Born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Minneapolis, MN. His parents (John/Marian) compromised on his name by putting his first initial in front of his official middle name and calling him J.Michael. He was an immediate class clown, even if it got him into trouble in school. In his Freshman year of high school, he was urged to try out for the school’s production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’. He soon after played the title role and began acting, gaining much praise for his portrayal and depth; he performed regularly in the school’s plays. After graduation, he attended the University of Arizona and was accepted as a BFA actor in the prestigious Arizona Repertory Theatre where he notably played Eugene Jerome in the Neil Simon Trilogy of ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’, ‘Biloxi Blues’ and ‘Broadway Bound’. During his Sophomore year in college he was seen performing in an Improv Comedy Troupe and was asked to audition for his first film ‘Earnie’. Notable roles on screen include Kevin in ’96 Minutes’ and as Iggy Milkovich in ‘Shameless’ on Showtime.