July 2001 AND July 2002
Michael Mahonen was born in 1964 on the twenty seventh of April in
northern Ontario city of Kirkland Lake. His first
step into the world of acting
was during grade seven when he dedicatedly attended an acting class. The class ended abruptly and Michael didn't really feel the nibble of the acting
bug again until after high school.
Out of high school he attended Northern College, where he did a
soul searching and determined that the path he was heading on
truly fit his desires. This prompted him to take some time off of school to mull over his future. He took a chance by auditioning for the Theatre Arts
program at George Brown College in Toronto. He was accepted and graduated from the program in 1989. For the next year or so he took roles on
stage in various productions around Canada.
In 1990 Michael made his first appearance as Gus Pike on the classic
television series The Road to Avonlea. The
original intent of the writers
was to have Gus Pike appear in only a few episodes. He proved so popular that until the final season of the show the characters involvement on the
series ranged from occasional to every episode. Some of the leaves from the show were prompted by Michael's ventures into other opportunities.
While Michael's role as Gus Pike earned him 3 Gemini nominations, it was his role a Lee Colgan on the CBC miniseries Conspiracy of Silence that
earned him a Gemini Award for the 1993 Awards.
Since the conclusion of the Avonlea series Michael has continued to
pursue his career south of the border with roles on
television and screen but still
kept his strong Avonlea following.