In 1991, Soap Opera Digest set up a 1-900 poll asking readers which soap stars they would cast in a re-make of Gone With the Wind. Michael received 23% of 1,803 votes picking him to play "Rhett Butler."
Michael remains very close to his former As the World Turns co-star, Eileen Fulton. He says that whenever he returns to New York he goes to the ATWT studio, grabs her, and "drags her out for a drink."
Just weeks after auditioning for the role of "Duncan" on As the World Turns, Michael began dating, and soon moved in with, his on-screen love interest "Shannon" played by Margaret Reed. The two eventually broke it off but have been friends ever since.
In 1978 Michael appeared in the pilot episode for the NBC series Love is Not Enough. The show, however, was never picked up by the network.
Michael's theater credits include:
- The Taming of the Shrew
- The Merry Wives of Windsor
- A Midsummer's Night Dream
- The Tempest
- The House of Atreus
Michael's hobbies include singing, writing, and traveling. He also enjoys fine dining.
Michael says his favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Carol because it points out the importance of the Christmas season and "how it could change a person's outlook."
Michael is represented professionally by The Michael Bruno Group out of Los Angeles, California.
Michael is divorced and has two children, Caitlin Marie and Alexander Benson.
Michael appeared on the cover of the July 1989 issue of Playgirl Magazine. He says he decided to appear in the magazine to show "a guy past 35 can stay in shape." He was 41 years old at the time of his appearance.
Michael's family owns Joseph Swan Vineyards in Sonoma County, California. Before becoming an actor, he worked in several wineries on the West Coast.
Twice Michael has been named one of the top 10 most handsome men in the U.S. by "Man Watchers of America."
In 1988 Michael was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of "Outstanding Newcomer in Daytime" for his role as "Duncan McKechnie" on As the World Turns.
Michael is 5'11" with brown hair and blue eyes.
Michael is a celebrity representative for the RV industry and appears regularly at expositions.
Michael: (comparing himself to his more famous soap roles) Duncan [ATWT] was a dark, mysterious fellow with a sense of humor and a temper, and so is Adam [B&B]. Come to think of it, so am I! At least where the temper and humor are concerned.
Michael: The O.J. Simpson trial took the guts out of daytime. Our numbers dropped, and the networks and ad agencies began scrambling to fix it. Their solution was to put the emphasis on viewers 18-34, resulting in a de-emphasis on the family, which I believe hurt daytime.
Michael: (on filming love scenes) I enjoy them a great deal. It doesn't bother me that people are watching; I'm a bloody exhibitionist anyway!
Michael: (when asked if he would return to The Bold and the Beautiful) I think there's no chance of that now, but it's certainly something I would always be happy to talk about.