When Michael Gross (Burt Gummer) traded in the intimacy and familiarity of the theatre for three cameras and a Hollywood sound stage, little did he know he would be catapulted into the limelight with the success of the Emmy Award-winning series “Family Ties.” As passionate ’60s activist Steven Keaton, Gross delighted audiences for a seven-year stretch, and his career continues in full swing, not missing a beat since the show’s touching finale.In TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS, Gross reprises his Tremors role as one-man arsenal Burt Gummer and again demonstrates his unique ability to skate the fine line between hilarity, vulnerability, and the sort of thrilling unpredictability that makes Gross performances as an actor resonate with multi-layered excitement.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Michael Gross graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. and went on to earn a master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Drama at Yale University. His professional career began with three seasons at the Actors Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Baltimore’s Center Stage, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum, where he won a Drama-Logue Award for the West Coast premiere of The Real Thing. New York productions include the Broadway premiere of Bent, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination and the off-Broadway production of No End of Blame, which earned him an Obie Award. Recently, he starred in Chicago’s Northlight Theatre production of A.R. Gurney’s Later Life, the American premiere of Money and Friends at L.A.’s Doolittle Theatre and in Chicago, New Mexico and San Francisco productions of Gurney’s Love Letters.
In addition to the science-fiction thriller Tremors, Gross’ feature film credits include Big Business and the independent features Alan and Naomi and Unfaithful. Recent television movies include the starring role in NBC’s drama, “Deceived by Trust,” the highest rated movie of the ’95 season; Fox Television’s “Avalanche;” “Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story” for CBS and “In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance” for NBC.
Michael’s passion for acting is closely followed by his passion for trains. As the grandson and great-grandson of railroad workers, Michael is a railroad buff who would rather ride than fly. He is also an amateur railway historian, photographer and award-winning modeler.
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