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Too Opinionated

Dec 17, 2020

Today on Too Opinionated we speak with actor/singer Michael Devine. Actor Michael Devine is a name to remember with his versatile acting capabilities and wide-ranging talent. Michael can currently be seen portraying an all-too-real role in the new HBO series The Undoing. Working alongside leading actors Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, Michael plays the series regular role of ‘Detective Paul O’Rourke’. As a real-life, recently retired Detective Sergeant for the New York Police Department (NYPD), Michael brings a realness to the role, touching on past experiences in law enforcement. The weekly six episode mini-series premiered on Oct 25th.

With a long-standing career behind him, Michael can also be seen playing law enforcement roles in other notable films and television shows such as: The Wolf of Wall Street, Law & Order, Blue Bloods, Mozart in the Jungle, American Odyssey, Orange Is the New Black, Big Time Adolescence, The Post, and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us (a series that brings awareness to the root of the Black Lives Matter movement). Most notably though, Michael played the series regular role of ‘James Tech Padgett’ in CBS’ Limitless.

Michael was actually a 3rd generation policeman – and lost his father in the line of duty. During Michael’s own fourth year as a policeman, he experienced the catastrophic events of 9/11. He was posted up at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral for most of the day doing surveillance work, and headed over to Ground Zero towards the end of the day to provide extra support. He spent 22-years in total working for the NYPD – of which 12-years were spent working for the Chief of Detectives Office – and was most recently staffed to relay information to the press. Michael retired from the NYPD this year to focus on his blooming acting career.

While growing up in Clifton, New Jersey, Michael found an alternative passion for music and acting – for which he has had 16 years of success in the industry. In 2011, his fondness for music led him to release an album entitled ‘Songs of Valor and Hope,’ which landed at #1 in four different categories on Amazon Music. With Irish influences and tones similar to that of Josh Groban, the album consists of a collection of cover songs such as “Ave Maria,” “Hallelujah,” “Amazing Grace” and many more treasured classics. Michael has had the honor of performing his music at Madison Square Garden, Rainbow Room and Lincoln Center – and served as the NYPD’s National Anthem soloist. Aside from singing, he also plays the bagpipes. He is currently working on creating a new album, and hopes to one day be cast in a Broadway production. With his powerful story, moving voice and stacked resume, it’s clear that Michael has become one to watch in Hollywood. 

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