Michael Gross (actor)

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Michael Gross
Michael Gross at the 39th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Gross at the 39th Emmy Awards, September 1987
Born(1947-06-21) June 21, 1947 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Elza Bergeron
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Michael Gross
Michael Gross at the 39th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Gross at the 39th Emmy Awards, September 1987
Born(1947-06-21) June 21, 1947 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Elza Bergeron

Michael Gross (born June 21, 1947) is an American television, movie, and stage actor who plays both comedic and dramatic roles. His most notable roles are as the father Steven Keaton from Family Ties and the graboid hunter Burt Gummer from the Tremors franchise.

Early life[edit]

Gross was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of William Oscar Gross, a tool designer and Virginia Ruth (née Cahill), a telephone operator.[1] Gross and his Family Ties co-star Meredith Baxter (who played his wife Elyse Keaton), were born on the same date, June 21, 1947.[2] Gross was raised Catholic and attended St Francis Xavier school in Chicago in his early years.[3] He attended high school at Kelvyn Park High School on the north side of Chicago. He received his drama degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago before attending Yale University for his Master of Fine Arts degree. His younger sister, Mary Gross, is a former Saturday Night Live cast member.[4]


Gross is known for his roles as "Steven Keaton" in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties and as "Burt Gummer" in the Tremors movies and subsequent TV series. He guest-starred in an episode of the sitcom Night Court, in which he played a sexual predator of Markie Post's character, Christine Sullivan.

In 1988 he portrayed a murderous bank robber in the true life movie In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders.

His other television credits include Boston Legal, How I Met Your Mother, Batman Beyond, ER, Parks and Recreation (1 episode), Law & Order, and two of its spin-offs: SVU and Criminal Intent.

From August 2008 to January 2009, Gross appeared on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless as River Baldwin.

Gross had a special cameo in 2000 on Spin City as a therapist to Michael J. Fox's character on Fox's final show as a regular on that program.

For Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001) he received a Video Premiere Award as best actor.

Personal life[edit]

Gross has been married to casting director Elza Bergeron since June 2, 1984, and they have two children.

Gross is a passionate railfan with an extensive collection of railroad antiques. He is an amateur railroad historian, photographer, modeler, and part-owner in a working railroad, the Santa Fe Southern Railway, a former branch line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway which operates between Lamy and Santa Fe, New Mexico.[5] He is also the spokesman for the World's Greatest Hobby campaign sponsored by the Model Railroad Industry Association that promotes the hobby of model railroading. He has also been a spokesperson for Operation Lifesaver, a campaign promoting safety at railroad grade crossings.[6] Beginning in 2009, Gross is the "celebrity spokesman" for the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.[7] He is also a member of the Santa Fe Railway Historical Society.


Acting in film and television
1982 – 1989Family TiesSteven KeatonTV series
1987Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz
1988In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. MurdersWilliam Matix
1988Big BusinessDr. Jay Marshall
1990TremorsBurt Gummer
1991Cool as IceGordon Winslow/James Anthony Hackett
1992Alan & Naomi
1993Batman: The Animated SeriesLloyd Ventrix
1993The Story of Peanut Butter
1994Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa StoryTelevision film
1994Never ask The Devil to Pack a Lunch
1995Deceived By Trust
1996Tremors 2: AftershocksBurt GummerDirect-to-video
1996The Outer Limits: "Inconstant moon"Professor Stan Hurst
1996Sometimes They Come Back... Again
1998Ground Control
1999Batman BeyondWarren McGinnis
2001The UndesirableTelevision film
2001Tremors 3: Back to PerfectionBurt GummerDirect-to-video
2002ERTV series
2002Law & Order: Special Victims Unit1 episode (season 4.4)
2003The Power of Aluminum FoilTV series
2003Super Chief: Speed-Style-Servicenarrator
2004Tremors 4: The Legend BeginsHiram GummerDirect-to-video
2006Dome Car Magic: A History Of Railroad Dome Carsnarrator
2006 - 2011How I Met Your MotherAlfred Mosby3 episodes
2008100 Million BC
2008 - 2009The Young and the RestlessTV series
2010Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
2010PsychCody BlairEpisode: "Dead Bear Walking"
2010Parks and RecreationMichael TansleyEpisode: Summer Catalog
2011Dan Vs.DonAnimated Series
2011Curb Your Enthusiasm1 episode (season 8.4)
2012Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar MovieNarrator
2012The Dog Who Saved The HolidaysNedDirect-to-video
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::Huck JinglesEpisode: "Family Dies"
2012Meant To BeMr. Trantham
2012Naughty or NiceWalter Kringle
2012Atlas Shrugged: Part IITed 'Buzz' Killman
2013Guest HouseLou Wesley
2014Last Man StandingMr. HardinEpisode: "Hard-Ass Teacher"
2014SuitsWalter Gillis4 episodes (season 4)
2014Anger ManagementDr. Randy Warren3 episodes (season 2)
2016Tremors 5Burt Gummer


  1. ^ "Gross, Virginia Ruth". Chicago Tribune. March 22, 2005. 
  2. ^ "Michael Gross Biography (1947-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  3. ^ David Niles. "Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  4. ^ Mary Gross
  5. ^ Hall, Ken; Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine (2003), The Celebrity Collector - Michael Gross, his family tree and his collections are rooted in the railroad. Retrieved October 7, 2005.
  6. ^ Model Railroad Industry Association (2005), World's Greatest Hobby campaign keeps model railroading on the right track for the future. Retrieved October 7, 2005.
  7. ^ "What's Here– A message from Michael Gross". B&O Railroad Museum. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 


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