael Ironside: Acting itself is a very childlike thing. You're asked to suspend reality and to play - and what better place than when you're sitting there looking like the most weird villain imaginable? You have all these toys around you. It brings out the child in you much easier than when you're standing around in a suit playing a cop.
Michael Ironside: I like to play bad guys, since good guys are always beaten up several times during the movie. Bad guys are beaten only once, in the end.
Michael Ironside: I get to bring these misshapen, emotionally unbalanced people to life.
Michael Ironside: If I didn't like the attention, I suppose I wouldn't be doing this job. What do you do? Destroy someone's fantasy about you or play it to the limit? I still haven't quite worked it all out and I don't know how to resolve it. It's said actors act because they fear death and it's the one and only certainty for some kind of immortality. My attitude is: screw the future, let's get on with here and now. You don't know how long it'll last.