- Full Name Michael Michele Williams
- Nickname Michael Michele
- Occupation Actress, Producer & Director
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Evansville, Indiana, USA
- Birth Date Aug 30, 1966
- Age 57 Years, 5 Months
Michael Michele | BiographyAppears on Series 'Dynasty'
Michele briefly worked at a clothing retail company called The Gap to meet her ends until she got her initial big break when she was cast in the 1991 crime thriller film 'New Jack City,' opposite Wesley Snipes. After that, she appeared as Holly Williams in the television series 'Dangerous Curves' as a series regular. In 1993, she played Maxine Phillips in the television mini-series 'Trade Winds.' She then appeared in a recurring role on New York Undercover and co-starred on 'Central Park West (CPW)' between 1994 and 1996.
Michael Michele is an American actress and producer best known for portraying the role of Dr. Cleo Finch in the medical drama television series ER. She currently plays Dominique Deveraux in the drama series Dynasty.
Who is Michael Michele?
Michael Michele is an actress who made her on-screen debut in 1988, guest-starring in the sports comedy television series 1st & Ten.
She was also a supporting character in Eddie Murphy's 1989 crime comedy-drama film Harlem Nights. However, she was fired from her role during the shooting. Later, she filed suit against Murphy, alleging she was fired from the movie for rejecting his romantic advances. Michele later settled her lawsuit out of court.
Michele briefly worked at a clothing retail company called The Gap to meet her ends until she got her initial big break when she was cast in the 1991 crime thriller film New Jack City, opposite Wesley Snipes. After that, she appeared as Holly Williams in the television series Dangerous Curves as a series regular. In 1993, she played Maxine Phillips in the television mini-series Trade Winds. She then appeared in a recurring role on New York Undercover and co-starred on Central Park West (CPW) between 1994 and 1996.
Michele scored another significant television role as Detective Rene Sheppard in the 'Emmy Award’-winning NBC police drama series, Homicide: Life on the Street. She reprised the role in one episode of Law & Order in 1999 and the 2000 television movie Homicide: The Movie.
From 1999 to 2002, Michele portrayed the role of Dr. Cleo Finch in the highly acclaimed NBC medical drama television series ER. Michael's notable presence on ER begot her opportunities to reappear in films as she landed the role of Veronica Porche in the Oscar-nominated biographical sports drama film Ali (2001). She later appeared in films Dark Blue (2002) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003).
After giving birth to her son in 2004, Michele became a single mom and less active in her acting career. She just made guest appearances in television series like House, The Following, Blue Bloods, and MacGyver. During her acting break, Michele founded her own production company called MIX66 in 2016. She also made her directorial debut and executive produced a docu-series, Mavericks. In 2019, she returned to acting full-time on the Season 2 of The CW's reboot of the 1980s drama series Dynasty. The series is presently running on its fifth season.
Early Bio and Parents
Michael Michele was born Michael Michele Williams in Evansville, Indiana, on 30 August 1966. She was born to her parents, Jerry and Thersa Willaims. Her father is an American entrepreneur, and her mother is an African-American corporate manager. She has one younger sister.
Michele was a huge basketball fan growing up. She played roundball in high school, making the state championships. She also played volleyball and ran track in her high school years. She eventually developed a passion for acting. To pursue an acting career, she relocated to New York in the late 1980s. She subsequently got involved in commercials and television roles.
On 21 December 2004, Michele gave birth to her son, J. Brandon, with New York restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez. Michele and Rodriguez were in a live-in relationship in Los Angeles, but they parted ways in 2005. Michele currently lives with her son in New York.
Before living with Michele Rodriguez was married to Elaine, with whom he shared three children. According to nypost.com, Rodriguez married Elaine in 1985 and left her in 1997. Later, Elaine filed a divorce with Rodriguiz following 'the impending birth of his child with Michele.
Lawyer Brett Kimmel told in a December 2004 article that the court papers - submitted by Kimmel's client and Rodriguez's wife Elaine - identified Michele as the mother of Jimmy Rodriguez's son. The court filing also says Rodriguez hit Elaine with his car when she went to his office to get her support money. However, he was paying $12,000 a month in spousal support in 2004.
The exact net worth of Michele is yet to be known.