New Face On Guiding Light

March 25, 1982
by Joanna Douglas
Soap Opera Digest

Michael Tylo, who plays the mysterious Quint McCord on "Guiding Light," was born on October 6, 1948 [ed.note. ahem, 16, not 6], in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Wayne State University, where he earned a B.F.A. degree in acting, then went on to masters degree in theater.

Handsome blond, blue-eyed Michael studied acting in Ireland with Sir Tyrone Guthrie, and took classes in theatrical fencing at the National Theatre of Hungary in Budapest.

While at Wayne State, Michael became involved with the local Hilberry Repertory Theatre. He acted in productions of "Death of a Salesman," "The Lion In The Winter," "Tartuffe," Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor," and such other plays as Shakespeare's "Hamlet," "The Taming of the Shrew," "As You Like It," and Othello. He also staged the fights in the latter production.

Michael's regional theater career continued at The Theatre in Detroit, where he performed in productions of "The Lady's Not for Burning" and "Becket." He's also been seen at the Dearborn (Michigan) Repertory in "1776" and "Arms and the Man," acted in "The Shadow Box" at the Alley Theatre, and appeared with the Missouri Repertory in "The Hostage," "Mary Stuart," and Cyril Richard's production of "The Misanthrope."

More recently, Michael appeared at the Long Wharf Theatre with Anthony Zerbe in "Cyrano de Bergerac," and in the recent acclaimed revival of "The Winslow Boy" at the off-Broadway Roundabout Theatre.

Michael has also worked as a director, and has produced such plays as "Young Bucks" and "Vikings" (which debuted last year at the Manhattan Theatre Club). He plans more producing and directing projects in the future.

Although he's been seen in the feature film "Detroit 9000" along with several industrial films, the role of anthropologist Quint McCord (which he originated in September 1981) marks Michael's first regular television role.

Married to Deborah Eckols, Michael says he enjoys fencing, horseback riding, and "cowboying at my in-laws' place in Texas." The actor is 6' tall and weighs 170 pounds.

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