Michael Anthony Jr., who is of Polish, Ashkenazi Jewish, Native American, African American, and Dutch descent, grew up in Portland Oregon and was raised by his mother, a social worker for the state. His family has deep ties to the Pacific Northwest with his great grandfather, Samuel Kreidel, serving as long-time mayor of Ellensburg, Washington, where he was honored with the title "father of the water system." Even though he reflects on his time in the Pacific Northwest fondly, he knew at an early age he would leave in search of something more.

After graduating high school as a rising basketball star, Michael attended Skyline Community College in California excelling on the court and in the classroom. His hard work paid off when he received a full-ride scholarship to continue his education at the University of West Georgia where he studied psychology. 

With the end of college approaching, Michael had to make some tough decisions about what to do next. His fascination with all things film along with his innate sense for understanding stories, led him to Atlanta where he took on the world of tv production. After becoming certified by the People TV network as a producer, he developed, wrote, and hosted, "The MAS & More Show," which was loosely based on his life. The show was well received, earning him 3 awards from the Turner Broadcasting Network: Producer of The Year, Best Overall Production Values, and Best Programming Entertainment.

​​Still reeling from the success of "The MAS & More Show," Michael decided to further hone his craft in front of the camera. He left the east coast and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he landed at The Second City Improv. While studying at Second City, he continued to seek opportunities to help him grow as an actor. When not on stage, he often performed live stand-up, booked several commercial and print campaigns, and starred in a few independent films.

Feeling pulled to continue on his journey, Michael knew where he needed to be seen seriously and have more opportunities - he left Vegas for Hollywood, joined the SAG union upon arrival, and began booking commercial campaigns as well as several guest starring roles. Because of the importance of this part of his life as well as his need to share his story, he documented his transition to LA through a series of short episodes. 

Now, Michael calls Los Angeles home and is active in the industry. Whether visiting the Sunrise Children’s Hospital to hand out toys to terminally ill children or donating his time to "Your Vote Counts" (a knowledge-building campaign informing teen voters), he enjoys spending his spare time helping out the local community. His activism and support has also flowed over in his professional life. He has completed several campaigns for charities such as "Jeans For Life" and "I Run For Your Life".  He also participates annually in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, walking with his grandmother, who is a breast cancer survivor since 2007, and his mother, who is a survivor of breast cancer as of January 2011.