Acting and voice acting
Michael's voice acting career began in 1988 in the Dennis the Menace 1986 TV series. He subsequently obtained more roles, participating in a video or animated production nearly every year afterwards. However, after filming the live-action TV movie My Daughter's Secret in 2007, Michael took a five year break from the screen. He returned in 2012 in My Mother's Secret, also a live-action mini-series. He is most known for his role as Greg in The Commitments (1991) and his appearance in The Van (1996), both movies being part of The Barrytown Trilogy. Michael has also done voiceover work for several corporate productions.
In his early years, Michael taught himself how to play the guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He also quickly developed a talent in songwriting and singing. Throughout his life, he has been a member of many bluegrass country bands, including Mike O'Reilly and Cody and The Dick Smith and Mike O'Reilly Band. The latter still performs to this day, having participated in the 20th Annual Bluegrass Festival in Ottawa Valley in July 2014. The band has also released several CDs available for purchase.
At some point, Michael also began hosting Rural Roots on CJET Country Classics radio. He later moved on to hosting and leading The Radio Kings, a radio mixing group. The trio, composed of Mike (mandolin/lead vocals), Al Bragg (steel guitar/keyboard) and Steve Piticco (lead guitar/vocals), released a single album in 2002.
- Faireez (2005) - Additional voices
- Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension (2002) - Jens
- For Better or for Worse (2000) - Various voices
- Hoze Houndz (1999) - Hozers
- Princess Sissi (1997) - Additional voices
- The Country Mouse and City Mouse Adventures (1997) - Monet / additional voices
- The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo (1996) - Kasimir
- David Copperfield (1993) - Mr. Micawber
- The Legend of White Fang (1992) - Various voices
- For Better or for Worse: The Last Camping Trip (1992) - Pete McLeod
- Young Robin Hood (1991) - Alan-A-Dale / various voices
- A Bunch of Munsch (1991) - Various voices
- Samurai Pizza Cats (1990) - Wally / The Professor
- The Little Flying Bears (1990) - Rodney / additional voices
- Bluetoes, the Christmas Elf (1988) - Elf #1 / Gummy
- Dennis the Menace (1986) - Arab
- Two-time winner of ACTRA Bruce Feather Award, Best On-camera Performance.
- Eight-time winner of The Canadian Blue Grass Award, Entertainer of the Year.
- Five-time winner of The Canadian Blue Grass Award, DJ of the Year.
- Four-time winner of The Canadian Blue Grass Award, Composer of the Year.
- Michael's name is oftened shortened to Mike O'Reilly.
- Michael was inducted to the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
- Michael O'Reilly's IMDb page.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 http://www.ottawacountrymusichof.org/inductees/mikeoreilly.htm Ottawacountrymusichof.org
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0642470/ IMDb.com
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 http://www.mensour.ca/portfolio/michael-oreilly/ Mensour.ca
- ↑ http://www.erin.ca/File.aspx?id=4ba39ace-588a-4f21-bb96-12d88c9bc9b5 Erin.ca
- ↑ http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/fizgig-tom/smith-oreilly.htm
- ↑ http://www.g4uxd.talktalk.net/nwbn/nl-01-04/ds-mor1.htm g4uxd.talktalk.net/nwbn
- ↑ http://www.valleybluegrass.ca/perfomance_schedule/2014.pdf Valleybluegrass.ca. Valley Bluegrass Festival Schedule 2014.
- ↑ http://www.ibiblio.org/hillwilliam/BGdiscography/?v=fullrecord&albumid=11825 Ibiblio.org
- ↑ http://www.countysales.com/products.php?product=DICK-SMITH%252dMIKE-O%27REILLY-BAND-%27Life%27s-Road%27 Countysales.com
- ↑ http://www.elderly.com/recordings/artist_list_with_images?aname=Smith%20/%20Mike%20O%27Reilly%20Band%2C%20The%20Dick Elderly.com
- ↑ http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/THE-RADIO-KINGS Music.cbc.ca