Michael Hogan


Actor

About

Birth Place
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, CA

Biography

A much-respected and award-winning actor in his native Canada, Michael Hogan gained his largest audience in the United States after he was cast as Colonel Paul (and later Saul) Tigh in The Sci Fi Channel's revamp of "Battlestar Galactica" (2004-08). Prior to that, he was a ubiquitous face on stage in Canada, and on television and in films on both sides of North America; most notably in a...

Biography

A much-respected and award-winning actor in his native Canada, Michael Hogan gained his largest audience in the United States after he was cast as Colonel Paul (and later Saul) Tigh in The Sci Fi Channel's revamp of "Battlestar Galactica" (2004-08). Prior to that, he was a ubiquitous face on stage in Canada, and on television and in films on both sides of North America; most notably in a recurring role on "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09), which also featured his wife, actress Susan Hogan.

Though the exact date of Hogan's birth was a matter of private record, the actor was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario; some sources cited that his father was employed as a prospector, but these were unverified. He trained for his profession at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he met and fell in love with fellow aspiring performer Susan King. The couple married and eventually had three children, two of whom - daughter Jennie-Rebecca and son Gabriel - would follow in their parents' footsteps.

Hogan made a name for himself as a stage actor with appearances in "Death of a Salesman," starring as Biff. Ironically, 19 years later, he would return to the play to tackle Willy Loman. The actor also appeared in numerous Shakespeare productions -including a staging of "The Taming of the Shrew" opposite wife Susan - and even the play "Cowboy King," which was performed on horseback in the interior of British Columbia. His film career began in 1978 in the underrated trucker movie "High-Ballin'" (1978), starring Peter Fonda and Jerry Reed. More Canadian-lensed features and television soon followed, and in 1983, he was top-billed (along with Susan Hogan) in "Vanderberg" (CBC), a six-part drama about a ruthless businessman's climb to power. Three years later, the Hogans starred opposite acclaimed actors Michael Gough and Gert Frobe in "The Little Vampire" (1986), a 13-part family sitcom co-produced by West German television and based on the novels by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.

Hogan was nominated for a Genie, the Canadian equivalent of the Academy Award, for playing a disillusioned Canadian government official in "Diplomatic Immunity" (1990). A year later, he won the Genie for "Solitaire" (1991), an acclaimed drama about tensions and friendships that arose during a Christmas family reunion. He continued to work steadily in Canadian film and television ("Gross Misconduct," 1992) as well as American series filmed above the border, such as "The Outer Limits" (Showtime, 1995-2002). More importantly, he eventually began to land roles stateside in U.S. television programs, including "Hearts Afire" (CBS, 1992-95) and "Millennium" (Fox, 1996-99). In 1998, he began a recurring role as a police detective on the acclaimed drama "Cold Squad" (CTV, 1998-2002).

.In 2003, Hogan appeared in the two-hour premiere of "Monk" (USA Network, 2002-09) before being cast as Col. Saul Tigh in Ronald Moore's revisionist take on "Battlestar Galactica." According to a rare interview with the publicity-shy Hogan, he initially rejected the series, but changed his mind after learning that Edward James Olmos was headlining the show as Admiral Adama. The two-part miniseries proved to be one of the most successful original broadcasts ever aired on The Sci Fi Channel. Not surprisingly, a series was soon ordered. Thankfully, Hogan returned to play Tigh - though for the first two years of the series - the very busy actor divided his time between "Galactica" and a recurring role (with wife Susan) as the conservative parents who reject the lifestyle choice of their daughter, lesbian tennis star Dana Fairbanks (Erin Daniels) on "The L Word."

In 2004, the network launched "Battlestar Galactica" as a series to much acclaim by critics, enjoyed by an initially small but loyal viewership. As with all of the characters on the new "Galactica," Hogan's Tigh - who was initially named Paul in an alleged clerical error, but renamed Saul for the series run - was given a rich and complex history and storyline. A gruff former fighter pilot who struggled with alcoholism and a marriage rocked by infidelity, Tigh's nature allows him to make unpleasant decisions - including the heartbreaking moment when a nuclear missile strikes the Galactica and he chooses to seal off the damaged section, killing the wounded located there rather than lose the entire ship. But he is less successful in interpersonal politics, most notably with ace pilot Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) and Admiral Adama. Many of Tigh's decisions make him an unpopular figure among the colonists, which only worsens after he is revealed as a conspirator in an attempt to throw an election in favor of President Roslin (Mary McDonnell). Tigh later becomes a shadow of his former self after he is forced to execute his own wife (Kate Vernon) when she is accused of aiding the colonists' sworn enemies, the robotic Cylons. But in an ingenious twist in the show's third season cliffhanger, it is revealed that Tigh himself may actually be a Cylon. The answer to that question was among the many "Galactica" viewers were eager to learn when the series returned for its final season in 2008.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Red Riding Hood (2011)
Snowmageddon (2011)
Ice Road Terror (2011)
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2010)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
A Simple Curve (2005)
Nights Below Station Street (2000)
Joe Walsh
Marine Life (2000)
Scorn (2000)
Secret of Giving (1999)
Sheriff Pardu
Ellen Foster (1997)
Johnson
End of Summer (1997)
The Boys Next Door (1996)
The Pathfinder (1996)
A Kidnapping in the Family (1996)
The Road to Saddle River (1994)
Louis
A Man in Uniform (1993)
Detective Rich
The Cutting Edge (1992)
Stay Tuned (1992)
Clearcut (1991)
Diplomatic Immunity II (1990)
Jack Budyansky
Stella (1990)
The Last Best Year (1990)
Billy Allen
Cowboys Don't Cry (1988)
Ron Grady
Palais Royale (1988)
Sergeant Leonard
The Peanut Butter Solution (1987)
Billy
Lost! (1986)
Bob
He's Fired, She's Hired (1984)
Gas (1981)
The Intruder Within (1981)
Chili
Jack London's Klondike Fever (1979)
High Ballin' (1978)
I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)
Ship's officer
The Ace Of Spades (1935)
Runaway Queen (1934)
The Leader
His Lordship (1932)
Comrade Curzon
Two Crowded Hours (1931)
Scammell

