Height: 5' 10"
Guitar & Saxophone
Accents: Irish, Southern, New York
Michael McKiddy was seen at the age of 5 in his first television appearance on the "The Uncle Al TV Show" in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly after that his parents took him to see "Back to the Future," and from that moment on, he told everyone he met that he wanted to be an actor.
Growing up in Springboro, Ohio, Michael spent every spare moment of his teenage years writing and filming movies and skits with his childhood friends, stating this was "an incredible acting/filmmaking class in itself." But it took him 5 years after relocating with his family to Sterling Heights, Michigan, during his senior year at Utica High School, to gather enough nerve to audition for the school's Fall musical "Oklahoma!" He successfully landed a role, and was overwhelmed by the camaraderie involved in putting a show together.
Officially bitten by the acting bug, Michael spent the next 8 years studying acting and performing in front of sold out audiences in theaters throughout Southeastern Michigan, as he starred in over 40 plays and musicals. He won numerous awards, like the Gypsy Robe for his portrayal of Ellard Simms, a slow minded Southern boy, in Larry Shue's "The Foreigner." He also took home three different awards at Grosse Pointe Theatre for: Best Featured Male as Vinnie Bavasi in Neil Simon's "Proposals"; Best Supporting Male as Stanley in "Brighton Beach Memoirs"; and Best Leading Male as Nick in "Over the River and Through the Woods."
In addition to his onstage performances, Michael was involved in various local films in the Detroit area; having roles that would place him in front of and behind the camera, satisfying his eagerness to continue learning all aspects of filmmaking. At age 19, he landed the lead role of Patrick Hill, a recovering heroin addict who learns he has contracted AIDS, in the gritty feature film "After April."
After being cast in 4 additional local features, Michael was chosen to play the character Brad, a supporting role opposite Shanti Lowry ("The Game"), Melissa Schuman ("Love Don't Cost a Thing"), and Scott Vickaryous ("Get Real") in the film "Silent Scream", produced by Bob Brown (Jeff Daniel's partner at Purple Rose Films), which was picked up by Lionsgate.
Currently he can be seen as the lead role in the hilarious feature film "Deadheads" (which can currently be seen on Netflix instant streaming - as well as regularly on Showtime; the film sold out two screenings at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival, a third show was even added; then also in July 2011 it sold out a 530 seat theater at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival; "DeadHeads" was screened to sold out audiences at the 2011 Albuquerque Film Festival, then at UK's Film4 FrightFest in Liecester Square; Screamfest in LA; and then Toronto After Dark and the Austin Film Festival - where all three screenings sold out - among many other festivals).
Michael also starred in a short film called "Suck" (directed by Ben Ketai - "30 Days of Night: Dark Days") which screened at Screamfest 2007 at the Chinese Theatre in LA; Michael also played a guest star role in the upcoming Crackle.com series "Chosen" opposite Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes," "Gilmore Girls"), also written/directed by Ben Ketai; as well as written/acted in/produced/directed numerous short films (including "The Men's Room," which was a finalist in the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" short film contest) and a web series called "Paranormal, Burbank" (a loose spoof of the hit Sci Fi channel show "Ghost Hunters"), which can be seen all over the Internet. Up next Michael will be seen in the Colin Farrell/Noomi Rapace film "Dead Man Down" as a FedEx Guy who delivers a package to some scary people; as well as the series "Dropping the Soap" opposite Jane Lynch (and produced by Lisa Kudrow).
Also a writer, Michael watched his first full length play "The Scene with the Large Man" (which he also produced and directed), come to life when it premiered in Michigan in June 2005. Later in that same month, "Aisle Two" - a one act play he wrote - was produced off Broadway at the Sargent Theatre in New York City. In September 2011 his one act play "Evidence" was produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC.
He has completed the screenplays: "Reenactment," "Mulher," "In Between Fading," "Ether," "Shooting Blanks" - which he co-wrote with USC grad and former FX's "Justified" writer Ryan Farley - and "Aurora" - also with Ryan Farley - which is repped by CAA; as well as the stage plays "Love(HATE)," "Fake," and "Hilarity Ensues." His writing tends to span all genres, from dark comedy ("Reenactment") to heart warming dramedy ("In Between Fading") to epic action adventure ("Mulher," "Ether").
Michael was also the producer of the critically acclaimed World Premiere of Keith Huff's (author of "A Steady Rain," which ran on Broadway and starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig) "Pursued By Happiness" at The Road Theatre Company from March-June 2011.
Outside of the film business, Michael is a singer/songwriter and has recorded his music with his band Right on Wagner (three ROW songs are featured in his film "DeadHeads," especially the song "Say Hi" which plays throughout the last ten minutes of the film and into the credits). ROW's music can be found on iTunes (including an LP called "Bummer").
Michael lives in Glendale, California; and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity.