Michael Goorijan is a familiar face in American living rooms, where he was a regular guest star on television series Growing Pains
(1985) and then as a regular on the ABC hit show Life Goes On
(1989). At age 22, he snagged his first Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor as an autistic boy in the CBS TV movie David's Mother
(1994). And the morning after, he was signed to join Nicolas Cage
and Elisabeth Shue
in Leaving Las Vegas (1995).
Later in 1994, Michael engaged the role of Justin Thompson in Party of Five (1994). His character was so compelling and fan-amiable that his six-episode contract was lengthened to three more years.
In 1997, he took leave of the Party scene to become a filmmaker. He wrote and sold screenplays and starred in movies such as SLC Punk! (1999), Something More (1999) and The Invisibles (1999), which he co-produced. His latest effort, Illusion, starring Kirk Douglas, which Goorjian wrote, directed and also stars, and Happily Even After, both premiered on the festival circuit in 2004. Illusion took 1st Place Feature and the Audience Choice Award at the Spiritual Cinema Circle's first annual Festival-at-Sea, 2005.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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