Michael Lorenzo Urie (born August 8, 1980) is an American actor, presenter, director, and producer. He is known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on the ABC dramedy television series Ugly Betty.
Urie was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Plano. He is of Scottish and Italian descent. He graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1998.
Urie then studied at Collin County Community College before being accepted at the Juilliard School in New York City. There he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 32 (1999–2003), which also included Jessica Chastain. Urie graduated from Juilliard in 2003.
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...
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