Who is Michael Cyril Creighton?
The biographic crime drama “Spotlight” was released in 2015, and besides the lead roles portrayed by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams, one character caught the eye of the audience and critics. It was the character of Joe Crowley, one of the victims, and the actor who played him is Michael Cyril Creighton.
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about his performance: ‘When McAdams’ Pfeiffer walks and talks with one of the victims, now an awkward, anguished adult (and played, heartbreakingly, by Michael Cyril Creighton), you’re going to want to cry,’ while The Arts Desk noted: ‘And no praise is too high for Michael Cyril Creighton in the small but defining part of Joe Crowley”.
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The movie was based on the true story about the massive scandal of child molestation in the local Catholic Archdiocese, had 143 award nominations, and won 124, including two Oscars for Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Writing, Original Screenplay in 2016. Michael and the rest of the cast share Film Independent Spirit Award Robert Altman, and Gold Derby Film Award Ensemble Cast.
If you ever wanted to know more about this actor, let us tell you some interesting facts about him.
Early life and education
Michael was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on 31 March 1979, in Long Island, New York, USA, where he was raised by his single mother and maternal grandparents. He holds American nationality, and his ethnicity is Caucasian.
He developed an interest in acting from an early age – his first acting classes were a present from his aunt, who paid for classes at the Theatre Three, where he subsequently starred in a production “Alice in Wonderland”, and while in high school, he was a member of school theatre. Upon matriculating in 1997, Michael enrolled at Emerson College, in Boston, Massachusetts, from which he graduated with a BA degree in 2001.
Roles in movies
He made his acting debut in 2003, portraying Mikey in “Fake ID”, followed by his role in the short movie “Cotton Candy” in 2005, and then in 2013, Michael was cast to play Commercial Director in “Towheads”, a family comedy drama, written and directed by Shannon Plumb.
In the same year, he starred in the short movie “Mr. Lamb” before his role in “How to Follow Strangers”, followed by his portrayal of a Waiter in the 2015 movies “Sleeping with Other People” and “3rd Street Blackout”, and he was then cast to play one of his most notable movie roles, for now, as Joe Crowley in “Spotlight”.
In 2017, Michael was seen as Mr. Rankin in “Coin Heist” and as Richard Pringle in “Fits and Starts”, before his role as Teacher in “Home Again”, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Candice Bergen and Michael Sheen, and in the same year, he portrayed Jake in “The Post”.
In the 2018 movie “Game Night”, also starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, Michael was cast to play Bill, followed by his role as Harry in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, and then in 2019, he was seen as Mark in “Seneca”, while his most recent movie roles were in 2020, in “The Outside Story”, “The Dark End of the Street”, and “Paper Spiders”, which brought him and the rest of the crew the Boston Film Festival Prize Best Ensemble Cast.
Roles on TV
Michael made his first television appearance portraying Baron Chris in the series “The Burg”, in 2007, and he then guest-starred in “The Actress” in 2010, followed in the same year by his appearances in “Jeffery & Cole Casserole” and “30 Rock”.
Concurrently, Michael started his own web series “Jack in a Box”, which brought him the New York Television Festival Award for Best Web Series Pilot in 2010, and the Writers Guild of America, USA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media, in 2013 – after receiving the award, Michael said: ‘At the awards ceremony I cried in front of some of my idols. Then I ate tiny burgers and called it a night. My mother was very proud.’
In the following years, Michael guest-starred in series such as “Downsized”, “Louie” and “Orange Is the New Black” in 2013, and then he was seen in “2 Broke Girls” in 2015, “The Outs” in 2016, before his role as Phoenix Wells in “Graves” in 2017.
In the following years, he was seen in an episode or two of various series, before he was cast to play Jeff the Elf in “Dash & Lily” in 2020, and he was then cast as Howard Morris in “Only Murders in the Building”, alongside Steve Martin, Selena Gomez and Martin Short in this comedy crime drama, which had 28 award nominations and six wins in 2021.
Michael’s most recent roles have been his portrayal of Fred Junior in “Dexter: New Blood”, and in 2022 he was also seen as Jonathan in “Blue Bloods”.
His fans will be happy to hear that Michael will star in a new series, entitled “A League of Their Own”, which is currently in post-production – the release date is not revealed yet.
Love life and relationships
There were various rumors concerning Michael’s love life and his sexual orientation, however, it is widely known that since 14 May 2016, he’s been a married man.
His husband is Brian Mullan, his long-term partner, whom he met in May 2004. Michael made the first step by texting him on Friendster, and since Brian didn’t respond to him, he went into a bar, knowing that Brian would be there, they started talking, and eventually after their first date, they started their love story.
An interesting fact about this couple is that many people thought that they are brothers, since they look alike, both with beards and glasses.
On their 12th dating anniversary, the two married in a private ceremony on Long Island, and they are still together as of April 2022, and Michael often shares their joint photos on his Instagram account – the third member of their family is their dog, Shannon.
Age, height, and net worth
Michael’s age is 43, he has light brown hair and brown eyes; he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs) and is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall.
According to sources, as of early 2022, Michael’s net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, most of his earnings coming from his acting career.