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7 February 1948, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Michael McGreevey began his professional career at the age of seven, appearing in _The Girl Most Likely (1958)_ (qv) with 'Jane Powell (I)' (qv), the first of 18 films he would act in over the next 20 years. A successful child actor, Michael also appeared in over 100 television shows, including stints as a series regular on _"Riverboat" (1959)_ (qv) ('Burt Reynolds (I)' (qv)' first show) and guest-star appearances on such acclaimed series as _"Naked City" (1958)_ (qv), _"Route 66" (1960)_ (qv) and three two-part specials for _"Disneyland" (1954)_ (qv). At 18 years of age he enrolled in classes at UCLA while continuing his professional acting career, starring opposite 'Kirk Douglas (I)' (qv), 'Robert Mitchum' (qv) and 'Sally Field' (qv) in _The Way West (1967)_ (qv) (Field's first film), with 'David Niven (I)' (qv) in _The Impossible Years (1968)_ (qv) and alongside 'Richard Widmark' (qv) and 'Lena Horne' (qv) in _Death of a Gunfighter (1969)_ (qv), as well as guest-starring in numerous television shows (_"The Mod Squad" (1968)_ (qv), _"Love, American Style" (1969)_ (qv)) and made-for-TV movies (including _If Tomorrow Comes (1971) (TV)_ (qv) with 'Patty Duke' (qv)). Graduating from UCLA Film School with honors, he continued to work as an actor, but set his sights on one day moving behind the camera and trying his hand at writing, directing, and producing. While co-starring opposite 'Kurt Russell (I)' (qv) in a series of very successful movies for Disney (_The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)_ (qv), _Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)_ (qv), _Snowball Express (1972)_ (qv) and _The Strongest Man in the World (1975)_ (qv)) and making guest-star appearances on acclaimed television series like _"The Waltons" (1971)_ (qv), Michael began writing. He was lucky enough to get his first professional writing assignment collaborating with his father, 'John McGreevey' (qv) (Emmy Award; WGA Laurel Award) developing a three-hour movie for television about the Kennedy assassination entitled _Ruby and Oswald (1978) (TV)_ (qv). A truly monumental television event, "Ruby and Oswald" was a ratings winner as well as a critical success. Michael continued writing on his own, branching out into series television, working on such shows as "The Waltons" with creator 'Earl Hamner Jr.' (qv), _"Palmerstown, U.S.A." (1980)_ (qv) with 'Alex Haley' (qv) and 'Norman Lear' (qv), _"Quincy M.E." (1976)_ (qv) and many others. Michael was nominated for an Emmy award for his teleplay of the ABC Afterschool Special, _"ABC Afterschool Specials" (1972) {The Celebrity and the Arcade Kid (#12.3)}_ (qv). What started out as a freelance assignment writing one episode of _"Fame" (1982)_ (qv), the NBC series based on the popular film, turned into three seasons (72 episodes) as writer, story editor and eventually producer. Having written more episodes than anyone else, Michael was the obvious choice to write the last "Fame" show, effectively closing the door on the School of the Arts and bringing the award-winning series to an end. After "Fame", Michael decided he needed a break from the grind of series television, and returned to writing long-form television, developing movies and mini-series for all the networks, including NBC's highest rated movie of the '194 season, _Bonanza: The Return (1993) (TV)_ (qv). Michael returned to series television as the Supervising Producer of _"High Tide" (1994)_ (qv) for the '95-'96 season and then assumed the same duties on the syndicated series, _"Tarzan: The Epic Adventures" (1996)_ (qv), completing 22 episodes for the '96-'97 season. He realized another life-long dream by directing one of the "Tarzan" episodes. Having been bitten by the directing bug, Michael immediately took on another assignment, helming three episodes of the Fox Network's children series, _"Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book" (1998)_ (qv). The producers (Alliance, Kushner-Locke) were so pleased with his work on this demanding action/adventure series that they asked him to direct an independent feature based on the Kipling books, _Jungle Book: Lost Treasure (1998)_ (qv), starring 'Gary Collins (I)' (qv) and 'Michael Beck (I)' (qv). Immediately after completing the film, McGreevey returned to television, executive-producing (as well as writing and directing) 26 one-hour episodes of the syndicated series _"Born Free" (1998)_ (qv) (a continuation of the very popular movie based on 'Joy Adamson' (qv)'s extraordinary work with the lioness, Elsa, in Africa). Since finishing the series, Michael has co-written an action\thriller television movie and series pilot, "Endangered," and co-wrote the script for a big-budget adaptation of the 'L. Frank Baum' (qv) classic, "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus." He is presently developing an original screenplay, "13 Weeks," a romantic comedy about working in series television, and shooting three documentaries entitled "Aging Without Symptoms," "Welcome to Eden," and "The Face of America."
Sean Patrick (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)



-   Son of 'John McGreevey' (qv).


