MICHAEL PARK AS JACK SYNDER
Michael Park joined As the World Turns on March 12, 1997 in the newly created role of Jack Snyder, a former government agent who recently joined the Oakdale Police Department.
Michael was born on July 20 and grew up with his brother, two sisters, and his parents George and Rosemary in New York. He attended Nazareth College, in Rochester, New York, with the idea of becoming an architect; he even worked in construction during his summer vacations. Despite not majoring in music or theater, he decided to change career paths when he continued to win the lead roles in the school musical theater productions for which he auditioned.
After graduation, Michael was acting in repertory theater when he was cast as Raoul in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera. Following the tour, he appeared in Hello Again and understudied in the revival of Carousel, both at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, before making his Broadway debut in the original cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. After leaving the musical, Michael appeared off-Broadway in Violet, during which time he was cast as Jack on As the World Turns. He recently appeared in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Little Me, with Martin Short and Faith Prince.
The actor is an avid softball player and golfer, who often tees off with his castmates. Michael and his wife, Laurie, a musical therapist he met in college, currently live in New York and are proud parents to son Christopher Michael (b. 6/21/97) and daughter Kathleen Rose (b. 2/14/00).