Michael P. MoranFeb 8, 1944, Yuba City, California, USA
Michael Peter Moran was an American actor and playwright.\nMoran was born in Yuba City, California, but his family moved frequently because his father was a United States Army officer. While his family was living in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, he graduated from Passaic Valley Regional High School in Little Falls. While he was a student there, he designed and supervised construction of an elaborate set for a benefit production of Robert Merrill's musical Take Me Along. He gained some of his first experience under Gilbert Rathbun in the theater program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. - though he was not a student there - and at the Theater on the Mall in Paramus, where he worked with director Robert Ludlum, who had not yet launched his career as a novelist. Moran's roles at Seton Hall included Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and \"Mortimer, the Man Who Dies\" in The Fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. Moran moved to the Lower East Side of New York City in 1966 and was educated at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He became a member of the theatre groups the Manhattan Project and the Cooper-Keaton Group.