Born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Michael is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and film producer whose work has been seen in over 150 countries around the world. Mahonen attended and graduated from Toronto’s George Brown College in 1989. The following year, Mahonen was selected to play Gus Pike in the Road to Avonlea series. Originally, he was only supposed to be featured in two episodes, but with the praise of viewers, his contract was extended for two more years. Mahonen won 3 Gemini Awards for his role in the series.
Michael is President and Creative Director of Requisite Films, which aims to produce entertaining and enlightening films of integrity that awaken conscience and inspire compassion. His debut film, Sandstorm, received 29 awards at independent film festivals worldwide.