Although Michael Angarano began acting professionally as a child, the teen’s career has gained critical momentum in the last 18 months following his big-screen role in Cameron Crowe’s hit film “Almost Famous” as well as his small-screen role as the son of an FBI agent, in the 2001 series “Cover Me.”
These and other performances enhanced Angarano’s profile in the industry and resulted in his latest regular role on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning “Will & Grace” as the teenaged son who finally discovered that his long-lost father was the flamboyant Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) – while his mother is played by Rosie O’Donnell.
Angarano was born and raised in the greater New York City area where he began as a Ford Agency model at an early age. When he began to attract more and more film and television roles, his family decided to relocate to Los Angeles. Soon he was cast as the adolescent version of William Miller, the central figure in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical film “Almost Famous,” as seen early in the feature before the character emerged into his teen years.
In addition, Angarano portrayed actress Meryl Streep’s son in the big-screen drama “Music of the Heart” in 1999 (where he even learned to play the violin for the role). His other film credits include “Baby Huey’s Easter Adventure,” “The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave,” “River Red,” “Childhood’s End,” “For Richer or Poorer,” “I’m not Rappaport” and “Edgar and the Magic Crayon.” His next feature to be released is “The Secret Keeper.”
On television, Angarano starred in the critically acclaimed cable drama series “Cover Me,” based on the true adventures of the family of an FBI agent. He also guest-starred on “The Pretender” and “Seven Days” and had lead roles on “Late Bloomers” and “My Brother’s Keeper. Additionally, he had a recurring role on the daytime drama “Another World.” Angarano’s TV movies include “Maniac Magee” and “Stranger in My Home.”
While away from the set, Angarano attends a private high school where he stars on the soccer team. He enjoys other sports as well and likes to go to the movies. His New York roots remain strong as he is an unabashed fan of the local Mets, Knicks, Jets and Devils professional teams. Angarano, whose birthday is December 3, also prefers to spend time with his large family.