Michael Jeter

Actor, Secretary
Versatile, diminutive character player of the NYC stage with a balding pate and mild Tennessee twang who is best known for his Emmy award-winning portrayal of likeable dweeb Herman Stiles, assistant coach to Burt ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1952 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA


Actor (58)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

Smokey/Steamer (Actor)

Open Range 2003 (Movie)

Percy (Actor)

Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

Toto (Actor)

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)


Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

Udesky (Actor)

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)


South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

Uncle Jude (Actor)

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

Gerald Weems (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1990 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Evening Shade 1990 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Jakob the Liar 1999 (Movie)

Avron (Actor)

Picket Fences 1990 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Eduard Delacroix (Actor)

The Naked Man 1999 (Movie)


Touched By an Angel 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)


True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Dale Porterhouse (Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Speaker at D.A. Drug Convention (Actor)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Thursday 1998 (Movie)

Doctor Jarvis (Actor)

Veronica's Closet 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Air Bud 1997 (Movie)

Norm Snively (Actor)

Aladdin 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)


Mouse Hunt 1997 (Movie)

Quincy Thorpe (Actor)

Second Noah 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


Suddenly Susan 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


Zack & Reba 1997 (Movie)


Can't Hurry Love 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Men, Movies & Carol 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

Gregor (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

Earl Leedy (Actor)

Bank Robber 1993 (Movie)

1st Night Clerk (Actor)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Father Ignatius (Actor)

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Homeless Cabaret Singer (Actor)

Just Like in the Movies 1990 (Movie)

Vernon Jackson (Actor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Adolph (Actor)

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

Dr Krantz (Actor)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

Skinner (Actor)

Hothouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Arnie--"The Construction Crew" Member (Actor)

Sentimental Journey 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Soup For One 1982 (Movie)


The Mating Season 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


From Here to Eternity 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Hair 1979 (Movie)

Sheldon (Actor)

Gypsy (TV Show)


Mrs. Santa Claus (TV Show)


My Old Man (TV Show)


The Boys Next Door (TV Show)


The Mating Season (Movie)


The Ransom of Red Chief (TV Show)



Versatile, diminutive character player of the NYC stage with a balding pate and mild Tennessee twang who is best known for his Emmy award-winning portrayal of likeable dweeb Herman Stiles, assistant coach to Burt Reynolds on the southern fried sitcom "Evening Shade" (CBS, 1990-94). Jeter first gained acclaim--and a Tony award--for his featured turn as the dying clerical worker (played in the original film by Lionel Barrymore) in the Broadway hit "Grand Hotel, The Musical" (1990). His off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway credits have included "The Boys Next Door", "Greater Tuna", and "Cloud 9". Jeter's film and TV credits extend back to 1979 when he made his feature debut with a small role in Milos Forman's film version of "Hair". He has appeared in a number of TV-movies and miniseries including "Gypsy" (CBS, 1993), starring Bette Midler, and "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" (PBS, 1994).

Jeter has fared well playing extreme characters, such as in his small but indelible role as a homeless cabaret singer with AIDS in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" (1991). He was nominated for another Emmy for playing a decidedly eccentric frog breeder in a 1993 episode of the quirky CBS-TV drama "Picket Fences"--a part written specially for him. Back on the big screen, Jeter provided sturdy comic support to Whoopi Goldberg in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993), proved adept in the Wesley Snipes actioner "Drop Zone" (1994) as a nerdy computer whiz wanted by both the cops and the crooks.

In an emotional TV interview with Jann Carl of "Entertainment Tonight" in July 1997, Jeter disclosed that he had tested positive for HIV. He remained active in the industry, though, turning in a fine performance as a Cajun death row inmate in the Oscar-nominated "The Green Mile" (1999) and joining the cast of the long-running PBS children's series "Sesame Street" in 2000 as Mr. Noodle in the "Elmo's World" segments. After a turn in the high-profile sequel "Jurassic Park III" (2001) Jeter had a notable supporting turn as one of the loveable losers hoping for a big heist in "Welcome to Colinwood" (2002) and was tapped by director-star Kevin Costner to appear in the Western "Open Range" (2003). The actor had just completed a turn in a Performance Capture suit to film his dual role as the CGI characters Smokey and Steamer in the Robert Zemeckis-directed "The Polar Express" (2004), again opposite Hanks, when he died unexpectedly of undetermined causes.


Shaun Blue

Jeter identified his partner in a 1997 TV interview


Memphis State University

Memphis , Tennessee



Starred opposite Tom Hanks in director Robert Zemeckis' animated feature "Polar Express"


Appeared in director-star Kevin Costner's cattle drive Western "Open Range"


Co-starred in the comedy feature "Welcome To Collinwood"


Co-starred in "Jurassic Park III"


Had strong supporting role as a defense attorney in "The Gift"


Acted in "South of Heaven, West of Hell", directed by and starring Dwight Yoakam


Joined the cast of "Sesame Street" as Mr. Noodle in the "Elmo's World" segments


Co-starred as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile"


Disclosed that he is HIV-positive in an interview with Jann Carl of "Entertainment Tonight"


Delivered a memorable Emmy-nominated guest performance on an episode of "Picket Fences" as a reclusive and fetishistic frog breeder


Played Herman Stiles on the popular CBS sitcom, "Evening Shade"; won an Emmy for the role


Breakthrough stage role in "Grand Hotel, The Musical"; earned Tony playing the dying bookkeeper


Debut as a TV series regular, "Hothouse", playing a young psychiatrist


TV acting debut, "My Old Man", a CBS TV-movie


Film acting debut, Milos Forman's "Hair"

Worked as a secretary at a law firm

Bonus Trivia


"I love playing people over the edge... I played a bored colonial housewife in this Off Broadway show "Cloud 9" once, and one day on the street, waiting for the light to change, this well-dressed man came up and said, 'When you first walked out on stage I thought, 'Why would someone hire such an ugly woman?' But you grew on me.' And that was one of my favorite compliments I'd ever gotten."---Michael Jeter quoted in "Hollywood's Wizard of Weird" by Alan Carter, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, January 8, 1993.


"In this extraordinary comic fable "The Fisher King" (1991), Jeff Bridges plays a disc jockey searching for redemption. He crosses paths with homeless Robin Williams, who's searching for the Holy Grail. On their travels, they befriend gay, homeless, ex-cabaret performer Michael Jeter. He touchingly recalls the death of all his friends to AIDS, and does Ethel Merman proud in a knockout version of 'Everything's Coming Up Roses'. Jeter, who should have been nominated for an Academy Award, gives a bravura performance."---From "Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video" by Raymond Murray