-   "Starlog" (USA), May 1997, Iss. 238, by: Kim Howard Johnson, "Building Lost Worlds"


-   "Star Trek Deep Space Nine" (USA), 1994, Iss. 8, pg. 13-16, by: Bill Florence, "Michael McGreevey: Writer"

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Acting in movies by McGreevey, Michae

  1. A Lesson of Love (2011)
  2. "Parks and Recreation" (2009) {Flu Season (#3.2)}
  3. Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women (1979) (TV)
  4. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Shaggy D.A. (#25.2)}
  5. "Charlie's Angels" (1976) {Terror on Ward One (#1.18)}
  6. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Strongest Man in the World (#23.15)}
  7. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
  8. "Family" (1976) {Jury Duty: Part 1 (#2.5)}
  9. "Family" (1976) {Jury Duty: Part 2 (#2.6)}
  10. The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
  11. "Disneyland" (1954) {Now You See Him, Now You Don't (#22.7)}
  12. "Harry O" (1973) {Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (#1.0)}
  13. "Love, American Style" (1969) {Love and the Singing Suitor/Love and the Unmarriage/Love and the Wee He (#4.17)}
  14. "The Waltons" (1971) {The Braggart (#2.8)}
  15. Michael O'Hara the Fourth (1972) (TV)
  16. Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)
  17. Snowball Express (1972)
  18. "Disneyland" (1954) {Michael O'Hara the Fourth: Part 1 (#18.17)}
  19. "Disneyland" (1954) {Michael O'Hara the Fourth: Part 2 (#18.18)}
  20. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes: Part 1 (#19.1)}
  21. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes: Part 2 (#19.2)}
  22. "Room 222" (1969) {Suing Means Saying You're Sorry (#3.19)}
  23. If Tomorrow Comes (1971) (TV)
  24. "The Smith Family" (1971) {Father's Day (#2.5)}
  25. Dial Hot Line (1970) (TV)
  26. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City: Part 1 (#17.4)}
  27. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City: Part 2 (#17.5)}
  28. "The Virginian" (1962) {Experiment at New Life (#9.10)}
  29. Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
  30. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
  31. "Love, American Style" (1969) {Love and the Medium/Love and the Bed/Love and the High School Flop-Out (#1.13)}
  32. The Impossible Years (1968)
  33. "The Invaders" (1967) {The Pursued (#2.25)}
  34. The Way West (1967)
  35. "Disneyland" (1954) {For the Love of Willadean: A Taste of Melon (#10.21)}
  36. "Disneyland" (1954) {For the Love of Willadean: Treasure in the Haunted House (#10.22)}
  37. "Arrest and Trial" (1963) {A Shield Is for Hiding Behind (#1.4)}
  38. "Disneyland" (1954) {Sammy, the Way-Out Seal: Part 1 (#9.6)}
  39. "Disneyland" (1954) {Sammy, the Way-Out Seal: Part 2 (#9.7)}
  40. "Naked City" (1958) {The King of Venus Will Take Care of You (#3.30)}
  41. "Route 66" (1960) {Shoulder the Sky, My Lad (#2.21)}
  42. The Clown and the Kid (1961)
  43. "Bonanza" (1959) {Gabrielle (#3.14)}
  44. "Disneyland" (1954) {Texas John Slaughter: Frank Clell's in Town (#7.24)}
  45. "Dr. Kildare" (1961) {Hit and Run (#1.12)}
  46. "Lassie" (1954) {Bessie (#7.28)}
  47. "Michael Shayne" (1960) {Murder 'Round My Wrist (#1.16)}
  48. "Wagon Train" (1957) {Clyde (#5.13)}
  49. "Wagon Train" (1957) {The Captain Dan Brady Story (#5.1)}
  50. Chartroose Caboose (1960)
  51. Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)
  52. "Riverboat" (1959) {Forbidden Island (#1.19)}
  53. "Riverboat" (1959) {Fort Epitaph (#1.25)}
  54. "Riverboat" (1959) {Hang the Men High (#1.27)}
  55. "Riverboat" (1959) {Landlubbers (#1.17)}
  56. "Riverboat" (1959) {Path of the Eagle (#1.21)}
  57. "Riverboat" (1959) {Salvage Pirates (#1.20)}
  58. "Riverboat" (1959) {Tampico Raid (#1.16)}
  59. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Blowup (#1.18)}
  60. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Fight at New Canal (#1.23)}
  61. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Long Trail (#1.29)}
  62. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Night of the Faceless Men (#1.28)}
  63. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Quick Noose (#1.30)}
  64. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Sellout (#1.31)}
  65. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Treasure of Hawk Hill (#1.22)}
  66. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Wichita Arrows (#1.24)}
  67. "Riverboat" (1959) {Three Graves (#1.26)}
  68. "Shirley Temple's Storybook" (1958) {Little Men (#2.6)}
  69. "The Donna Reed Show" (1958) {Someone Is Watching (#3.14)}
  70. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
  71. The Man in the Net (1959)
  72. "Black Saddle" (1959) {Murdock (#2.7)}
  73. "Lassie" (1954) {Growing Pains (#6.6)}
  74. "Lassie" (1954) {The Land Grabber (#6.12)}
  75. "Riverboat" (1959) {The Face of Courage (#1.15)}