Writer (Feature Film)

Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)
Screenwriter
Bride of Vengeance (1949)
Story
Bride of Vengeance (1949)
Screenwriter
The Woman on the Beach (1947)
Adaptation
Tall in the Saddle (1944)
Screenwriter
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
Screenwriter
Forever and a Day (1943)
Screenwriter
Appointment in Berlin (1943)
Screenwriter
The Prime Minister (1942)
Screenplay and dial
Arabian Nights (1942)
Story and Screenplay
Lady from Louisiana (1941)
Screenwriter
Rebecca (1940)
Adaptation
My Love Came Back (1940)
Contr to dial
South of Suez (1940)
Contr to dial
Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)
Screenwriter
A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Original Story
Doctor Syn (1937)
Dial
King Solomon's Mines (1937)
Screenwriter
Born for Glory (1935)
Adaptation
The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)
Screenwriter

Cast (Special)

Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987)

Life Events

1978

First big screen role was in the Peter Fonda movie "High-Ballin"

1983

Co-starred with wife on the Canadian series "Vanderberg"

1985

Starred in the children's film, "The Peanut Butter Solution"

1986

Co-starred with wife on the Canadian/German series "The Little Vampire"

1990

Earned a Genie Award nomination for his role in "Diplomatic Immunity"

1991

Won a Genie Award for his supporting role in "Solitaire"

1992

Had a bit part in the film "The Cutting Edge"

1997

Appeared in the "My Brother's Keeper" segment of Showtime's "Dead Man's Gun"

1998

Starred in the Canadian police drama "Cold Squad"

2003

Won a Gemini Award for his role in the CBC telefilm, "Betrayed"

2003

Cast as Col. Saul Tigh in the Sci-Fi mini-series, "Battlestar Galactica"

2004

Reprised role of Col. Tigh on the Sci-Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica"

2004

With wife Susan, had a recurring role as a married couple on Showtime's "The L Word"

Videos

Movie Clip

Tall In The Saddle (1944) - That Queen Is Dead One of the finer Western poker scenes, Edwin L. Marin directing, stranger Rocklin (John Wayne) playing with local hotshot Clint (Russell Wade) who seems unclear on the customs regarding a flipped card, Ward Bond, Cy Kendall, Russell Simpson et all observing, in Tall In The Saddle, 1944.
Woman On The Beach, The - Afraid Of Ghosts Fresh from a visit to his sensible fiancee', Coast Guardsman Burnett (Robert Ryan) meets mysterious beachcomber Peggy (Joan Bennett), early in director Jean Renoir's The Woman On The Beach, 1947.
Prime Minister, The (1942) - Foppish Young Novelist Most of the prologue and the opening scene with John Gielgud, as advertised, in a most uncharacteristic prissy tone, as the young-ish Benjamin Disraeli, meeting the unsuspecting widow Wyndham Lewis (Diana Wynyard), in director Thorold Dickinson's The Prime Minister, 1942.
Prime Minister, The (1942) - You Will Hear Me! Observed by his smitten sponsor, the widow Wyndham Lewis (Diana Wynyard), the snobby yet radical Disraeli (John Gielgud) rises for his first speech in Parliament, 1837, rival Gladstone (Stephen Murray) smirking, early in director Thorold Dickinson's The Prime Minister, 1942.
Prime Minister, The (1942) - This Silly Dance The widow Mrs. Wyndham Lewis (Diana Wynyard), received by host Count D'Orsay (Anthony Ireland), hopes to end her brief estrangement from her pet politician Disraeli (John Gielgud), who is surrendered by the understanding Lady Blessington (Vera Bogetti), in The Prime Minister, 1942.
Appointment In Berlin (1943) - Prime Minister Chamberlain Opening scene, radio report on the Munich Pact, George Sanders as an indignant RAF officer, listening with his father (H.P. Sanders), playing his father, and Alan Napier, then meeting news agent Smitty (Alec Craig), in the 20th Century Fox programmer Appointment In Berlin, 1943.
Appointment In Berlin (1943) - Good Evening Fellow Englishmen Following Wilson (George Sanders), a British deep cover agent, through a Stockholm meeting with German Ilse (Marguerite Chapman), to Berlin for his first traitorous radio broadcast, overseen by her brother Rudolph (Onslow Stevens), in Appointment In Berlin, 1943.
Woman On The Beach, The - I'm Not Well Director Jean Renoir well outside the Hollywood norm with his opening sequence, introducing haunted Coast Guardsman Burnett (Robert Ryan) and, underwater, his fiancee' Eve (Nan Leslie), in The Woman On The Beach, 1947.

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