Mike Pniewski | Biography

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  • Full Name Mike Pniewski
  • Occupation Television & Film Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Birth Date Apr 20, 1961
  • Age 63 Years, 3 Months
  • Height 6 Feet 1 Inch
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
Actor on Series 'Hightown'

Mike Pniewski | Biography

Writer & Actor in 2019 Short Film 'Mend'

The actor also worked in numerous commercials and voiceovers for renowned companies and brands like Xerox, Gold Bond, Ford, Sprite, CNN, and McDonald’s, to name a few.

Mike Pniewski is an American actor most recognized for his most recent acting role as Ed Murphy in the Starz mystery crime drama series Hightown (2020).

Who is Mike Pniewski?

Mike Pniewski is a television and film actor born on 20 April 1961 in Los Angeles, California. 

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1983. The same year, he won the ‘Natalie Wood Acting Award.’ He also trained acting at The Grounding Theater and Brian Reise.

Pniewski made his onscreen acting debut in 1984. Since then, he has appeared in more than 170 acting credits, as per IMDb

Short Career Bio

Pniewski was in recurring roles in numerous television series, including Law & Order: Criminal IntentDrop Dead DivaThe GameHalt and Catch FireThe Good WifeBlue BloodsShots FiredLongmireThe Good FightThe ResidentMadam Secretary, and Hightown

He also guest-starred in television series like The SopranosCSI: MiamiLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitBanshee, and NCIS: New Orleans. Furthermore, he starred in television movies like My Fake Fiancé (2009), The Lost Valentine (2011), A Smile as Big as the Moon (2012), and Killing Reagan (2016).

In addition, Pniewski’s film credits include Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Remember the Titans (2000), Runaway Jury (2003), Ray (2004), The Ledge (2011), The Founder (2016), American Made (2017), and Richard Jewell (2019).

Furthermore, he wrote and starred in the 2019 short film Mend. For that, he won the ‘Acting ‘Award’ for ‘Best Actor in a Short Film’ at Hollywood South Film Festival and the ‘Festival Award’ for ‘Best Actor’ ‘Best Screenplay’ at Southern Shorts Awards. 

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He previously appeared in short films Flight of the Pteranodon (1999) and Two Soldiers (2003), which won the 2003 ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Live Action Short Film.’

The actor also worked in numerous commercials and voiceovers for renowned companies and brands like Xerox, Gold Bond, Ford, Sprite, CNN, and McDonald’s, to name a few.

In addition, Pniewski is a speaker and career coach. He is also an author of his book titled ‘When Life Gives You Lemons, Throw ‘em Back!,’ published in 2010.


Hightown is a mystery crime drama series created by Rebecca Perry Cutter. It follows a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent Jackie Quiñones (played by Monica Raymund), and his journey to sobriety.

Pniewski portrayed the role of Ed Murphy, Jackie’s National Marine Fisheries Service partner. 

Premiered on Starz on 17 May 2020, the series completed its second season in 2021. Starz renewed the series for a third season on 1 March 2022.

Upcoming Project

Pniewski will be appearing in Netflix’s upcoming crime thriller film Reptile, alongside Benicio Del Toro, Frances Fisher, and Alicia Silverstone. 

Directed by Grant Singer, the film follows a hardened New England detective Nichols (played by Benicio Del Toro) as he attempts to uncover the truth in a case where nothing is as it seems. While doing so, he begins to dismantle the illusions in his own life.

Personal Life

Pniewski is married to Jaye Jackson-Pniewski, a makeup artist known for her works in short films The Big Table (2009) and Encuéntrate (2011), and the television series On Mission Xtra (2009). 

Movies Actor Mike Pniewski wife and daughters
Mike Pniewski with his wife and three daughters in 2020. (Photo: Twitter)

The couple lives in Atlanta, Georgia. They have three daughters together. 

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