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Michael Urie

Dividing his time between film, television and theatre, in front of and behind the cameras, Michael Urie is one of the most versatile and respected talents of his generation. He was introduced to the international television audience in 2006 as the delicious Marc St. James on the award-winning "Ugly Betty," a role that made him a favorite of critics and fans everywhere. Since the series finale in 2010, his most acclaimed work has been on stage, most notably starring in the brilliant and hilarious one-man show, "Buyer & Cellar." Playing multiple characters – including Barbra Streisand – in this tour de force, Urie wowed sold-out off-Broadway audiences and won the Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance, the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer, the Lucille Lortel Award and the L.A. Drama Critics Award. The national tour was SRO and the show was a huge hit in London. In the short time between "Ugly Betty" and "Buyer & Cellar," he spent as much time as possible in critically acclaimed stage productions. He played iconic fashion designer Rudi Gernreich in "The Temperamentals," a role he originated in Los Angeles before bringing it to New York where he won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. He followed with roles off-Broadway in the Classic Stage Company’s production of "The Cherry Orchard" and the revival of "Angels in America." And his lifelong dream of Broadway was realized when he played Bud Frump in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opposite Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges. Critics raved that not since Charles Nelson Reilly had Bud Frump delighted audiences as Urie did. The run ended in time for him to star in CBS’ short-lived but much-loved "Partners," and he’s since guest-starred on hit series like "Modern Family" and "The Good Wife" as well as hosting and executive producing Logo’s film series "Cocktails & Classics" and creating and directing the comedy web series "What’s Your Emergency." A graduate of Juilliard, where he won the John Houseman Prize, Urie has worked on stage in every genre from Restoration comedy to Shakespeare to classic drama and musicals. He is also a filmmaker, having executive produced and co-directed the award-winning documentary “Thank You For Judging,” about the mother of all high school speech and debate tournaments, and directed the theatrical feature “He’s Way More Famous Than You.”