Michael Muhney

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Michael Muhney
Michael Muhney 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Muhney at the 2010 Emmy Awards.
Born (1975-06-12) June 12, 1975 (age 41)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Jaime Muhney (m. 2000)
Children 3
Website michaelmuhney.com

Michael Muhney (born June 12, 1975)[1] is an American actor. His best known roles include Sheriff Don Lamb on the UPN/The CW television series Veronica Mars between 2004 and 2007 and Adam Newman on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2009 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Muhney was born in Chicago and raised in Euless, Texas from the age of eight. When he was 16 years old, he won the state championship for his One-Act play performance while attending Trinity High School. He moved back to Chicago where he earned a bachelor's degree from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 1997. He is a member of Mensa.[2][3] He also speaks two other languages, German and American Sign Language (ASL).


The Young and the Restless[edit]

In May 2009, after Chris Engen left the role of Adam Newman, Muhney was hired as a recast. He made his debut on the episode dated June 25, 2009.[4][5][6][7] In 2011, Muhney signed a contract that would keep him in the role for an unspecified period.[8] In April 2013, Muhney announced that he had signed a new contract that would expire in June 2015.[9] In December, however, Muhney announced that he had been abruptly let go from the soap opera, with his last airdate on January 30, 2014.[10][11][12][13]

After the sudden announcement that Muhney had been fired from the role in December 2013, viewers and critics alike expressed their disappointment in the decision. Michael Ausiello of TVLine wrote that the news was the "worst Christmas present ever",[11] as well as Jamey Giddens of Zap2it writing: "Outspoken and insanely-gifted, Michael Muhney has definitely shaken things up in daytime since joining The Young and the Restless. Whether he was demanding changes in the Daytime Emmy nomination process, or getting into fights with his TV pappy on Twitter, one thing was for certain — Muhney always brought it on screen as bad seed Adam Newman. Well, not anymore."[12] Immediately after the news of his firing, Muhney conducted an interview with the Huffington Post and stated: "Part of me feels this is because I've always been outspoken, and sometimes I've been too outspoken. Sometimes I've walked around with a big backpack full of hubris. That is entirely on me. CBS, Sony, and Jill Phelps are not to blame for that." Muhney also said that the writers were planning to "take a break from Adam for 3 to 6 months" and then recast the role.[14]

In January 2014, however, celebrity gossip site TMZ reported that according to multiple sources that the reason Muhney was allegedly let go from the soap was because Muhney had sexually harassed co-star Hunter King (who portrays Summer Newman).[15][16] The site wrote: "38-year-old Muhney allegedly bullied and harassed 20-year-old Hunter King, who plays Summer on the show. She went to higher-ups and complained recently Muhney had fondled her breasts on 2 occasions — and she said both were unsolicited and unwanted."[17] The rumor generated significant negative publicity for the soap opera; Margaret Eby of the New York Daily News wrote, "The set of "The Young and the Restless" may have turned into a real life soap opera thanks to star Michael Muhney, who was allegedly fired for groping one of his co-workers."[18] Fox News reported that several viewers were upset by Muhney's firing and the sexual harassment allegations, writing: "Many Y&R fans were none too pleased to find out Muhney was leaving, and several blasted the allegations."[19] TMZ later reported that angered viewers had paid US$785 to have an airplane fly over CBS Studios in Los Angeles with a banner to have Muhney rehired,[20] and the plane flew three days later.[21] In August 2014, Muhney claimed on his Twitter page that the allegations were indeed false and it was only a salacious rumor.[22]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Real Life Jason Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
1998 A Will of Their Own William Steward Episode: "1.1"
1999 Turks Paul Turk 13 episodes
2000 Love 101 Andrew
2000 Virtual Nightmare Dale Hunter TV movie
2000–01 Huntress, TheThe Huntress Det. Mark Farrell 8 episodes
2001 Nicolas
2002 ER Colin Prentice Episode: "Chaos Theory"
2002 Boomtown Chris Griggs Episode: "Possession"
2003 JAG Major Jack McBurney Episode: "Meltdown"
2003 Charmed Seth Episode: "Love's a Witch"
2003 Without a Trace Billy Melina Episode: "Trip Box"
2004–07 Veronica Mars Sheriff Don Lamb 40 episodes
2006 Lovers, Liars & Lunatics Louis
2006 Numb3rs Lt. Joseph Karnes Episode: "All's Fair"
2007 One Night Jack
2008 CSI: Miami Rob Mason / Tim Gilbert Episode: "Raising Caine"
2008 Family Practice Kent Kinglare TV movie
2008 Columbus Day Det. Daniels
2008 No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker Dep. Harris McAllister
2009 Act Your Age Lake Emerson
2009–14 The Young and the Restless Adam Newman Role held: June 25, 2009 – January 30, 2014
2010 Portal, TheThe Portal Daniel Savanah
2010 Disconnect Dylan

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated


  1. ^ "Today in history". ABC News. Associated Press. June 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Michael Muhney (Sheriff Don Lamb)". MI.net. March 27, 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Michael Muhney". CBS.com. October 29, 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Maria (May 21, 2009). "The Young and the Restless: Chris Engen Storms Off Set, Replaced by Michael Muhney". BuddyTV. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Snyder, Jennifer (May 28, 2009). "Chris Engen Leaves Y&R". TV Source Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Garrett, Tommy (June 6, 2009). "Michael Muhney Takes Over Controversial Role". Canyon News. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Comings and Goings: Chris Engen (Adam Wilson)". Soap Opera Digest. 34 (26). June 30, 2009. p. 17. 
  8. ^ Riel, Karen (June 9, 2011). "Michael Muhney Inks Multi-Year Renewal With 'Y&R'". TV Source Magazine. TVSourcemagazine.com. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ Kerr, Luke (April 29, 2013). "Michael Muhney Signs New Contract at The Young and the Restless". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Michael Muhney Axed From Y&R!". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc). December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (December 17, 2013). "Soaps Shocker: Y&R Fires Michael Muhney". TVLine. TVLine Media, LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Giddens, Jamey (December 17, 2013). "BREAKING NEWS: Michael Muhney OUT at The Young and the Restless!". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 17, 2013). "Michael Muhney Let Go From 'The Young and the Restless'". TVBytheNumbers. Zap2it. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ Branco, Nelson (December 18, 2013). "Michael Muhney, Adam Newman On 'Young And The Restless,' Abruptly Fired, And Here's Why (EXCLUSIVE)". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ Giddens, Jamey (January 4, 2014). "TMZ Reports Michael Muhney Was Fired From Y&R For Allegedly Groping Hunter King". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ Fairman, Michael (January 4, 2014). "TMZ Reports Michael Muhney Fired From Y&R For Allegedly Groping Co-Star's Breasts On Two Occasions!". On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Young & Restless Star Michael Muhney Fired For Allegedly Groping Co-Star's Breasts". TMZ. January 4, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ Eby, Margaret (January 4, 2014). "'Young and the Restless' star Michael Muhney fired for allegedly groping co-star Hunter King: report". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Reports: Michael Muhney fired from 'Y&R' for groping much younger co-star". Fox News. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Michael Muhney -- Angry Young & Restless Fans Plan AERIAL ATTACK on CBS". TMZ. January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Michael Muhney Firing -- Fans Protest By Getting Super High". TMZ. January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Michael Muhney Breaks Silence Y&R Firing Allegations Salacious Rumor'". Soap Opera Network. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Daytime Emmy Award - 2013 nominations". May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 

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