Michael Jeter

  • Birth Place: Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, United States
  • Died: March 30, 2003
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Entered the pre-med program at Memphis State University but discovered a passion for theater and transferred to the arts program.
  • After college, took a job as a law-firm secretary while searching for acting auditions.
  • Made onscreen debut in the 1979 movie version of Hair, and worked again with director Milos Forman in the film Ragtime (1981).
  • Earned accolades for his Tony Award-winning performance in the 1989 Broadway musical Grand Hotel.
  • Familiar to television viewers as the math teacher and assistant football coach Herman Stiles on the popular sitcom Evening Shade starring Burt Reynolds.
  • Beloved by children as the "other" Mr. Noodle on the Elmo's World portion of Sesame Street.
  • Diagnosed as HIV-positive in the early 1990s and first spoke openly about it on the television newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight in 1997.


  • 1990, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee


  • Emily Jeter — Sister
  • William Jeter — Father
  • Virginia Jeter — Mother
  • Larie Jeter Wicker — Sister
  • Virginia Anne Jeter Barham — Sister
  • William K. Jeter — Brother
  • Sean Blue — Significant Other
  • Amanda Jeter Parsons — Sister


  • Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee, United States (1974)

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