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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 April 1929Harvey, North Dakota, USA
Birth NameGerald Michael Charlebois
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Six-foot-three and weighing in at a lean, mean 215, Michael Forest was a rugged-looking addition to the Roger Corman and Gene Corman's list of leading men during their 1950s heyday. Between Corman films, he was a stage actor who worked in Shakespearean plays and other legitimate productions as classy as his real name (Gerald Michael Charlebois). Born in Harvey, North Dakota, he moved with his family at a very early age to Seattle, attended the University of Washington for a year and then made his way south to the sunnier campuses of San Jose State. Graduating with a B.A. in English and drama, Forest came to Hollywood in 1955 and started acting on TV and on stage at the Players Ring. In 1957, he began to study with veteran actor/acting teacher Jeff Corey, in whose classes Forest first encountered Roger Corman. Forest has also worked extensively on TV and European films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

? (1962 - 1980) (divorced)
Diana Hale (? - present)

Trivia (4)

Initially met Roger Corman while both were taking Jeff Corey's acting classes. Michael was offered his first film role by Roger (who was there to study the art of acting, not to be an actor) during class.
Former amateur boxer.
Keeps fit playing tennis.
Holds a pilot's license.

Personal Quotes (3)

I look back and it certainly hasn't been what you might call a distinguished career, but on the other hand, it hasn't been bad. Some of the things that I've done, I take a great deal of pride in. But, like all actors, you do work in material and situations that are not what you want and you try to make it the best you can. Acting has its ups and its downs.
I don't think there's anything terribly memorable in what I did. I think I did a workmanlike job in most of the roles that I played, and I'm proud of that. I would like to have had a big role in some film that was a little more important, but that never happened.
I did a lot of work in Europe...I never regretted a moment of that over there. It gave me an opportunity to go places and see things and meet people, and I would never have had those opportunities had I not been in the acting profession.

Salary (3)

The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957) $500 /week
Beast from Haunted Cave (1959) $500 /week
Ski Troop Attack (1960) $500 /week

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