Michael Zelniker is a Canadian-born actor, director and screenwriter. He is best known for his performance as Red Rodney in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-winning film, Bird (1988) and as Doug Alward in The Terry Fox Story (1983), for which he won a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 5th Genie Awards in 1984. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Zelniker studied acting and theatre at Dawson College, Dome Theatre. He also appeared in the films Pinball Summer (1980), Ticket to Heaven (1981), Heartaches (1981), Bird (1988), Glory Enough for All (1991), Naked Lunch (1991), Queens Logic (1991),Mercenary (1996) and Snide and Prejudice (1997), and made guest appearances in the television series The Littlest Hobo, In the Heat of the Night, Murder, She Wrote, Profiler, Strong Medicine, The Dead Zone and Millennium. He wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film Stuart Bliss, in which he also played the title character. Stuart Bliss was also produced by Zelniker, and won Northampton Film Festival's Best of Fest Award in 1998.
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