Michael Damian

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Michael Damian
At the 1990 premiere of Air America.
Born Michael Damian Weir
(1962-04-26) April 26, 1962 (age 52)
Bonsall, California

Michael Damian Weir (born April 26, 1962) is an American actor, Billboard #1 recording artist and producer, best known for his role as singer Danny Romalotti on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, which he played from 1980 to 1998 and reprised as a guest star on several different occasions, the most recent being in spring/summer 2012.


At a performance at The Troubadour, with the Weir family band (The Weirz), Damian's talent was first recognized, and he was encouraged to pursue a solo career. After a 1981 appearance on American Bandstand in support of his debut single, a cover of the Eric Carmen tune, "She Did It," Michael Damian Weir was approached about playing the part of a struggling singer (Danny Romalotti) on the daytime television series, The Young and the Restless, and he agreed to this role.[1][2] Damian said in 2013, and a few months before Jeanne Cooper was the last of the elder Daytime Soap Stars to have passed away, he had said about his TV mother, on Dayplayer Dish @ BlogTalkRadio.com, about being the epitome of Daytime Television was, "I think she's 'pretty much,' the matriarch of Daytime, I mean, she's really an extraordinary woman, and brought so much to Daytime Television, and with a woman with that body of work, and not to mention the fact that she is so kind and generous and a wonderful person and so much fun to be around. I can't say any positive things about Jeanne Cooper, she's extraordinary," and even before her death, he also commented as to why Jeanne was still there (at the time), when nearly nobody else in the Daytime Soap Community was not, "First of all, she's an extraordinary woman, people loved working with her and she's a consummate professional and she delivers, everytime; and most importantly, the fans love her. I think that's really the key thing here is that it's because of all of you that Jeanne is still on the show and so popular, and because you know what it is, so, you can say, really thanks to you, to all of you, for supporting her and working her on the show and because you make the show, what it is."[3] In a 2012 interview with Dayplayer Dish.com, Damian responded (if Jeanne Cooper, in real-life, knew anything about rock music, when Damian first came to The Young and The Restless), he said: "Mrs. Chancellor was the one that paid for Danny Romalotti's 1st music video; and I think she lent him like $25,000 to make the video; and I hoped Danny paid her back!" The last thing he said, "She always gives me a hug, but I had to work with her since, I've been back. Everytime I see her, she gives me a big hug and I'm crazy about her and I think she's a wonderful woman. I love her charm, her character, her incredible talent and she's overall - a lot of fun to work with."[4]

After twelve years with The Young and the Restless, Damian landed the starring role in the Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With Damian cast as Joseph, at the Pantages Theatre (Hollywood), the production set a single day box-office record and also set a historical record for the highest weekly gross for a Broadway revival while playing at the Minskoff Theatre, week ending January 2, 1994.[5][6] Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat had 231 performances at the Minskoff Theatre from November 10, 1993 to May 29, 1994; the 1993, Polydor Records, cast album earned a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Musical Show Album category.[7][8] Damian revisited the role of Danny Romalotti on The Young and the Restless in March 2008, as part of the show's 35th anniversary celebration and the role of Romalotti was revisited again in 2012.[9]

In addition to his television and theatre career, Damian has released five albums and has had eight top 40 hits, including his number-one cover of the David Essex song "Rock On" from the soundtrack to Dream a Little Dream, which earned him his first gold record. He also won a BMI Song-writing Award for his hit single, "Was It Nothing at All". Damian later remade "Rock On" along with some of his past hits on his album released March 3, 2009, on Caption Records.[10]

In 1981, Michael Damian's first release, "She Did It," was a remake of a number 23 hit from 1977 by singer/songwriter Eric Carmen. Damian also recorded an alternate version of the theme song to NBC TV series Saved by the Bell which was used during the first and second seasons.[11]

Damian made his feature film directorial debut with the award-winning indie comedy Hot Tamale, which he co-wrote with his wife Janeen, who is the daughter of actor James Best, who was the former boyfriend of Jeanne Cooper. Following in the family film genre, Damian directed and some cases co-wrote the films, Moondance Alexander in 2007, "Flicka 2" in 2010, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years summer 2011, Flicka: Country Pride and the well received Christmas tale A Princess for Christmas also released in 2011.[12] In 2012, Damian directed and co-wrote, with wife Janeen Damian, the 90 minute romantic comedy, The Sweeter Side of Life, the film premiered on the Hallmark Channel on January 19, 2012. He is also a host and jury member of the Independent Music Network.


