Michael Raynor first studied acting in New York with Fred Kareman, Bobby Lewis, Wynn Handman, Tim Phillips and George Morrison. His theatre credits began in a Greenwich Village basement cabaret opposite James Gandolfini, and continued on to Off-Broadway as he originated characters and many new plays for emerging New York writers.
Michael wrote and performed the hit one man show, WHO IS FLOYD STEARN? Off-Broadway to great critical acclaim, and has written the screenplay adaptation as well. He will direct the film version.
His film credits include leads in SHADOW BOXING, THE WAITING GAME (with Will Arnet), TRIP FALL (opposite Eric Roberts and the late John Ritter) REUNION, THE FIRST MAN (opposite Leslie Ann Warren and Heather Graham), A BROTHERS KISS (with Cathy Moriarty, Rosie Perez and John Leguizamo), FEDERAL HILL (Deauville Film Festival Winner, Critics Award and Audience Award) as well as Allison Eastwood’s, RAILS & TIES, THE PAVILLION, SONIC BLAST (with Ice-T), THE TAX MAN (with Joe Pantoliano and Michael Chiklis), Mike Nichols’ WOLF, and most recently THE ADVOCATE and FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY.
His television work includes the Tom Hanks/Imagine/HBO produced Emmy Award winning mini-series, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (as Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden), BELLA MAFIA (opposite Jennifer Tilly), and IN THE LINE OF DUTY: HUNT FOR JUSTICE (opposite Nicholas Turturro, Adam Arkin and Melissa Leo) as well as guest starring roles on THE ADVOCATES, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE, SOUTHLAND, LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES, COLD CASE, COMPANY MAN (pilot), CSI, ER, LAW & ORDER, SHARK, NYPD BLUE, BROOKLYN SOUTH, BRIMSTONE, LAW & ORDER, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, and MY OWN WORST ENEMY.
Michael first studied screenwriting with Robert McKee, renowned author of Story Structure, and was part of Ken Rotcop’s, (The Perfect Pitch) ongoing Los Angeles Writing Workshop for several years.
Michael developed and directed Butch Hammett’s comic hit one-man show, SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT, which was invited into the prestigious Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles, and voted Critics Choice in Prague, Dublin and Edinburgh. He also co-wrote the screenplay version, which Chad and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring) are attached to produce.
In addition, Michael developed and originally staged Kathryn Graf’s SURVIVING DAVID, winner of OUTSTANDING SOLO SHOW- New York International Fringe Festival. He developed and directed Fia Perrera’s SWIMMING NAKED, and worked extensively with Jay Sefton, winner of LA Weekly’s BEST ACTOR IN A SOLO PLAY for THE MOST MEDIOCRE STORY NEVER TOLD.
His screenplays include the adaptation of Mark Kriegel’s award-winning novel BLESS ME, FATHER, PROUD HARRY, WILDING, THE RUN, DEAD WEIGHT and the film adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit, WHO IS FLOYD STEARN?