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Michael A. Goorjian is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter American born on 4 february 1971 at San Francisco (USA)

Michael A. Goorjian

Michael A. Goorjian
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Birth name Michael Antranig Goorjian
Nationality USA
Birth 4 february 1971 (53 years) at San Francisco (USA)

Michael Antranig Goorjian born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an American actor, filmmaker, and writer. He is also known for his role as Justin, Neve Campbell’s love interest on the Golden Globe winning series "Party of Five" (1994 – 2000), as well as Heroin Bob in the film SLC Punk! . As a director, Michael achieved recognition for his first major independent film, Illusion, a film he wrote, directed and starred in alongside Hollywood-legend Kirk Douglas.


Goorjian grew up in Oakland, and attended Bishop O'Dowd High School, which had a strong drama program. At the age of 14 he decided to audition for a local theatre company thinking it was a ‘cool way’ to skip class. After landing the lead role in a 'not-so-cool play called Computer Crazy, Michael soon found out that the rest of the cast were all senior citizens and that he would have to perform the play at his own junior high. Despite this rather humiliating experience, Michael stuck with acting and eventually trained at UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Goorjian won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in the TV movie David's Mother starring Kirstie Alley. Ray Loynd commented that Goorjian contributed "a wealth of physical and emotional detail that underscores the familial havoc".

Michael’s first big Hollywood break came as a dancer when in 1992 he was cast as Skittery in the Disney film, Newsies starring Christian Bale and Robert Duvall. What followed was roles in numerous films including Chaplin with Robert Downey Jr., Forever Young with Mel Gibson, Oscar nominated Leaving Las Vegas, Hard Rain with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater, SLC Punk!, The Invisibles with Portia de Rossi, Broken with Heather Graham and Conversations with God.

Michael also guest starred in a number of television series including Lie to Me, House, Alias, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without A Trace, Chicago Hope as well as a recurring role on Life Goes On as Ray Nelson.

Michael is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based theater group, Buffalo Nights and starred in the West Coast premiere of Dennis McIntyre’s drama, Modigliani, which won him a L.A. Weekly Theater Award nomination for Best Lead Actor. With the ‘Nights’, Michael also received critical acclaim for playing title roles in both productions of, The Apollo of Bellac by Jean Giraudoux, and J.B. by Archibald MacLeish. Michael also won a LA Critics Choice and a Garland Backstage West awards for his original choreography for the L.A. production of the musical Refer Madness.

Michael made his first real foray into directing with the mock-documentary Oakland Underground, a comedy about an underground occult music scene in Oakland, CA. From there, Michael made Illusion with Kirk Douglas, which was released theatrically in 2006 after racking up over a dozen festival awards, including Best Screenplay at The Hampton’s International Film Festival, Best Feature at the Lake Tahoe International Film Festival and The Audience Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival. With Illusion Michael was critically lauded for his ability to blend great filmmaking with philosophical depth. Soon after Illusion, Michael began collaborating with the publishing company Hay House to produce and direct a number of films including the documentary You Can Heal Your Life (2007), starring metaphysical author and teacher, Louise L. Hay and The Shift, starring author Dr. Wayne Dyer, along with Michael DeLuise and Portia de Rossi. His most recent work with Hay House is an original film anthology called Tales of Everyday Magic, which explores meaningful philosophical ideas through intimate character-driven stories.

Additional directing credits include the short film Players’ Club which swept the 2006 Elevate Film Festival in Los Angeles, including Best Director and The War Prayer, an adaptation of Mark Twain’s short story by the same title starring Jeremy Sisto. Michael also moonlights directing a circus/cabaret show in eastern-European called Palazzo.

