Michael was born in Victoria, B.C. but, at a very young age, he moved with his family to Southern Manitoba, Canada, where he was was raised on a small family farm.

Michael has been performing for most of his life. At a young age he got his start in theatre and migrated West, in his youth, to pursue work in film and television, as well. Arriving in Vancouver, in the late '80s, he continued his work in theatre while appearing on television shows such as "Northwood" and "Neon Rider".

Michael is also a singer/songwriter/recording artist who has released two albums of original music. In the mid '90s he began to focus more on his music and drifted away from acting for a time, spending more time on the road and in the studio. The video for his song "Change in the Weather", directed by Jason Bourque, was nominated for a Leo Award.

Around 2006, Michael returned to acting, appearing in a variety of film and television productions before landing a lead role, in the indie feature "Black Mountain Side". The film received favorable reviews and had an extensive and successful international festival run.

In 2017, Michael moved East, continuing work on productions in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. His first audition, upon arriving, landed him a role as a professor, in the Hollywood feature "On the Basis of Sex". Most recently, Michael appeared as a supporting lead in the MarVista, TV Christmas movie "Rock and Roll Christmas", opposite Catherine Mary Stewart.

Over the years, Michael has also enjoyed applying his skills behind the scenes as the roll of producer, in both film and music.