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February 13, 1944 |
Safford, Arizona, United States
Michael Ensign (born February 13, 1944) is an American actor.
Ensign was born in Safford, Arizona, and was raised in both the United States and England. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and spent the first ten years of his professional career working in the theatre in Britain.
He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s, appearing in productions of As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, and Cymbeline amongst others. He has appeared in Irene, Curse of the Starving Class, and The Red Devil Battery Sign in the West End.
Ensign's film credits include Superman (1978), Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982), WarGames (1983), Ghostbusters (1984), Dr. Hackenstein (1988), Titanic (1997, as Benjamin Guggenheim), Solaris (2002), and Seabiscuit (2003).
Ensign's many television appearances include Boston Legal, Alias, Monk, JAG, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Star Trek: Enterprise, The X Files, Friends, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, MacGyver, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, M*A*S*H, The A-Team, and The Dukes Of Hazzard. He appeared in the TV miniseries The Winds of War and Dream West.
Ensign also voices Dr. Nefarious Tropy in most of the Crash Bandicoot games, with the exception of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, in which Corey Burton voiced the character. He gave his voice for Dr. Sebastian Wolfe in 2011 video game inFamous 2. In 2009 Michael Ensign was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Theatre from the College of Fine Arts at University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
"Ensign is a classic example of "Hey! It's that guy!" --a versatile character actor with a long and illustrious career, but who you probably can't identify by name, or even where you've seen him", before going on to list some of Ensign's key film appearances.
Michael is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- Assassin (1973)
- Midnight Express (1978) as Stanley Daniels
- Superman (1978) as Newscaster (Superman's 1st Night)
- Raise the Titanic (1980) as Lieutenant Northacker
- Buddy Buddy (1981) as Assistant Manager
- Vice Squad (1982) as Chauffeur
- Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982) as Hotel Manager
- Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (1982) as Announcer
- Six Weeks (1982) as Choreographer
- Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) as Billy
- WarGames (1983) as Beringer's Aide
- The Star Chamber (1983) as Judge Kirkland
- The Man Who Wasn't There (1983) as Assistant Secretary
- Mr. Mom (1983) as Exec. #2
- Ghostbusters (1984) as Hotel Manager
- All Of Me (1984) as Mr. Mifflin
- The Ratings Game (1984) as Le Boeuf Maitre d'
- Maxie (1985) as Cleopatra Director
- House (1986) as Chet Parker
- The Couch Trip (1988) as Hendricks
- Inherit the Wind (1988) as Reverend Brown
- License To Drive (1988) as School Teacher / Bus Driver
- Dr. Hackenstein (1988) as Dean Slesinger
- Life Stinks (1991) as Knowles
- Born Yesterday (1993) as Phillipe
- Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) as Father Frank Nolan
- Rough Magic (1995) as Powerbroker
- Fatal Pursuit (1995) as Pinkrose
- Titanic (1997) as Benjamin Guggenheim
- Secrets of a Chambermaid (1998) as Hollingsworth
- Not Another Teen Movie (2001) as Father O'Flannagan
- Solaris (2002) as Friend #1
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) as Simon Oliver
- Bringing Down the House (2003) as Daniel Barnes
- Down with Love (2003) as J.R.
- Seabiscuit (2003) as Steamer Owner
- The Drone Virus (2004) as Dr. Jamison
- 29 Reasons to Run (2006) as Callahan
- The Five-Year Engagement (2012) as Grandpa Harold
- "Search: Person: Ensign, Michael". collections.shakespeare.org.uk. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- "Dr. Hackenstein". Troma Entertainment. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Michael Ensign: Filmography". www.bfi.org.uk. British Film Institute. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
- "Distinguished Alumni". finearts.utah.edu. College of Fine Arts, University of Utah. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- Ewalt, David M. (22 March 2011). "Michael Ensign: "Hey, It's That Guy"". Forbes. Jersey City, New Jersey. Retrieved 23 February 2017.