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Filmography of Michael A. Goorjian (18 films)

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The Wizard of Lies, 2h12
Directed by Barry Levinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Documentary, Historical, Crime
Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Alessandro Nivola, Hank Azaria, Lily Rabe, Nathan Darrow
Roles Dan Horwitz
Rating67% 3.3983853.3983853.3983853.3983853.398385
L'histoire du sulfureux financier Bernard L. Madoff, l'escroc de Wall Street condamné en 2009 à 150 ans de prison pour avoir détourné près de 65 milliards de dollars.
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, 1h49
Directed by Andy Fickman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Films about religion, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Portrayals of Jesus in film, Téléfilm musical
Actors Kristen Bell, Chistian Campbell, Neve Campbell, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer, John Kassir
Roles Mickey Druther
Rating70% 3.5463953.5463953.5463953.5463953.546395
The Lecturer tells an assembly of American parents about the evils of marijuana ("Reefer Madness"). He then launches into the tragic tale of one boy's struggles with the demon weed in the form of a film titled "Tell Your Children". At times, the Lecturer stops the film whenever he details a plot point or to condescend anyone who questions said plot points, such as Mr. Kochinski, whom he calls a commie.
Broken (2006)
, 1h37
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Heather Graham, Jeremy Sisto, Randall Batinkoff, Jake Busey, Scarlett Chorvat, Michael A. Goorjian
Roles Thomas
Rating54% 2.70452.70452.70452.70452.7045
Hope (Heather Graham) is a night shift waitress who has made several mistakes in her life. She leaves Ohio for Los Angeles, trying to make a living as an entertainer. She meets Will (Jeremy Sisto), who is desperate to win her back. They get involved with drugs. Hope realizes that she needs to break free from drugs, if she wishes to make her dream come true; so she cuts off all ties to Will. Will, however, is prepared to go to any length to ensure that they stay together - even to the extent of committing murder, robbing her workplace and taking her hostage. Towards the end of the story, Hope is shown instead of her own regular customers, while one of the customers is the waitress.
Illusion (2004)
, 1h46
Directed by Michael A. Goorjian
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Kirk Douglas, Michael A. Goorjian, Bryan Cranston, Ted Raimi, Kevin Weisman, Richmond Arquette
Roles Christopher
Rating71% 3.5867053.5867053.5867053.5867053.586705
Legendary film director Donald Baines lies dying alone in his private screening room, watching the films he has devoted his life to creating. Having isolated himself from family and friends, he now regrets many personal sacrifices. The rejection of his illegitimate child, Christopher, brings him the most pain, since Donald saw him only once, 30 years ago.
Go for Broke, 1h46
Directed by Jean-Claude La Marre
Genres Comedy
Actors Pras, Michael A. Goorjian, Lisa Raye, Bobby Brown, Glenn Plummer, Denyce Lawton
Roles Rome / Romie
Rating48% 2.4469152.4469152.4469152.4469152.446915
Two guys have the winning ticket in a lottery, but the ticket is taken by a woman robbing the restaurant they're in, who swallows the ticket before getting arrested. The guys come up with a scheme to recover the ticket by committing a felony while impersonating women so as to be sent to the same women's penitentiary as the robber.
Life in a Day, 1h29
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Science fiction
Actors Michael A. Goorjian, Chandra West, Linda Kash, Zachary Bennett, Timothy Webber, Roberta Maxwell
Roles Dr. Peter Hamilton
Rating58% 2.9078452.9078452.9078452.9078452.907845
Dr. Peter Hamilton works for Concord University under Dr. Leo Sardis and Dr. Carla Jennings, and has developed a serum called AccelRate.
Do Not Disturb, 1h34
Directed by Dick Maas
Origin Pays-bas
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Personne sourde ou muette
Actors William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly, Denis Leary, Michael Chiklis, David Gwillim, Francis Matthews
Roles Billy Boy Manson
Rating49% 2.4540652.4540652.4540652.4540652.454065
