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Michael Urie
Born Michael Lorenzo Urie
August 8, 1980 (1980-08-08) (age 29)
Dallas, Texas

Michael Lorenzo Urie (born August 8, 1980) is an American actor, television producer and director, best known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on the ABC dramedy series Ugly Betty.



Michael Urie graduated from Vines High School and Plano Senior High School. Urie, while still a student at Juilliard performed in the world premiere of Love and Happiness (2001) at the Consolati Performing Arts Center, starring as a sixteen-year-old trying to get rid of his mother's boyfriend.[1] In addition to this, he appeared in student productions of Sylvia (1998) and Locked Away (1999) at Quad C Theatre.[citation needed]

He also was the recipient of the 2002 John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre from the Juilliard School and his classical credits include Shakespeare, Jacobean drama, and commedia dell'arte.[2]

Urie played the central character in the stage play WTC View as well as in the film adaptation. He is currently finishing a short documentary film, Two Down that centers on high school speech and debate tournaments, for Frontal Lobe Productions.[citation needed]

He is on the board of Plum Productions and serves as its casting director. With the same company he has produced and appeared in Prachtoberfest and lowbrow (and a little bit tacky). As a freelance producer, he has worked on Like The Mountains and The Fantasticks (Four Players Theatre). He also directed the latter production.[citation needed]

The character of "Marc St. James" on Ugly Betty was not initially intended as recurring; thus Urie was billed in the credits as a guest star. As originally conceived, Wilhelmina Slater was to have a different assistant in each episode.[3] However, Vanessa Williams loved their chemistry, and Michael was signed on as a full time regular. He and the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2007 and 2008.[4] The role earned Urie a Ewwy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009.

Patti LuPone has appeared with Urie to play Marc's mother in at least one episode.[5]

During the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike Urie hosted TLC's reality-based series "Miss America Reality Check." The program followed the contestants participating in the 2008 Miss America Pageant.[6]

Urie returns often to his theater roots, including his recent direction of a one-night celebrity performed staging of Howard Ashman's unproduced musical "Dreamstuff". The musical was re-imagined by Howard's partners Marsha Malamet and Dennis Green and performed one night only at Los Angeles' Hayworth Theatre as part of the Bruno Kirby celebrity reading series. Eden Espinosa starred in the show along with Fred Willard, Vicki Lewis, David Blue and Luke Macfarlane. He has also been on "Live With Regis and Kelly" and has also starred in the 2008 Disney blockbuster production Beverly Hills Chihuahua as the voice of Sebastian

On 29 October 2008, he appeared as a guest presenter on the British National Television Awards, awarding for the Best Performance in a Serial Drama.[citation needed]

Urie has also started his own website for videoblogging and live chats, currently under construction.[7]

Personal life

In June 2009 Urie referred to himself as "a member of the LGBT community" on his website.[8] While Urie's sexuality has long been speculated, his February 2010 interview in The Advocate revealed that he identifies as "queer", though, unlike other men, it never felt wrong when he was with women. As of February 2010 he has been dating actor Ryan Spahn for over a year.[9]

As in Ugly Betty, Urie is best friends with fellow cast member Becki Newton. Both are the hosts of the official podcast of the show.

He is of Scottish descent.[citation needed]

Filmography & Television

Year Title Role
2006-present Ugly Betty Marc St. James
2008-present Mode After Hours Marc St. James
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Sebastian
Tangled Web Husband
2005 WTC View Eric


Year Title Role
2009 The Temperamentals Rudi Gernreich[10]


  1. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "Love and Happiness". CurtainUp. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Ugly Betty - Bios". Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  3. ^ Jacqueline Cutler, "Celebrity Scoop: Michael Urie," Winston-Salem Journal, November 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Michael Urie - Awards
  5. ^ "3 New Series Regulars". January 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  6. ^ Regina Schaffer. "Miss America gets real (or just about as real as a beauty pageant can get)," The Press of Atlantic City (NJ), January 4, 2008, page B1.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Michael Urie on Playing an Activist and Assistant on The Temperamentals and Ugly Betty". New York Magazine. June 28 2009. 
  9. ^ Lamphier, Jason (February 2010). "The Not So Ugly Truth". The Advocate. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  10. ^ BWW News Desk (2009-11-16). "Out Magazine 'Out 100' Includes Four TEMPERAMENTALS, Gavin Creel, Neil Patrick Harris & More". Broadway World. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 

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