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Michael McGrady          

Motivational Speaker and Theater, Film & Television Actor Best Known for "Ray Donovan"

Michael Steven McGrady: Actor, Artist, Musician, Motivational Speaker. Utilizing his wide-ranging career path and rich life experiences, Michael is a sought after speaker addressing issues of thriving after surviving; life/work balance; ‘character’ ethics at work in personal growth and goal setting as well as mentorship in the acting profession and beyond.

Born to George and Gloria McGrady with Irish, British, German and French heritage, Michael was raised in the Washington state area of the Pacific Northwest and studied Business Administration at The University of Washington, with plans to attend law school. However, after overcoming a life-changing bout with malignant melanoma at the age of 19 - the same cancer that took his father's life only one year earlier – with an uncertain health future, he decided to leave university for a leap of faith and pursued his passion of an acting career. With his sister Shari's prompting and support, $180 cash and a backpack, Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and never looked back.

Michael quickly rose through the ranks of working actors to become a prominent mainstay in Hollywood, working steadily for over 30 years in the top tier television programs of the 80's and 90's, as well as supporting role performances in studio films such those with Academy Award winners James Woods and Lou Gossett Jr (Diggstown), Kevin Cosner (Wyatt Earp), Oscar nominee, Michelle Pfeiffer in Deep End of The Ocean as well as several independent films such as Rage, with Oscar winner, Nicholas Cage.

A prolific actor, Michael can be recognized as Captain Herrington on CBS' SEAL TEAM. Other notable credits include: NBC's, Chicago PD; critically acclaimed FX event series and Emmy winner, AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS OJ, Showtime's Emmy nominated series RAY DONOVAN, as well as NBC's Emmy winning television series, SOUTHLAND as Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger.

Well known as a stage, film and screen actor, Michael is also founder of the successful Actors Workshop in Los Angeles, addressing the acting profession from both behind and in front of the camera as well as an accomplished fine artist with his work currently represented in several galleries across the country.

When not filming, Michael can be found with his wife, Ilka at the McGrady Fine Art gallery or performing with his band, Michael McGrady's Sonic Groove Band in and around the Los Angeles area. You might also spot him outdoors sailing, surfing, riding his Harley or soaring his hang glider above the mountains of beautiful Santa Barbara.

He spends his time in Thousand Oaks, California and at his vacation home in the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.

Speech Topics


Motivation & Goal Setting

Be a Thriver not just a Survivor

Cancer is not a death sentence, it is a life sentence - the ultimate wake-up call. As a cancer survivor, I have a thorough and empathic understanding of what the battle with cancer looks and feels like. Let me share with you my journey in how I not only survived the potential death sentence of cancer but how I learned to use it to thrive in life. Achieving things I don't think would have been possible without the power of a cancer diagnosis.

Michael speaks on overcoming obstacles, cancer and other health challenges.

Be, Do, Have

Personality ethics are effective in the short run, but never last, Character ethics are enduring and make the quantum changes needed in this fast changing world.

The Actors Workshop

Practical advice and teaching on the acting profession. What does it take to be a professional actor. The pre-flight checklist: A failproof method of approaching your work as an actor and an effective means of breaking down scenes for auditions, entire movies or television roles, and plays. Get the role and rock it!

Michael founded and ran the successful Actors Workshop in Los Angeles for 14 years and speaks to acting profession from both behind and in front of the camera.

Living a Balanced Life

You really can have it all, providing you apply the basic principles and living habits necessary to gain it and keep it, All.
- The map of your life and lifestyle is it working for you? - Self-image is everything. Self knowledge and awareness is the starting point. You cannot fix what you cannot acknowledge and we don't know, what we don't know about ourselves. - A clear value system is key to having an accurate compass for your lifelong journey - Goals that have Pull Power. Pain and Pleasure; the carrot and the stick, the fundamental reason most people never reach their goals or if they do, they are short-lived.

News


Life After Melanoma: Michael McGrady Seeks to Inspire Survivors with His Story

In a talk to people affected by melanoma, actor Michael McGrady described reassessing his values after cancer and how it changed the course of his life.

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