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Overview (2)

Born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mando can next be seen starring as fan-favorite, 'Nacho Varga' opposite Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in the fifth season of AMC's hit series, Better Call Saul. Like its predecessor, Breaking Bad, the series has received immense critical acclaim and garnered multiple Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' Choice, and Primetime Emmy Award nominations including Best Drama Series in 2017.

Mando also starred in the first two seasons of BBC America's breakout drama series Orphan Black opposite Tatiana Maslany, for which he earned one of his two nominations for Best Supporting Actor at The Canadian Screen Awards.

On the big screen, Mando will next be seen starring opposite Jessie Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard and Salma Hayek in Oscar-nominated director Kim Nguyen's The Hummingbird Project, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018.

Last year, Mando appeared as 'Mac Gargan' AKA The Scorpion in Sony's worldwide blockbuster film, Spiderman: Homecoming opposite Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.

In addition to his film and television roles, Mando has a massive fanbase generated from his starring, full motion capture role of 'Vaas Montenegro' in Ubisoft's award-winning, mega hit videogame, Far Cry 3 and The Far Cry Experience. Vaas is one of the most beloved and charismatic villains in gaming history, and repeatedly has been ranked as one of the greatest video game villain of all time.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Haberman, Narrative PR

Trivia (10)

Mando is the Artistic Director and President of Red Barlo Productions.
His first professional appearance, in which he played the title role, earned a record breaking 5 MECCA nominations.
Michael played the lead in all 5 Productions at The Dome Theatre where is he is praised by the Chairman as "one of the finest talents to emerge from the program in the last 25 years".
During his teens, he competitively played football, ice hockey and soccer. He still plays recreational soccer and basketball.
Mando has attended 2 universities, 4 high schools and 3 colleges - He had a lot of trouble deciding what he wanted to do growing up; bouncing between economy, psychology and international relations. He discovered acting for the first time in his early twenties. He quickly excelled and fell in love with the craft because it married his 3 first loves into a single profession: sports, music and poetry.
By his early 20s, Michael had already lived in 10 cities, 5 countries, 4 continents and over 35 different houses, which helped him better absorb different cultures and behaviors.
Mando not only lends his voice, face and body to the infamous Vaas in Far Cry 3, but he also co-created the character with Ubisoft. The company was so pleased with his audition, that they created a new character based on his liking and acting choices.
Michael Mando and Bob Odenkirk became good friends during the shooting of Better Call Saul (2015).
Michael Mando is fully bilingual (French and English).
While recording his famous "insanity" scene for Far Cry 3, Michael sat in a dark room alone talking to a tennis ball on a pole.

Personal Quotes (7)

Before acting, I was always attracted to words, to literature - be they the words of Williams, Arthur Miller, Shakespeare or Moliere.
I think as an actor... I don't like to compare a character to anybody else, just because I respect other people's work, and I want that character to have his own identity.
Commit to what you love - that's important. Believe in yourself and try as much as possible to do everything you do from a place of love. Not labor, but love.
I'm a big fan of 'Orphan Black,' and to be one of the original cast members is something that will always be dear to me.
I'm personally attracted to great writing - that's what turns me on the most.
'Better Call Saul' happens in the same universe as 'Breaking Bad,' and we have the same writers and mostly the same crew. Like 'Breaking Bad,' it is a transformation story, and Bob Odenkirk brings his own distinctive flavor.
Did I ever tell you the definition...of insanity.

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