Michael Park

Michael Frank Park was born July 20, 1968.  He was a "rambunctious" child who grew up with a brother and two sisters in Canandaigua, NY. He attended Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, planning on becoming an architect, until his girlfriend (and future wife) Laurie Nowak persuaded him to try out for musical-theater roles.  He then began to pursue acting as a profession.

Michael and his wife Laurie, who he married Jan. 6, 1996, live with their children in upstate New York. Laurie is a musical therapist. They are the parents to three children; Christopher Michael (b. 6/21/97), Kathleen Rose (b.2/14/00) and Annabelle Jayne (b.4/05/04).   In his free time, Michael enjoys playing golf and softball.

After college, Michael did local theater and a national tour.  He then moved to New York City, where he  worked steadily in theater. When the prime-time soap 13 BOURBON ST., in which he was to star, wasn't picked up in 1997, he joined As the World Turns as former FBI agent Jack Snyder.  Originally he had auditioned for the part of Paul Ryan but did not get that part. He quickly became a favorite with the fans and remains in the role as Detective Jack Snyder today.

Michael was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2001 and for Best Lead Actor in 2007.  His Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominations were; Outstanding Younger Leading Man (1999) and Best Male Newcomer (1998.)  He was also nominated for Favorite Couple, with Maura West (Carly) in 2001.

Michael is also known for his great singing voice which the fans always love to hear.  He frequently attends fan events and performs at various specialty events and charity functions.

Upcoming for Michael is a workshop presentation of Pure Country, the new Broadway-bound musical based on the movie of the same name. Its world premiere will be in the 2008-09 Broadway season.  In the workshop Michael will play the leading character Rusty, a country singer who reassesses his life.  The workshop will culminate in three private industry presentations to be held May 22-23.

Michael's theater credits include:

Regional stage:
Ken Hill's Phantom Of The Opera (Raoul, National Tour)
Ellen Universe Joins The Band (Bobby)
Peephole (John)
Shenandoah (James)
Good News (Tom)
It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman (Superman)
Chess (Freddie)
Into The Woods (Cinderella's Prince)
A Chorus Line (Bobby/Don)
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Hero)


New York City stage:
Milk And Honey (David, off-Broadway)
Hello Again (College Boy, Lincoln Center)
Carousel (understudy for Billy, Lincoln Center)
Smokey Joe's Cafe (original cast, Broadway)
Violet (Monty, off-Broadway)
Little Me (Lucky, Broadway)
Bloomer Girl (City Center's Encores)
Applause (Bill Sampson, City Center's Encores)

 

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