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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 June 1947Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameMichael Edward Gross
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Gross was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, to Virginia Ruth (Cahill), a telephone operator, and William Oscar Gross, a tool designer. He was involved with a gang for a couple of years during high school before becoming a better student. He went on to be senior class president. Received an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama. Worked in theater before moving to New York to begin an acting career. This eventually led to his breakthrough role on the show Family Ties (1982).

He has moved on to several other projects since the show's end, including three of the In the Line of Duty movies, narrating audio books, and, probably most notably, playing the character Burt in the Tremors (1990) films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Red Diablos & MO

Spouse (1)

Elza Bergeron (2 June 1984 - present)

Trade Mark (3)

Often plays family men
Towering height and slender frame
Usually mustachioed

Trivia (15)

Brother of Mary Gross.
Cousin of Ron Masak. First cousin once removed of Kathryn Masak and Mike Masak.
Won an Obie in 1982 for his role in the off-Broadway production "No End Of Blame."
Born on same exact date as co-star Meredith Baxter of Family Ties (1982).
Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A., then went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale University School of Drama.
Steven Keaton, Gross's character on Family Ties (1982), was ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Only actor to perform in the first four films in the Tremors series as well as the Tremors (2003) TV series. A fifth film, set in Australia, is rumored to be in development, but no word if Gross will reprise his character yet.
Guest starred as a shrink on Michael J. Fox 's last episode of Spin City (1996), in which there were several Family Ties (1982) references. One memorable Family Ties (1982) reference was when he said, "Pay Mallory on the way out.".
Began filming Tremors (1990) the day after the Family Ties (1982) wrap party.
During college, Michael worked in engine service for the Chicago & North Western Railway, which sparked his passion for trains. He is now part owner of Santa Fe Southern Railway.
During his audition for Tremors (1990), he jumped on director Ron Underwood's table, and pretended that he had a gun which he shot monsters with, to convince him that he was right for the part.
The movie Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie (1995) was based on real-life events that happened at the high school Michael Gross attended.
Lives in California with wife Elza and his two stepchildren, Katie (born 1968) and Theo (born 1969).
Both he and his younger sister Mary Gross have made guest appearances on Boston Legal (2004).
He is of German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on his pierced left ear] I had led a very conservative, lower middle class, straight-arrow kind of existence and, somewhere around 40 years of age, I thought I had to shake things up a bit. Call it male menopause.

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