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Michael Cerveris was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1960. He attended Yale University where he majored in theater studies, and by age 26, he was playing Ian Ware on the popular TV series "Fame" (NBC, 1982-87). He made his Broadway debut in 1993 with a role in "The Who's Tommy," and effectively never looked back. Cerveris would next appear in the musical "Titanic," followed by an off-Broadway run as the lead in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"-a role he reprised in 2000 when the musical was brought to London's West End. In 2004, he won a Tony for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in the Broadway musical "Assassins." Cerveris would go on to continue his success on the stage in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and "LoveMusik" before returning to TV to play September on the quirky sci-fi series "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013). Soon however, it was back to Broadway with roles in "In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)" and "Evita." Cerveris would win yet another Tony for his role in "Fun Home" in 2015, though he would remain a fixture on TV as well with roles on "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016) and "Mosaic" (HBO, 2018-).
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Early TV credit in the CBS miniseries, "Doubletake"
Began acting in regional theater in such plays as "Romeo and Juliet" and "Tooth of Crime"
Played British rock singer Ian Ware on the syndicated series "Fame"
Film acting debut in "Tokyo Pop"
Originated the lead role in "The Who's Tommy," a stage musical produced at the La Jolla Playhouse and reprised the part on Broadway in 1993, for which he earned a Featured Actor in a Musical Tony nomination
Made a memorable guest appearance on HBO's "Dream On" as an expectant father
Returned to Broadway as the ship's designer Thomas Andrews in the award-winning musical "Titanic"
Acted in the feature "Lulu on the Bridge"
Replaced a vacationing John Cameron Mitchell in the Off-Broadway hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Succeeded John Cameron Mitchell in the title role of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Reprised his stage role in the London production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Cast as a gay postal worker involved with a gangster (played by James Gandolfini) in "The Mexican"
Played a cross-dressing neighbor of an American woman working in London in the short-lived FOX series "The American Embassy"
Starred as John Wilkes Booth in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins"
Cast in the Broadway revival of "Sweeney Todd" as the bloody barber, for which he earned a Tony nomination
Earned a Tony nomination for his performance as composer Kurt Weill in the Broadway musical "LoveMusik"
Had a recurring role on the FOX drama "Fringe" as The Observer
Cast as Desmond Tiny in the feature adaptation of "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"
Played the recurring role of Marvin Frey on the HBO drama "Treme"
Nabbed a recurring role as James Castro on CBS's "The Good Wife"
Landed a supporting role in the comedy-drama "Detours"
Appeared as Congressman Jeff Pearson on TV series "Madam Secretary"