McMillian at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
October 21, 1978|
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Michael McMillian (born October 21, 1978) is an American actor and writer, known for his roles as Henry Gibson on What I Like About You, Steve Newlin on the HBO series True Blood and Owen on Hot in Cleveland. McMillian is also the creator and writer of a comic book, Lucid.
McMillian was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and grew up in Olathe, Kansas, attending Blue Valley Northwest High School through his second year. In 1995, McMillian transferred to Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied acting, playwriting and screenwriting. He has said that during his teen years, he was not a "full-on nerd [but was] reading comic books ... wasn't good in sports" and "got picked on a lot". McMillian went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where he was spotted and signed by an agent after a senior class showcase.
McMillian has acted in films and television shows and has contributed voice work to a number of video games. He garnered attention for his starring role in the independent film Dorian Blues, playing a young man struggling with his family's reaction to his coming out. He played Greg in the original pilot episode of Luis, but gave up the series in favor of making his then-recurring What I Like About You character, Henry Gibson, a regular. McMillian penned an episode during the third season of What I Like About You. He played the role of Harper in the TNT's Saved. His most recent film role was in Imagine That.
In 2009, McMillian wrote and created the magic-themed comic book mini-series, Lucid, for Before the Door Pictures and Archaia Studios Press. He is also co-writer of the second True Blood comic book series produced by IDW publishing and HBO. In 2010 he appeared opposite star Hilary Duff in the TV movie Beauty & the Briefcase based on the novel Diary of a Working Girl by Daniella Brodsky.
In 2018, McMillian appeared in a Progressive Auto Insurance commercial where he portrayed a game show contestant (game show Gary) that won numerous vehicles, but because he used Progressive, bundled his policies to obtain a low rate.
- Shameless (2016–) – Tyler Wexler
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015–) – Tim
- King of the Nerds (2015) – Judge
- The Banshee Chapter (2013) – James Hirsch
- Emily Owens, M.D. (season 1 episode 7, 2012) – Unknown Sick Prisoner
- Hot in Cleveland (3 episodes, 2011–2012) – Owen
- CSI: NY (2011) – Neal Cooper – "Party Down" (1 episode)
- Beauty and the Briefcase (2010) – Tom
- The Whole Truth (2010) – Walter Williams – "Judicial Discretion" (1 episode)
- The Mentalist (2009) – Drew Abner (5 episode)
- Imagine That (2009) – Brock Pressman
- True Blood (38 episodes, 2008–2014) – Steve Newlin
- Scrubs (1 episode, 2007) – Patrick
- The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) – Napoleon
- Saved (13 episodes, 2006) – Harper Sims
- Big Love (2 episodes, 2006) – Chad
- Without a Trace (1 episode, 2005) – Paul Cartwright
- What I Like About You (27 episodes, 2003–2005) – Henry Gibson
- Veronica Mars (1 episode, 2005 – "Weapons of Class Destruction") – Pete Kaminski
- Men of Valor (2004) (VG) (voice) – Hoss
- Dorian Blues (2004) – Dorian Lagatos
- Miracles (1 episode, 2003) – Kevin Kettridge
- Firefly (1 episode, 2003) – Young Hopeful
- 8 Simple Rules (1 episode, 2002) – Gee
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- Butler, Robert W. (March 18, 2007). "Olathe native moves into movies". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2007-03-23.