Born in New York to a famed family of actors, Mike first walked out on stage at the age of three, stole the show from his father and hasn’t looked back since. He has enjoyed a unique international career entertaining audiences on stage, screen and television, in nightclubs and on concert stages throughout the world. “The Komediant,” a documentary about Mike and his family, won the Israeli Oscar and is currently being distributed throughout the USA.
Mike just received standing ovations in Los Angeles as Meyer Lansky in “Lansky” and his second Drama Desk Award nomination and rave reviews in New York for his performance in “On 2nd Avenue.”
He recently completed a sold-out concert tour of Israel celebrating his 50th Anniversary in Show Business. He recently co-starred with Valerie Harper in the national tour of “The Tale of the Allergist’s wife”. Prior to that, he starred in a National tour garnering rave reviews as Al Jolson in the musical “Jolson.” He won Outer Critics Circle Award nomination starring as Mike Todd in the Broadway musical “Ain’t Broadway Grand” and a Drama Desk Award Nomination for his portrayal of Mayor Rothschild
In the critically acclaimed Off Broadway revival of “The Rothchilds”. Mike starred on Broadway as P.T. Barnum in the Tony Award winning musical “Barnum” (as a role he recreated in the Dutch language production in the Netherlands). Other Broadway credits include “The Megilla” and “Inquest,” in which he was hissed and booed eight times a week as Roy Cohn.
Off-Broadway Mike acted as host – narrator for the 92nd Street Y’s famous “Lyrics & Lyricists” series inaugurated City Center’s popular Encores series in “Fiorello” and starred in the “Fishkin Touch,” in Murray Schisgal’s “Circus Life” and the revival of Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.”
His recent regional credits include acclaimed portrayals of Tevye in “Fiddler On The Roof” at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre and at the Westchester Broadway Theatre as Nathan Detroit in “Guys & Dolls” with Vic Damon ; “1040,” a new musical by Jerry Bock (“Fiddler On The Roof”) and Jerry Sterner (Other People’s Money”) at the University of Houston; as Kurt Weill in “Berlin” To Broadway” at the Coconut Grove Playhouse: “Hatikva,” his tribute to Israel’s 50th Anniversary and the national tour of the Broadway musical “Those Were The Days.”
Recent U.S. TV appearances include “As the world Turns,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” “Law & Order” and HBO’s “Dog Watch” with Sam Elliot and Paul Sorvino.
Overseas, Mike has been on e of Israel‘s all time popular stars since settling there with his parents and twin sister, Susan. He is the winner of two Israeli “Oscars” for his screen portrayal of Kini Lem, a kind of Israeli Forrest Gump. The Israeli Cinematheque saluted his achievements in the Israeli film industry by honoring him at a special ceremony in 1997. Over the past decades he has several successful television shows and been a recording artist for CBS Israel. He
Mike’s father, Pesach, was one of the great stars of the Yiddish Theatre. His biography, “What A Life,” will soon be published Syracuse University Press.
Mikes mother, Lillian Lux, is still active in the Yiddish theatre world after having partnered her late husband on and off the stage for nearly 50 years. Mike recently brought her to Israel where they marked what would have been his father’s 100th birthday by mounting one of his legendary musicals, with Mike playing his father’s original role.
Mike has been honored through the years with numerous artistic, cultural and humanitarian awards. He is an honorary board member of Gilda’s Club, a Trustee of the American Friends of the Hebrew University and served as Honorary President of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Israel.
Mike is the Husband of a beautiful angel and the proud father of two incomparable sons.