Michael Gross (actor)
Michael Edward Gross (born June 21, 1947) is an American television, movie and stage actor. He is notable for playing Steven Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties (1982–89) and the survivalist Burt Gummer in the Tremors film franchise.
Michael Edward Gross
June 21, 1947
|Education||University of Illinois, Chicago (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
|Relatives||Mary Gross (sister)|
Ron Masak (cousin)
Gross was born in Chicago, the son of Virginia Ruth (née Cahill), a telephone operator, and William Oscar Gross, a tool designer. Gross and his younger sister, Mary, were raised Catholic. He attended St. Francis Xavier  and St. Genevieve schools in Chicago in his early years, graduating from the latter in 1961.
He attended Kelvyn Park High School on the north side of Chicago, graduating in 1965. He received his drama degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago before attending Yale University for his Master of Fine Arts degree. His sister, Mary, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, is an actress. The siblings are first cousins to actor Ron Masak.
Gross was first seen by a broad audience in his role as Steven Keaton in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties; he and his co-star Meredith Baxter, who played his wife Elyse Keaton, were born on the same day, June 21, 1947. However, his longest-running and highest-profile role has been that of Burt Gummer in the Tremors movies and subsequent TV series, having played the role for thirty years from the release of the original Tremors in 1990 to Tremors: Shrieker Island in 2020. His performance in Tremors 3: Back to Perfection earned him a Best Actor award from the DVD Exclusive Awards, formerly known as the Video Premiere Awards.
Gross guest-starred in an episode of the sitcom Night Court, in which he played a sexual predator of Markie Post's character, Christine Sullivan. In 1988, he portrayed a murderous bank robber in the true life movie In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders. His other television credits include Boston Legal, How I Met Your Mother, Batman Beyond, ER, Parks and Recreation (Episode: "Summer Catalog"), Law & Order, and two of its spin-offs: SVU and Criminal Intent. From August 2008 to January 2009, Gross appeared on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless as River Baldwin. Gross appeared in 2000 on Spin City as a therapist to Michael J. Fox's character on Fox's final show as a regular on that program. In November 1979, Gross originated the role of Greta in the Broadway production of Martin Sherman's Bent.
Gross has been married to casting director Elza Bergeron since June 2, 1984, and he is the stepfather to her two children.
Gross remains close friends with his Family Ties co-star Meredith Baxter.
Gross is a passionate railfan with an extensive collection of railroad antiques. He is an amateur railroad historian, photographer, modeler, and part-owner in a working railroad, the Santa Fe Southern Railway, a former branch line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway which operates between Lamy and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also the spokesman for the World's Greatest Hobby campaign sponsored by the Model Railroad Industry Association that promotes the hobby of model railroading. He has also been a spokesperson for Operation Lifesaver, a campaign promoting safety at railroad grade crossings.
Since 2009, Gross has been the "celebrity spokesman" for the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the host of the B&O Railroad Museum Television Network on YouTube. He is also a member of the Santa Fe Railway Historical Society.
Gross is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. After the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, Gross suggested his character Burt Gummer switch to a Cubs cap for Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, replacing the Atlanta Hawks cap he had worn in the first five films of the series.
