Discovering John Michael Higgins: 5 Fascinating Facts About the Actor

Discovering John Michael Higgins: 5 Fascinating Facts About the Actor

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 12, 1963, John Michael Higgins is a versatile actor and voice actor whose career took off in the 1980s with appearances in several television series and his first movie role in ‘Vampire’s Kiss’ (1988). Since then, he has enjoyed a prolific career in both film and television, with notable roles including David Letterman in ‘The Late Shift’ and starring in ‘Happily Divorced’. His most recent role is Chuck Pierce in the NBC sitcom ‘Great News’. Let’s dive into five lesser-known facts about John Michael Higgins.

1. Video Game Voice Roles

Higgins’ voice acting skills have not only been utilized in movies but also in two video games. In 2004, he lent his voice to the character 2401 Penitent Tangent in the video game ‘Halo 2′. Four years later, he provided the voice for Mentok the Mindtaker in the video game ‘Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law’.

2. Married to Margaret Welsh

John Michael Higgins has been married to actress and writer Margaret Welsh since February 1, 2003. The couple has two children: daughter Maisie, born on August 3, 2003, and son Walter Lloyd, born on August 29, 2006. Margaret Welsh is best known for her work in ‘Mr. & Mrs. Bridge’, ‘A Killer Among Friends’, and ‘Smooth Talk’.

3. A Hidden Talent: Singing

In addition to his acting prowess, John Michael Higgins boasts an impressive singing voice, which he has showcased throughout his career. For the 2003 movie ‘A Mighty Wind’, he provided all the vocal arrangements for The New Main Street Singers. When Ed Helm performed ‘Take a Chance on Me’ on ‘The Office’, Higgins arranged the vocals and sang backup. He also appeared as a member of an acapella group in the 2006 romantic comedy-drama ‘The Break Up’, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, and served as an acapella singing commentator in both ‘Pitch’ and ‘Pitch 2′.

4. College Days with David Foster Wallace

John Michael Higgins and writer David Foster Wallace both attended Amherst College, a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. Wallace is best known for his works ‘Brief Interviews with Hideous Men’, ‘Charlie Rose’, and ‘The Rescue’, and is often recognized by his trademark bandana.

5. Multiple Characters in ‘Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law’

‘Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law’ is an adult animated series created by Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter, featuring a law firm staffed by former Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters and superheroes. The show first aired on Cartoon Network on December 30, 2000. Between 2002 and 2007, Higgins lent his voice to numerous main characters, including Zardo, Mentok the Mindtaker, and Grape Ape, as well as various minor characters. In total, his voice can be heard in 30 episodes of this animated television series.

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