Michael Damian Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 April 1962San Diego, California, USA
Birth NameMichael Damian Weir
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Most widely-known for his eighteen-year-run as "Danny Romalotti" on the number one-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless (1973), Michael Damian has reached an audience of over 100 million around the world.

In the feature film arena, he recently landed two co-starring roles in the films, Justice (1999), a crime/drama starring Jim Belushi and JoBeth Williams, and the independent Arthouse film, "A Boy and his Gun". Damian made his film debut in the Garry Marshall-directed comedy, Young Doctors in Love (1982), and enjoyed a recurring role for two seasons on NBC's The Facts of Life (1979). Among other recent work, Damian joined co-stars Corbin Bernsen and Kate Jackson in the CBS television movie of the week, The Cold Heart of a Killer (1996), and starred in the crime/drama telefilm, "Death's Handwriting".

Enjoying crossover success in the worlds of music and theater, Damian captured the starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice's Broadway production, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". "Joseph" became the highest grossing revival in L.A. history. Damian continued on to New York where the show succeeded in breaking Broadway's box office records. He was nominated for a Grammy, for the cast album.

On the music front, Damian recorded his first solo album at the age of 17, which yielded the Top 40 hit, "She Did It". After releasing two albums in Canada and Europe, Damian's singing career was launched in the U.S., when his single "Rock On" soared to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning him gold records in the U.S., Canada and Japan. In addition to singing on Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Best of Broadway Collection", Damian has released five albums and has had eight Top 40 hits, including "Was It Nothing At All", which earned him a BMI Song-Writing Award. In Europe, Damian recorded the duet, "Don't Make Me Wait", with Turkish pop star, Pinar Aylin, which soared to Number One in the Middle East. In France, he recorded the summer hit single, "Reggae Life", with Indira, which was featured on "Jean Pierre Foucault" and "50 Ans des Tubes".

After years in front of the camera, Damian moved into the world of directing, helming numerous MTV music videos for the groups, "Louie Aqua Verde" and "Jade's Release". He then partnered with his writer/producer wife, Janeen Damian, and the two formed the Television/Film Production Company, "Damian Entertainment". Together, they produced the short film, Finders Keepers (1998), marking Damian's writing and directorial debut. Starring the veteran actors James Best (The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) and is his father-in-law) and Quinn K. Redeker (The Deer Hunter (1978)), the film debuted at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival and screened at the Benodet Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival and the Science Fiction Film Festival de Nantes. They went on to co-produce the telefilm, "Death's Handwriting", with Turkish Production Company, Media Films. In 1999, the Damian's moved to Paris and wrote the new Action/Drama series, Red Eye (2001), which stars Michael as ex-CIA agent, "Julian Decker".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Janeen Damian (18 June 1998 - present)

Trivia (10)

Became engaged to Janeen Damian. [1997]
Played "Joseph" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on Broadway. It was also written into the Y&R script.
It was his performance on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) in 1981 that impressed the producers of The Young and the Restless (1973). They were looking to add the character of a young rock star to the cast and created Danny Romalotti after seeing him perform.
Son-in-law of James Best.
Landed Canadian Immigrant
Step-son-in-law of Dorothy Best.
Is a fan of Julie London. When he was young, he watched her on Emergency! (1972).
His acting mentor was the late Jeanne Cooper.
In his early 20s, he went to a fundraiser with Jeanne Cooper.
His father-in-law James Best was the boyfriend of Damian's acting mentor Jeanne Cooper.

Personal Quotes (4)

[About his wife]: Her smile, and her beauty and energy. She was shy when I first met her. She's staring at me right now. She's leaving the room now because I kicked her out. Actually, I met her at a telethon in Utah for the Children's Miracle Network. She was there with her dad, which I didn't know was her dad at the time, James Best, who is Rosco from The Dukes of Hazzard (1979). I thought it was her boyfriend! Later, I found out from my brother that it was her dad. Yeah, I was like 'God, she's so pretty and sweet' and I got this really good feeling when I met her. I was actually in shock when she said she was a Solid Gold dancer because I thought she'd be like 'hey I'm really cool, I'm on TV all the time,' but she was very shy and soft-spoken.
[Of Jeanne Cooper]: In the 1980s, I went with Jeanne to a fundraiser in Natchez, MS, and we stayed at a plantation hotel. It was a big, black tie and I remember I was in my room, getting ready when my phone rang. It was Jeanne and she said, 'Michael, I need your help!, My hair is a disaster!, Can you help me?' There was 100% humidity, so she was having severe hair issues. I asked, 'You want me to come to your room and do your hair?,' She said, 'Yes, can you help me?,' and I said, 'Sure,' so I grabbed my mousse, hairspray, hair blower and flat iron and brought them all to her room. I sprayed and blow-dried so I could get her hair really tall. I gave her a total '80s do. She looked like Sheena Easton. After I was done, she looked in the mirror and said, 'I look good,' I'll never forget doing her hair. I wish I would've taken a picture. Judging what my hair looked like, back then, you can just imagine how hers looked. She always said, 'I had the tallest hair in Hollywood.'
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Jeanne Cooper, who played Kay Chancellor]: She always gives me a hug, but I had to work with her since, I've been back. Everytime I see her, she gives me a big hug and I'm crazy about her and I think she's a wonderful woman. I love her charm, her character, her incredible talent and she's overall - a lot of fun to work with.
[When Jeanne Cooper was the last of the Daytime divas to be around, when nobody else wasn't, until her own death in 2013]: First of all, she's an extraordinary woman, people loved working with her and she's a consummate professional and she delivers, everytime; and most importantly, the fans love her. I think that's really the key thing here is that it's because of all of you that Jeanne is still on the show and so popular, and because you know what it is, so, you can say, really thanks to you, to all of you, for supporting her and working her on the show and because you make the show, what it is.

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