#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, February 27, 1962, American actor Grant Alan Show was born

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Best known for his role as Jake Hanson on Melrose Place, 1992 to 1997.  American actor Grant Alan Show was born on this day,  February 27, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan.

Show studied acting at Samuel Ayer High School, and then majored in theater arts at UCLA. His first major role was on the daytime soap opera Ryan’s Hope, in which he played Rick Hyde from 1984–1987. During his last year on the show, he received a Daytime Emmy
nomination for “Outstanding Young Actor in a Daytime Drama Series”

After ‘Ryan’s Hope’ Show took a year sabbatical to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. After returning to America, he worked in the theater, whilst starring in the occasional television show. Attracting the attention of producer Aaron Spelling, who felt he had star potential Snow was cast as Jake Hanson on a few episodes of the popular series Beverly Hills, 90210 with the idea that his character would spin off as the lead in his next series Melrose Place.

The series made Show one of the most popular and best-known actors on American television during the 1990s. He also played Jake in a guest appearance in the pilot of the Melrose spin-off Models Inc., making him the only actor to play the same character on the first three shows in the  Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

He has since starred in a number of television movies, including Blessed Assurance with Cicely Tyson, Between Love and Honor with Robert Loggia, and Homeland Security with Tom Skerritt and was one of the leads in the short-lived Fox Network supernatural drama Point Pleasant in 2005.

He recently starred opposite Jenna Elfman in Accidentally on Purpose, his first sitcom.

He has starred in many TV movies and reoccurred on such shows as Six Feet Under (2001), Strong Medicine (2000), Beautiful People (2005) and Point Pleasant (2005). In 2012, he starred in the movie The Possession, directed by Ole Bornedal, alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. In 2013, he began his role as Spence Westmore on Devious Maids.

Less well-known is his extensive theatre work, Show was “Terry Malloy” in the first-ever stage production of “On The Waterfront”; “Doctor Jason Posner” in the off-Broadway Pulitzer-winner, “Wit and The Gentleman Caller”, in “The Glass Menagerie” with Elizabeth Ashley at The Alley Theatre in Houston.

Show is 55 today.  Another actor born in Michigan.

 

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