The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the thirty eighth in a continuing feature at IndustryCentral profiling "The Working Actor". (See Archives below)
William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts--.". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.
Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.
These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.
Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.
These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
Michael Monks
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Michael Monks is a native of Indiana who grew up in Colorado, he graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Industrial Construction Management. Then it was off to New York City to study acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner.

After that it was back to Colorado to save some money, so he worked as a Project Engineer and built a 32 story High-rise in Downtown Denver and the Walker Field Airport Terminal in Grand Junction Colorado. With his bank account replenished it was back to NYC to act. Doing mostly commercials and bad theater for several years Michael headed to Los Angeles in 1989. It was a perfect fit.

He started working immediately in film and television, starting with comedy roles in his first films, "Rock and Roll High School Forever" and "Out on a Limb". Other films include "Air Force One", "Clean Slate", "Little Giants", "Hard Rain", "Angie", "What's Love got to do With It", "Winchell", "Scorpio One", "Last Lives", "Illicit Behavior" and the soon to be released "100 Mile Rule" and "The Legacy".

He has Guest Starred on many TV shows, including "ER", "NYPD Blue", "Friends", "Family Law", "Arliss", "The Division", "Profiler", "Any Day Now", "Home Improvement" and many more. He can be seen in the upcoming HBO period Drama Series "Carnivale".

But Michael is probably most recognizable for his long run on "The Practice" as George Vogelman, the cross-dressing, head chopping, homicidal podiatrist who had trouble getting dates. HMMMMM, wonder why!!! Michael is also a writer who has written pilots for television and feature films.

Representation:
Theatrical Agency:
Progressive Artists Agency; Corp.
400 So. Beverly Drive; Suite 216
Beverly Hills, CA. 90212-4483
310-553-8561 * Fax 310-553-4726

Commercial Agency
AKA Talent Agency
323-965-5600

Michael Monks' advice to the aspiring actor:

"Someone once said that when it comes to choosing a life as an actor, 'If you can do anything else and be happy, do it.' If there isn't and this is what you want to do I would urge you to think of yourself as in it for the long haul, as a career. It takes a lot of time and a great deal of energy. It's not about 'making it' tomorrow, it's about working as an actor and building a career. Don't think it all has to happen right now. This will help you with the ups and downs of the business, and there will be both. But if this is what you love to do, then believe in yourself, go for it, and don't look back"


Michael Monks's Credits (partial)
FILM
100 MILE RULE
THE LEGACY
NOBODY'S BABY
AIR FORCE ONE
HARD RAIN
SPOON RIVER
BELLYFRUTT
DUTY DATING
LITTLE GIANTS
CLEAN SLATE
OUT ON A LIMB
ANGIE
WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT
WINCHELL
CRIME OF ME CENTURY
INDICTMENT
RUNNING MATES
SCORPIO ONE
LAST LIVES
ILLICIT BEHAVIOR
ROCK & ROLL H.S. FOREVER
Road Rules Prod.
Independent
Millenium
Sony
Paramount
Malibu Pictures International
Independent
Independent
Warner Bros.
MGM
Universal
Caravan Pictures
Touchstone
HBO Original Movie
HBO Original Movie
HBO Original Movie
HBO Original Movie
Independent
Independent
Independent
Live Entertainment
Dir: Brent Huff
Dir: James Encinas
Dir: David Seltzer
Dir: Wolfgang Petersen
Dir: Mikael Salomon
Dir: Scott Meehan
Dir: Kerri Green
Dir: Cherry Norris
Dir: Dwayne Dunham
Dir: Mick Jackson
Dir: Francis Veber
Dir: Martha Coolidge
Dir: Brian Gibson
Dir: Paul Mazursky
Dir: Mark Rydell
Dir: Mick Jackson
Dir: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Dir: Worth Keeter
Dir: Worth Keeter
Dir: Worth Keeter
Dir: Deborah Brock

