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Michael Park (actor)

Michael Park
Born Michael Frank Park
(1968-07-20) July 20, 1968
Canandaigua (city), New York, USA
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Laurie Nowak (1996-present)

Michael Park (born July 20, 1968) is an American actor, best known for his role of Jack Snyder on As the World Turns (1997- 2010). Park won back to back Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2010 and 2011. On stage, he has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals: Monty in Violet (1997) and Larry Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen (2016).


  • Career 1
  • Personal 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Park attended Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, intending to become an architect.[1] He worked in the 1992 New Plays Festival at Geva Theatre in Rochester. He appeared in regional productions including Ellen Universe Joins The Band and Peephole.[2]

In 1994 Park appeared in the musical Hello Again at Lincoln Center Theater.[3] In August 1994 Park was in the Goodspeed Opera House production of Shenandoah,[4] and Good News at the North Shore Music Theatre (1994). After understudying Billy Bigelow in the 1994 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, he made his Broadway debut in 1995 in Smokey Joe's Cafe.[5] In 1997 Park played Monty in the Playwrights Horizons production of Violet.[6]

The day after Violet opened was Park's first day in the long-running daytime soap opera As the World Turns as Jack Snyder, joining in April 1997.[7] Park received three Emmy nominations and several other soap opera acting awards, including winning the 2010 and 2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[8]

During his 13-year tenure in As the World Turns he continued to work in the theatre, playing Lucky Malone in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Little Me (1998).[9] He made two New York City Center Encores! appearances: Bloomer Girl in 2001 as Jeff Calhoun, and Applause in 2008 as Bill Sampson.[10]

With As the World Turns coming to an end in June 2010, Park returned to the stage, and played the role of Pete's ghost father that appeared to his son as three "Alamo" characters in the coming-of-age musical The Burnt Part Boys at Playwrights Horizon.[11] In the summer of 2010, he appeared as Lord Capulet in the musical The Last Goodbye at Williamstown Theatre Festival.[12] Park then appeared as the cop in Will Eno's play Middletown at the Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre (2010).[13]

Park performed in the role of Bert Bratt in the Broadway revival How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2011), starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette.[14]

In the 2012 independent financial thriller film Supercapitalist, Park appears as Morris Brown, co-starring along with Linus Roache, Kenneth Tsang, Derek Ting, Richard Ng, Kathy Uyen, and Darren E. Scott.

On December 5, 2013, he participated as a cast member of the NBC telecast production of The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood. He played Cecco, one of Captain Hook's pirates, in the live television NBC presentation of Peter Pan Live! starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; the musical was broadcast on December 4, 2014.[15]

In 2015, he appeared in the world premiere of the stage musical Dear Evan Hansen at Washington DC's Arena Stage. The musical is expected to open Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theater in 2016; no casting for the Off-Broadway production has been announced.[16]


Park was born in Canandaigua, New York but spent one year of his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [1]

See also


  1. ^ "Michael Park Biography", accessed June 26, 2011
  2. ^ Biography, accessed June 26, 2011
  3. ^ Richards, David."Review of 'Helo Again'" New York Times (from, January 31, 1994
  4. ^ Richards, David.THEATER REVIEW; 'Shenandoah' in a 20th-Anniversary Go-Round" New York Times, August 18, 1994
  5. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review: 'Smokey Joe's Cafe'" New York Times, March 3, 1995
  6. ^ Heineman, Eva."A CurtainUp Review:'Violet'" CurtainUp, accessed June 26, 2011
  7. ^ "Michael Park", accessed June 26, 2011
  8. ^ Gioia, Michael.How to Succeed's Michael Park Among Winners at 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards", June 20, 2011
  9. ^ McGrath, Sean et al."Roundabout's 'Little Me' Hopes For Big Laughs From Prince & Short; Opens Nov. 12" November 12, 1998
  10. ^ Fox, Jena Tesse."Applause and Encores for Michael Park", February 7, 2008
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth."'Burnt Part Boys', a Musical Tale of West Virginia, Begins in NYC; Park, Brady, Calderon Star", April 30, 2010
  12. ^ Rizzo, Frank."Legit Reviews: 'The Last Goodbye'" Variety, August 15, 2010
  13. ^ Probst, Andy."Review: 'Middletown'", November 4, 2010
  14. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "That Grin of Impetuous Youth": 'How to Succeed' Revival, With Daniel Radcliffe, Opens on Broadway", March 27, 2011
  15. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Handful of Broadway Newsies Make Up Peter Pan's Lost Boys and Swashbuckling Pirates", Playbill, October 7, 2014
  16. ^ Cox, Gordon. Musical"Evan Hansen" Variety, August 13, 2015

External links

  • Michael Park at the Internet Movie Database
  • Michael Park, Internet Broadway DataBase
  • SoapCentral entry
  • Official Site, Michael Park
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