Michael Lorenzo Urie
August 8, 1980
Juilliard School (BFA)
Michael Lorenzo Urie (born August 8, 1980) is an American actor, presenter, director, and producer. He is known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on the ABC dramedy television series Ugly Betty. He can be heard as Bobby Kerns in As the Curtain Rises, an original podcast soap opera from the Broadway Podcast Network.
Early life and education
Urie then studied at Collin County Community College before being accepted at the Juilliard School in New York City. There he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 32 (1999–2003), which also included Jessica Chastain. Urie graduated from Juilliard in 2003.
Urie, while still a student at Juilliard, performed in the world premiere of Love and Happiness (2001) at the Consolati Performing Arts Center, starring as a sixteen-year-old trying to get rid of his mother's boyfriend. In addition to this, he appeared in student productions of Sylvia (1998) and Locked Away (1999) at Quad C Theatre.
Urie played the central character in the stage play WTC View as well as in the film adaptation. He is finishing a short documentary film, Two Down, that centers on high school speech and debate tournaments, for Frontal Lobe Productions.
He is on the board of Plum Productions and serves as its casting director. With the same company he has produced and appeared in Prachtoberfest and lowbrow (and a little bit tacky). As a freelance producer, he has worked on Like The Mountains and The Fantasticks (Four Players Theatre). He also directed the latter production. His first time directing The Fantasticks was as a high school student at Plano Senior High.
Starting in 2006, Urie began appearing in ABC dramedy Ugly Betty, appearing as Marc St. James, the assistant of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa L. Williams). The show began with the concept that Wilhelmina would have a different assistant in each episode; thus Urie was originally billed as a guest star in the credits. However, Williams loved their chemistry, and Urie was signed on as a full-time regular midway through the first season. He and the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2007 and 2008. The role earned Urie a Ewwy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009. He remained with Ugly Betty until the show's cancellation in 2010.
During the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, Urie hosted TLC's reality-based series Miss America: Reality Check. The program followed the contestants participating in the 2008 Miss America Pageant.
Urie has returned often to his theater roots, including directing a one-night celebrity-performed staging of Howard Ashman's unproduced musical Dreamstuff. The musical was reimagined by Howard's partners Marsha Malamet and Dennis Green and performed one night only at Los Angeles's Hayworth Theatre as part of the Bruno Kirby celebrity reading series. Eden Espinosa starred in the show along with Fred Willard, Vicki Lewis, David Blue and Luke Macfarlane. He has also been on Live with Regis and Kelly and has also starred in the 2008 Disney blockbuster production Beverly Hills Chihuahua as the voice of Sebastian.
Urie originated the role of Rudi Gernreich in the 2009 off-Broadway play The Temperamentals, about the foundation of the early LGBT rights organization the Mattachine Society. Urie received a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.
Urie has also started his own website for videoblogging and live chats. In 2012, Urie also starred as the mysterious limo driver James in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass's children's book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written and directed by Tamar Halpern.
Urie was one of the leads in CBS's short-lived series Partners. The multi-camera comedy, from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, centered on lifelong friends and business partners – one straight and one gay. The series also featured Sophia Bush as another lead. The series premiered on September 24, 2012, but was cancelled after only six episodes had aired.
In April 2015, Urie became the host of Cocktails & Classics on Logo TV, in which he and panels of celebrity friends watch and comment on classic movies while imbibing cocktails named or made for the films. Films profiled on the series have included All About Eve, Steel Magnolias, Valley of the Dolls, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Mommie Dearest.
In 2018, Urie played Prince Hamlet in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Hamlet in Washington, DC. He reprised the role in the summer of 2019 for the company's "Free for All" production run.
On September 13, 2019, it was announced that Urie would once again team up with his Ugly Betty co-star Becki Newton on a sitcom project for CBS and Warner Bros. Television called Fun, for which both would co-star and co-executive produce with creator Michael Patrick King and fellow Ugly Betty showrunners Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally. CBS passed on the pilot of the series on May 4, 2020.
In 2009, Urie referred to himself as "a member of the LGBT community" on his website. In a 2010 interview with The Advocate, he said that he was in a relationship with a man and identifies as "queer". He said it never felt wrong when he was with women previously.
Film and television
|2020||Fun||Role TBA||Both regular and co-producer; in development|
|2017||After Forever||Daniel||Episodes: "Commitment", "Accidents"|
|The Good Fight||NSA Surveillance Operator||Guest Appearances, The Good Wife role reprisal|
|2016||Younger||Redmond||Episodes: "The Jade Crusade", "Jersey, Sure"|
|Almost Royal||Himself||Episode: "Romance"|
|2015||RuPaul's Drag Race||Himself||Guest Judge|
|2014||Modern Family||Gavin Sinclair||Episodes: "Queer Eyes, Full Hearts", "Integrity"|
|2014–2016||The Good Wife||Stephen Dinovera|
|2014||Such Good People||Richard Nearly|
|2013||Hot in Cleveland||Jeffery||Episode: "Cleveland Indians"|
|2013||He's Way More Famous Than You||Himself|
|2011||The Decoy Bride||Steve Korbitz|
|Brain Trust||Prof. Franklin Gordon||Television film|
|Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life||James|
|2010||Celebrity Ghost Stories||Himself|
|Under the Pink Carpet||Himself||"Michael Musto, Gay Marriage and Rugby" (Season 5, Episode 4)|
|2008–2009||Mode After Hours||Marc St. James|
|2008||Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Sebastian|
|2006–2010||Ugly Betty||Marc St. James||Series regular|
Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor - Comedy
|2004||Kat Plus One||Roger||Television film|
|2003||Uptown Girls||Pig Walker||Uncredited|
|2002||Undressed||Justin||"Tangled Beards" (Season 6, Episode 20)|
Director and executive producer
|2012||He's Way More Famous Than You||Director|
|2012||Thank You for Judging||Co-director; Executive producer||documentary|
|2009||House of Kai Milla||Executive producer||television film|
|2009||The Temperamentals||Rudi Gernreich||New World Stages|
|2010||Angels in America||Prior Walter||Signature Theatre Company|
|2011||The Cherry Orchard||Yepikhodov||Classic Stage Company|
|2012||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||Bud Frump||Al Hirschfeld Theatre||
|2013||Buyer & Cellar||Alex More||Barrow Street Theatre|
|2015||Menier Chocolate Factory||March–May 2015|
|2015||Show for Days||Car||Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater|
|2015||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Hysterium||Two River Theater|
|2016||Homos, Or Everyone in America||The Writer||Labryinth Theatre Company||Winner of the Obie Award for Performance|
|2017||The Government Inspector||Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov||The Duke on 42nd Street|
|2017||Torch Song||Arnold Beckoff||Second Stage|
|2018||Hamlet||Hamlet||Shakespeare Theatre Company|
|2018||Torch Song||Arnold Beckoff||Hayes Theater|
|2019||High Button Shoes||Harrison Floy||New York City Center|
|2020||Grand Horizons||Brian||Hayes Theater|
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He is, he reveals, part Scots by descent.
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