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Michael Groo Massee (September 1, 1952 – October 20, 2016) was an American actor. He starred as Funboy in 1994 film The Crow, Ira Gaines in 24, and The Gentleman in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. He also reprised this role in the 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Michael Massee
Michael Massee 2014.jpg
Massee in 2014
Michael Groo Massee

(1952-09-01)September 1, 1952
DiedOctober 20, 2016(2016-10-20) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materHunter College
Years active
  • 1991–2016
Ellen Sussdorf (m. 1997)

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952, to Holly and Jack Groo Massee.[1] The family moved to Paris, where Massee grew up and, after high school, he came back to the United States settling in New York, where he graduated from Hunter College and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.


In 1993, Massee portrayed the character Funboy in the film The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. Massee was the actor who fired the shot that killed Lee by accident on the set in 1993, due to an improperly prepared prop gun. He was so traumatized by the event that he returned to New York and took a year off from acting and never saw the film. In an interview in 2005, 12 years after the incident, Massee revealed that he still had nightmares about it, going on to say, "I don't think you ever get over something like that."[2]

In 1995, Massee played the cop Newton in the film Tales from the Hood. He has provided the voice for the villain Spellbinder in The Batman, as well as appearing on the television series 24 as the villain Ira Gaines. He provided the voice of Bruce Banner for the Ultimate Avengers animated film, as well as the sequel Ultimate Avengers 2. He appeared in the film Seven alongside Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. He appeared in David Lynch's Lost Highway as Andy. He played the physical manifestation of Management (a.k.a. Lucius Belyakovin) on HBO's Carnivàle. He guest-starred in The X-Files episode "The Field Where I Died". He also appeared in the 2005 NBC TV miniseries Revelations as the main antagonist. In 2006, he guest-starred in Criminal Minds as a serial killer on death row. He also guest-starred in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Reunion" as a rock star. He appeared in the American TV series FlashForward as villain Dyson Frost. He appeared as a hunter, Kubrick, on the series Supernatural in 2007.

Massee portrayed imprisoned serial killer Charles Hoyt in the first two seasons of the TV series Rizzoli & Isles. He played the role of Gustav Fiers (alias The Gentleman) in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and reprised the role in the 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

In 2014, Massee, who spoke French, appeared in the French series Interventions.

Personal lifeEdit

Massee married Ellen Sussdorf in 1997, with whom he had two children: Jack and Lily. The couple owned a clothing boutique in Los Angeles.[3]

Massee died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles on October 20, 2016 at the age of 64.[1][4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 My Father is Coming Joe
1994 The Crow Funboy
Six Days Six Nights Uncredited
Home of Angels Detective Baines
1995 The Low Life Bartender
Tales from the Hood Newton
Se7en Man in Booth at Massage Parlor
Burnzy's Last Call Luke
1996 Guy Mark
Mojave Moon Fifth Guy
One Fine Day Eddie Parker
1997 Lost Highway Andy
The End of Violence Guy in Bar
The Game Airbag EMT Galliano
Playing God Gage
Amistad Prison Guard
Jamaica Beat Ian Benjamin
1999 The Florentine Nick
Bad City Blues Eugene Grimes
The White River Kid Ralph Pines
2001 Corky Romano Angry Gunman
The Theory of the Leisure Class McMillon
2004 Catwoman Armando
2006 Ultimate Avengers Dr. Bruce Banner Voice, Direct-to-video
Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther
2007 Underdog Supershep Voice
2011 The Resident Security Tech
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man The Gentleman
Reclamation Lawrence Shiftlet Short
2013 CBGB Officer Stan
2014 At the Devil's Door Uncle Mike
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gustav Fiers / The Gentleman
The Last Survivors Walker
2016 Everlasting Leor
Last Man Club John
2017 The Wolves of Savin Hill Theo Posthumous release, (final film role)
2018 Home of Angels Detective Baines


Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Marshal Stanley Episode: "Protection"
Sahara Leroux TV movie
1996 Picket Fences Episode: "Bloodlines"
The X-Files Vernon Ephesian Episode: "The Field Where I Died"
Murder One Donny McKee Episode: "Chapter Five, Year Two"
"Chapter Six, Year Two"
1997 The Big Easy Roland Sava Episode: "Night Music"
1997-2001 Nash Bridges Gerard Marquette / Harley Corzine
1997 The Last Don Jim Losey Episodes #1.2 & #1.3
1998 Millennium Purdue Episode: "The Pest House"
1999 L.A. Doctors Howard Episode: "Where the Rubber Meets the Road"
2001-2002 24 Ira Gaines
2002 The Practice Norman Tucker Episode: "Fire Proof"
2003-2005 Carnivàle Russian Soldier
Young Lucius Belyakov
2003 Threat Matrix Campbell Prokop Episode: "Patriot Acts"
Dragnet Victor Hellman Episode: "The Magic Bullet"
2005 Revelations Isaiah Haden
The Batman Spellbinder Voice
2005-2006 Alias Dr. Gonzalo Burris Episodes: "The Horizon"
"There's Only One Sydney Bristow"
2006 Criminal Minds Jacob Dawes Episode: "Riding the Lightning"
2007 Cold Case Kiril Episode: "Cargo"
Supernatural Kubrick Episodes: "Bad Day at Black Rock"
"Fresh Blood"
2008 Shark Duncan Mercer Episode: "Partners in Crime"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jordie Black Episode: "Reunion"
2009-2010 FlashForward D. Gibbons
Dyson Frost
2009 CSI: NY Casey Steele Episode: "Hammer Down"
2010-2013 Rizzoli & Isles Charles Hoyt
2010 Law & Order: LA Denis Watson Episode: "Echo Park"
2011 Human Target Henry Claypool Episode: "The Trouble with Harry"
House Frank Episode: "Twenty Vicodin"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Stan Richardson Episode: "Crime After Crime"
2012 Fringe Anson Carr Episode: "A Short Story About Love"
Dakota George Episode: "Down $770"
2013 Ironside Stan Nagy Episode: "Pentimento"
2014 Interventions Jean-Francois Montfort
2015 The Blacklist Karakurt Episodes: "Quon Zhang (No. 87)"
"Karakurt (No. 55)"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional Voices


  1. ^ a b Slotnick, Daniel E. (27 October 2016). "Michael Massee, 64, Screen Villain Haunted by the Accidental Death of Brandon Lee, Dies". The New York Times. p. A24.
  2. ^ "'Extra' Archive: Michael Massee on Brandon Lee's Death (2005 Interview)". extratv. YouTube. October 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Michael Massee on Extra: Talks about Brandon Lee Shooting" on YouTube. Extra, 2005, archived at YouTube, April 1, 2007, accessed May 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Barnes, Mike (October 26, 2016). "Michael Massee, Actor Involved in Fatal Accident During Filming of 'The Crow,' Dies at 64". The Hollywood Reporter. ISSN 0018-3660.
  5. ^ Nolfi, Joey (October 26, 2016). "Michael Massee, actor who played 24 villain Ira Gaines, dies at 64". Entertainment Weekly. ISSN 1049-0434.

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