Michael Urie or Michael Lorenzo Urie (born August 8, 1980) is an American actor, television producer and director, best known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on the ABC dramedy series Ugly Betty.
Michael Urie graduated from Vines High School in 1996 and Plano Senior High School in 1998. Urie, while still a student at Juilliard performed in the world premiere of Love and Happiness (2001) at the Consolati Performing Arts Center, starring as a sixteen-year-old trying to get rid of his mother's boyfriend. In addition to this, he appeared in student productions of Sylvia (1998) and Locked Away (1999) at Quad C Theatre.
The character of "Marc St. James" on Ugly Betty was not initially intended as recurring; thus Urie was billed in the credits as a guest star. As originally conceived, Wilhelmina Slater was to have a different assistant in each episode. However, Vanessa Williams loved their chemistry, and Michael was signed on as a full time regular. He and the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2007 and 2008. The role earned Urie a Ewwy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009.
In January of 2012 Michael Urie made his Broadway debut, joining the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying's second revival. Urie has also started his own website for videoblogging and live chats. On February 16, 2012, it was revealed that Urie landed one of the leads in CBS’ half-hour pilot Partners.