As a growing child, Michael D. Faist who we readily refer to as Mike Faist often spent time helping his parents with construction work in their real estate business during the summers. He spent some more time in the theater where he cherished seeing films by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and hoped to be like them someday. It was from the latter that his admiration and passion to pursue a career in theatre began. Find out with in-depth details about who Mike Faist is, his acting career in addition to other facts we gathered about the actor.
Who is Mike Faist? – Bio, Age
Mike Faist is an American actor who was born on the 5th of January 1992 in Gahanna, Ohio, the U.S. His ethnicity is Caucasian while his nationality was reported as English. Mike was adopted at birth by parents who own a flourishing real estate business and in addition to this, his mother is also a pilot.
As a kid, Faist recalls watching a lot old MGM films that were mostly on tape. His favorites then were the likes of Singing in the Rain, American in Paris, Star Wars and a couple of others. He was intrigued by the performances of actors and actresses in this early works and was equally imaginative and often had film stories, scenes, and characters in his head where he was always the hero of his imaginative script.
Faist was enrolled at Gahanna Lincoln High School where he studied and graduated from in the year 2009. Before then, he had already begun auditioning for roles in community and children’s theatres in Ohio. Following his graduation then, Mike Faist departed for New York where on arrival, he enrolled at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where he hoped to hone his theatre/acting skills to perfection. However, just two semesters into his program, he opted to drop out to start auditioning for shows. This then kicked off his acting career effectively.
Mike Faist’s acting career formally started with his first theatre credit Nemesis (2011 in Paper Mill Playhouse and 2012-2013 in Nederlander Theatre) as the character Morris Delancey. Following this, Faist went on to record performances in other theatre works like Appropriate (2014 in Pershing Square Signature Center) as Rhys Thurston, A Month in the Country (2015 in the Classic Stage Company) as Aleksei Belyaev. The thespian’s later theatre works are in Dear Evan Hansen as Connor Murphy which showed at the Arena Stage in 2015, Second Stage Theater in 2016 and at the Music Box Theatre in 2016-2018. To his credit, he also played in Days of Rage (2018) which showed at the Second Stage Theater where he portrayed the character, Spence.
Like most other actors and actresses Spence started out in the theatre and later ventured into film and television series. His first recorded film work was in The Unspeakable Act (2012) as Tony, followed by Yellow (2015) as Skip in the short film and in this same year, he also portrayed the character of Gordie Joiner in The Grief of Others (2015). His other film credits include as Benny in Our Time (2016), Ben in I Can I Will I Did (2017), then came his role as a teenage boy in Active Adults 2017 and lastly Lawrence in Wildling (2018).
Michael D. Faist has equally recorded a good portfolio in television series like Eye Candy (2015) in the episode: “Unaired Original Pilot” as Olsen, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2017) as Glenn Lawrence in episode: “Complicated” and his last television work Deception (2018) as Ben “Mekka” Evans in episode: “Masking.”
Though Mike Faist boasts of what can be considered a young career in the film and television industry, his acting prowess has not gone unnoticed as the actor has notably won a couple of awards as well as been nominated for a couple of others. He is a 2017 Broadway.com Audience Awards winner in the category of Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) for his work in Dear Evan Hansen. In the theatre work, the actor also won the 2018 Grammy Awards in the category of Best Musical Theater Album and in this same year Mike received the Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program for “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen on The Today Show.
Height and Other Facts
- Mike Faist stands at a height of 6 feet or 1.83m.
- His Zodiac sign is Capricorn.
- The actor has eyes that are prominently blue, while his hair is brown.
- He is currently unmarried but reportedly in a relationship with Alexis Evans-Krueger.
- The actor’s favorite books are Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s ‘Wind, Sand and Stars.’