Michael Q. Schmidt

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Michael Q. Schmidt
Michael Q. Schmidt at wrap party for Yesterday Was A Lie.jpg
Schmidt at the wrap party for Yesterday Was A Lie (September 2006)
Michael Quentin Schmidt

(1953-04-20) April 20, 1953 (age 65)
OccupationArt model, actor
Years active1990s–present
Parent(s)Marie Slyker Schmidt
Fred W. Schmidt

Michael Quentin Schmidt (born April 20, 1953) is an American film and television actor and fine arts model.[1][2][3][4] According to Film Threat, he "has become a much-in-demand presence thanks to his versatility and his willingness to take roles to wild extremes".[5]


Schmidt has worked as a fine arts model since the late 1990s, posing for art classes and for live art installations.[1][6][7] He was used as the body model to create the animated Mountain Troll character for the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.[5]

Television roles[edit]

In 2003, Schmidt's modeling work led to an ongoing series of live appearances as a model for Let's Paint TV, an interactive call-in television show where host and artist John Kilduff instructs on painting while simultaneously running on a treadmill, preparing food or drink, and fielding uncensored phone calls.[8][9][10] Schmidt became part of the Tim & Eric team when in 2004 he joined their acclaimed Tom Goes to the Mayor, broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.[11][12] Additionally, their Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job (TEASGJ) features Schmidt in various episodes,[13] where he is listed as among the Top Ten Favorite Recurring Characters.[14] In August 2007 he performed at The Troubadour in Hollywood in a live version of the show entitled "Muscles for Bones" featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic,[15] and followed in November 2007 with the Tim and Eric Awesome Show Live performance at Caesars Palace as part of The Comedy Festival.[16] He performed at the Tim and Eric Live 2009 shows in San Diego[17] and Anaheim, California.[18]

Schmidt's other television work includes appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Penn & Teller's Bullshit, Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, Sunset Tan and Comedy Central's Distraction.[5] Schmidt works primarily in independent productions.[5] His first major film role was in Naked Shadows, filmed in 2003 and released in 2006.[19][20][21] Schmidt's next lead roles were in Flesh Pit (2004),[22] Skeletons in the Closet (2005),[23] and multiple roles in The Three Trials (2006).[20][24][25][26] His most recent feature film role was in Snatched (2009).[5]

Film roles[edit]

Schmidt in a bald cap while on set for a music video shooting (April 2013)

Schmidt has had numerous bit parts in films and has portrayed various characters as a supporting actor in independent films and film shorts, including roles as 'Texas' George Gant in Rebel Studz: The Uncensored Documentary (2007), Billy Bob Barfield in Fear Ever After (2007), and Chug Skivens in Pretty Twisted (2009). He was cast to play Rembrandt's Diana at Bath in the 2010 release of Caravaggio: The Search directed by Maureen Murphy.[27]

Schmidt also made featured appearances in numerous music videos, including M.I.A.'s 2010 video for "Born Free", Flesh-n-Bone's 2011 video for "How Many", Pierce the Veil's 2012 video for "King for a Day", Motionless in White's 2013 video for "A-M-E-R-I-C-A", Lil Debbie's 2014 video for "Work The Middle", Waters' 2014 video for "I Feel Everything", and Charming Liars 2015 video for "Burn".[28]

Partial filmography[edit]



