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Michael Park

Michael Park

Michael has been starring as "Jack Snyder" on CBS's soap opera "As The World Turns" since March 1997. In 2001, Michael received his first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Michael grew up with his brother, two sisters, and his parents George and Rosemary in New York. He attended Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, with the idea of becoming an architect; he even worked in construction during his summer vacations. Despite not majoring in music or theater, he decided to change career paths when he continued to win the lead roles in the school musical theater productions for which he auditioned. After graduation, Michael was acting in repertory theater when he was cast as Raoul in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera. Following the tour, he appeared in Hello Again and understudied in the revival of Carousel, both at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, before making his Broadway debut in the original cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. After leaving the musical, Michael appeared off-Broadway in Violet, during which time he was cast as Jack on As the World Turns. He also appeared in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Little Me with Martin Short and Faith Prince. The actor is an avid softball player and golfer, who often tees off with his castmates. Michael and his wife, Laurie, a musical therapist he met in college, currently live in New York and are proud parents to son Christopher Michael (b. 6/21/97), daughtersKathleen Rose (b. 2/14/00)and Annabelle Jayne (b.4/5/04). Michael was born on July 20, 1968, in New York.


Michael Park was a rambunctious child who grew up with a brother and two sisters in Canandaigua, NY. He attended Nazareth College in Rochester, NY with the goal of being an architect, until his girlfriend (and future wife) Laurie persuaded him to try out for musical-theater roles, and he began to pursue acting as a profession. After doing local theater and a national tour, he moved to New York City, where he worked steadily in theater. After the quirky prime-time soap 13 BOURBON STREET, in which he was to star, wasn't picked up in 1997, he joined ATWT as brooding former FBI Agent Jack Snyder. Immediately embraced by co-stars, he also enjoyed instant popularity with fans, even more so after his character was paired with Maura West's Carly. Now firmly established on the show, this frequent prankster counts several of his castmates among his closest friends. He and Laurie live with their two children in upstate NY. In his free time, Park enjoys playing golf, often with co-stars Jon Hensley (Holden) and Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal). He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2001.

More fun stuff about Micael Park

—Majored in studio art in college
—Has a joker tattoo on one ankle and the Japanese symbol for father, along with his children's names, on the other
—Is friends with James Van Der Beek (of DAWSON'S CREEK fame)

HIS MEMORABLE QUOTES:

"I've been doing Elvis since I was able to walk. It's inherent in everyone to love Elvis in some way."—SOAP OPERA DIGEST, 8/19/97

"I could be working at McDonald's tomorrow, for all you know. That's why you have to keep your wits about you. You can't afford to be cocky. You're only worth what you are today."—DIGEST, 12/29/98

"The sexiest thing to me is a woman going out to dinner and eating a steak, having a Murphy's Stout and smoking a cigar. That is a sexy woman to me, one who knows what she wants. Laurie can do that."—DIGEST, 1/25/00

"I'm a product of my fan attention. So, I'm very grateful. I don't take that stuff lightly."—DIGEST, 12/5/00

"Let's face it -- without Carly, there is no Jack."—DIGEST, 6/17/03


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