Président d'une société pharmaceutique, Walter Richmond est en voyage d'affaires à Amsterdam pour signer un important contrat. Il est accompagné de son épouse Cathryn et de leur petite fille de dix ans, Melissa. Muette, elle est toujours accompagnée d'une petite ardoise magique autour de son cou pour communiquer avec autrui. Alors qu'ils s'installent dans un palace pour y séjourner, ils remarquent que le bâtiment est en pleine effervescence car une rock star est de passage dans la capitale néerlandaise. Dans la confusion, Melissa se perd dans les couloirs de l'hôtel et assiste, par hasard, à un meurtre. La victime n'est d'autre que l'avocat d'un client hollandais de son père. Repérée par les assassins, Melissa s'enfuit et cache en ville auprès d'un SDF. Mais les meurtriers sont prêts à tout pour l'éliminer.
SLC Punk
SLC Punk (1998)
, 1h37
Directed by James Merendino
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Michael A. Goorjian, Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jason Segel, Matthew Fox, Annabeth Gish
Roles Bob
Rating73% 3.69813.69813.69813.69813.6981
The film outlines the daily lives of two punks in Salt Lake City, Utah in the fall of 1985: Stevo and his best friend, "Heroin" Bob; Stevo narrates the film. The nickname "Heroin" is ironic, as Bob is afraid of needles and actually believes that any drug (with the notable exception of alcohol and cigarettes) is inherently dangerous.
Hard Rain
Hard Rain (1998)
, 1h37
Directed by Mikael Salomon
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La fin du monde, Météorologie, Catastrophe climatique, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver, Edward Asnere, Mark Rolston
Roles Kenny
Rating58% 2.949192.949192.949192.949192.94919
During the worst recorded rainstorm in the history of the Midwestern United States, armored truck drivers Tom (Christian Slater) and his uncle Charlie (Edward Asner) collect the money from local banks affected by the rising flood waters. In the small town of Huntingburg, Indiana, which has been evacuated, Tom and Charlie drive into a ditch and become stuck, and Charlie calls dispatch to alert the National Guard. They are then ambushed by Jim (Morgan Freeman) and his gang of armed robbers, Kenny (Michael Goorjian), Mr. Mehlor (Dann Florek) and Ray (Ricky Harris). Kenny accidentally shoots Charlie dead, as Tom gets away with the $3 million in cash and hides it in a cemetery.
Leaving Las Vegas, 1h51
Directed by Mike Figgis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about films, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Mise en scène d'un scénariste, Erotic thriller films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands, Valeria Golino, Richard Lewis, Steven Weber
Roles College Boy 1
Rating74% 3.748673.748673.748673.748673.74867
Ben Sanderson (Cage) is a Hollywood screenwriter whose alcoholism costs him his job, family, and friends. With nothing left to live for, he moves to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. As he drives drunkenly down the Las Vegas Strip, he nearly hits a woman, Sera (Shue), on the crosswalk. Sera chastises him and walks away. Sera is a prostitute working for an abusive pimp, Yuri Butso (Julian Sands), a Latvian immigrant. Polish mobsters are after Yuri, so he breaks his relationship with Sera in fear that the Poles may hurt her. Yuri is murdered (off-screen) shortly afterwards.
David's Mother, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about autism
Actors Kirstie Alley, Sam Waterston, Stockard Channing, Michael A. Goorjian, Chris Sarandon, Phylicia Rashād
Roles David Goodson
Rating62% 3.101413.101413.101413.101413.10141
Sally Goodson has always tried to do what is best for her autistic son David, always blaming herself for the way David is. Sally lives alone with David in a New York apartment and is often visited by her sister Bea (Stockard Channing), who tries to help Sally turn her life around by getting out a little more and giving David some space, but Sally rarely lets him out of her sight. In the end, it caused her husband Philip (Chris Sarandon) to have an affair, leave her and re-marry, and her daughter Susan to go to live with him, as they were tired of watching Sally being too over-protective with David.
The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Joe Spano, David Lascher, Michael A. Goorjian, Renée O'Connor, Scott Michael Campbell, Blayne Weaver
Roles Scott Chapman
Rating59% 2.9595252.9595252.9595252.9595252.959525
Dans la ville de Comfort au Texas, une communauté baptiste organise un camp d'été avec des jeunes en provenance de tout le pays.