Michael Shapiro (actor)

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Michael Shapiro
Michael Shapiro NYTF.jpg
Michael Shapiro at the 2007 New York Television Festival
Born Michael David Shapiro
1966 (age 50–51)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Mike Shapiro
Occupation Actor, voice actor, theatre director
Years active 1991-present
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Spouse(s) Peggy Stafford
Children 2
Website www.mikeshapiro.com

Michael David Shapiro (born 1966) is an American actor, voice actor and theatre director.

Early life[edit]

Michael Shapiro was born in Springfield, Mass, 1966. In 1987 he helped launch the Annex Theater and performed in many of their productions. For a time he lived in Seattle until moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2000. He is of Jewish descent.


From left to right: Ashley Reyes, Peter Brensinger, Rob Riggle, Lori Hammel and Michael Shapiro at the New York Television Festival

Michael Shapiro is most famous for voicing Barney Calhoun and the G-Man in the computer games Half-Life, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Decay, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.  Games in which he is credited as “Mike Shapiro” are Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch, Blood II: The Chosen, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Torin's Passage. He has also voiced many radio and TV commercials. Michael is a director of television shows and theater productions, with some of his shows being shown on Strike.TV. In 2007, his TV pilot Family Values, starring Rob Riggle, was screened at the New York Television Festival.


Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 Super Punch-Out!! Additional Voices
1995 Torin's Passage Torin, Boogle
3D Movie Maker McZee
1997 Betrayal in Antara Paolo, Gar Warren, Naku
Spy Fox: Dry Cereal Johnny Gecko
Putt-Putt Travels Through Time Merlin the Magician
1998 Police Quest: SWAT 2 Sergeant Markossian, Suspect, Gangster, Vehicle Driver
Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't so Frightening Andrew Glimmer
Half-Life G-Man, Nihilanth, HECU Soldiers, Security Guards, Scientists
Blood II: The Chosen Ishmael
1999 Starsiege Squadmate #8
Half-Life: Opposing Force Otis, G-Man, Security Guards, Male Black Ops
Gorky 17
2000 Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Tiger Cage Guy
2001 Half-Life: Blue Shift Otis, Miller, Security Guards
Half-Life: Decay Security Guard Barney Calhoun, Otis, Scientists, Security Guards, Male Black Ops, HECU Soldiers
Half-Life: Blue Shift Barney Calhoun, Otis, Miller, Security Guards
2004 Half-Life 2 G-Man, Barney Calhoun
2005 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Richard Goblin, Flashback FM Imaging Voice, Commercial Voice
2006 Half-Life 2: Episode 1 G-Man, Barney Calhoun
2007 The Orange Box
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 G-Man
2008 Order Up! Tommy Cheesehead, Salty Sam, Male Chef
2013 Dota 2 Oracle
Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Listen Carefully Christa's deaf son
1995 Georgia Brian
1999 The Engagement Party Matthew
Lovers Lane Deputy David Schwick
2007 Day Zone News Announcer (voice)
2015 3rd Street Blackout Josh

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