Michael Fishman

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Michael Fishman
Born
Michael Aaron Fishman

(1981-10-22) October 22, 1981 (age 38)
ResidenceStudio City, Los Angeles, U.S.
OccupationActor, Writer, Producer, Director
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Jennifer Briner Fishman
(m. 1999; sep. 2017)
Children2

Michael Aaron Fishman (born October 22, 1981 in Los Angeles County, California)[1] is an American actor, writer, and producer known for playing D.J. Conner on the long-running series Roseanne and its spin-off show, The Conners.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Fishman was born in Los Angeles County, California, to a family of Jewish descent.[5]

Career[edit]

Roseanne: 1988–1997, 2018[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? it was the chicken's day off." She was impressed,[6] 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]

On April 28, 2017, it was announced that an eight-episode revival of Roseanne was in the works and being shopped around to various networks and that it would feature most of the original main cast. However, at the time, it was unknown if Fishman would reprise his role as D.J. Conner.[7] On May 16, 2017 it was confirmed that Fishman had signed on to appear in the revival, to air mid-season in 2018 on ABC.[8]

On March 30, 2018, the series was renewed for an 11th season to consist of 13 episodes, following the success of the revival's premiere night.[9] On May 29, 2018, in the wake of controversial remarks made by Barr on Twitter regarding Valerie Jarrett (an advisor of former president Barack Obama), ABC cancelled the revival after a single season,[10][11][12] but a spinoff series, The Conners (without Barr) was approved in June 2018 for fall broadcast.

1997–2017[edit]

Fishman continued to act while attending the Orange County High School of the Arts at Los Alamitos High School[13] 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 A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He then reconnected with Barr as a co-host of The Roseanne Show, which ran for two years before it was canceled in 2000.

Fishman has also worked on many television shows and films in other roles aside from acting, including executive producing, writing, directing, set building, production staff and camera operating. Some of his credits include, Great Job, Thanks!, The Real Roseanne Show & Sport Science.

In 2013, he was cast in Joseph Mazzello's directorial debut sports comedy-drama film Undrafted as Antonelli. The film was released on July 15, 2016.

The Conners: 2018–[edit]

On June 21, 2018, ABC announced a spin-off from Roseanne, titled The Conners, with all the original cast (excluding Barr) to return; the show premiered on October 16, 2018.[14] On March 22, 2019, ABC announced that the show had been renewed for a second season. Fishman was not listed as part of the returning main cast, but the network press release said that additional cast to be announced at a later date.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Fishman and Jennifer Briner married on October 22, 1999. They were separated as of June 16, 2017, according to a formal application for legal separation Briner filed on December 27, 2018. On April 22, 2019, Briner officially filed for divorce.[16] The couple has two children.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1997 Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home Mike Holliday
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Teen in Van
2016 Undrafted Antonelli
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1997, 2018 Roseanne D.J. Conner 220 episodes
1990 Little Rosey 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"
2018–present The Conners D.J. Conner 14 episodes
TBA Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets
2019 Killer Indiscretion Jack Gardner Lifetime movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Award

  • 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. ^ https://www.californiabirthindex.org/birth/michael_aaron_fishman_born_1981_14863934
  2. ^ Fishman, Michael. "IMDB".
  3. ^ Newcomb, Horace (1994). Television: the critical view (5th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-19-508528-0. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  4. ^ 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 is divorcing his wife. He also has a unique and funny personality, and a lot of talent and potential that I hope he continues to bring forth.
  5. ^ https://thejewishnews.com/2018/01/24/celebrity-jews-4/
  6. ^ Fishman, Michael. "Roseanne's Talk Show (about 29:00)".
  7. ^ "Roseanne' TV show revival in the works with main cast set to reprise roles". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 16, 2017). "'Roseanne' Revival Lands at ABC". Variety. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (30 March 2018). "'Roseanne' will (obviously) be back in 2018-19". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Media. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  10. ^ Pallotta, Frank; Stelter, Brian (May 29, 2018). "ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after star's Twitter comments". CNN Money. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Park, Andrea (May 29, 2018). "ABC cancels "Roseanne" after Barr's tweet". CBS News. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Chandelis R. Duster (May 29, 2018). "ABC cancels "Roseanne" after show's star compared Obama adviser to 'ape'". NBC News. NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  13. ^ 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 [...]
  14. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/roseanne-spinoff-abc-roseanne-barr-w521836
  15. ^ "ABC Picks Up Television's No. 1 New Comedy, 'The Conners,' for a Second Season". Walt Disney Television Press. March 22, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Stone, Natalie (April 23, 2019). "Michael Fishman's Wife Files for Divorce After Nearly 20 Years of Marriage". People Magazine. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  17. ^ Calvario, Liz (December 28, 2018). "'The Conners' Star Michael Fishman & Wife Split After 19 Years". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  18. ^ Fishman in Drysdale, Jennifer (December 30, 2018). "'The Conners' Star Michael Fishman Reveals Surprising Reason He Chose Legal Separation Over Divorce". TMZ.com. Retrieved December 31, 2018. Among the reasons for not getting a regular divorce is the shared desire to keep Jenny covered by my health insurance...

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