Magazine article Variety

Michael Cerveris

Magazine article Variety

Michael Cerveris

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DEC.4,I985

Michael cerveris' television resume reads like a wish list of projects, starting with his earliest days in the industry, when he appeared on the acclaimed 1986 series "Fame" with Debbie Allen to guest starring stints on "21 Jump Street" (in 1990), "Quantum Leap" (in 1991) and the original "CSI" (in 2001). The past decade has seen him expand into creating cult favorite characters on dramas such as "Fringe," "Treme" and "The Good Wife," but this past year may prove to have been his busiest yet. In addition to trying his hand at comedy on Amazon's version of "The Tick," Cerveris is also in Fox's superhero origin story "Gotham" and Steven Soderbergh's interactive limited series "Mosaic." Cerveris was first mentioned in Variety on Dec. 4, 1985, when he was listed as part of the cast for Jud Taylor's CBS miniseries "Doubletake." by danielle turchiano

Although "Doubletake" was the first project that put you on Variety's radar, it was not your first on-screen credit.

I had trained as a theater actor at Yale and imagined my career was going to head primarily in that direction, but then I decided I also wanted to eat and pay rent, and so I did background on all of the soaps that filmed in New York. That was kind of my on-camera training because we didn't really have any on-camera training at Yale. So that was a great place for me in understanding what marks were and how you hit them.

Being that "Doubletake" was a bigger role than you were used to doing, did you feel extra pressure going into that audition? …

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