Michael was born Michael Michele Williams on August 30, 1966, to proud parents Jerry and Theresa Williams. She spent many of her formative years in New York City where she later began to pursue an acting career. In 1984, practically right our of high school, Michael moved to New York and began to make many commercials. Later, singer Freddie Jackson noticed her talent and beauty and signed her to do a trilogy of his videos throughout the 80's. Michael's very first movie was "Def by Temptation" in 1990. However, she received her big break in movies in 1991 when she was cast as Wesley Snipes' girlfriend in the urban drama "New Jack City". Since Michael's break in films, she has starred in "The Sixth Man" with actors Kadeem Hardison and Marlon Wayans and numerous roles in television series. Her tv series include "Players", "Trade Winds", and "Peter Ben". These roles were followed by roles in "Central Park West", "New York Undercover", "Homicide: Life On the Street", and her current television series, "ER". In "ER", Michael stars as Dr. Cleo Finch, a second-year resident in pediatric medicine. Michael is currently single and commutes bi-coastly between New York and Los Angeles.