Cinematographeics by McGreevey, Michael

  1. Welcome to Eden (2009)

Written by McGreevey, Michael

  1. Bonanza: The Return (1993) (TV) (story) <2,2,1>
  2. Bonanza: The Return (1993) (TV) (teleplay) <3,1,1>
  3. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {Babel (#1.4)} (teleplay) <3,1,1>
  4. "Fame" (1982) {Baby, Remember My Name (#6.24)} (writer)
  5. "Fame" (1982) {Stagefright (#5.18)} (writer)
  6. "Fame" (1982) {The Incident (#5.24)} (teleplay)
  7. "Fame" (1982) {Hold That Baby (#6.6)} (writer) <1,1,1>
  8. "Fame" (1982) {Judgement Day (#6.4)} (writer)
  9. "Fame" (1982) {Mr Wacky's World (#6.8)} (writer) <1,1,2>
  10. "Fame" (1982) {Wishes (#4.20)} (writer)
  11. "Fame" (1982) {Bronco Bob Rides Again (#5.3)} (writer)
  12. "ABC Afterschool Specials" (1972) {The Celebrity and the Arcade Kid (#12.3)} (writer)
  13. "Boone" (1983) {Second Fiddle (#1.5)} (written by)
  14. "Fame" (1982) {Break Dance (#3.8)} (writer)
  15. "Father Murphy" (1981) {The Father Figure (#2.2)} (written by)
  16. "Quincy M.E." (1976) {Deadly Protection (#7.23)} (story) <2,2,1>
  17. "Quincy M.E." (1976) {Deadly Protection (#7.23)} (teleplay) <1,1,1>
  18. "Quincy M.E." (1976) {Smoke Screen (#7.12)} (writer) <1,1,1>
  19. "Nurse" (1981) {Hear My Hands (#1.3)} (writer)
  20. "Palmerstown, U.S.A." (1980) {Epidemic (#2.5)} (teleplay)
  21. "Palmerstown, U.S.A." (1980) {The Threat (#2.6)} (writer)
  22. "The Waltons" (1971) {The Pursuit (#9.6)} (written by)
  23. "The Incredible Hulk" (1978) {Vendetta Road (#2.22)} (teleplay) <2,2,1>
  24. "The Waltons" (1971) {The Conscience (#7.13)} (written by)
  25. "The Waltons" (1971) {The Silver Wings (#8.11)} (written by)
  26. "Wonder Woman" (1975) {Pot of Gold (#3.11)} (written by) <3,1,1>
  27. Ruby and Oswald (1978) (TV)
  28. "The Waltons" (1971) {The Festival (#6.16)} (written by)

Misc by McGreevey, Michael

  1. "Fame" (1982) {Losin' It (#5.23)} (executive story editor)
  2. "Fame" (1982) {Self Defense (#5.19)} (executive story editor)
  3. "Fame" (1982) {Stagefright (#5.18)} (executive story editor)
  4. "Fame" (1982) {A River to Cross (#5.12)} (executive story editor)
  5. "Fame" (1982) {Such Good Friends (#5.13)} (executive story editor)
  6. "Fame" (1982) {The Comedian (#5.17)} (executive story editor)
  7. "Fame" (1982) {Choices (#5.10)} (executive story editor)
  8. "Fame" (1982) {The First Time (#5.11)} (executive story editor)
  9. "Fame" (1982) {Contacts (#5.21)} (executive story editor)
  10. "Fame" (1982) {The Incident (#5.24)} (executive story editor)
  11. "Fame" (1982) {The Inheritance (#5.16)} (executive story editor)
  12. "Fame" (1982) {Double Exposure (#5.15)} (executive story editor)
  13. "Fame" (1982) {To Tilt at Windmills (#5.22)} (executive story editor)
  14. "Fame" (1982) {W.S.O.A. (#5.20)} (executive story editor)
  15. "Fame" (1982) {Holmes Sweet Holmes (#5.14)} (executive story editor)
  16. "Fame" (1982) {Savage Streets (#5.6)} (executive story editor)
  17. "Fame" (1982) {A Place to Belong (#5.1)} (executive story editor)
  18. "Fame" (1982) {Broadway Danny Amatullo (#5.8)} (executive story editor)
  19. "Fame" (1982) {Ebenezer Morloch (#5.9)} (executive story editor)
  20. "Fame" (1982) {His Majesty Donlon (#5.7)} (executive story editor)
  21. "Fame" (1982) {White Light (#5.5)} (executive story editor)
  22. "Fame" (1982) {Indian Summer (#4.1)} (story editor)
  23. "Fame" (1982) {Spontaneous Combustion (#4.3)} (story editor)
  24. "Fame" (1982) {Czech-Mate (#4.2)} (story editor)
  25. "Fame" (1982) {I Never Danced for My Father (#4.4)} (story editor)