Michael Michele

Actor
Actress Michael Michele excelled in roles that belied her beauty and poise, frequently finding herself cast as strong-willed attorneys, doctors and police detectives. Michele initially garnered notoriety in ... Read more »
Born: 08/29/1966 in Evansville, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Gossip Girl 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Relative Stranger 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

House 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kevin Hill 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

Beth Williamson (Actor)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

Spears (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Veronica Porsche (Actor)

ER 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Won't Anybody Listen 2001 (Movie)

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Golden Hanger Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Peter Benchley's Creature 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Sixth Man 1997 (Movie)

R C St John (Actor)

Central Park West 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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New York Undercover 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Dangerous Curves 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Trade Winds 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

Selina (Actor)

Homicide: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunt for the BTK Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actress Michael Michele excelled in roles that belied her beauty and poise, frequently finding herself cast as strong-willed attorneys, doctors and police detectives. Michele initially garnered notoriety in director-star Mario Van Peebles' gritty blaxploitation movie "New Jack City" (1991). From there, it was on to a brief starring role on the adventure series "Dangerous Curves" (CBS, 1992-93) and a recurring character throughout the first season of the urban crime drama, "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98). Demonstrating an aptitude for playing professional women in the public service sector, Michele took on roles on two of the most acclaimed programs of the day - first, as Det. Rene Sheppard on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99), followed by three seasons as Dr. Cleo Finch on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). With the increased recognition came more parts in feature films, most notably as Veronica Porsche Ali, former wife of "The Greatest" opposite Will Smith in director Michael Mann's biopic, "Ali" (2001). Other film appearances included supporting work in the grim L.A. cop-drama "Dark Blue" (2002) and the romantic-comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003). The actress was also seen on the short-lived legal-drama "Kevin Hill" (UPN, 2004-05), followed by several recurring appearances on such series as "Gossip Girl" (The CW, 2007- ) in 2011. Michele ably projected inner-resolve and mental toughness to each of her deceptively attractive characters.

Relationships

Eriq La Salle Actor

Companion

Jimmy Rodriguez

Companion

J. Rodriguez

Son
born Dec 21, 2004 father is Jimmy Rodriguez

Jerry Williams

Father
Caucasian

Thersa Williams

Mother
African American

EDUCATION

Howard Roosa Elementary School

Evansville , Indiana

Milestones

2007

Guest-starred on an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," directed by her previous "ER" co-star Eric La Salle

2004

Had a starring role in the short-lived UPN television series "Kevin Hill"

2003

Played a dedicated Los Angeles police officer in the gritty cop drama "Dark Blue"

2003

Appeared in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

2001

Cast as the fighter's wife Veronica in the biopic "Ali", about boxer Muhammed Ali

2000

Reprised role of Det. Sheppard in "Homicide: The Movie" (NBC)

1999

Joined the cast of the NBC medical drama "ER" as Dr. Cleo Finch

1998

Joined the cast of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" as Detective Rene Sheppard for the final season

1997

Had leading role in "The Sixth Man"

1995

Was art gallery owner Nikki Sheridan on "Central Park West/CPW" (CBS)

1994

Played recurring role of a lawyer romanced by a detective (Malik Yoba) in the Fox drama "New York Undercover"

1993

Starred in the NBC miniseries "Trade Winds"

1992

TV debut as a regular in the CBS series "Dangerous Curves"

1991

Played gangster moll in "New Jack City"

Made appearances in TV commercials for such products as Revlon, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Old Spice

Offered a role in Eddie Murphy's film Harlem Nights (1989); role was dissolved when she spurned his advances and she filed a sexual harassment suit against him; suit was ultimately settled out of court

Appeared in music videos starring Freddie Jackson

Bonus Trivia

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Michele was named after a woman--her mother's best friend, who was named Michael Ann.

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"I come from a family that is not entertainment oriented--my mother works in pharmaceuticals, my father is a businessman, my sister works in banking and finance--but it was a dream and I spent a lot of time going to the theatre. I used to sneak into the Negro Ensemble Theatre and put my name on the audition list thinking, I want to be part of these stage productions." --Michael Michele in VENICE, April 1997

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"As an African American woman your opportunities are so slim that you really struggle to find good roles. So when you're offered a role on a primetime series, do you turn it down because you know you'll struggle against just being an extension of the boyfriend? No, you don't. You get into the trenches and you make it work." --Michael Michele

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"I was delighted to hire her. When she came in and first read for Veronica, she was able to hit that in-between 'not performance' part. She's a very authentic actress." -Director Michael Mann (Ali)

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