Welcome, to the official site of Michael McGrady
You most certainly have seen Michael in movies and popular television shows spanning just shy of 40 yrs. (IMDB) What you may not know is that he is also an accomplished and collected fine artist as well. Michael has been making art in one form or another since the age of 10. He has been a marble sculptor, muralist, draftsman and a painter in all mediums. He now concentrates on easel works in oil, preferring to paint with palette knives rather than brushes (see artist statement).
Michael has painted large scale murals in several celebrity, sports stars’, homes, as well as commercial and residential buildings. In addition to murals, Michael has a strong collector base for his easel paintings large and small. He works with interior designers and architects to either find the right artwork for a particular space or make custom paintings to meet the needs of the client.
Michael is also a public speaker, at the young age of 19, Michael was diagnosed with stage 3 skin cancer (malignant melanoma), the same cancer that took his father’s life when Michael was 18.
But with fierce determination and self education he resolved to slay that dragon and set out to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional actor.
Along the way he has had many opportunities to speak publicly about overcoming his cancer and what that journey has taught him. He speaks on a variety of subject such as Overcoming Adversity, Beating The Odds, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Setting and Accomplishing Value Driven Goals and as a father of three children: Fatherhood .
He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, plays acoustic guitar and is the front singer of The Sonic Groove Band. Michael plays in and around the Los Angeles area and wherever he happens to be located for acting work. He and his band invite celebrity artists to sit in on their sets on occasion. They perform some covers and several original songs Michael has written. "It's all about having a good time and involving the audience in what we are doing. We prefer an interactive experience with the audience and even invite them to sing along with us."
After having lost his only son Tynan at the young age of 23, in 2021, Michael and his family have set out to honor his name and life by establishing the newly formed Tynan McGrady Foundation. The TMF is a nonprofit Scholarship and Funding organization for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics endeavors.
The Foundation was founded by the Family of Tynan McGrady as a way of keeping his name alive and his work as a computer engineer moving progressively forward by funding S.T.E.M. programs, buildings, and related endeavors.
"Tynan was a generous giver at heart and a leader in every sense of the word, he valued education and opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion, gender or class distinction. It is with those values in mind, and the governing principles of a dedicated and determined work ethic, a commitment to equality, and a relentless drive toward the future and developing meaningful work and innovative ideas that would benefit all of humankind that are the core principles and values of the The Tynan McGrady Foundation. "