Michael Patrick Thornton
|Michael Patrick Thornton|
|Occupation||TV and theatre actor, director, teacher and playwright|
Michael Patrick Thornton is an American actor and theater director. He recently played the character of Dr. Gabriel Fife in the ABC drama series Private Practice. He is a native of Jefferson Park, a neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side.
Thornton is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf and The Conservatory Program and Directing Program at Second City. In 2001 Michael (with Will Nedved) founded The Gift Theatre Company in Jefferson Park, Chicago. He is currently the theater's artistic director. He also teaches at Second City and The School at Steppenwolf.
Thornton’s play, The Princess and the Bear, was published in excerpt by Third Coast Press and is being workshopped for production through a grant from The Second City Foundation.
- Chicago Finalist: National Shakespeare Contest
- Northlight’s Jack Springer Award for Outstanding Performance
- The 2008 Tim Meier & Helen Coburn Meier Foundation Achievement Award
- The Second City Foundation’s 2009 Jim Zulevic Chicago Arts Award
- The Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance.
Thornton suffered a "spinal stroke" on St. Patrick's Day 2003 that left him comatose for three days and paralyzed from the neck down. He subsequently regained some of his mobility above the waist, although not full use of either hand.
|2007||Counting Backwards||Joe's Father||voice|
|2011||The Dilemma||B & V Worker|
|2009–2011||Private Practice||Dr. Gabriel Fife||11 episodes (season 3-4)|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Kent Eschelman (CPD Union Rep)||"St. Valentine's Day Massacre"|