• Michael Dorman is a singer and actor from Auckland, New Zealand.
• He began his career in 2001 and rose to prominence for his portrayal of Gordo Stevens in the series “For All Mankind”.
• He married fellow actress Tessa Richardson in 2011 and they divorced in 2019.
• He stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and has a net worth of over $850,000.
• In 2022, a man with the same name as Michael's died in a car accident, however, the actor was actually in Australia at the time.

Who is Michael Dorman?

A singer and actor with nearly 50 acting credits to his name, Michael Dorman is perhaps known best for his portrayal of Gordo Stevens in the series “For All Mankind”, which aired from 2019 until 2021. Michael rose to prominence thanks to this role, and fans were curious about his life, his career, and what happened to him.

Did you know that once he was homeless, and lived on the streets of Sydney, Australia? If you want to know more interesting facts about him, let us tell you the naked truth about this aspiring actor.

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Early life, family, and education

Michael Dorman was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 26 April 1981. When it comes to his family, he hasn’t shared any info about his parents and his siblings (if he has any), and nothing is known about his childhood, except that when Michael was 10 years old, the family moved to Queensland, Australia.

He attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1999, he enrolled at drama school, but left the school in the following year and went to Sydney to pursue an acting career. There, he lived in the park, and train yard, and ate from the Greek Church. Michael struggled for months, before Australian actor Anthony Hayes took him to his place.

Roles in movies

Michael made his acting debut portraying Trent in the 2001 movie “Spudmonkey”, followed by several supporting roles in short movies, including “Stuffed Bunny” (2002) and “Rob God” (2005).

Next, he was seen as Sean in the 2005 TV movie “Small Claims: White Wedding”, followed by his first significant big-screen role as Jamie in “50 Ways of Saying Fabulous”. This drama was based on the novel of the same title by Graeme Aitken, and followed the story of Billy who while growing up realizes that all he has to be is himself. The movie won the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Jury Award.

Michael was next seen as Eddison in the 2006 TV movie “The Silence”, followed by his role as Rusty in “Suburban Mayhem” in the same year. The following years saw Michael co-starring in “West” (2007), “Acolytes” (2008), and “Triangle” (2009).

His first lead role came in the 2010 movie “Needle”, which brought him the Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award for Best Actor-Feature Film. In the following year, Michael was seen as a Cook in Julia Leigh’s mystery drama “Sleeping Beauty”, which had 29 award nominations and won five.

Michael was next seen in several short movies, and then in 2014, he was cast to play Greeves in the war drama “The Water Diviner”, starring Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko and Jai Courtney. The story is of an Australian man who travels to Turkey to find his three missing sons; the movie had 29 award nominations, winning 14, including the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Film.

Two years later, Michael was seen as Patch in “Goldstone”, followed by his role as First Officer Wade in the 2017 movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush.

In 2020, Michael was cast to play Tom Griffin in the horror drama “The Invisible Man” based on the eponymous novel by H. G. Wells. It follows the story of Cecilia, who after her ex-husband’s suicide inherited all his wealth, and that’s when her nightmare begins. She suspects that his death was a lie and after a series of coincidences she realizes that she is being hunted by someone who no one can see. The stars of the movie were Elizabeth Moss, Harriet Dyer and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and it had 84 award nominations and won 43.

In the same year, Michael was seen as Jesse in the romantic thriller “Hard Luck Love Song”. He starred opposite Sophia Bush in this movie based on Todd Snider’s song “Just Like Old Times”. This was Michael’s most recent big-screen role.

Roles in series

Michael made his first television series appearance portraying Christian Hayden in the series “The Secret Life of Us”, which was his breakthrough role. He was seen in 47 episodes from 2002 through 2005 in this drama, starring Deborah Mailman, Samuel Johnson and David Tredinnick – Michael was nominated for the Logie Award- Most Popular New Male Talent.

Michael’s next television role came in an episode of the series “Rescue Special Ops” in 2011, followed by his guest role in an episode of “Sea Patrol” in the same year.

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Next, he was cast to play Dan Sinclair in “Wild Boys”, starring opposite Daniel MacPherson and Alexander England, in this adventure western drama about a gang of bushrangers. The series’ first season aired in 2011, and had 10 episodes – although it was announced, the second season was never filmed.

In following years, Michael guest starred in “Underbelly” (2012) and “The Time of Our Lives” (2013), and was seen as Conrad Harrison In the 2013 TV mini-series “Serangoon Road”. He followed with his role as Tom Wilcox in “Wonderland”, making an appearance in 44 episodes from 2013 to 2015.

From 2015 through 2018, Michael portrayed John Tavner in “Patriot”, starring opposite Michael Chernus and Kurtwood Smith in this comedy thriller about an intelligence officer John Tavner who was sent to prevent Iran from using a nuclear weapon, and then he realizes that he needs to go undercover which at the end did not work as he planned. An interesting fact is that Michael has sung all songs on the show. The series was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Series.

In 2019, Michael was cast to play his most notable role to date as Gordo in “For All Mankind”, a science-fiction drama set in an alternative 1969 when the Soviet Union land men on the Moon before the US. The series aired until 2021, had 13 award nominations and won three, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming.

Concurrently, Michael was seen as Jack Shaughnessy in the series “The Secret She Keeps” in 2020.

Most recently (2021-2022), he played the title role in the western drama “Joe Picket”, co-starring Skywalker Hughes and Julianna Guill, which was nominated for Alberta Film & Television (AMPIA) Rosie Award.

Love life and wife

Like many celebrities, Michael has been the subject of many rumors concerning his love life, but chooses not to comment on these assumptions about him. It’s known that from 2011 until 2019, he was in a marriage with Tessa Richardson, also an actress, probably still known best for her role as Jesse in the series “Hillbrook Gardens”.

As mentioned, Michael prefers to keep his personal matters secret, thus there is no other info about his dating history; it’s assumed that he’s single as of late-2022.


On 22 January 2022, newspapers and the internet were flooded with reports of Michael Dorman’s death in a car accident. Fans of Michael were shocked, and his phone didn’t stop ringing until it was revealed that the man who died shared the same name as the actor. The man was from Tacoma, Washington, and the accident occurred in Queen Creek, Arizona.

The actor was actually at home in Australia at the time.

Age, height, and net worth

Michael’s age is 41, and his trademark is his cobalt-blue eyes and light hair. If you wondered how tall he is, Michael stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), and weighs around 170lbs (77kgs). For the second season of “For All Mankind” he gained over 40lbs (18kgs) and then lost the weight over six weeks,. He didn’t want to use prosthetics – as he said, he tried this once and he wouldn’t do it again.

When it comes to his net worth, it’s been estimated at over $850,000, as of November 2022.

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