27 April 1964 |
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
|Years active||1991 – present|
After graduating from the Theatre Arts Program at George Brown College in 1989, Michael Mahonen auditioned for a young company formed for The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. His first job as a professional actor involved the role of James Keller in "The Miracle Worker," as well as the roles of Lucius and Popilious Lena in "Julius Caesar."
In 1990 he was chosen for the role of Gus Pike for the CBC television program Road to Avonlea. He garnered three Gemini Award nominations in 1993, 1994 and 1995 for his work on this Television series. In 1992 he starred as a jazz trumpet player with Billy Dee Williams in the film Giant Steps. He then played Lee Colgan in the CBC miniseries Conspiracy of Silence directed by Frances Mankiewicz.
In 1994 he co-starred with Michael Riley in the television special "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios". Michael played the character of Paul, a young man dying of the AIDS virus after contracting it from a blood transfusion a few years earlier.
In the summer of 1994 he played the role of Jacob Mercer in "Salt Water Moon". This was part of David French's Mercer family saga set in Newfoundland.
He also guest starred in numerous American and Canadian television projects including an episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled "Nemesis", in which he played a humanoid named "Brone." In 1997, Michael Mahonen starred in Judith Thompson's "Sled" at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre. He then returned to film, co-starring in the 1998 film "Captured". He went on to make several more films including "Blindness" (2008).
In 2003, Michael began work on his first feature film "Sandstorm". The film involved a fact-based drama about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. He wrote, directed and produced the entire film for under $5,000. The cast was made of volunteers. The film received 29 awards including Best Feature Film, Best Drama, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
|1990-1996||Road to Avonlea||Gus Pike||28 episodes|
|1991||Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop||Norman Baker||Episode: "Abused Child"|
|1991||Conspiracy of Silence||Lee Colgan||TV movie|
|1992||Top Cops||Keith Gordon||Episode: "Robert Ruh"|
|1992||Personal Effects||Philip||Short film|
|1992||Giant Steps||Arvo Leek|
|1992||By Way of the Stars||Ben Davis||TV mini-series|
|1992||Secret Service||Chandler||Episode: "Social Insecurity/Inside Job"|
|1993||Collateral Damage||Nick||Short film|
|1997||Star Trek: Voyager||Brone||Episode: "Nemesis"|
|1997||Viper||Dirk Hanley||Episode: "Wilderness Run"|
|2000||Canada: A People's History||John Jewitt||Episode: "When the World Began..."|
|2000||Strong Medicine||Anonymous / Joe||Episode: "Second Look"|
|2001||An Intrigue of Manners||Dorimant|
|2003||A Taste of Shakespeare||Malcolm||Episode: "Macbeth"|
|2004||This Is Wonderland||Patrick Bellamy||Episode: "1.5"|
|2007||All Hat||Steve Allman|
|2009||Crangle's Collision||Sydney||Short film|
|2004||Sandstorm||2005 - Won - Humanitarian Film Award
2004 - Won - Grand Jury Prize - Best Feature Film