There are actors who have grown their career to the point that they have become household names in the United States and indeed all over the world. Michelle Clunie happens to be one of the few. She became popular after her roles in series like Make It or Break It and Queer as Folk which is actually responsible for her emergence to the limelight. Michelle has since appeared in several other notable series and movies including stage productions. She has bagged a few prestigious awards and nominations to show for her efforts as a versatile entertainer.
Michelle Clunie – Biography
She was born as Michelle Renee Clunie on the 7th of November 1969, her place of birth is in Portland, Oregon, in the United States which makes her an American national. During her formative years, she developed an interest in dance and music which led her to practice tap, ballet and jazz dance, Michelle also gained competency in handling the violin.
The famed actress was one of the beneficiaries of a scholarship to The Academy of Professional Ballet which she won through her notable performance as a ballet dancer while she was a student. Her teens were spent at the academy, studying ballet, as well as doing some work as an apprentice.
When Michelle Clunie was 19, she traded her violin for the sum of $200 in a bid to raise money to relocate to LA in pursuit of an acting career. Michelle learned acting under the mentorship of Milton Katselas – a renowned producer known for mentoring several hopeful artists at the famed ‘Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Her Family, Kids
There is a dearth of information on her family background but it is common knowledge that she belongs to a family of writers. Her mum’s cousin brother Jim Cash is a renowned writer of several popular movies, notable among them is Top Gun – American action drama of 1986 with Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise in the starring roles. Her brother also works as a writer.
On the matrimonial front, Michelle Clunie is not involved in any official marriage but she has an arrangement with Bryan Singer – a movie and television writer, director and producer. The duo has been very good friends since 1989 and in October 2014, they got hooked in a very brief intimate relationship.
It would appear that they both agreed to co-parent because an announcement came that Michelle Clunie was pregnant for Bryan and their son named Dashiell Julius William announced his birth on the 5th of January 2015. Important to note that Bryan is a known bisexual. Michelle shuttles between New York and LA; she currently lives with her son and her pet French Bulldog whom she has named Jimi after Jimi Hendrix.
Other Facts About Michelle Clunie
Her LA theatre debut was accomplished at Skylight Theatre where she was cast in a major role in A Comedy of Eros by Dean Orion. For her effort, she earned a Dramalogue Award in the category of Best Actress. Michelle’s other stage credits include Neil LaBute’s West Coast opening of The Mercy Seat where she played the role of Abbey at the Ford Theatre. This performance earned her the Backstage Readers Best Performance Award. Michelle Clunie takes the credit for writing and performing an Off-Broadway production known as US which premiered at Lion’s theatre in New York City.
Her movie debut was made in 1993 on the set of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday – which cast her as Deborah. 1995 saw her as part of the cast of The Usual Suspects – an Academy Award-winning production, she was also on the cast of Lost & Found shortly after. The Jeff Foxworthy Show made Clunie a series regular and she came as a guest star on several shows like The Tony Danza Show, ER, House M.D. NCIS and Without a Trace. The US adaption of Queer as Folk cast her in the role of Melanie Marcus and she was also on the set of MTV’s Teen Wolf, portraying the character of Mrs. Finch – a biology teacher. Michelle portrayed Ellen Beals in Make It or Break It.
It is a known fact that the major source of Michelle’s wealth is her acting career both on the small and big screens. Though her net worth is said to be under review, a few sources have gone ahead to peg it at $3 million.
She has dark brown eyes with hair dyed in red. Michelle Clunie stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches – 1.7m or 170cm. The details of her body weight are not public knowledge but she is of slim build.