TELEVISION
CARNNALE (Pilot)
ANY DAY NOW
THE PRACTICE (Recurring)
ARLISS
THE DIVISION (Pilot)
THE WEBER SHOW (Pilot)
FAMILY LAW
N.Y.P.D. BLUE
FRIENDS
PROFILER
E.R.
SEVENTH HEAVEN
HOME IMPROVEMENT
HBO
Lifetime
ABC
HBO
Lifetime
NBC
CBS
ABC
NBC
NBC
NBC
WBN/Spelling
ABC
Dir: Rodrigo Garcia
Dir: Roxanne Dawson
Dir: Various
Dir: Rodman Flander
Dir: James Frawley
Dir: James Burrows
Dir: Fred Gerber
Dir: Jake Paltrow
Dir: Gary Halvorson
Dir: Richard Compton
Dir: Charles Haid
Dir: Harry Harris
Dir: Andy Cadiff

THEATER - LA
NOTHING SO SIMPLE AS LOVE
ONE OF MOSE DAYS
THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE
Theatre, Theatre
Matrix/Don Amendolia
LA Theatre Work

THEATER - OFF-OFF BROADWAY
PHOSPHOROUS
RIDDLEY WALKER
ROMEO AND JULIET
THE DINING ROOM
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Primary Stages
La Mama
A.T.A.
The Repertory Co.
Old Castle Theatre

TRAINING
SANFORD MEISNER
DEBORAH HEADWALL
IMPROV
Neighborhood Playhouse
Ensemble Studio Theatre
The Groundlings East

For more info and credits see IMDb

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WORKING ACTOR ARCHIVE
Archives Peter Jason [July 2002]
Peter Jason
July 2002
Archives
John Moskoff [June 2002]
John Moskoff
June 2002
James Reynolds [May 2002]
James Reynolds
May 2002
Mindy Sterling [April 2002]
Mindy Sterling
April 2002
Chelcie Ross [March 2002]
Chelcie Ross
March 2002
Barry Jenner [February 2002]
Barry Jenner
February 2002
John Aylward [January 2002]
John Aylward
January 2002
Denis Arndt [December 2001]
Denis Arndt
December 2001
Bill Smitrovich [November 2001]
Bill Smitrovich
November 2001
Alice Hirson [October 2001]
Alice Hirson
Octobber 2001
Warren Stevens [September 2001]
Warren Stevens
September 2001
Stephen Elliott [August 2001]
Stephen Elliott
August 2001
Eugene Roche [July 2001]
Eugene Roche
July 2001
Jon Polito [June 2001]
Jon Polito
June 2001
Peter Riegert [May 2001]
Peter Riegert
May 2001
Bonnie Bartlett [April 2001]
Bonnie Bartlett
April 2001
William Daniels [March 2001]
William Daniels
March 2001
Dick Whittinghill [February 2001]
Dick Whittinghill
February 2001
Chris Ellis [January 2001]
Chris Ellis
January 2001
James Whitmore Jr. [December 2000]
James Whitmore Jr.
December 2000
Vince Grant [November 2000]
Vince Grant
November 2000
Judith Hoag [October 2000]
Judith Hoag
October 2000
Madison Mason [September 2000]
Madison Mason
September 2000
Jay Acovone [August 2000]
Jay Acovone
August 2000
Richard Riehle [July 2000]
Richard Riehle
July 2000
Charlie Brill [June 2000]
Charlie Brill
June 2000
Edie McClurg [May 2000]
Edie McClurg
May 2000
Miguel Sandoval [April 2000]
Miguel Sandoval
April 2000
Tom Bower [March 2000]
Tom Bower
March 2000
Amy Aquino [February 2000]
Amy Aquino
February 2000
Danny Chambers [January 2000]
Danny Chambers
January 2000
Eve Gordon [December 1999]
Eve Gordon
December 1999
Barbara Niven [November 1999]
Barbara Niven
November 1999
Bill Lucking [October 1999]
Bill Lucking
October 1999
Richard Roundtree [September 1999]
Richard Roundtree
September 1999
Pat Harrington [August 1999]
Pat Harrington
August 1999
Robert Donner [July 1999]
Robert Donner
July 1999

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