Who is Michael Berryman?
Michael John Berryman was born 4 September 1948, in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is an actor, best known for his portrayal of various characters in horror movies. He’s appeared in projects such as “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The X-Files”.
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The Net Worth of Michael Berryman
How rich is Michael Berryman? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. He’s been active in the industry since the 1970s, and has done projects both in film as well as on television. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Very little is known about Michael’s life before his rise to fame in the acting industry; there are no details regarding his family and education, but he has mixed descent, with some of his ancestry traced back to England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. His father was a neurosurgeon, which may have helped in his condition – he was born with a rare condition that led to an unusual physical appearance – hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia is a condition that is characterized by the absence of fingernails, hair, and sweat glands. These types of disorder can affect the teeth and skin as well.
He used his unusual appearance to his advantage, and in 1977 started getting roles in acting projects, mostly horror films which took advantage of his horror-ready look. He first appeared in “The Hills Have Eyes”, about a suburban family targeted by cannibals after they get stranded in the Nevada desert. The film was inspired by projects such as “The Grapes of Wrath”, and “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and was successful, earning $25 million at the box office and creating a franchise.
Rise to Prominence
Berryman also gained a lot of fame in the Academy Award winning film entitled “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, which is based on the 1962 novel of the same name written by Ken Kesey. The films stars Jack Nicholson as a patient in a mental institution, with supporting cast members including Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito and William Redfield. It is considered one of the greatest films ever made, and the second to win all five major Academy Awards, a feat not repeated until 1991’s “Silence of the Lambs”.
In the 1980s, he returned to film the sequel “The Hills Have Eyes Part II”, but had reservations as the original film proved difficult for him due to his lack of sweat glands, so had to take special precautions to avoid suffering a heatstroke. He continued in a string of films during this decade, including “My Science Project”, and “Weird Science” starring Anthony Michael Hall. He also appeared in “Armed Response”, and in 1991 had a role in “The Guyver”. Three years later, he worked on the film “The Crow”, but ultimately his scenes were cut from the original theatrical release.
Michael also gained a lot of attention for his work in popular shows such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The X-Files”. He also had guest roles, portraying the devil in a few episodes of “Highway to Heaven”.
He also took advantage of appearing in genre conventions, particularly horror, where he became a huge draw, including in the Horrorfind convention, Eerie Horror Film Festival, and Scarefest.
Some of his latest projects include the horror film “Below Zero” which was released in Canada. Other projects he’s worked on in the last few years include “The Lords of Salem” which was directed by Rob Zombie, and follows a female disc jockey whose life becomes problematic after she gets involved with a coven of evil women. He also worked on the 2015 Western film “Kill or be Killed”, and the horror comedy film “Smothered’ which follows several horror icons as they discover that they are being targeted by a murderer. In 2017, he starred in the film “The Evil Within” which was largely self-financed by Andrew Getty.
He’s appeared in music videos too – “Home Sweet Home” and “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” by the Motley Crue.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, very little is known in terms of Berryman’s romantic relationships. He has not been open about any details of this aspect of his life, though some fans speculate that he’s probably had romantic connections throughout his career, particularly due to him being an icon in the horror industry. Others state that it would be difficult for him to maintain a long term relationship due to his condition. He’s known for being a strong advocate of environmental protection, and even decided to live on a wolf sanctuary for a decade of his life.
According to him, prior to entering the acting industry he worked as a florist. He was bullied a lot as a child, but it allowed him to develop a well-grounded personality. One of the reasons why there is very little known about his current endeavors is due to the lack of any social media presence. He does not have accounts on any of the major social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.