  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
  • Schmucks (2001)
  • The Decay of Fiction (2002)
  • Santa Claus Versus the Christmas Vixens (2002)[30]
  • Hired (2004)
  • Clean (2004)
  • Tooth Radio (2004)
  • Streakers (2004)
  • Flesh Pit (2004)
  • The Green Book (2004)
  • The Confession (2005)
  • Skeletons in the Closet (2005)
  • Temporary (2005)
  • Tears of a Clown (2005)
  • Ninja What? (2005)
  • A Happy Ending (2005)
  • Coming Home (2005)
  • A Happy Ending (2005)
  • Dancing with Pain (2006)
  • Shadow Man (2006)
  • Axegrinder (2006)
  • Corporate ThugZ (2006)
  • The Three Trials (2006)
  • 18 Fingers of Death! (2006)
  • Huge Naked Guy (2006)[31]
  • Naked Shadows (2006)
  • Fear Ever After (2007)
  • Skid Marks (2007)
  • Delaney (2008)
  • A Very Peanus Christmas (2008)[32]
  • Cost of Living (2009)
  • Snatched! (2009)
  • Screening Room (2010)
  • Forfeit of Grace (2010)
  • Anti-Samartine Hotline (2010)
  • Welcome Back Satan (2010)
  • Camp Virginovich (2010)
  • Caravaggio: The Search (2010)
  • Hamlet A.D.D. (2014)


  1. ^ a b Ewing, Robyn (January 20, 2008). "A Nude But Not Naked King and Art and Democracy at Work!". LA2DAY Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  2. ^ "Michael Q. Schmidt". Hollywood Up Close. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  3. ^ Roderck, Kevin (August 4, 2010). "He's got a nude body for radio". LA Observed. laobserved.com. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  4. ^ Ferguson, Kevin (August 7, 2010). "Actor and Nude Model Michael Q Schmidt on Art, Friendship and Decency". KPCC. scpr.org. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e Hall, Phil (February 10, 2009). "Michael Q. Schmidt: Portrait of an Indie Actor". Film Threat. Archived from the original on March 29, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  6. ^ "CABARET VOLTAIRE: Naked Life Model MQ Schmidt". Eye Spy LA. May 10, 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  7. ^ John Morfin; Sageon Shin. "Life Drawing Keeps Halloween In Art". Talon Marks.
  8. ^ Gordon, Scott (May 29, 2009). "Let's paint, exercise, and interview John Kilduff". Decider. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  9. ^ "Let's Paint TV: Michael Q. Schmidt modelling for John Kilduff". The Hour/CBC News. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  10. ^ "The joy of painting Saddam". LA Weekly.
  11. ^ "Tom Goes to the Mayor". Big Cartoon Database. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  12. ^ "Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004)". celebrity.premiere.com. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  13. ^ "Michael Q. Schmidt". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  14. ^ "Michael Q. Schmidt in Top Ten favorites". Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  15. ^ "Flyer". www.timanderic.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  16. ^ "11-15-07 "TIM AND ERIC AWESOME SHOW LIVE!"". timanderic.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  17. ^ "July 24, 2009, Tim and Eric Live 2009". timanderic.com. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  18. ^ "July 26, 2009, Tim and Eric Live 2009". timanderic.com. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  19. ^ "Naked Shadows cast". craniumcandy.com.
  20. ^ a b "Michael Q. Schmidt". Online-Filmdatenbank. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  21. ^ "Naked Shadows cast and crew". trailerfan.com.
  22. ^ "Fear Ever After" to Be the Most Chilling Horror Film of the Decade - PR.com
  23. ^ Skeletons in the Closet - Horror Movie Database at FEARnet
  24. ^ "Update on Randy Greif's THE THREE TRIALS". Twitchfilm. November 9, 2006.
  25. ^ "The Three Trials cast & crew". Silverlake Film Festival.
  26. ^ "The Three Trials". Pulpmovies reviews.
  27. ^ "Caravaggio: The Search:Cast". cinema.theiapolis.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  28. ^ "Michael Q. Schmid - Credit history". IMVDb. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  29. ^ "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special". Yahoo TV. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  30. ^ "The Films", Fright Xmas by Alan-Bertaneisson Jones, AuthorHouse, 2010, Pg. 259
  31. ^ Michaels, Quebtin, "James Evans and TriRock Films have discovered a hilarious new talent in Michael Q. Schmidt", UCW Entertainment, October 19, 2005
  32. ^ IMDB entry for A Very Peanus Christmas

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