Michael Michele
Personal details
Date of birth August 30, 1966
Birth place Evansville, Indiana, USA
Years active 1986–present
Character Cleo Finch
Seasons 6, 7 & 8
First episode "Leave it to Weaver"
Last episode "On the Beach"
Credits 55 episodes (see below)

Michael Michele, born August 30, 1966 in Evansville, Indiana, USA, is an actress. She starred as Dr. Cleo Finch from the sixth season to the eighth season. After her initial departure the eighth season episode "I'll Be Home For Christmas", she briefly appeared in the episode "On the Beach". She also starred as Detective Rene Sheppard in the final season of Homicide: Life on the Street and appeared as Det. Sheppard in a Law & Order crossover episode. She also starred in UPN series Kevin Hill. She had film roles in New Jack City (1991), Ali (2001), Dark Blue (2002) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003). She had television roles in New York Undercover, Law & Order: Speical Victims Unit, House and Gossip Girls.




  • Her father Jerry (who is of Caucasian descent) is an enterpreneur and her mother Theresa (who is of African-American descent) is a corporate manager.
  • Eldest of two daughters.
  • Named after her mother's best friend, Michael Ann.
  • Attended Howard Roosa Elementary School in Evansville, Indiana.
  • Moved to New York in 1984.
  • Appeared in various Freddie Jackson music videos throughout the '80s.
  • Attended Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana where she played basketball, volleyball and ran track.
  • Is a huge jazz fan.
  • Sued Eddie Murphy in 1989 in a high-profile Hollywood lawsuit, alleging that she was fired from the movie "Harlem Nights" for rejecting his romantic advances.
  • Has a son named J. Brandon (born on December 21, 2004) with her former boyfriend and Puerto Rican restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez.
  • In 2005, TV Guide ranked Michele at #36 on their "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list.
  • Graduated from high school in 1984 as an honor student.
  • Has been volunteering as a mentor since she was 15 years old.
  • Mentors underprivileged children when her schedule allows it.

ER AwardsEdit

  • Nominated for a 2001 Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" for "ER."
  • Nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Best Ensemble in a Drama Series" in 2000 and 2001 with the rest of the cast of "ER."

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