Michael Aronov

Nearly unrecognizable in his portrayals, Michael Aronov has made a name for himself by pushing the boundaries on stage and screen. Residing in New York, the actor continues to balance his way through theatre and film. His reputation for versatility and complex character work reflected itself in his highly acclaimed solo-show Manigma (2010), which had its second run in New York City at the Harold Clurman Theatre. He received The Elliot Norton Award - Best Actor, for originating the lead role in Mauritius (2007) at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. Aronov then ventured to Europe to take on the indelible role of Stanley Kowalski in the classic A Streetcar Named Desire (2009). His theatre travels previously took him to the West Coast under the direction of Estelle Parsons in Salome (2006), starring Al Pacino. He then went on to work with Terrence McNally in the world premiere of Unusual Acts of Devotion (2008), in Philadelphia.A revered pioneer in Experimental Theatre and the Off-Broadway world, the late great Joseph Chaikin took Michael under his wing after their first introduction in Sam Shepard's New York premiere of The Late Henry Moss (2001), at The Signature Theatre. Just before Chaikin's death, the two collaborated for the last time at the esteemed Actors' Studio (2002). A member for nearly a decade, Aronov furthered his work there exploring the likes of Chekhov under the guidance of Oleg Tabakov/Moscow Art Theatre (2003). Also at The Studio, he later dove into Strindberg's complex world in Playing with Fire (2004), directed by Lee Grant. The actor then took on another Strindberg classic in his darkly visceral portrayal of Jean in Miss Julie (2004), at the landmark Cherry Lane Theatre. Extending his trademark for risk, Michael played opposite Annabella Sciorra as her wildly dreamt-up Conquistador in MCC's production of Spain (2007) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; the dangerous and flamboyant Dionysus in Chuck Mee's The Bacchae 2.1 (2001); and Edgar in an award-winning production of King Lear (1999).Along with his stage success, Aronov continues to find a balance with film and television. From torn and troubled characters on "Life on Mars" (2009) and "Threat Matrix" (2003) to cocksure troublemakers in "Lipstick Jungle" (2008) and "Without a Trace" (2008), Michael kept his roles vibrant and varied. He made several appearances in the "Law & Order" franchise (2000-2010), worked with the late Bruno Kirby in Barry Levinson's "The Beat" (2000), among various episodes on "Spin City" (2000), "The Game" (2006) and "All My Children" (2000). A drastic red flattop and burly mustache accentuated Aronov's full transformation into a brick of a man in Amexicano (2007), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He learned to rock the drums as a band member in the cult-classic Hedwig & the Angry Inch (2001), and gave a shockingly polar portrayal in another Sundance Film Festival favorite - Lbs. (2004). The latter film showcased Aronov's unique level of immersion into a role as he lost nearly fifty pounds to reflect the authentic downfall of Sacco Valenzia, a charismatic and boundless addict.He has been honored nationally with a Level 1 Award for Acting by the NFAA in association with the ARTS; an IRNE Award nomination for best supporting actor, MA; The Greer Garson Award in Dallas, TX; and in culmination of his work he was the recipient of The Individual Grant Award by the Belle Foundation, "exhibiting exceptional talent and potential for achievement in the arts."

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