Michael Goorjian

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1971 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Covert Affairs 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk's Dead 2014 (Movie)

Heroin Bob (Actor)

Around June 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Lewis (Actor)

Eyes 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amerikana 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Broken 2007 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Illusion 2006 (Movie)

Christopher Baines (Actor)

Alias 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Killer Instinct 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mesmerist 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Go for Broke 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Do Not Disturb 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deal of a Lifetime 1999 (Movie)

Henry Spooner (Actor)

Life in a Day 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Slc Punk! 1999 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Do Not Disturb 1998 (Movie)

Billy Boy Manson (Actor)

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Something More 1998 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

The Invisibles 1997 (Movie)

Jude (Actor)

Leaving Las Vegas 1995 (Movie)

College Boy No 1 (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Charles Chaplin Jr (Actor)

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

Steven (Actor)

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Skittery (Actor)

Never Forget 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Justice (TV Show)

Actor

David's Mother (TV Show)

Actor

Reefer Madness (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

The Illusion 2006 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Mesmerist 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Illusion 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Invisibles 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

Bishop O'Dowd High School

Oakland , California

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
studied with Michael Gordon, Delia Salvi, John Hall and David Belleci

Milestones

2006

Wrote directed and co-starred with Kirk Douglas in "The Illusion" a film based on a french play

2005

Cast in Showtime's "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical," the musical comedy adaptation of the classic 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film

1999

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

1999

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

1999

Starred as Dr. Peter Hamilton in UPN movie "Life in a Day"

1999

Choreographed the L.A. stage production "Reefer Madness"

1998

Delivered memorable death scene as Kenny in "Hard Rain"

1998

Directed first feature, the documentary "Oakland Underground" (still in post-production as of 1999)

1996

Sold first script "Waking the Magician"; attached to direct

1995

Cast against type as a bad guy who participates in the rape of Elisabeth Shue in "Leaving Las Vegas"

1994

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"

1994

Played Justin Thompson, boyfriend of Julia (Neve Campbell), on the Fox series "Party of Five"; role made regular for the 1995-1996 season only

1992

Feature film debut as Skittery in "Newsies"; also appeared in s "Chaplin" (as Charles Chaplin Jr) and "Forever Young"

1991

With fellow UCLA students formed the Buffalo Nights Theatre Company

1991

TV-movie debut, "Never Forget" (TNT)

1991

Played recurring role as Ray Nelson in the ABC drama "Life Goes On"

1990

Made series debut as a regular on the short-lived "Hull High" (NBC)

Born and raised in Oakland, California

Bonus Trivia

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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

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