Michael Gross Biography
Michael Gross is an American television, movie, and stage actor who plays both comedic and dramatic roles. His most notable roles are as the father Steven Keaton from Family Ties and the graboid hunter Burt Gummer from the Tremors franchise. He is best known for his role as liberal husband and father Steven Keaton on the hit television series Family Ties. For Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001) he received a Video Premiere Award as best actor. Gross had a special cameo in 2000 on Spin City as a therapist to Michael J. Fox's character on Fox's final show as a regular on that program.
Gross was born on June 21, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of William Oscar Gross, a tool designer and Virginia Ruth, a telephone operator. On his early age, he was involved in gang activity early in high school, but eventually chose to focus on his studies. He became a National Honor Society member and was president of his senior class. A natural performer, Gross discovered he had a passion for acting. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he attended the prestigious Yale University School of Drama, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Talking about his career journey, in his first years as an actor, Gross worked steadily onstage. Later in 1979, he made his Broadway debut in the play Bent, co-starring with Richard Gere. While living in New York City, Gross auditioned for a new television show that would change his life and career: Family Ties. Gross was cast as liberal husband and dad Steven Keaton, and his popularity soared as Family Ties became a hit. Working alongside co-stars Michael J. Fox and Meredith Baxter (with whom Gross shares a birthday), he appeared on the series from 1982 to 1989.
Turning back to his personal life, Gross has been married to Elza Bergeron—a casting director who helped him to land his Family Ties role—since June 1984, and they have two children. He is the brother of Mary Gross, an actress who was a performer on Saturday Night Live. Gross is also a passionate fan of railroads and their history, with an interest in model railroads and a collection of railway memorabilia. He and his wife are part owners of the Santa Fe Southern Railway.
Gross is a passionate railfan with an extensive collection of railroad antiques. He is an amateur railroad historian, photographer, modeler, and part-owner in a working railroad, the Santa Fe Southern Railway, a former branch line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway which operates between Lamy and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also the spokesman for the World's Greatest Hobby campaign sponsored by the Model Railroad Industry Association that promotes the hobby of model railroading. He has also been a spokesperson for Operation Lifesaver, a campaign promoting safety at railroad grade crossings. Beginning in 2009, Gross is the "celebrity spokesman" for the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a member of the Santa Fe Railway Historical Society.
Gross's other television credits include many guest roles in different shows, including ER, Law & Order and Ally McBeal. Gross also reunited with his Family Ties co-star Fox to appear in Fox's last episode of Spin City. In addition to TV series, Gross has appeared in multiple made-for-TV movies and starred in the Tremors series of films.
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