Michael McGuire
Born1934 (age 88–89)
Occupation(s)Film, television and theatre actor (retired)
Years active1968–2008

Michael McGuire (born 1934)[1] is an American retired film, television,[2] and theatre actor.[3]

Life and career

McGuire was born in 1934.[1] A Wisconsin native, he attended Beloit College.[4] He began his acting career in 1964, appearing in the Broadway play The Passion of Josef D.[5] He appeared in such other Broadway plays as Child's Play,[1] Hey Fever,[1][6] and That Championship Season,[7] for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, shared with Charles Durning, Walter McGinn, Richard Dysart and Paul Sorvino, in 1972.[8][9] He also received an Outer Critics Circle Award for the same performance.[10]

McGuire began his screen career in 1968, playing Dr. Bryan Angell in the television soap opera One Life to Live. From the 1970s to the 2000s McGuire guest-starred in television programs including Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Columbo, Mannix, Kojak, Wonder Woman, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Taxi, The Long Days of Summer, Family Ties, All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Golden Girls, Knots Landing, Dark Shadows, Newhart, Remington Steele, Highway to Heaven and The West Wing.[11][12] He also appeared as Professor Sumner Sloan in three episodes of Cheers, including the pilot episode.[13][14][15] He also starred in the short-lived comedy series Empire.[16]

McGuire's film credits include Coming Apart, They Might Be Giants, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Blade,[12] Larry,[17] Report to the Commissioner,[11] Hard Times,[12] The Hunted Lady,[12] The Great Wallendas,[12] Home to Stay,[18] Like Normal People,[11] Sanctuary of Fear,[11] The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd,[11] Blinded by the Light,[11] Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again,[11] Bird,[12] The Karen Carpenter Story,[11] and A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation.[12]

McGuire retired in 2008, last appearing in the Broadway play August: Osage County,[1] as the patriarch Beverly Weston.[10][19][20]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b c d e "Michael McGuire". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Reid, Tim (September 13, 1989). "Workshops To Help Aspiring Actors". Asheville Citizen-Times. Asheville, North Carolina. p. 68 – via Newspapers.com. closed access
  3. ^ Heironymus, Clara (May 21, 1978). "Actor Michael McGuire Mixes Benet Prose and a Bit of Story". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. p. 80 – via Newspapers.com. closed access
  4. ^ "PSC ACTOR TOASTS 'CHEERS'". The Morning Call. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "The Theater: Chayefsky's 'Passion of Josef D.'; Author Directs Drama at the Barrymore; Stalin Is Portrayed by Peter Falk". The New York Times. February 12, 1964. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Barnes, Clive (November 10, 1970). "Theater: That Noel Coward Dialogue". The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  7. ^ Barnes, Clive (September 15, 1972). "'Stage: 'That Championship Season'" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2021 – via ProQuest.
  8. ^ "That Championship Season". Playbill. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  9. ^ Fisher, James (July 15, 2021). Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 1012. ISBN 978-1538123027 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth (February 27, 2008). "Michael McGuire Is New Patriarch of August: Osage County". Playbill. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Michael McGuire List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Michael McGuire". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "10 must-see 'Cheers' moments, from Sam and Diane's 1st meeting to the finale". TODAY.com. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  14. ^ Nemetz, Dave (September 30, 2022). "Cheers' 30 Best Characters, Ranked". TVLine. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  15. ^ "PSC ACTOR TOASTS 'CHEERS'". The Morning Call. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  16. ^ Terrace, Vince (January 10, 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 Through 2010, 2d Ed. McFarland. p. 307. ISBN 9780786486410 – via Google Books.
  17. ^ a b "The Rebirth of a Man Who Wasn't Really Retarded". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, Michigan. April 25, 1974. p. 26 – via Newspapers.com. closed access
  18. ^ a b "McGuire, Advent 'Clown' Also in 'Home to Stay'". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. April 30, 1978. p. 200 – via Newspapers.com. closed access
  19. ^ "Michael McGuire Joins the Cast of August: Osage County". Broadway Buzz. February 27, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  20. ^ Isherwood, Charles (July 16, 2008). "A Fiery New Incarnation of a Monster of a Mother". The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2021.