Studio albums[edit]

Michael Damian Albums [13][14][15]
Year Title Label Hot 200
1984 Love is a Mystery Columbia
1986 Michael Damian CBS
1989 Where Do We Go from Here Cypress 61
1989 Dream a Little Dream (Soundtrack) Cypress 94
1991 Dreams of Summer A&M
1993 Reach out to Me Zomba records
1994 Time of the Season Wildcat Records (UNI)
Wild Cat (Indie)
2003 Shadows in the Night Bcd
2005 The Christmas Album Studio City Sound
2007 Getting So Much Better Caption Records
2009 Rock On Caption Records
Weir Brothers Entertainment


Michael Damian Single Charts [16]
Year Song Title Chart Peak
1981 "She Did It" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 69
1981 "She Did It" U.S. Cash Box Top 100 95
1989 "Rock On" (From Dream A Little Dream) The Billboard Hot 100 1
1989 "Cover Of Love" The Billboard Hot 100 31
1989 "Was It Nothing At All" Adult Contemporary 7
1989 "Was It Nothing At All" The Billboard Hot 100 24
1991 "What A Price To Pay" The Billboard Hot 100 60
1992 "(There'll Never Be) Another You" Adult Contemporary 26
1995 "Domino" Hot Rap Singles 8
2002 "Shadows In The Night" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 5
2009 "Rock On" (2009) Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 28



  1. ^ "American Bandstand 1981 11:81 Michael Damian". Season Number 30 Episode Number 11 AB 81. dick clark media archives. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b EVERETT, TODD (25 February 1993). "THEATER NOTES : Soap Imitates Life : 'The Young and the Restless' takes a cue from reality as Michael Damian and his TV character go onstage at the Pantages Theater.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 July 2012. Damian's eldest brother, Larry Weir, started what he called the Ventura County Youth Experimental Theater, which produced three original musicals: "Island," "The House on Crossroads Alley" and "Hobo's Jungle." All featured the Weir siblings, three boys and seven girls. 
  3. ^ http://hosts.blogtalkradio.com/dayplayerdish/2013/03/29/dayplayer-dish-welcomes-danny-romalotti-michael-damian
  4. ^ http://hosts.blogtalkradio.com/medianiteradio/2012/04/27/michael-damian-interview-return-of-danny-yr-new-film
  5. ^ Snow, Shauna (10 March 1993). "Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 January 2013. Briefly: Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" has set a house record at the Pantages Theater. The musical, starring Michael Damien, sold $128,790 on Sunday, the theater's top single-day sale ever. . . . 
  6. ^ Daryl H. Miller (5 January 1994). "`SUNSET BOULEVARD' CRUISES TO A BOX-OFFICE RECORD". Desert News / Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 18 January 2013. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" broke not only the house record at the Minskoff Theatre but set a new peak for highest weekly gross for any revival in Broadway history, according to show publicist John Barlow. It had gross ticket sales of $729,605 for the week ending Jan. 2. 
  7. ^ "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Michael Damian: MSN". Biography. Rovi - MSN. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Super Couple Christine and Danny Are Back!". The Young and the Restless. Sony Pictures Television. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Rock On - Overview, Allmusic.com
  11. ^ "AllMusic: Michael Damian". Songs. AllMusic by Rovi. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "AllMovie: Michael Damian". Filmography. AllMovie by Rovi. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Michael Damian: Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Dream a Little Dream: Awards". Dream a Little Dream (Soundtrack). AllMusic: Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Michael Damian discography @Discogs.com Retrieved 6-23-2013.
  16. ^ "AllMusic Awards". Michael Damian: Singles. AllMusic: Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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