Mike is currently enjoying almost four decades in the entertainment industry as Puppeteer, Animator, Actor, Producer and Director.
At 16 years of age Mike was chosen and mentored by Jim Henson to work as a Muppet Performer on many Muppet film and television projects including The Great Muppet Caper, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, Dreamchild, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and the more recent Muppet films The Muppets and its follow up Muppets Most Wanted. He also assisted Kermit and friends on the recent ABC series The Muppets for prime time television.
Possibly his most famous role is the character Nien Nunb, the co-pilot next to Lando Calrissian, of the Millennium Falcon, who flew into and blew up the second Death Star in Star Wars’ Return Of The Jedi. Also in Jedi he assisted performing Yoda with Frank Oz and many other creatures.
He can also be seen resuming this fan favorite role Nien Nunb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Other feature films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Little Shop Of Horrors and How To Get Ahead In Advertising.
Wishing to straddle the analogue and digital worlds, he became a CG character animator for Pixar on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 and at ILM Lucasfilm to animate dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 3 and creatures in Star Wars Attack Of The Clones.
When not working for the Muppets and others, Mike keeps busy with his production company QuinnZone Studios, where he is developing projects for film, television, games and the web. He is also working on a new technology that brings animation and puppetry together, called QZimation.
Mike was born in the UK and now lives with his wife Jerri and Egypt (the cat) and Willow (the dog) in Southern California.
We are very excited to welcome him to StarFest Denver.