More Michael Jeter Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Michael Jeter divides his time among all performing genres, including the stage, movies and television. He is well known for his Emmy-winning turn as assistant football coach Herman Stiles opposite Burt Reynolds in the popular CBS sitcom Evening Shade. For his supporting role, Jeter won an Emmy in 1992, with two additional nominations for the show. He received a fourth Emmy nomination in 1993 for Best Actor in a Guest Role for an appearance on Picket Fences, and repeated in this category in 1995 for his notable guest role on Chicago Hope.
His small screen credits also include series regular roles on Pins and Needles and Hothouse, as well as guest-starring stints on such programs as Suddenly Susan, Chicago Hope, Veronica's Closet, Murphy Brown, Crime Story, Designing Women and Lou Grant. Jeter co-starred in the telefilms The Ransom of Red Chief, Love Kills, From Here to Eternity, Sentimental Journey and The Boys Next Door (in which he reprised his role from the Off-Broadway play).
Jeter made his Broadway debut in Once in A Lifetime in 1978 and won the Theatre World Award the next year for his role of Straw in G.R. Point. He also collected a Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and the Clarence Derwent prize for his featured role of a dying clerk who visits Berlin for one last fling in the 1990 Broadway musical Grand Hotel, directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune.
Other notable theatre credits include the Off-Broadway presentations of Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 (also directed by Tune), Greater Tuna, The Boys Next Door, Alice, Only Kidding and The Master and the Margarita. He also spent a year as a guest artist with the renowned Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where he appeared in the play Accidental Death of An Anarchist.
Most recently, Jeter co-starred opposite Robin Williams in two features, Patch Adams and Jakob the Liar, and in Clint Eastwood's True Crime. He won praise for his performance as the outrageous cabaret singer in Terry Gilliam's memorable The Fisher King, and recently reunited with Gilliam on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The actor also counts among his feature credits such films as Air Bud, Mouse Hunt, Waterworld, Drop Zone, Zack & Reba, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Tango & Cash, Dead-Bang and Woody Allen's Zelig.
Jeter began medical studies at Memphis State University, but his interests soon turned to acting. Following college, he relocated to New York, where he won his first job, a small role in Milos Forman's movie musical, Hair.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)