Michael took second place in a donut eating contest sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts in 1968. He ate over two dozen large, filled donuts within the one-hour time limit.
Michael writes a regular column for the "USA Today" newspaper.
He co-founded a synagogue in Venice, CA, along with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, called the Pacific Jewish Center.
He was CNN's main film critic from 1980 to 1983.
He is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
He hosted a weekly show on British television called "The Worst of Hollywood".
Michael attended Palisades High School in Los Angeles.
He failed his driver's license test three times before passing it, and then totaled his parents' care within two weeks of finally getting his license.
He was arrested in 1971, in New York State, for carrying concealed weapons in his car. He had placed some steak knives that were given away as a promotion from a gas station in his glove compartment.
In 1993, Michael became chief film critic for the "New York Post" in 1993, and held that position for five years.
Prior to meeting him, Michael's wife Diane had written a negative review of one of his books in the "Los Angeles Times".
He has three children, daughters Sarah and Shayna, and son Danny.
He was a regular fill-in host on the "Rush Limbaugh Show" before getting his own national talk radio program.
Michael maintains a "television free" household, with no TVs in his home.
Michael was accepted to Yale university as an undergraduate at sixteen years of age.
Michael's wife, Diane, is a clinical psychologist and author of several books.