Michael was born in Iowa in 1978 and soon began to show his artistic side. He was very active in his High School's drama productions and was in a band. After participating in a drama troupe, he began getting roles on the silver screen and in television shows. His television credits include The Education of Max Bickford, Law & Order: SVU, Kings, and The Wire, but he is perhaps best known for his role as FBI Agent Atkins in the series Kidnapped. His feature film credits include Bella, 27 Dresses, and The Proposal.