Joined a sect called The Way when he was 15.
Graduate of Mamaroneck (NY) High School.
Announced plans to divorce Bonnie Raitt on November 9, 1999.
Student of the Zen Master Bernie Glassman.
Other ordained Zen priests include Leonard Cohen, Bernie Glassman, Pat O'Hara, and Peter Matthiessen.
Lost to Peter MacNicol for the part of Stingo in Sophie's Choice (1982).
Has written lyrics for a number of songs and artists, including two for his ex-wife Bonnie Raitt, one of which, "Longing in Their Hearts," won a Grammy for Raitt. The other song was from Raitt's "Luck of the Draw" album and was entitled "One Part be My Lover."
In the same branch of Buddhism as Peter Matthiessen, Leonard Cohen, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, Bernie Glassman, Reb Anderson, Philip Whalen, Richard Baker, Pat O'Hara, Soe Roshi, and Daido Loori.
Tends to play athletes in movies: he's a basketball player in The Great Santini (1979), a golfer in Caddyshack (1980), a gymnast in Split Image (1982), and a baseball player in The Slugger's Wife (1985).
Began his acting career in Colgate TV commercials and at Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York City.
Ex-son-in-law of John Raitt.
Ex-brother-in-law of David Raitt and Steven Raitt.
Has herniated discs in his neck from playing golf and doesn't play the game anymore.
Brother-in law of actor Michael O'Neill, who is married to his sister Mary.
Was a very shy kid growing up.
While at Mamaroneck High School Michael was cast in The Fantastics at a young age. An old HS friend cast him against Terry Davis as Matt and Luisa. Shortly after High School he attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and was cast in a Crest Commercial.
He is of Irish, and a smaller amount of French-Canadian, ancestry.