BIOGRAPHY


Michael Riley was born on February 4, 1962 in London, Ontario, Canada. He lived there until he was in Grade 2, except for a couple of years when he was an infant. It wasn't until his high school years at Lord Elgin High School in Burlington, Ontario, that he latched onto acting.

A 1984 graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal, Michael Riley is an accomplished stage actor. One of the first professional theatre jobs he did was "You Can't Take It with You" with Heath Lamberts in 1988.  Since then he was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award in theatre for Best Actor four times in six years.

On the big screen, Michael Riley is most often seen in independent productions, including "Diplomatic Immunity" (1991), "Mustard Bath" (1993), the 1997 movie "Pale Saints", for which he was nominated for a Genie award, "Black Swan" (2001), "Mile Zero" (2002). and "Punch" (2003).

On the small screen, he was part of the Canadian miniseries "Chasing Rainbows" (1988) and "The Private Capital" (1990), and the TV movies "From Homeless to Harvard" (2003),"To Catch a Killer" (1992), the Emmy-nominated story of serial killer John Wayne Gracy, "Butterbox Babies" (best TV movie Gemini winner in 1996), and "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" for which he received a Gemini Award for best actor.

He made guest appearances on TV shows such as Due South and The Outer Limits, and starred as smug ex-New York agent Brett Parker in CTV's Power Play : one of the few ongoing roles he has taken on and, as a result,  it earned him two Gemini awards for best lead in a dramatic series.

In October 2003, Michael received his 4th Gemini award for his role on the TV movie The Interrogation of Michael Crowe.

For 3 seasons, from 2004 to 2006, he starred in the CBC series This Is Wonderland.  His portrayal of the inimitable Elliott Sacks earned Michael a Gemini nomination in 2004 and a win the following year.

Since January 2009, he plays Dr. Tom is CBC's Being Erica.

Michael Riley is known for being a friendly, personable Canadian who's never adopted a Los Angeles attitude despite having lived there for eight years.  He currently lives in a Toronto suburb and is shooting Being Erica's fourth season.

Riley's career has been remarkable for the range of roles he has played -- "Everything from a dog to a serial rapist to a cross dressing opera singer," he jokes.


To read more about Michael Riley, visit the Q&A section for articles and interview transcripts.


The above is a compilation of facts pulled from various sources on the Internet, I cannot guarantee their accuracy.