Michael Gross was born in Chicago, Illinois USA on 21 June 1947, of German, Irish, English and Scottish ancestry. He is probably best known as Steven Keaton from the popular 1980s TV sitcom “Family Ties”, and the Graboid hunter from the comedy horror film franchise “Tremors”.
A respected actor and voice actor, how rich is Michael Gross? Sources estimate that Michael’s net worth is over $5 million, accumulated during his career in the entertainment industry which began in the mid- 1970s. His assets include being part-owner of a working railroad, the Santa Fe Southern Railway which operates between Lamy and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Michael Gross Net Worth $5 million
Michael Gross was born to parents Virginia Ruth Gross, a telephone operator, and William Oscar Gross, a tool designer. He grew up in Chicago, raised a Catholic and attended St. Francis Xavier School during elementary, then Kelvyn Park High School and was Senior Class President. He found himself in the acting arena in college, where he took up drama at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and later pursued a Masters of Fine Arts creative degree at Yale University School of Drama.
Michael’s Hollywood career started out in 1975 with small roles in various TV movies. He landed his breakthrough role six years later in the NBC sitcom “Family Ties”, which rose in popularity and went on for seven seasons. He is also well known for his role in the “Tremors” franchise as the Graboid hunter Burt Gummer, which became a cult classic and spawned four direct to video sequels, with Michael now as the lead character. His net worth was well established.
Although these two major roles were his most popular, Michael’s net worth can also be credited to many other sources. He is a talented voice actor, and his deep baritone voice has been heard in cartoons such as “Batman: The Animated Series” and “Batman Beyond”. He has also acted in numerous recurring roles in TV series such as “ER”, “Law & Order”, “The Young and the Restless”, and “Suits”, in total over 60 TV and film titles. Currently, Michael and the team are hard at work filming the next installment to the cult franchise “Tremors 6”, which will be released direct to video in 2018.
In his personal life, Michael married casting director Elza Bergeron in 1984, and inherited two stepdaughters. They are active in various health related charities such as World Vision, AIDS research, and ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s disease.) Additionally he and his wife are active helping South-western Native American tribes through Futures for Children, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, where Michael and his wife are foundation board members.
Michael is passionately involved in railroading, becoming part-owner of the Santa Fe Southern Railway, is an award winning railroad modeler and collector of railroad antiques, and a spokesperson for Operation Lifesaver, dedicated to railroad crossing safety.
He was awarded the 1986 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "The Real Thing" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He was awarded the 1993 Drama Logue Award for Performance in "Money and Friends" in presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle (University of California) Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He is of German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.
Guest starred as a shrink on Michael J. Fox 's last episode of Spin City (1996), in which there were several Family Ties (1982) references. One memorable Family Ties (1982) reference was when he said, "Pay Mallory on the way out.".
Only actor to perform in the first four films in the Tremors series as well as the Tremors (2003) TV series. A fifth film, set in Australia, is rumored to be in development, but no word if Gross will reprise his character yet.
Steven Keaton, Gross's character on Family Ties (1982), was ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A., then went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale University School of Drama.
[on his pierced left ear] I had led a very conservative, lower middle class, straight-arrow kind of existence and, somewhere around 40 years of age, I thought I had to shake things up a bit. Call it male menopause.