someone who was a contestant on Survivor 16: Micronesia?
|Contestant-related press and rumors
January 5 , 2008: CBS eventually gets around
to putting up their Survivor: Micronesia site,
which includes Mikey B's bio (below):
"Mikey B SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA
Home Town: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Aspiring Writer/Actor
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Michael Bortone is
an aspiring writer/actor who studies at the Actors Circle
Theatre. He once owned a chimney and masonry company and
also managed a bar/restaurant. Bortone attended the Maine
Central Institute (prep school) and two years of college
at Northeastern University in Boston. He has appeared in
commercials for Levi's, American Express and Progressive
Bortone's hobbies include traveling, sports and movies.
He regularly plays basketball and softball and enjoys running.
He describes himself as resilient, available and easy-going.
He is most proud of finishing screenplays and producing a
short film. His favorite sport is football. He believes his
fishing skills and ability to build things will help him
Bortone is currently single and resides in Los
Angeles, California. with his pit bull, Coco. His birth date
is December 29, 1973."
January 3, 2008: Entertainment
Weekly (mostly Dalton Ross) handles the cast-release
chores for Survivor: Micronesia. Included is Mikey B's pre-show
interview and Probst's comments:
"THE ROOKIES: MICHAEL BORTONE
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles (originally from Boston)
''I'm good at reading people. You got to be everybody's best
JEFF PROBST SAYS: ''I like Mikey B. a lot. He's
Boston, and Boston is so damn good to Survivor. He's got
a colorful way of saying the most mundane thing, and that
makes him somebody I will love to go to at Tribal Council."
17, 2007: MayanSun (SurvivorFever)
posts Mike's name, age and hometown, matching his biographical
info to the shots from the post-S15 finale preview (below).
"Michael Anthony Bortone from Watertown MA, now living
in LA. Age: 33, DOB 12/29/07.
Same Guy ???"
16, 2007: CBS
shows clips of the non-All Star contestants in their preview
of S16/ Survivor: Micronesia. Mikey B's blurb and
Mikey B: "I've been watching Survivor... [pauses
to remember rest of line] since the beginning."
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2006-ish: Biographical info from Michael's
own website, set up as an online resume/CV for acting jobs:
"I moved out to Los Angeles in
2003 with one goal in mind. TO WORK. My talent got me
enough footage to create my reel with roles in four short
films and one independent film. Three commercials along
with a dozen featured roles in major studio films supported
me financially while I studied with numerous coaches
to gain the knowledge to turn my talent into a career.
I would like to name coaches - Arthur Mendoza, Aaron
Speiser, Brian Reise, and Peter Kelley.
I grew up in
an Italian home of six, just 10 minutes outside the great
city of Boston. With the love, inspiration, support, and
tutoring of my dad, the late Robert Bortone, I
excelled in all sports and chose to play quarterback for
the Huskies of Northeastern University. From there I decided to stray
from my major of criminal justice and went into the liquor
business. I started out as an assistant manager of a local
discount store, and then moved on to manage
a successful resturaunt in downtown Boston. When the opportunity to purchase
an already up and running construction company arose, I dove
in head first and took out a small bank loan to make it happen.
I ran it successfully for 5 years which gave me the ability
to get a taste of my true passion, acting. It was then when
I realized my calling was to move out west to the place where
dreams do come true. So I packed up my bags for that opportunity
to become a reality. And it will be
here where my work ethic, discipline, great attitude, and
of course a little luck, will one day catapult me to the
top of this industry."
He also lists himself at 6' 4"/ 210 lbs, and had "featured"
roles in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Harold
& Kumar. (Plus a guest appearance on Tru
then-girlfriend Eliza Dushku's show).
October 3, 2005: Blog post showing Michael
and Eliza Dushku at some event in Boston called "Wizard World."
"Mama Bortone snaps a pic of Eliza Dushku with her boyfriend,
Michael Bortone (right), and fellow Bortones at Wizard World
Boston on Saturday."