Michael Urie

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Michael Urie

Born

8/8/1980, Dallas, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Michael Lorenzo Urie

Gender

Male
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9.2
out of 10
User Rating
103 votes

Biography

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Michael Urie was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended Plano High School, where he acted in plays and competed with the speech and debate team. He then attended Collin County Community College. A teacher convinced him to audition for Juilliard. He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's of…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005, Michael starred in the independent feature, WTC View. It's about a man who is searching for a new roommate after his old one was killed on 9/11.

    • Michael describes his Ugly Betty cast mate, Becki Newton, as a "friend soul mate." The two even bought apartments next to one another.

    • Michael and his business partner, Glenn Meehan, own a production company, Out of the Box Productions.

    • Michael used his time during the 2007/2008 writers' strike to produce and direct a documentary. Two Down is an insider's look at competitive high school speech and debate in Texas.

    • Michael describes himself as a "theater nerd."

    • Michael was nominated, along with his Ugly Betty castmates for a SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2008.

    • Michael has starred in many commercials prior to Ugly Betty.

    • In 2007, he has accepted an invitation to co-host The Column Awards. In 2008, he agreed to return and host a second time. The Column Theater is located in Plano, Texas where Michael grew up.

    • Michael earned less than $200 when acting Off-Broadway.

    • He trained his acting abilities at the very prestigious Quad C Theatre.

    • He won The John Houseman Prize in 2002 while attending Juilliard.

    • According to Michael, he cannot describe another show similar to Ugly Betty.

    • According to Michael, the best part of playing a bad guy each week is knowing they'll always lose.

    • He received The Laura Pels Award for his excellence in theatre.

    • Michael Urie was a member of the National Forensics League (speech competitions) in high school. In 1998, he won the national tournament in Dramatic Interpretation for his performance of Confessions of a Nightingale.

  • Quotes

    • Michael Urie: If you can get in front of complete strangers who control your fate for those few minutes without being nervous, you wil lcontinue to do well, and you will continue to do better every time you perform. I learned that from the NFL [National Forensics League].

    • Michael Urie: Everything I've learned about fashion I've learned from Marc St. James. I still have the same pair of jeans and T-shirts I've worn since college, and if it were up to me that's all I would ever wear. But thanks to Marc I've learned a little bit about how to make yourself look good.

    • Michael Urie: If I had to choose between my iPhone and my right arm, I'd have to learn to write with my left hand.

    • Michael Urie: (about his love life) It's not black and white; I'm still young, still figuring my life out. I love the mystery. I'm not going to lie, but I'm not going to talk about it.

    • Michael Urie: (about The Column Theatre Awards) I'm so excited to co-host with John, and come back to help honor the theatre town that I grew up watching.

    • Michael Urie: (about Ugly Betty) I always knew the show was good, from when I read the synopsis then the [pilot] script.

    • Michael Urie: (about Ugly Betty) I was working that day when they came and told us [it was moving to Thursdays] and I was like, 'Wait a minute. Isn't that before "Grey's Anatomy"? Isn't that the biggest show on TV?' It was like, wait, this isn't TGIF material anymore. Suddenly we're a real show.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Michael does a fantastic job as Mark, his timing is perfect and I always laugh hard at his witty one liners.

    10
    Even since I watched the first episode of Ugly Betty I knew straight away that the actor that played Mark was brilliant. Ever since that episode I don't think I have stopped laughing once. The last episode I seen was the one where Mark came out to his mother and I have to say it was his best performance by far. The only time I stopped laughing was when Mark finally showed his emotional side. Although it didn't last long. I can't wait to see the next episode and see how he surprises me. In each episode we get to see another side to him and the high stanards Michael can reach.moreless
  • Definatly THE best actor on ugly betty and probably my favorite actor of all time :)

    10
    Yes this man is brilliant, Michael Urie, he hasn't done too much of TV and movies before Ugly Betty, and so this is a BIG break on his career, and i also must add, hes doing a fabulous job, hes adorable, and very funny, and fun on Ugly Betty, he (and henry, betty, amanda) are THE reason i watch the show, (mainly him though) i love him sooo much, and if i could only meet one person from the cast, it would most definatly be him!! no doubt in my mind would be anyone else, I love you Micael Urie!! Greatest actor alive.moreless
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