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. Muhney is best known for his role as Sheriff Don Lamb on Veronica Mars, as well as his role as Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless. He is the second adult actor to portray Adam, debuting in the role on June 25, 2009, after Chris Engen left the show.[2][3][4][5] On December 17, 2013, Muhney announced via his official Twitter account that he had been fired from the series. His final episode was aired on January 30, 2014.[6]

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.[7][8] He also speaks two other languages, German and American Sign Language (ASL).


In 2013, celebrity news website TMZ reported that Muhney's dismissal was the result of sexual harassment accusations by Young & The Restless co-star Hunter King.[9][10][11][12] TMZ reported that Hunter complained that Muhney fondled her breasts on two occasions, both of which she protested were unsolicited and unwanted advances.[11][12] Allegedly, King told producers she would go to the police and file a report against Muhney for allegedly groping her if he wasn’t fired from the show.[12] Muhney was fired from the show December 17, 2013.[12][13][14][15] However, CBS, Sony Pictures and Ms. King have neither confirmed nor denied these allegations publicly. On August 14, 2014, Muhney claimed on his Twitter page that the allegations were indeed false and it was only a salacious rumor.[16]


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"
2004–06 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. ^ Gonzalez, Maria (May 21, 2009). "The Young and the Restless: Chris Engen Storms Off Set, Replaced by Michael Muhney". BuddyTV. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Snyder, Jennifer (May 28, 2009). "Chris Engen Leaves Y&R". TV Source Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Garrett, Tommy (June 6, 2009). "Michael Muhney Takes Over Controversial Role". Canyon News. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Comings and Goings: Chris Engen (Adam Wilson)". Soap Opera Digest 34 (26). June 30, 2009. p. 17. 
  6. ^ "Michael Muhney Axed From Y&R!". Soap Opera Digest. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Michael Muhney (Sheriff Don Lamb)". MI.net. March 27, 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Michael Muhney". CBS.com. October 29, 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Giddens, Jamey (January 4, 2014). "TMZ Reports Michael Muhney Was Fired From Y&R For Allegedly Groping Hunter King". Zap2it. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b Heger, Jen. "Soap Scandal: ‘Young & The Restless’ Star Threatened To Report Alleged Breast Groping To Cops If Co-Star Wasn’t Fired". Radar Online. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d Hegner, Jen. "Revealed: 'Young & The Restless' Veteran Eric Braeden Wanted Michael Muheny Fired Before The Alleged On-Set Grope". Radar Online. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Reports: Michael Muhney fired from 'Y&R' for groping much younger co-star". Fox News. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ Eby, Margaret (January 4, 2014). "'Young and the Restless' star Michael Muhney fired for allegedly groping co-star Hunter King: report". Daily News (New York). Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Young & Restless Star Michael Muhney Fired For Allegedly Groping Co-Star's Breasts". TMZ. January 4, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Michael Muhney Breaks Silence Y&R Firing Allegations Salacious Rumor'". Soap Opera Network. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Daytime Emmy Award - 2013 nominations". May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 

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