Michael J. Burg
|Michael J. Burg|
Burg on the rooftop of his NYC home; the HEARST BUILDING is in the background
|Born||December 28, 1968
Kansas City, Missouri
Michael James Burg (born December 28, 1968) is an American actor.
Burg was born on December 28, 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Rock Port, Missouri; the only child of James K. Burg, a farmer and LaVerta (Lane), a nurse. His parents divorced when he was a boy. Burg lived in Missouri until the age of 19, working in radio, at stations KTRX 93.5 and KKJO, until moving to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Burg's first professional job was at the age of 21 for All My Children, playing the small role of "Brian" for two years in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania's High School storyline. During his early twenties he supported himself doing extra work, under-five work and varied principal roles on many daytime and primetime dramas. Burg was invited to become a member of the Actors Studio at the age of 21. He appeared in many productions there; including The Employment Agency opposite Sylvia Miles, and an acclaimed 1997 production of The Glass Menagerie.
Burg's career finally gained momentum when he was cast as Truman Capote opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in The Audrey Hepburn Story. He would then be cast in many other roles, including appearances in Able Danger, Hungry Years, Taking Woodstock, Capote, Anything But Love, and Noise.
In 2010, Burg took on the role of executive producer, with the feature film Turbine.
Burg has played the role of Truman Capote three times, in The Audrey Hepburn Story, The Hoax, and on the 2009 television series Life on Mars. Burg also appeared as Tennessee Williams in the 2005 film Capote.
Burg resides in the Columbus Circle area of Manhattan. As well as being an actor and producer, he is an acting coach. After his father's death, when he was still in high school, Burg inherited his paternal family's 6th generation farmland in Atchison County, Missouri, which now doubles as a wind farm. Burg visits Rock Port, Missouri regularly throughout the year and is a member of The United Methodist Church there.