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Born: February 15, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Manhattan Beach, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, editor, bartender, waiter, attack dog trainer

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This soulful, dark-haired, boyish player segued from teen sensation in a daytime soap to primetime lead in two suspense series. Appealingly sleepy-eyed with a Keanu Reeves-like style of delivery, Michael Easton has the looks of a lost Baldwin brother.Born in California to visiting Irish parents, Easton was educated at Irish and English prep schools before returning to the US for college. After studying English at UCLA and theater at NYU, he made his first feature film appearances, supporting roles in Wings Hauser's latter-day Cold War thriller "Coldfire" (1990) and "The Art of Dying" and "The Killing Zone" (both 1991). Easton also did theater work in New York, supporting himself with the usual starving actor jobs (waiting tables, tending bar) as well as an unusual one: "agitating" attacks dogs to help train them.Easton's sultry good looks earned him the role of teen heartthrob Tanner Scofield on the NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives" for two seasons in the early 1990s (he also reprised the role in a 1992 primetime episode). His newfound popularity won Easton supporting roles as a mysterious vacationer in the thriller "Shadow of a Stranger" (NBC, 1992) and a smaller role in the miniseries "Judith...

This soulful, dark-haired, boyish player segued from teen sensation in a daytime soap to primetime lead in two suspense series. Appealingly sleepy-eyed with a Keanu Reeves-like style of delivery, Michael Easton has the looks of a lost Baldwin brother.

Born in California to visiting Irish parents, Easton was educated at Irish and English prep schools before returning to the US for college. After studying English at UCLA and theater at NYU, he made his first feature film appearances, supporting roles in Wings Hauser's latter-day Cold War thriller "Coldfire" (1990) and "The Art of Dying" and "The Killing Zone" (both 1991). Easton also did theater work in New York, supporting himself with the usual starving actor jobs (waiting tables, tending bar) as well as an unusual one: "agitating" attacks dogs to help train them.

Easton's sultry good looks earned him the role of teen heartthrob Tanner Scofield on the NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives" for two seasons in the early 1990s (he also reprised the role in a 1992 primetime episode). His newfound popularity won Easton supporting roles as a mysterious vacationer in the thriller "Shadow of a Stranger" (NBC, 1992) and a smaller role in the miniseries "Judith Krantz's 'Dazzle'" (CBS, 1995) and a guest shot on a 1994 segment of "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS).

In 1995, Easton played the goofy boy-next-door on the short-lived sci-fi series "VR.5" (Fox, 1995) concerning a revolutionary virtual reality device. He followed up with a starring role in the adventure series "Two" (syndicated, 1996-97), as a college professor framed for the murder of his loving wife by his vengeful, long-lost twin brother. A martial arts enthusiast and gymnast, Easton has performed many of his own, less life-threatening, stunts on "Two" and has also co-written several episodes.

Additionally, Easton has written several screenplays, including a biopic of actor Montgomery Clift. He wrote, directed and starred in the short "Daedalus is Dead" (1995), which has received festival screenings.

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 Art Of Dying, The (1991) Bobby
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 Coldfire (1990) Jake Edwards
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 70's, The (2000) Nick
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Born in California
1995:
Co-starred in Fox sci-fi series "VR.5"
1992:
Primetime TV debut, a special episode of the soap, "Days of Our Lives: One Stormy Night" (NBC)
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Stopped performing to care for mother who had been diagnosed with cancer
1997:
Was a regular on the short-lived Fox drama "413 Hope Street"
1995:
Wrote, directed and starred in the short film "Daedalus Is Dead"; screen at film festivals
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Raised in Ireland; educated in Ireland and England
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Returned to US to attend college
1997:
Wrote script for biopic of actor Montgomery Clift, tentatively titled "Monty"
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Had recurring role on "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
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Headlined the Showtime drama "Total Recall: The Series"
1995:
Miniseries debut, "Judith Krantz's 'Dazzle'" (CBS)
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Starred in syndicated adventure series "Two"; also co-wrote some episodes
1990:
TV debut, played Tanner Scofield in the NBC daytime soap "Days of Our Lives"
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Went through what he calls "a really destructive phase where I did a lot of alcohol and drugs" and was homeless
1990:
Film debut, "Coldfire"
2001:
Joined cast of the ABC soap "Port Charles" in dual role as a vampire and the creature's human twin, a priest
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California -
New York University: New York, New York -

Notes

Not to be confused with art director Michael Easton Smith.

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father:
Stewart Easton. Engineer. Irish.
mother:
Joan Easton. Irish; died of cancer in 1994.
brother:
Keith Easton. Pilot. Served in US Navy; younger.

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"Eighteen Straight Whiskeys"

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