Michael Fishman

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Michael Fishman
Born Michael Aaron Fishman
(1981-10-22) October 22, 1981 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–2001,
2005–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Briner (1999-present) 2 children

Michael Aaron Fishman (born October 22, 1981) is an American actor best known for playing D.J. Conner on the long-running series Roseanne.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Fishman was born in Los Angeles, California. Fishman is now married and has two children.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Roseanne: 1988–1997[edit]

Fishman's acting career began after he met Roseanne Barr during an early audition. She asked him to tell her a joke. He said, "Why did the turtle cross the road? ... Chicken's day off." She was impressed,[4] and although he had no experience, Barr fought for Fishman to play D.J. Conner. He worked on Roseanne from age six to fifteen.[citation needed]

Post-Roseanne work: 1997–2000[edit]

After nine seasons, Roseanne ended in 1997. Fishman lamented, "the end of the show was one of the hardest times of my life. I was devastated. The cast and crew were my family. I'll always love so many of those people. They shaped me as a person and made me who I am".[citation needed]

Fishman continued to act while attending the Orange County High School of the Arts at Los Alamitos High School[5] in the Musical Theater and Technical Theater departments.

He appeared in guest roles on Walker, Texas Ranger and Seinfeld, and earned a recurring role alongside Andrew Dice Clay on Hitz just before it was canceled. Fishman also appeared in films, including Steven Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence: A.I.. He then reconnected with Barr as a co-host of The Roseanne Show, which ran for two years before it was canceled in 2000.

Return to entertainment industry: 2006–present[edit]

After the death of Glenn Quinn, Fishman reconnected with his entertainment industry roots. He began working behind the camera to gain the technical skills "necessary to move toward directing and producing", and has done set building, set design, camera operating, assistant directing and props.[citation needed] Fishman was the primary builder and fabricator in an art department group nominated for an Emmy in "Outstanding Set Design / Art Direction" on "Sports Science".[citation needed]

Since 2006, Fishman has been taking acting classes to "refine my acting skills in order to return as an adult".[citation needed] During these years, he has also begun to write and create his own material. In a recent interview he declared, "I'm back pursuing my first love. You don't always know how much you love something until it's gone. Losing Glenn Quinn reminded me how little time we have and motivated my pursuit of acting again full time". Fishman's goal is "to not only earn good work as an actor, but write and produce good work for others. I take professionalism very seriously. Whoever hires me is getting a motivated blue-collar worker ready to show what I can do as an adult”.[citation needed]

On August 3, 2011, Fishman appeared on the Passover episode (season 1 episode 7) of Barr's reality show Roseanne's Nuts.

Fishman wrapped "Undrafted" starring with Aaron Tveit, Chace Crawford, Tyler Hoechlin, Joseph Mazzello, Philip Winchester, Matt Barr, James Belushi, Billy Gardell and Manny Montana [expected out 2014]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1997 Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home Mike Holliday
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Teen in Van
2014 Undrafted Antonelli
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1997 Roseanne D.J. Conner 221 episodes
1990 Little Rosie Various Characters Voice Role
12 Episodes
1996 Hey Arnold! Joey Voice Role
Episode: "Spelling Bee/Pigeon Man"
1997 Seinfeld Gregg Episode: "The Apology"
1997 Hitz Jimmy 3 Episodes
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Snake Episode: "Lost Boys"
1999 The Roseanne Show Co-Host 54 Episodes
2011 Roseanne's Nuts Himself Episode: "Passover"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy

  • 2007: Nominated, "Outstanding Production Design / Art Direction" - Sports Science

TV Land Award

  • 2008: Won, "Innovator Award" - Roseanne

Young Artist Award

  • 1989: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Under Nine Years of Age" - Roseanne
  • 1991: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Under Nine Years of Age" - Roseanne
  • 1995: Won, "Best Performance: Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series" - Roseanne

YoungStar Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, "Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series" - Roseanne

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fishman, Michael. "IMDB". 
  2. ^ Newcomb, Horace (1994). Television: the critical view (5th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-19-508528-0. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Barr, Roseanne (2011). Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm. Simon and Schuster. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-4391-5482-3. Retrieved April 4, 2011. Michael Fishman has two kids and a wonderful wife; he also has a unique and funny personality, and a lot of talent and potential that I hope he continues to bring forth. 
  4. ^ Fishman, Michael. "Roseanne's Talk Show (about 29:00)". 
  5. ^ Barrett, Barbara DeMarco (December 1997). "A guide to Orange County's specialized public schools". Orange Coast Magazine (Emmis Communications) 23 (12): 173. ISSN 0279-0483. Retrieved April 4, 2011. Current students include Michael Fishman of Roseanne fame [...]. Orange County High School of the Arts, Los Alamitos High School [...] 

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