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  • Real name : Michael Terry Weiss
  • Place of birth : Chicago
  • Date of birth : 02/02/1962



  • Weiss T. Michael


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Michael T. Weiss (1962)

Michael Terry Weiss

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Michael Terry Weiss is an American actor best known for playing the title role in The Pretender.


 early life
Weiss was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father was a steel-industry executive and his mother was a homemaker. He has a sister, Jamie Sue Weiss, who became a make-up artist for television and films. He went to Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, where he competed on the swim team, played basketball and was an active member of the student council. While in high school he also studied acting at the Second City workshop. He was honored with the school's distinguished alumni award at a ceremony in 2001. He attended college at the University of Southern California and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has also taken art history coursework at Harvard University and at Otis College of Fine Art & Design.

The acting career of Weiss started when he was a child, where he appeared in local TV commercials in Chicago. In 1980, at the age of 18, he had his first movie role as an extra in the movie Ordinary People. Shortly after his college graduation, he obtained his first major role as Mike Horton on Days of our Lives. He also worked for a while as a personal fitness trainer, where many of his clients were fellow actors including Pierce Brosnan and James Brolin. He is best known for his role on The Pretender as Jarod. He has also had roles in the movie Jeffrey, the animated series The Legend of Tarzan, and a recurring role on Crossing Jordan. He voiced "The Nameless One", the protagonist of computer game Planescape: Torment.

In addition to acting, Weiss is a mixed media artist and a playwright. He resides in Southern California and New York.

In February 2006, Weiss attended a benefit with his former Pretender co-stars Andrea Parker and James Denton for Cure Autism Now.

He also starred in the world premiere production of Tanya Barfield's play Of Equal Measure at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.

The New York Times reports that Weiss, together with Marsha Mason , André De Shields , Aaron Lazar and Margarita Levieva are to join the cast of the world premiere of Impressionism, a new American play by Michael Jacobs, directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien, opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 12 March 2009, following previews from 28 February 2009.

Weiss appeared in A Perfect Future, Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The production was directed by Tony Award nominee, Wilson Milam.

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