Actor Michael Angarano

Michael Anthony Angarano (born December 3, 1987) is an American actor. He became known for his roles in the film Music of the Heart (1999) and the television series Cover Me (2000–2001). Since then he has starred in a number of films including Sky High (2005), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), Haywire (2011), The English Teacher (2013), and Sun Dogs (2017). He has also appeared in the television series I’m Dying Up Here (2017–2018) and This Is Us. The latter earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination as an Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2019.

Early life

Angarano was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Michael and Doreen Angarano; he has two sisters and a younger brother. He is of Italian descent.

His family owns and operates the dance studio Reflections in Dance in Canoga Park, California. Angarano graduated from Crespi Carmelite High School.


In the late 1990s, Angarano was one of the finalists for the role of young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, but lost to Jake Lloyd.

Angarano played the 11-year-old version of William Miller in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous in 2000.

In 2000, 12-year-old Angarano acted in Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family. The following year, he landed his first major film role in Little Secrets, opposite Evan Rachel Wood and David Gallagher. Three years later, he starred in the Nickelodeon TV-movie Maniac Magee. He played the lead role in 2005’s Sky High. Other film roles include parts in The Bondage, Black Irish, Man in the Chair, Snow Angels, The Final Season, One Last Thing…, The Forbidden Kingdom, Ceremony, The Brass Teapot, and Red State.

Angarano did not study martial arts before The Forbidden Kingdom. Once cast he studied in China for eight hours a day for two weeks with action choreographer Woo-Ping Yuen. Over the seven months of shooting his skills and confidence grew. Angarano’s fight scenes were filmed during the last 35 days of shooting.

On television, from 2001 to 2006, he had a recurring role on Will & Grace as Elliott, the son of Jack McFarland, a role he reprised in an episode of the show’s 2017 reboot. In 2007, he appeared in four episodes of the show 24 as Scott Wallace, a teenager taken hostage by a terrorist. From 2014 to 2015, he played Dr. Bertram “Bertie” Chickering, Jr. on Cinemax’s period drama The Knick. Angarano has also played Eddie Zeidel on the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here.

Personal life

From 2005 to early 2009, Angarano was in a relationship with American actress Kristen Stewart. He then dated English actress Juno Temple from 2013 to 2016.

In September 2019, he confirmed his relationship with American actress Maya Erskine. On November 2, 2020, the couple revealed that they were engaged and expecting a child. Their son, Leon Frederick, was born in 2021.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Childhood’s End 1st Boy Uncredited
I’m Not Rappaport 3-year-old Cowboy
1997 For Richer or Poorer Sammy Yoder
1998 River Red Young Tom
1999 Music of the Heart Young Nick Tzvaras
Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure Nick
2000 Almost Famous Young William Miller
The Matt Tyler
2002 Little Secrets Philip Lenox
The New Kid Austin
2003 Seabiscuit Young Red Pollard
2004 The Dust Factory Rocky Mazzelli Limited release
Speak David Petrakis
2005 Dear Wendy Freddie Limited release
Sky High Will Stronghold
Lords of Dogtown Sid
2006 One Last Thing… Dylan Jameison Limited release
The Bondage Charlie
2007 The Final Season Mitch Akers
Man in the Chair Cameron Kincaid
Snow Angels Arthur Parkinson
Black Irish Cole McKay
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom Jason Tripitikas
2009 Gentlemen Broncos Benjamin Purvis
2010 Ceremony Sam Davis
2011 The Art of Getting By Dustin Mason
Red State Travis
Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning Townsman Voice role
Haywire Scott
2012 The Brass Teapot John
2013 The End of Love Himself Cameo
The English Teacher Jason Sherwood
Empire State Eddie
2015 Wild Card Cyrus Kinnick
The Stanford Prison Experiment Christopher Archer
2017 Avenues Max Also writer/director/producer
Sun Dogs Ned Chipley
2018 In a Relationship Owen


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Saturday Night Live David Duchovny’s son 1 episode: “David Duchovny/Rod Stewart”
New York News 1 episode: “Welcome Back Cotter”
1997 Stranger in My Home Drew TV Movie
Cybill Timmy 1 episode: “The Wedding”
1998 Grace and Glorie Bicycle Kid TV Movie
The Pretender Patrick Harper 1 episode: “Stolen”
1999 As the World Turns Matthew John “M.J.” Dixon
Seven Days Evan Hamilton 1 episode: “For the Children”
2000–2001 Cover Me Chance Arno Main cast, 24 episodes
2001 Say Uncle Nick TV Movie
Will & Grace Elliot 13 episodes
2003 Maniac Magee Jeffrey Lionel Magee TV Movie
My Life with Men Ben TV Pilot
ER Zack 1 episode: “The Greater Good”
2004 Less than Perfect George Denton 2 episodes: “The Crush”, “Claude’s 15 Minutes of Christmas”
2005 Summerland Jeb Ekhart 2 episodes: “Leaving Playa Linda”, “Where There’s a Will There’s a Wave”
Kevin Hill Ethan Claypool 1 episode: “Only Sixteen”
2007 24 Scott Wallace 4 episodes
2012 Entry Level Jake TV Movie
2014–2015 The Knick Dr. Bertram “Bertie” Chickering, Jr. Main cast
20 episodes
2014 Drunk History Walt Disney 1 episode: “Hollywood”
2017–2018 I’m Dying Up Here Eddie Zeidel Main cast, 20 episodes
2017–2018 Mom Cooper 2 episodes
2018–2021 This Is Us Nick Pearson Recurring, 7 episodes
2019 Dollface Steve Episode: “Beauty Queen”
2020 PEN15 Greg Rosso 2 episodes
2020 A Teacher Tinder Date 1 episode: “Episode 9”

External Links

Actor Michael Angarano – Wikipedia

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