|Alma mater Juilliard School|
Name Michael Urie
Years active 1993-present
Siblings Laura Urie
|Full Name Michael Lorenzo Urie|
Born August 8, 1980 (age 35) (1980-08-08) Dallas, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor, television presenter, television director, television producer
Education Vines High School, Juilliard School, Collin College, Plano Senior High School
Awards Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Movies and TV shows Ugly Betty, Partners, He's Way More Famous T, The Decoy Bride, WTC View
Similar People Becki Newton, Mark Indelicato, America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius
Broadway First Dates: Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn
Michael Lorenzo Urie (born August 8, 1980) is an American actor, presenter, director, and producer. He is known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on the ABC dramedy television series Ugly Betty.
- Broadway First Dates Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn
- Early life and education
- Personal life
Early life and education
Urie was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Plano. He is of Scottish and Italian descent. He graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1998.
Urie then studied at Collin County Community College before being accepted at the Juilliard School in New York City. There he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 32 (1999–2003), which also included Jessica Chastain. Urie graduated from Juilliard in 2003.
Urie, while still a student at Juilliard, performed in the world premiere of Love and Happiness (2001) at the Consolati Performing Arts Center, starring as a sixteen-year-old trying to get rid of his mother's boyfriend. In addition to this, he appeared in student productions of Sylvia (1998) and Locked Away (1999) at Quad C Theatre.
He received the 2002 John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre from the Juilliard School. His classical credits include Shakespeare, Jacobean drama, and commedia dell'arte.
Urie played the central character in the stage play WTC View as well as in the film adaptation. He is finishing a short documentary film, Two Down that centers on high school speech and debate tournaments, for Frontal Lobe Productions.
He is on the board of Plum Productions and serves as its casting director. With the same company he has produced and appeared in Prachtoberfest and lowbrow (and a little bit tacky). As a freelance producer, he has worked on Like The Mountains and The Fantasticks (Four Players Theatre). He also directed the latter production. His first time directing The Fantasticks was as a high school student at Plano Senior High.
Starting in 2006, Urie began appearing in ABC "dramedy" Ugly Betty, appearing as Marc St. James, the assistant of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa L. Williams). The show began with the concept that Wilhelmina would have a different assistant in each episode, thus Urie was originally billed as a guest star in the credits, However, Williams loved their chemistry, and Urie was signed on as a full-time regular midway through the first season. He and the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2007 and 2008. The role earned Urie a Ewwy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009. He remained with Ugly Betty until the show's cancellation in 2010.
Patti LuPone appeared with Urie to play Marc's mother in one episode.
During the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, Urie hosted TLC's reality-based series Miss America Reality Check. The program followed the contestants participating in the 2008 Miss America Pageant.
Urie has returned often to his theater roots, including his recent direction of a one-night celebrity performed staging of Howard Ashman's unproduced musical "Dreamstuff". The musical was re-imagined by Howard's partners Marsha Malamet and Dennis Green and performed one night only at Los Angeles's Hayworth Theatre as part of the Bruno Kirby celebrity reading series. Eden Espinosa starred in the show along with Fred Willard, Vicki Lewis, David Blue and Luke Macfarlane. He has also been on "Live With Regis and Kelly" and has also starred in the 2008 Disney blockbuster production Beverly Hills Chihuahua as the voice of Sebastian.
On October 29, 2008, he appeared as a guest presenter on the British National Television Awards, awarding for the Best Performance in a Serial Drama.
Urie originated the role of Rudi Gernreich in the 2009 off-Broadway play The Temperamentals, about the foundation of the early LGBT rights organization the Mattachine Society. Urie received a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.
In January 2012, Urie made his Broadway debut, joining the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying's second revival.
Urie has also started his own website for videoblogging and live chats. In 2012, Urie also starred as the mysterious limo driver James in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass's children's book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written and directed by Tamar Halpern.
Urie is one of the leads in CBS's half-hour pilot Partners. The multi-camera comedy, from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, centers on lifelong friends and business partners – one straight and one gay. The pilot also features Sophia Bush as another lead. The series premiered on September 24, 2012, but was cancelled after only six episodes had aired.
His performance in 2013's one-man show Buyer & Cellar won him a Clarence Derwent Award.
In April 2015, Urie became the host of Cocktails & Classics on Logo TV, in which he and panels of celebrity friends watch and comment on classic movies while imbibing cocktails named or made for the films. Films profiled on the series have included All About Eve, Steel Magnolias, Valley of the Dolls, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Mommie Dearest.
In 2009, Urie referred to himself as "a member of the LGBT community" on his website. In a 2010 interview with The Advocate, he said that he was in a relationship with a man and identifies as "queer". He said it never felt wrong when he was with women previously.