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Michael Genet is a writer and actor. His father, Dewey Hughes, is portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor in Talk to Me.
Mr. Genet and Mr. Ejiofor both had roles in She Hate Me, for which Mr. Genet conceived the original story and then co-wrote the screenplay with director Spike Lee. Mr. Genet previously starred for the latter director in 25th Hour.
His other feature screenwriting credits include the telefilm Hallelujah (in which he also appeared), directed by Charles Lane and starring Dennis Haysbert, James Earl Jones, and Phylicia Rashad; Dream Racer, to be produced by Daniel Rosenberg; such recently completed scripts as Sunny Royal (A Very Romantic Comedy), Eagle Down, and Twelve; and Pork Pie, which was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and will be produced by Daniel Bigel.
Mr. Genet has also adapted the latter screenplay for the stage. The play version of Pork Pie was selected to the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference; went on to win the Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays; and world-premiered at the Denver Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.
His other acting credits include, most recently, the off-Broadway revival of Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play and the Broadway musical Lestat. He has previously performed on Broadway in A Few Good Men, Hamlet (as Horatio), and Northeast Local; off-Broadway in Earth and Sky and The Colored Museum; and, at the Long Wharf Theatre, in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (as Benedick).
Mr. Genet starred for six years on As the World Turns (as Lamar Griffin), and has guest-starred several times on Law & Order, among other television credits. In addition to the previously mentioned movies, his screen work includes Alan J. Pakula's Presumed Innocent; Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us; and Antonio Macia's recently completed independent film Ego.
He trained at the Juilliard School and the California Institute of the Arts.