A dark-haired, intense actor of Armenian descent, Michael Goorjian first got hired as a dancer for the short-lived musical comedy series "Hull High" (NBC, 1990) and the forgettable feature musical "Ne...
Cult movie Slc Punk! is getting a sequel, 16 years after the original debuted. The 1998 film about an anarchist punk living in conservative Salt Lake City, Utah is set to receive a follow-up titled SLC Punk 2: Punk's Dead.
The original film's writer/director James Merendino made the announcement on Tuesday (06May14), and also revealed its stars Devon Sawa, Michael A. Goorjian, Adam Pascal and James Duval will return to reprise their roles. Merendino did not mention if Scream star Matthew Lillard will return as the main character, Steven 'Stevo' Levy.
The director also revealed he has launched a campaign on crowd-funding site Indiegogo.com to help finance a major concert scene on 20 June (14), with headliners including Screeching Weasel and The Dwarves, and over 2,000 SLC Punk! fans in attendance.
Wrote directed and co-starred with Kirk Douglas in "The Illusion" a film based on a french play
Delivered memorable death scene as Kenny in "Hard Rain"
Cast in Showtime's "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical," the musical comedy adaptation of the classic 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film
Won an Emmy Award (over such exalted competition as Alan Alda, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen and Matthew Broderick) for his breakthrough role as an autistic youth in the CBS movie "David's Mother"
Born and raised in Oakland, California
Directed first feature, the documentary "Oakland Underground" (still in post-production as of 1999)
Choreographed the L.A. stage production "Reefer Madness"
Played Justin Thompson, boyfriend of Julia (Neve Campbell), on the Fox series "Party of Five"; role made regular for the 1995-1996 season only
Cast against type as a bad guy who participates in the rape of Elisabeth Shue in "Leaving Las Vegas"
Starred as heroin-addicted rocker opposite Portia de Rossi's equally-addicted fashion model in "The Invisibles", a black-and-white indie premiering at the Sundance Film Festival
Starred as Dr. Peter Hamilton in UPN movie "Life in a Day"
Played Heroin Bob, the mohawked best bud of blue-haired Stevo (Matthew Lillard) in "SLC Punk!", a look at the spike-haired rebelliousness of Salt Lake City's punk scene in the mid-1980s
Sold first script "Waking the Magician"; attached to direct
Made series debut as a regular on the short-lived "Hull High" (NBC)
Feature film debut as Skittery in "Newsies"; also appeared in s "Chaplin" (as Charles Chaplin Jr) and "Forever Young"
With fellow UCLA students formed the Buffalo Nights Theatre Company
Played recurring role as Ray Nelson in the ABC drama "Life Goes On"
A dark-haired, intense actor of Armenian descent, Michael Goorjian first got hired as a dancer for the short-lived musical comedy series "Hull High" (NBC, 1990) and the forgettable feature musical "Newsies" (1992). He also appeared in "Chaplin" (as Charles Chaplin Jr.) and "Forever Young" (both 1992) and earned a measure of success with a recurring role during the 1991-1992 season on the acclaimed ABC series "Life Goes On". He achieved his highest profile, however, for his Emmy-winning turn as an autistic teenager in the CBS telefilm "David's Mother" (1994), starring Kirstie Alley. Goorjian's commitment to the role was so complete that most of the crew believed he truly was autistic, and his amazingly authentic creation enabled him to beat out established pros like Alan Alda, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen and Matthew Broderick for the coveted statue. Added to the cast of the Fox drama "Party of Five" (1994-1999) as a suitor to Julia Salinger (Neve Campbell), he was popular enough to receive an upgrade from "recurring" character to series regular for the 1995-96 season. Goorjian harbored mixed feelings over the experience and opted not to sign a lucrative contract to become a series regular, relegating the character of Justin to and infrequent guest spots thereafter.
Bishop O'Dowd High School
American Conservatory Theatre
University of California at Los Angeles
On his role as Justin in "Party of Five": "I love that Justin is intelligent and not a nerd. Very often, when they want to show an intelligent teenager on TV, they have to be a nerd. Or be in gangs or just into fashions. Justin is about something. He's honest and respectable. He's not all teen angst or fluff." Goorjian does wish, however, that Justin wasn't so clingy and needy. And jealous. "That's the toughest thing to play. I'm, not the jealous type. If a woman ever said to me, 'My ex-boyfriend is in town and I want to be with him,' I would say, 'See ya!' But Justin keeps coming back for more abuse. Julia [Neve Campbell] dicks me over. She runs off with Griffin [Jeremy London]. I said to the producers, 'And I'm taking her back? Excuse me, why?' I know it's a story from Julia's perspective. But [in real life], I would never stand for that." --Michael Goorjian, quoted in SOAP OPERA DIGEST, c 1996