“There’s not a lot on TV that’s like 'Dark Angel.' To its credit, it’s not a show that’s trying to be like everything else. It’s not a copycat.” Michael Weatherly
First appearing on television as Theo's college roommate in a 1991 episode of the hit NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show," Michael would later be popular among TV viewers as Logan Cale on Fox’s science fiction television program "Dark Angel" (2000-2002) and Anthony DiNozzo on the CBS police procedural television series "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003-Present).
Michael previously had reoccurring roles in the TV series "Loving" (1992-1995), "The City" (1995-1996), "Significant Others" (1998), and "Jesse" (1998). He also guest starred in "Charmed," "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven," "Ally McBeal" and "JAG," as well as co-starred in the TV movies/miniseries "Pier 66" (1996), "Asteroid" (1997), "The Advanced Guard" (1998), "Winding Roads" (1999), "Cabin by the Lake" (2000) and "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" (2004). Moviegoers could catch him in the films "Meet Wally Sparks" (1997), "The Last Days of Disco" (1998), "Gun Shy" (2000), "The Specials" (2000), "Venus and Mars" (2001), "Trigger Happy" (2001) and "Her Minor Thing" (2005). He will next be seen starring in an upcoming drama film called "Charlie Valentine."
More personally, the 6' 2" actor was married to his "The City" and "Loving" co-star Amelia Heinle from 1995 to 1997 and has one son with her. He briefly dated model/actress Rachel Hunter and was engaged to his “Dark Angel” co-star Jessica Alba from 2001 to 2003.
Childhood and Family:
Son of wealthy parents Patricia Weatherly, a hospital administrator, and Michael Weatherly Sr., who made millions as an importer of the Swiss Army Knife and was a Broadway producer, Michael Manning Weatherly Jr. was born on July 8, 1968, in New York, New York, and was comfortably raised in Southwest Connecticut’s affluent Fairfield community. He has eleven siblings, one of whom is the mother of actress Alex Breckenridge, though he only has one full sibling as both of his parents were married several times.
As a child, Michael played soccer and attended a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut, Fairfield Country Day School. At the age of 12, he was sent to survival camp because his mother thought he needed to be toughened up. He graduated from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, in 1986 and subsequently attended Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts, American University in Washington DC (studied theater), American University in Paris (1 semester), and Menlo University (studied communications), in Menlo Park, California, before dropping out of college to pursue an acting career. His billionaire father cut him off from his inheritance when Michael decided to pursue acting.
Michael married his "The City" and "Loving" co-star Amelia Heinle (born on March 17, 1973) in 1995. One year after the birth of their son, August Weatherly, the couple divorced. He briefly dated model/actress Rachel Hunter (born on September 9, 1969) after her separation and was engaged to his “Dark Angel” co-star Jessica Alba (born on April 28, 1981) from 2001 to 2003. Michael currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Cut off from his inheritance when he decided to pursue acting, Michael Weatherly played guitar and piano in a band to supplement his acting in the early days of his career. He also sold shoes, delivered pizzas, and dabbled in songwriting and worked in the videotape library of ABC.
Weatherly made his television debut as Theo's college roommate in a January 1991 episode of the hit NBC sitcom starring Bill Cosby, "The Cosby Show." The aspiring actor subsequently moved to Los Angeles to further his acting career but returned to New York after landing a role on the series "Loving." He played Cooper Alden from 1992 to 1995 on the ABC daytime soap opera and received two Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, one for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor (1995) and another one for Hottest Male Star (1994). The show was then folded into a new soap called "The City," where Weatherly reprised the role of Cooper during 1995-1996 of the short-lived revamped show.
After starring in the failed Aaron Spelling pilot "Pier 66" (1996), which aired as a TV movie special on ABC, Weatherly acted in the Peter Baldwin-directed comedy feature "Meet Wally Sparks" (1997; starring Rodney Dangerfield) and appeared in the Primetime Emmy winning NBC miniseries "Asteroid" (1997). He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the short-lived television series that aired on the ABC network for 13 episodes during the spring and summer of 1997, "Spy Game."
In 1998, Weatherly made his primetime series debut as Ben Chasen in the short-lived Fox dramatic television series starring Jennifer Garner, "Significant Others," and played the ne'er-do-well father on NBC's sitcom starring Christina Applegate, "Jesse." That same year, he appeared in the science fiction TV movie "The Advanced Guard" and had a featured role in writer/director Whit Stillman's movie "The Last Days of Disco," starring Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale.
Weatherly wrapped up the decade by guest starring in an episode of The WB supernatural series "Charmed" and the syndicated Canadian television series "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven," which was based on “The Crow” comic by James O'Barr. He also co-starred with Kimberly Quinn, Katrina Holden Bronson, and Rachel Hunter in the TV movie "Winding Roads" (1999).
From 2000 to 2002, Weatherly was a regular on Fox’s science fiction television program "Dark Angel." For his portrayal of Logan Cale, Weatherly received Saturn Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in 2001 and 2002 and a Teen Choice Award nomination for TV - Choice Actor in 2001. On his "Dark Angel" character, Weatherly explained, “He's got the tricked-out apartment. He's also extremely good at the computer stuff. I don't even know where the power switch is! My character kicks butt!”
During his "Dark Angel" tenure, Weatherly was cast in the films "Gun Shy" (2000; starring Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, and Oliver Platt), a romantic comedy written and directed by Eric Blakeney, and "The Specials" (2000; with Thomas Haden Church, James Gunn, Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, Paget Brewster, and Jordan Ladd), a comedy film helmed by Craig Mazin. He could also be seen in Harry Mastrogeorge's independent romantic comedy starring Lynn Redgrave, "Venus and Mars" (2001), and Julian West's "Trigger Happy" (2001) and co-starred with Judd Nelson in the USA Network TV movie "Cabin by the Lake" (2000). He also guest starred in an episode of the comedy "Grapevine" and in Fox’s series "Ally McBeal.”
Following the demise of "Dark Angel," Weatherly co-starred as Anthony DiNozzo, a streetwise former homicide detective and senior investigator, on the CBS police procedural television series "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.” He has worked on the show since its premiere on September 23, 2003. About being a cast member of the show, Weatherly commented, “And there's also a family dynamic that's like growing up in an American dysfunctional family. You know, you've got the father, the strange sibling rivalries going on and the weird grandpa in the basement with the dead bodies. You know, like everyone's family.”
Weatherly also reprised his "NCIS" role in two episodes of "JAG" and portrayed actor Robert Wagner, the former husband of deceased actress Natalie Wood (portrayed by Justine Waddell), in the biographical miniseries "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" (2004). He then co-starred with Estella Warren and Christian Kane in Charlie Matthau's romantic comedy film, "Her Minor Thing" (2005).
While continuing his work for "NCIS," Weatherly is currently filming his upcoming film project, "Charlie Valentine," a drama written and directed by Jesse V. Johnson.