Michael Park Visits His Theatrical Past
Michael Park, better known as Jack Snyder, the Dudley Do Right of Oakdale, chatted with The Daily News about how an unexpected event in his life turned him from architect to actor.
According to the article, It all started when Park's then-girlfriend Laurie, who is now his wife, forced him to audition for a role in a play. The Western New York native had been attending a local college as an architecture student , with the expectation he would carry on the tradition in his grandfather's construction firm. Park wasn't thrilled about going out for the role, but he got Guys & Dolls anyway. Despite his success, Park hasn't forgotten his theatrical roots.
Everyday I am reminded of something we accomplished back in '92, '91" -- his community theater days -- it was so much fun, Park, 41, recalled in a telephone interview during a day off from production on ATWT. Moving from show to show was so much fun. It was like our own corps. In a year and a half we got very close.
The article goes on to say, Park hit Gotham at 21 and had success as a Broadway actor before joining As the World Turns in 1997. His pairing with Maura West's Carly has been soap opera gold.
We have a lot of fans. And I've been very blessed to have the story I have over the years. That has kept me very busy as an actor, said Park, a two-time Daytime Emmy award nominee.
Park will play celebrity chairman this weekend for the Theatre Association of New York State's (TANYS) Annual Festival at Genesee Community College in Batavia.