Michael L. Walters is an award-winning New York actor, singer, and celebrity impersonator.
Michael began performing as soon as he realized he had an unquenchable thirst to be the center of attention. A natural mimic, Michael began as a miniature Rich Little - doing impressions of the entire cast of The Muppet Show, Archie Bunker and countless other television icons - and he hasn't stopped since. Fortunately, some of the impressions have gotten better over time.
A native of Hope, Arkansas, Michael was delivered by the same nurse who delivered former President Bill Clinton. That nurse also happened to be his late grandmother, Wilma Booker.
As a performer, Michael has appeared in over 75 musicals and dozens of plays from Neil Simon to Shakespeare. Michael has performed for audiences across the country in some of the nation's finest regional theatres as well as for thousands of people a day at Walt Disney World. At Disney, Michael had the honor of appearing for three years in the longest running musical show in the history of the American Stage: The Hoop Dee Doo Revue, which has been continually running at Walt Disney World for 35 years. Michael was an original cast member of FINDING NEMO: THE MUSICAL, originating the role of Bruce the Shark. Michael has toured nationally as a soloist with the Mantovanni Orchestra and with Troupe America's BABES IN TOYLAND.
Some of Michael's favorite roles include Max Bialystock in THE PRODUCERS, Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Albin/Zaza in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, The Padre in MAN OF LA MANCHA, The Governor of Texas in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in GUYS AND DOLLS, Thomas Andrews in TITANIC:THE MUSICAL, Mr. Enoch Snow in CAROUSEL, Jud Fry in OKLAHOMA!, Luther Billis in SOUTH PACIFIC, Professor Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN, Pap Finn in BIG RIVER, and his Carbonell Award-winning turn as Major General Stanley in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.
As an award-winning celebrity impersonator, Michael's hilarious portrayal of Comedy Icon Dame Edna Everage has taken him all over the US and Canada to appear at various corporate and private functions and major entertainment events from Las Vegas to Calgary, Alberta Canada. Michael has the distinction and honor of having the blessing and approval of Dame Edna manager/creator Barry Humphries and is eternally grateful for Mr. Humphries' genius and support.
In addition to Dame Edna, Michael is also widely recognized for his spot-on impersonation of The Legendary Jackie Gleason - Gaining the blessing of the Gleason estate and the friendship of the late, great Gleason choreographer and sister-in-law, June Taylor. Michael has performed as "The Great One" many times on the stage of Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Fillmore Theatre. He was nominated for his first Carbonell Award for his potrayal of Jackie Gleason's role, Uncle Sid, in the TONY-winning musical TAKE ME ALONG.
Michael resides in New York City where he splits his time between musical productions, cabaret appearances, and concert dates across the country.