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Born in Wallace, Idaho, USA
Birth NameMichael Alden Norell
Nickname Mike
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mike was born in Wallace, Idaho but his family moved around as his father was a career Army man who reached the rank of Brigadier General. He spent a good deal of his youth in Arlington, Virginia, then the family went overseas to Tokyo, Japan while his father was stationed in Korea during the war there. Returning to the States he attended his junior year of high school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, then finished up at Falls Church High School in Falls Church, Virginia. While at Falls Church he acted in several school plays.

After attending Washington and Lee University, where he studied Journalism and acted in several school plays, he entered the Army where he spent the next five years and reached the rank of Captain. After the Army he became a reporter and worked for the Richmond Times Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia.

He eventually found his way to New York to work as an actor full time. After several years on the New York stage he ventured to Hollywood and after only six months there he won the role of Captain Hank Stanley on the hit action series 'Emergency!'. He replaced actor John Smith who briefly took over the role of the fire captain of fictional fire station 51 from real life fire captain Dick Hammer.

After 'Emergency!' Mike turned to television writing (having written four episodes of Emergency!) and wrote for such shows as The Love Boat, The Love Boat: The Next Wave, Nash Bridges and The Magnificent Seven, among others. He also wrote quite a few made-for-TV movies such as Doomsday Rock, Three On A Date, The Covergirl and the Cop, Pals, Barnum and The Incident, for which he was nominated for, but lost, an Emmy. He created and was Executive Producer for the short-lived, Love Boat clone Aloha Paradise.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rm91945

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Trivia (9)

Older brother of James Norell.
His wife is also a television writer.
Won a Writer's Guild Award for The Incident (1990).
Was told to get a haircut when he accepted the role of Captain Stanley on Emergency! (1972).
His father was part of the negotiating team at Panmunjeon during the Korean War.
Won the role of the new captain on Emergency! (1972) because Executive Producer Robert A. Cinader thought he looked like a fireman.
Co-wrote The Incident (1990), Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992) and The Cover Girl and the Cop (1989) with his younger brother Jim.
Wrote four episodes of Emergency! (1972).
Michael Norell was a staff writer on the Aaron Spelling and Douglas S. Cramer produced ABC TV series hit "The Love Boat" from 1977-1979, In the year 1981, Michael Norell (b:10.4.1937), helped develop Aaron Spelling's mid-season network program replacement series, a spin-off of "The Love Boat" scenario, for the ABC TV network, titled - "Aloha, Paradise" series (8 broadcast-episodes). Norell's show credit as producing "Aloha, Paradise" - included writing scripts with his writing colleague Alan Foster Friedman (b:1931-d:2015, age 84). Norell had worked with Friedman in New York City when he was performing as an actor on the Broadway circuit-stage boards. Norell and Friedman shared writing credits as Staff Writers on Aaron Spelling Productions (short run) ABC network television broadcast series "Aloha, Paradise".

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