Gross was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947. He attended high school at Kelvyn Park High School on the north side of Chicago. He received his drama degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago before attending Yale University for his Master of Fine Arts degree. Worked in theater before moving to New York to begin an acting career. This eventually led to his breakthrough role on the show Family Ties (1982).
He has moved on to several other projects since the show's end, including three of the In the Line of Duty movies, narrating audio books, and, probably most notably, playing the character Burt in the Tremors (1990) films.
Gross has been married to casting director Elza Bergeron since June 2, 1984, and they have two children.
Notes and Trivia
- Won an Obie in 1982 for his role in the off-Broadway production "No End Of Blame".
- During college, Michael worked in engine service for the Chicago & North Western Railway, which sparked his passion for trains. He is now part owner of Santa Fe Southern Railway.
- Steven Keaton, Gross's character on Family Ties, was ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time".