|1980||Just Tell Me What You Want||Lothar|
|1987||Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz||Himself / Host||Voice|
Animated short film
|1988||Big Business||Dr. Jay Marshall|
|1991||Cool as Ice||Gordon Winslow / James Anthony Hackett|
|1992||Alan & Naomi||Sol Silverman|
|1994||In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful||Howard|
|1996||Tremors 2: Aftershocks||Burt Gummer||Direct-to-video|
|Sometimes They Come Back... Again||Jon Porter||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Tremors 3: Back to Perfection||Burt Gummer||Direct-to-video|
|2003||Super Chief: Speed-Style-Service||Narrator||Documentary|
|2004||Tremors 4: The Legend Begins||Hiram Gummer||Tremors 4 or Tremors: The Legend Begins|
|You're on the Set of "Tremors 4: The Legend Begins"||Himself||Documentary short|
|Daylight: The Most Beautiful Train In The World||Host / Narrator||Documentary|
|2007||The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández||Himself||Documentary|
|2008||El Sonoma||Mr. Goreman|
|An American in China||Manny Braddock|
|100 Million BC||Dr. Frank Reno||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Stay Cool||Mr. McCarthy|
|2011||You're a Wolf||Dad||Short film|
|Pizza Man||Professor Tucker|
|Just Like Her||Paul Marston||Short film|
|2012||Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Narrator|
|Atlas Shrugged: Part II||Ted "Buzz" Killman|
|Meant to Be||Mr. Trantham|
|2013||Guest House||Lou Wesley||Short film|
|2014||Our Father||John||Short film|
|2015||Tremors 5: Bloodlines||Burt Gummer||Direct-to-video|
|Christmas at Rosemont||Dr. Molina|
|Bilal: A New Breed of Hero||Okba||Voice|
|He Said||Walter Elling|
|Last Call at Murray's||Murray|
|C Street||Governor Appalachia|
|20th Century Limited: America's Most Famous Passenger Train||Narrator||Documentary|
|2017||Camp Cool Kids||Grandpa Norman|
|2018||Tremors Franchise Recap||Burt Gummer||Short film|
|Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell||Burt Gummer||Also known as Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell|
|Power of the Air||Chairman|
|2019||Noelle||Elder Elf Abe|
|2020||Tremors: Making Perfection||Himself||Documentary short|
|A Ring for Christmas||Graham Moore|
|Tremors: Shrieker Island||Burt Gummer||Also known as Tremors 7 and Tremors: Island Fury|
|1975||A Girl Named Sooner||Jim Seevey||TV movie|
|1980||F.D.R.: The Last Year||Dr. Howard Bruenn||TV movie|
|1981||Dream House||Julius "J.J." Jacobson||TV movie|
|1982||The Neighborhood||Jack Wolfe||TV movie|
|Little Gloria... Happy at Last||Gilchrist||Miniseries|
|1982–89||Family Ties||Steven Keaton||Main role, 171 episodes|
|1983||Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole||James Troth||TV movie|
|1984||Summer Fantasy||Ben Brannigan||TV movie|
|1985||Finder of Lost Loves||Tom Lindsay||Episode 12: "Last Wish"|
|Family Ties Vacation||Steven Keaton||TV movie|
|A Letter to Three Wives||George Phipps||TV movie|
|1987||Night Court||Arthur Thursby||Season 4 episode 18: "Caught Red Handed"|
|Right to Die||Bob Bauer||TV movie|
|1988||In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders||William Russell Matix||TV movie|
|Day by Day||Steven Keaton||Season 2 episode 3: "Trading Places"|
|1989||A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court||King Arthur||TV movie|
|1990||Vestige of Honor||Don Scott||TV movie|
|1991||In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas||Agent Richard Mayberly||TV movie|
|1992||With a Vengeance||Frank Tanner||TV movie|
|1993||With a Vengeance||Frank Tanner||TV movie|
|Batman: The Animated Series||Lloyd Ventrix / Mojo||Voice|
|1994||Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story||Kevin Mulligan||TV movie|
|In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance||Tom Williams||TV movie|
|Dream On||Father Sherman McKigney||Season 4 episode 18: "The Second Coming"|
|Avalanche||Brian Kemp||TV movie|
|1995||Awake to Danger||Ben McAdams||TV movie|
|Deceived by Trust||Dr. Gordon Powell||TV movie|
|1996||Hijacked: Flight 285||Ben Horn||TV movie|
|Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice||Lt. Peter Byrnes||TV movie|
|The Making of a Hollywood Madam||Paul Fleiss||TV movie|
|The Outer Limits||Professor Stanley Hurst||Season 2 episode 12: "Inconstant Moon"|
|The Outer Limits Phenomenon||Himself||TV documentary|
|Promised Land||Greg Smith||Season 1 episode 1: "The Expatriate"|
|1997||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave||Lt. Peter Byrnes||TV movie|
|The Hunger||Professor Frank Ingram||Season 1 episode 9: "But at My Back I Always Hear"|
|1999||Batman Beyond: The Movie||Warren McGinnis||Voice|
