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Michael Barbuto: Actor. Writer. Producer.

Being an actor/writer/creative person you are basically a storyteller. My journey has been an exploration of that storytelling.

Michael Barbuto is an award-winning mul6- talented actor, writer and producer who is based in Los Angeles. He is currently starring in Hallmark Channel's new original movie, Banner 4th Of July which premieres June 29th on the network and also stars Brooke White and Oscar winner Mercedes Reuhl. Simultaneously he is starring in Hallmarks Spirit Clip Short lm Collision due out this Christmas. He has guest starred on Life6mes hit sitcom Sherri and FXs hit drama series Nip/Tuck. He has also appeared in a number of Hallmark Channel Original Movies, including, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving along with television movies for Life6me, including Reviving Ophelia. The mul6dimensional Barbuto is also the Founder of Hogtown Produc6ons that has produced feature length lms, TV Series, along with award winning shorts. Hogtowns rst short lm Ride with a Girl ended up taking home the pres6gious Bronze Remi Award and the Best Picture prize at the Houston Interna6onal Film Fes6val. Barbutos varied feature lm projects include Luminol Entertainments Bleed Out starring alongside Mega Pop Sensa6on Nichole Cordova. Most recently, Barbuto starred in the half hour comedy sitcom that Ash Global with Lorenzo Lamas and is starring in Flower Films latest horror Happy Camp. Hailing from Toronto, Barbuto completed his Bachelors Degree in Theatre at the University of Guelph. While there, he won numerous awards for playwri6ng as well as his performances on the stage. Upon gradua6on, Barbuto sought opportuni6es in Los Angeles. He was accepted to the pres6gious American Academy of Drama6c Arts in 2003. During his 6me at the Academy, Barbuto seasoned as an actor and performed in over a dozen professional shows once joining the elite Academys company in 2005. He also starred in the North American Premiere of Aaron Sorkins A Few Good Men. For Barbuto the complex retelling of the human story is best explored through the intertwined avenues of ac6ng, wri6ng and producing. Since the age of eight, he was hooked by the performance arts when he observed audiences experience varying emo6onal response to lms leading him to ponder on how a lm could make adults laugh and how it could make them cry. In accep6ng roles currently, he looks at the the no6on of being put in the middle of a conict that is a complex emo6onal space that we all nd ourselves in from 6me to 6me. That is storytelling.

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