Who is Michael McGrath?

First of all: What? You don't know who Michael is? Well you've been missing out! If you have ever followed Broadway/Off-Broadway Theatre, you should know who he is. Although, even if you've been following closely, Michael may have been just off the radar, which is understandable. For most of his career, Michael has been a "character" actor with mostly minor or supporting roles, but has also been lucky to have some breakthrough performances as Understudy to the likes of "better-known" performers such as Martin Short. (Sometimes on very short notice.) He's the "Underdog" that comes through every time with great aplomb, and does not disappoint.

Despite all the tremendous amount of work Michael has logged as a "song-and-dance-man" over the years, it hasn't been until recent months that he's gotten the media attention he's long deserved. However, he's been one of those rare steadily working actors for well over 20 years now. So, while most people may shrug in confusion at the mention of his name, Michael has actually been one very busy actor for most of his career, even if he hasn't been the most well-known person on stage. Needless to say, the Irish luck has been smiling upon Mr. McGrath through thick and thin. ^_^

Michael met equally-talented wife Toni DiBuono while working/co-starring in the Boston production of the Off-Broadway show Forbidden Broadway. (For more info on Toni, you can go here.) Editor's Note: They do an especially lovely duet in the opening number, "Opening/Who Do They Know" on the Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 2 CD.

Michael's voice has been featured on several Broadway/Off-Broadway Cast Recordings, including: Forbidden Broadway - Volume 2 (Unoriginal Cast Recording), My Favorite Year (1992 Original B'way Cast), Louisiana Purchase (1996 Original NY Cast Recording), The Boys from Syracuse (1997 Studio Cast), Little Me (1999 B'way Revival), Wonderful Town (2003 B'way Revival Cast), and Monty Python's Spamalot (2005 Original B'way Cast).


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Michael's Current Headshot Michael's Headshot (Until 2007) Michael's Headshot - Circa 1988

Fast Facts about Michael:

Full Name: Michael Patrick McGrath (pronounced "McGraw")

Birthday: September 25th

Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts

Currently Living: In Bloomfield, New Jersey (<-- No stalky-stalkers, okay?)

Other Background Info: Growing up in an Irish Catholic family, Michael was the youngest of 5 children. His father Patrick was a Car Salesman, his mother a Baker.

Education: Graduated from St. Peter's High School in Worcester.

Attended the Boston Conservatory (where wife Toni also went) for 3 months, left to jump right into his acting career. (And fortunately, he never had to look back!)

Awards/Nominations: Winner - 1996 Theatre World Award - Best Broadway Debut for Swinging on a Star; Nominee - 1996 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Swinging on a Star; Nominee - 2005 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Monty Python's Spamalot; Nominee - 2005 Tony Award - Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Monty Python's Spamalot.

Marital Status: Married to Actress Toni DiBuono since 1993. (They became a couple while working together in Forbidden Broadway.) They have a 12 year-old daughter, Kathleen.

Skills: Singer, Dancer, Actor, Stage Combat. Plus, he can play a really mean set of coconuts! He's also apparently quite the cook as well...

Information Sources
(Links will open in new window.): Amazon.com, Broadway.com, eWorcester, Internet Movie DataBase, Playbill Online, Theatre World Books, various other media articles from the Internet. Attempts are made to verify the information as much as possible before being posted; however, absolute accuracy cannot be guaranteed unless confirmed by Michael or his Agent directly.

Photo Credits: Is He Dead? Playbill (Most recent headshot), Playbill (previously current photo), Playkill [Spoof] (1988 photo)