|Batman Beyond||Warren McGinnis||Voice|
Season 1 episode 1: "Rebirth: Part 1"
|Ally McBeal||Mr. Volpe||Season 2 episode 20: "Only the Lonely"|
|Norm||Councilman Krantz||2 episodes|
|2000||Law & Order||Carl Braddock||Season 10 episode 16: "Trade This"|
|Spin City||Dr. Peterson||Season 4 episode 25: "Goodbye: Part 1"|
|Family Law||Anthony Jacobs||Season 2 episode 3: "Affairs of the State"|
|2001||The Undesirable||TV movie|
|2001-04||ER||John Carter Sr.||6 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dr. Charles Webb||Season 1 episode 12: "Crazy"|
|2002-2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jeffrey Prince / Arthur Esterman||2 episodes|
|2003||Tremors||Burt Gummer||Main role; 13 episodes|
|Drew Carey Show||Don Newmark||4 episodes|
|2005||Mrs. Harris||Leslie Jacobson||TV movie|
|CSI: NY||Tom Endecott||Season 2 episode 7: "Manhattan Manhunt"|
|2006||Dome Car Magic: A History of Railroad Dome Cars||Narrator|
|2006–2011||How I Met Your Mother||Alfred Mosby||3 episodes|
|2007||Boston Legal||Father Nicholas McClinton||Season 3 episode 23: "Duck and Cover"|
|2008–2009||The Young and the Restless||River Baldwin||36 episodes|
Credit - 4 episodes
Uncredited - 1 episode
|2010||Parks and Recreation||Michael Tansley||Season 2 episode 20: "Summer Catalog"|
|Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Robin||Season 5 episode 5: "Crows"|
|Psych||Cody Blair||Season 5 episode 5: "Dead Bear Walking"|
|2011||Brothers & Sisters||Edward LeMonde||Season 5 episode 14: "The One That Got Away"|
|Family Guy||Steven Keaton||Season 9 episode 15: "Brothers & Sisters"|
|Drop Dead Diva||Principal Blake||Season 3 episode 5: "Prom"|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Dermatologist Dr. Rivkin||Season 8 episode 4: "The Smiley Face"|
|12 Wishes of Christmas||Harry||TV movie|
|On Set: The Making of "12 Wishes of Christmas"||Himself||Short documentary|
|2012||Blue-Eyed Butcher||Ron Wright||TV movie|
|Adopting Terror||Dr. Ziegler||TV movie|
|NTSF:SD:SUV::||Huck Jingles||Season 2 episode 10: "Family Dies"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||President Rob Austin||Season 13 episode 6: "Pick and Roll"|
|Naughty or Nice||Walter Kringle||Hallmark movie|
|The Dog Who Saved the Holidays||Ned||TV movie|
|2013||Call Me Fitz||Pat Childs||5 episodes|
|2014||Last Man Standing||Mr. Hardin||Episode: "Hard-Ass Teacher"|
|Suits||Walter Gillis||4 episodes|
|Partners||J.P. Buchanan||Episode 8: "The Law School Reunion"|
|Anger Management||Dr. Randy Warren||4 episodes|
|2015||Carbon Dating||Chris||Main role; 6 episodes|
|Becoming Santa||Nick Claus||TV movie|
|2015-2016||Grace & Frankie||Jeff||4 episodes|
|2015-2017||The Stanley Dynamic||Grandpa / Lawrence Sr.||5 episodes|
|2016||Togetherness||Mr. Pierson||Season 2 episode 3: "Advanced Pretend"|
|2018||A.P. Bio||Brandon||Season 1 Episode 9: "Rosemary's Boyfriend"|
|The Affair||Dr. Ezra Kaplan||2 episodes|
|Christmas Pen Pals||Ted||TV movie|
|2019||Sister of the Bride||Robert||Hallmark movie|
|Christmas Reservations||Tom Anderson||TV movie|
- "Gross, Virginia Ruth". Chicago Tribune. March 22, 2005.
- David Niles. "Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Schwartz, Karen (January 20, 1991). "Memories reinforce family ties to the hometown". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. p. 4.
- "Michael Gross Biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- "Exclusive: Michael Gross Talks Tremors 5". Dread Central. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- "'Bent' profile". IBDB. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
- "Michael Gross Has A 'Recurring Nightmare' About Doing A 'Family Ties' Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)". Closer Weekly. 2018-09-23. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
- Hill, Erin (20 May 2011). "Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross Maintain 'Ties'". Parade.
- Hall, Ken; Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine (2003), The Celebrity Collector - Michael Gross, his family tree and his collections are rooted in the railroad; retrieved October 7, 2005.
- Model Railroad Industry Association (2005), World's Greatest Hobby campaign keeps model railroading on the right track for the future; retrieved October 7, 2005.
- "What's Here– A message from Michael Gross". B&O Railroad Museum. 2009. Retrieved 2018-08-19.
- Christiano, Dave (October 2, 2018), Power of the Air (Drama), Nicholas X. Parsons, Patty Duke, Michael Gross, Karyn Williams, Tracy Goode, Veryl E. Jones, Five and Two pictures, retrieved February 26, 2021