Friday, April 17, 2009
Happy 80th Birthday Michael Forest
Born Gerald Michael Charlebois on April 17, 1929 in Harvey, North Dakota is a TV, film and voice actor. Moving with his family at an early age to Seattle, Washington, he later attended the University of Washington. He became a fine athlete and was training to be a boxer when he decided to save his face and become an actor instead. In 1955 he moved to Los Angeles and began taking acting lessons from Jeff Corey. He also became a member of Roger Corman’s stock company. He made appearances on many TV and stage shows. In 1968 Forest moved to Rome and remained there for ten years. He made more than two dozen films and dubbed more than 500 during his stay. Returning to the U.S.A. in 1979 he would soon sign on for the TV soap opera “As the World Turns”. Relocating to New York he also appeared in a Broadway Show “Breakfast with Les and Bes”. He then moved to Atlanta to appear in another Soap Opera “The Catlins”. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and does occasional work on animated films. Michael appeared in several Spaghetti Westerns among them “The Wrath of God” (1968), “100 Rifles” (1969), “The Last Rebel” (1971), “Now They Call Him Amen” (1972). He also dubbed the English voice of Maurizio Merli in the 1977 film “A Man Called Blade”. Today we celebrate Michael Forest’s 80th birthday.