Michael's father, Stewart, is an engineer. Michael's mother, Joan, died in 1994 after a two year bout with cancer. During this period, Michael quit acting to care for her. He has a younger brother, Keith, who is a Navy pilot.
Has published an acclaimed book of poetry, "Eighteen Straight Whiskeys" based on his early life experiences.
When he joined One Life to Live (1968) in 2003, he was given the choice of playing either the newly created role of John McBain or the longtime role of Todd Manning, which had been vacated months earlier by Roger Howarth. Knowing that both the character of Todd Manning and Roger Howarth were extremely popular with the fans, Easton felt that he would not be able to live up to fans expectations in portraying Todd Manning, and chose to play John McBain instead.