Michael Ray Bower

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Michael Ray Bower
Born Anthony Michael Ray Bower[citation needed]
(1975-02-12) February 12, 1975 (age 40)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Michael Bower (born February 12, 1975) is an American actor best known for his role as Eddie "Donkeylips" Gelfen on the television program Salute Your Shorts,[1] which was aired from 1991 to 1992 on Nickelodeon and for which he won a Young Artist Award.[2]


Born in Tarzana, California, Bower made his film debut at age 11, in Michael Jackson's 1988 Moonwalker,[3] and in 2001 joined the cast of Ivan Reitman's film Evolution.[4][5][6] He had appearances in episodic television series such as Webster, Tales from the Crypt, Empty Nest, Superior Court, Hull High, The Wonder Years, and Doogie Howser, M.D., before being brought into Salute Your Shorts[7] for 20 episodes as the major character of Eddie 'Donkeylips' Gelfen. After that series, he continued with guest roles on well-known television series, including that of Monica Geller's (Courteney Cox Arquette) prom date on an episode of Friends.[1][8] He has also appeared in movies such as Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School[9] and Evolution.[10][11] Bower had a small role in an episode of the FOX series Dark Angel, and played in the indie film Social Misfits, and the film Dinner with Raphael (directed by Joey Boukadakis).[12]

Bower appeared as a contestant on the game show Fun House in the late 1980s as well as Nick Arcade in the early 1990s. He also appears in the music video for "Download This Song" by MC Lars. He has also appeared as a contestant on Singled Out and had a guest role on The Wonder Years as Peter Armbruster in 3 episodes in the early 1990s. He provides the voice of "Eugene Reaper" in Grand Theft Auto IV.[13]

Bower can also be seen on commercials for Mountain Dew's AMP Energy Drinks as a high-voltage, dancing mechanic.[1][14]

Michael Ray Bower can also be seen routinely guest appearing on the comedy podcast Red Bar Radio with Mike David.


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  1. ^ a b c Stephanie Webber (October 19, 2011). "Interview: 'Salute Your Shorts Michael Bower Talks Past Roles And What He's Been Up To". Ology. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Fourteenth Annual Youth in Film Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Staff (April 5, 2010). "Special appearances by...". Black Men Magazine (archived page). Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Staff (January 12, 2002). "Film Shorts". Hollywood Reporter (archived page). Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Staff (November 18, 2001). "Films in Production". Hollywood Reporter (archived page). Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ Higgens, Bill (July 20, 2002). "Film Shorts". Variety (archived page). Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ Interview with blankmaninc.com (July 15th, 2012)
  8. ^ Stephanie Webber (November 15, 2011). "Exclusive: Actor Michael Bower Reveals Secrets From The 'Friends' Prom Video Episode". Ology. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Kristin MacDonald (April 17, 2006). "'Charm' sweet, easy". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "`Evolution' limits its amusements". The Washington Times. June 8, 2001. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Barbara Vancheri (June 8, 2001). "What's summer without aliens?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dinner with Raphael". Funny or Die. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Grand Theft Auto IV". MetaCritic. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Gil Kaufman (February 4, 2008). "Best-Worst Super Bowl Music". MTV. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 

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