Wiki Biography: 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. He recently completed work as one of the series leads opposite Larenz Tate in the upcoming TV Movie/Pilot "Gun Hill" (2011). Partners with Tate, Aronov takes on the gritty undercover world in the Bronx as one of the founding members of the Counter Crime Force, "Danny Raden". The actor is currently working on the New York stage as the volcanic yet endearing KGB operative, Dmitri Gromov in the American premiere of "Blood and Gifts" (2011) at the revered Lincoln Center Theatre, directed by Bartlett Sher. Aronov's 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. In 2010 his intense performance as concealed war criminal "Armand Marku" on "The Closer" (2005) reiterated his obsession for detail on the small screen as well. The two-episode arc pinned Aronov head-to-head with Kyra Sedgwick in a gripping season finale. For his stage work Michael received "The Elliot Norton Award - Best Actor", for originating the lead role in Theresa Rebeck's "Mauritius" (2007) at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Soon after he ventured to Europe to take on the indelible role of Stanley Kowalski in the classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" (2009). In 2006 the actor's theatre travels took him to the West Coast under the direction of Estelle Parsons in "Salome", starring Al Pacino. Aronov then went on to work with Terrence McNally on the world premiere of "Unusual Acts of Devotion" (2008) in Philadelphia.
A revered pioneer in avant-garde 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 Anton Chekhov under the guidance of Oleg Tabakov/Moscow Art Theatre (2003). Also at The Studio, he later dove into August Strindberg's complex world in "Playing with Fire" (2004), directed by Lee Grant. That same year the actor 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 "Spain" (2007) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; the dangerous and flamboyant Dionysus in "The Bacchae 2.1" (2001); and Edgar in an award winning production of "King Lear" (1999).
Along with his stage success, Michael continues to find a balance with film and television. From torn and troubled characters on "Life on Mars" (2008), "The Good Wife" (2009) and "Threat Matrix" (2003) to cocksure troublemakers in "Burn Notice" (2007), "Blue Bloods" (2010), "White Collar" (2009), and "Without a Trace" (2002), Michael has kept his roles vibrant and varied. He made several appearances on "Law & Order" (1990), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999), and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001), worked with the late Bruno Kirby in Barry Levinson's "The Beat" (2000), among various episodes on "Spin City" (1996), "Lipstick Jungle" (2008), "The Game" (2006) and "All My Children" (1970). 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 "Schlatko" in the cult-classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), and gave a shockingly polar portrayal in another Sundance Film Festival favorite and 2011's Independent Spirit Award nominated film - 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.
Michael 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; "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."